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  • Private Sex Advice to Women, by R. B. Armitage.  A sex-advice manual from 1917!  I’m curious to see if sex was different a hundred years ago, or if it worked the same way.
  • Notes and Queries, January 17, 1852.  Another volume of the Victorian slow-motion internet.
  • The Little Hunchback Zia, by Frances Hodgson Burnett.  There are actually several new books on Project Gutenberg this week by the author of such fabulous children’s books as The Secret Garden and A Little Princess.
  • History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Volume 1, by Edward Gibbon.  This was once mandatory for being a well-read person.  I don’t think it still is.  Maybe we’d be better people if we all read way more Roman history.
  • The Ivory Child, by H. Rider Haggard.  No idea what this is about, and I couldn’t find any information about it, but the author wrote thrilling jungle adventures and I hope this is one of them.
  • The Kama Sutra of Vatsyayana.  I know someone whose experiment with one of the sex acts described in this book resulted in a trip to the emergency room.  But I don’t know why she told me that story.  I guess some experiences are so funny that even the rules of propriety must yield to the need to tell the story.
  • Dracula, by Bram Stoker.  Good people, well-equipped with the latest technology, battle against the forces of evil and superstition.  It’s a techno-thriller!  Sort of.
  • Concerning Cats, by Helen M. Winslow.  Tales of cat ownership.  Is this Helen Winslow the painter, I wonder?

Written by Contented Reader

September 5, 2012 at 6:59 am

Posted in Project Gutenberg


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