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Little Wanderers by MORLEY, Margaret Warner

This book discusses a great variety of plants and their seeds in a simple, yet interesting way that children will enjoy. As the books says, “Plants are great travelers; they often wander far and wide. Sometimes they even cross the ocean and take up their abode in a new land.” The importance of why seeds “travel” and the various means by which they move are investigated. ( SweetHome)

from LibriVox’s New Releases https://librivox.org/little-wanderers-by-margaret-warner-morley/

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Catriona by STEVENSON, Robert Louis

This is a sequel to Kidnapped. Many thought Kidnapped ended quite abruptly. The reason is Stevenson planned on writing a sequel. Catriona takes up the story of David Balfour on the same day Kidnapped ends. He must now try to clear his name and the name of James Stewart of the Appin murder. This will not be easy because the Campbells want James Stewart to hang.

“Catriona: Being Memoirs of the Further Adventures of David Balfour at Home and Abroad, in which are set forth his misfortunes anent the Appin Murder, his troubles with Lord Advocate Grant: captivity on the Bass Rock, Journey into Holland and France, and singular relations with James More Drummond or MacGregor, a son of the notorious Rob Roy, and his daughter Catriona: written by himself, and now set forth by Robert Louis Stevenson.” (Summary by Wayne Cooke and from the title page)

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De l’Allemagne by STAëL, Madame Germaine de

Toute l’érudition littéraire si variée et étendue, et les convictions politiques de Madame Germaine de Staël, à une période particulière en France, 1810.

Tout le talent de plume si fluide, clair, alerte de l’auteure dans cet ouvrage essentiel.

Les mœurs des Allemands, de différentes régions, société, langue, etc…

La littérature et les Arts, différentes époques, Wieland, Klopstock, Goethe, Schiller, Lessing, poésies, art dramatique et romans.

Philosophie et Morale, en Angleterre et en France, puis Kant, influence sur le caractère des Allemands, la morale scientifique, Jacobi, etc…

Religion et Enthousiasme, catholicisme, protestantisme, philosophes religieux, mysticité, douleur, contemplation de la nature, enthousiasme et vie en adéquation avec soi-même, bonheur. – Summary by Christiane Jehanne

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“William Dean Howells” & “My Mark Twain: Literary Friends and Acquaintances” by TWAIN, Mark and HOWELLS, William Dean

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens) and William Dean Howells were friends for 44 years. Their personal and professional relationship is considered by many to be one of the most important in American literature. Howells published his famous “My Mark Twain” in the same year Clemens died, 1910. A few years earlier, Clemens wrote this “remembrance” and “appreciation” of the man who stuck with him through the ups and downs of his long literary journey. (John Greenman)

from LibriVox’s New Releases https://librivox.org/william-dean-howells-and-my-mark-twain-by-mark-twain-and-william-dean-howells/

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Five Continental Op Stories by HAMMETT, Dashiell

Before Sam Spade chased the black bird in The Maltese Falcon and Nick and Nora Charles stirred their first martinis in The Thin Man, the Continental Op walked early twentieth century San Francisco’s mean streets for the Continental Detective Agency. Dashiell Hammett used his own experiences as a Pinkerton operative to lend realistic detail to this creation. These first five stories were published in Black Mask magazine in 1923. – Summary by Winston Tharp

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Tales of a Traveller by IRVING, Washington

Writing under the pseudonym, Geoffrey Crayon, Washington Irving chronicled his travels through Europe in the early 1820’s. He wrote of people he met, places he saw and stories he was told. In fact, much of the work is recounting tales told to him by those with exotic adventures that were waiting to be shared. “Tales of a Traveler” is broken up into four separate parts or “Books,” as Irving called them. The final book is almost a post-script to “Knickerbocker’s History of New York” as he tells stories and describes Manhattan Island and nearby lands as they were almost two hundred years ago. This rough land, still mostly wilderness, had the fingerprints of the early Dutch colonists evident throughout. (Greg Giordano)

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Heimskringla: The Stories of the Kings of Norway, Called The Round World by STURLESON, Snorri

Heimskringla (Icelandic pronunciation: [ˈheimsˌkʰriŋla]) is the best known of the Old Norse kings’ sagas. It was written in Old Norse in Iceland by the poet and historian Snorri Sturluson (1178/79–1241) ca. 1230. The name Heimskringla was first used in the 17th century, derived from the first two words of one of the manuscripts (kringla heimsins – the circle of the world).

Heimskringla is a collection of sagas about the Norwegian kings, beginning with the saga of the legendary Swedish dynasty of the Ynglings, followed by accounts of historical Norwegian rulers from Harald Fairhair of the 9th century up to the death of the pretender Eystein Meyla in 1177. The exact sources of his work are disputed, but included earlier kings’ sagas, such as Morkinskinna, Fagrskinna and the twelfth century Norwegian synoptic histories and oral traditions, notably many skaldic poems. Snorri had himself visited Norway and Sweden. For events of the mid-12th century, Snorri explicitly names the now lost work Hryggjarstykki as his source. The composition of the sagas is Snorri’s.

This solo is Volume 3-5 of The Saga Library by the same translators and is all three volumes of the Heimskringla (which are volumes 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the Saga Library. Volume 6 is notes, index, appendices etc, and is not planned to be recorded). ( Wikipedia and Ærik Bjørnsson)

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Book of All Power, The by WALLACE, Edgar

The Book of All Power by Edgar Wallace is set in London at the beginning, and then the action moves to Russia. The story covers the period from 1910 to 1919 during which the Russian Revolution takes place and this results in drastic changes to Russian society. This book could be described as a romantic adventure story and the main characters are a weird assortment – Malcolm Hay, a young Englishman, a beautiful Grand Duchess of the Russian Aristocracy, a Russian general, a Jewish bookbinder, and an American sharp shooter. Much happens, and the Russian characters, heavily influenced by their religion and politics, provide a fascinating insight into the mind of the Russian people, aristocrats and peasants, and all those in between. – Summary by Peter Thomlinson

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Miserables: Tomo III, Los by HUGO, Victor

En este tercer volumen aparece Marius. Mario es criado por su abuelo, éste le hace creer que su padre, un coronel del ejército de Napoleón, murió en la batalla de Waterloo. Al enterarse Mario que su padre aún vive y está en Normandía, se pone en marcha, pero cuando llega su padre acaba de fallecer. Esto sumado a la diferencia de pensamiento entre su abuelo y él los distanciará.

Por otro lado Mario, pasados unos años, paseando por un parque, se enamora de la mirada de una joven que siempre va acompañada de un misterioso caballero. ¿Será Jean Valjean? La muchacha es Cosette. (Montse González. )

from LibriVox’s New Releases https://librivox.org/los-miserables-iii-by-victor-hugo/

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Gift To Sing, The by JOHNSON, James Weldon

LibriVox volunteers bring you 20 recordings of The Gift To Sing by James Weldon Johnson.
This was the Weekly Poetry project for June 9, 2019.
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James Weldon Johnson was an American author, educator, lawyer, diplomat, songwriter, civil rights activist. He was married to civil rights activist Grace Nail Johnson. James Weldon Johnson is best remembered for his leadership of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), where he started working in 1917. Johnson established his reputation as a writer, and was known during the Harlem Renaissance for his poems, novels, and anthologies collecting both poems and spirituals of black culture. – Summary by Wikipedia

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Zofloya by DACRE, Charlotte

Victoria de Loredani lives the life of a fairy tale princess in Venice. She has everything one might desire and more, until the sinister Count Ardolph enters her world. The Count carries off Victoria’s mother in an elopement, and sets off a series of dramatic events that begin to unhinge Victoria’s life entirely. Passion, brutality, and murder begin to dominate the separated worlds of Victoria and her brother Leonardo. – Summary by Carolin

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