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The Iliad / The Odyssey

The Iliad / The Odyssey

Gripping listeners and readers for more than 2,700 years, The Iliad is the story of the Trojan War and the rage of Achilles. Combining the skills of a poet and scholar, Robert Fagles brings the energy of contemporary language to this enduring heroic epic. If The Iliad is the world's greatest war story, then The Odyssey is literature's greatest evocation of every man's journey through life. Here again, Fagles has performed the translator's task magnificently, giving us an Odyssey to read aloud, to savor, and to treasure for its sheer lyrical mastery. Each volume contains a superb introduction with textual and critical commentary by renowned classicist Bernard Knox.

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Song of the River

Song of the River

Having grown old living in his shantyboat on the Big Sandy River in eastern Kentucky, John engages in a final battle with Scrapiron Jack, the huge catfish he has been trying to catch for years.

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Fallon

Fallon

Macon Fallon had never needed more than a deck of cards, a fast horse, and a ready gun; he was counting on those things now as he led an unsuspecting group of settlers to an abandoned mining town. But while Fallon prepared to pass the ghost town off as a gold mine in the making, a funny thing happened: a real-life community started to take shape in the town he’d christened Red Horse. So when a band of vicious outlaws and a kid who fancied himself a gunslinger threatened to rip Red Horse apart, Fallon found himself caught in one predicament he’d never gambled on. He had come to Red Horse to make a quick fortune, but now he might have to pick up a gun and risk his life for a place he never wanted to call home.…

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Little House on the Prairie

Little House on the Prairie

Laura Ingalls and her family are heading to Kansas! Leaving behind their home in the Big Woods of Wisconsin, they travel by covered wagon until they find the perfect spot to build a little house on the prairie. Laura and her sister Mary love exploring the rolling hills around their new home, but the family must soon get to work, farming and hunting and gathering food for themselves and for their livestock. Just when the Ingalls family starts to settle into their new home, they find themselves caught in the middle of a conflict. Will they have to move again?

The nine books in the timeless Little House series tell the story of Laura’s real childhood as an American pioneer, and are cherished by readers of all generations. They offer a unique glimpse into life on the American frontier, and tell the heartwarming, unforgettable story of a loving family.

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Story of Aeneas

Story of Aeneas

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Little Britches

Little Britches

Ralph Moody was eight years old in 1906 when his family moved from New Hampshire to a Colorado ranch. Through his eyes we experience the pleasures and perils of ranching there early in the twentieth century. Auctions and roundups, family picnics, irrigation wars, tornadoes and wind storms give authentic color to Little Britches. So do adventures, wonderfully told, that equip Ralph to take his father's place when it becomes necessary.

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Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables

Here is a deluxe gift-box edition of L.M. Montgomery's classic stories about one of the most beloved fictional heroines of all time--Anne of Green Gables.

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The Complete Works of G. A. Henty

The Complete Works of G. A. Henty

This carefully crafted ebook collection is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents:
Novels:
A Search for a Secret
All But Lost
Out on the Pampas
The Young Franc-Tireurs
The Young Buglers
The Cornet of Horse
In Times of Peril
Facing Death, The Hero of the Vaughan Pit
Winning His Spurs
Friends Though Divided
Jack Archer
Under Drake's Flag
By Sheer Pluck
With Clive in India
In Freedom's Cause
St. George For England
True to the Old Flag
The Young Colonists
The Dragon and the Raven
For Name and Fame
The Lion of the North
Through the Fray
The Bravest of the Brave
A Final Reckoning
The Young Carthaginian
With Wolfe in Canada
Bonnie Prince Charlie
For the Temple
In the Reign of Terror
Orange and Green
Captain Bayley's Heir
The Cat of Bubastes
The Curse of Carne's Hold
The Lion of St. Mark
By Pike and Dyke
One of the 28th
With Lee in Virginia
By England's Aid
By Right of Conquest
Chapter of Adventures
Maori and Settler
The Dash For Khartoum
Held Fast for England
Redskin and Cowboy
Beric the Briton
Condemned as a Nihilist
In Greek Waters
Rujub, the Juggler
Dorothy's Double
A Jacobite Exile
Saint Bartholomew's Eve
Through the Sikh War
In the Heart of the Rockies
When London Burned
A Girl of the Commune
Wulf The Saxon
A Knight of the White Cross
Through Russian Snows
The Tiger of Mysore
At Agincourt
On the Irrawaddy
The Queen's Cup
With Cochrane the Dauntless
Colonel Thorndyke's Secret
A March on London
With Frederick the Great
With Moore at Corunna
Among Malay Pirates
At Aboukir and Acre
Both Sides the Border
The Golden Cañon
The Stone Chest
The Lost Heir
Under Wellington's Command
In the Hands of the Cave Dwellers
No Surrender
A Roving Commission
Won by the Sword
In the Irish Brigade
Out With Garibaldi
With Buller in Natal
At the Point of the Bayonet
To Herat and Cabul
With Roberts to Pretoria
The Treasure of the Incas
With Kitchener in the Soudan
With the British Legion
Through Three Campaigns
With the Allies to Pekin
By Conduct and Courage
Short Stories
Historical Works

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A Texas Ranger

A Texas Ranger

In 1874, Napoleon Augustus Jennings moved to Texas to join the Rangers under the command of L. H. McNelly. A year later, Jennings was thrown into the conflict between the native Spanish speaking Americans and the English speaking whites who came to settle the area. In an era of cattle thieving and terror, we follow Jennings through the southern border of Texas and find a vivid portrait of life in the late 19th century in one of the most lawless and hardest places to live in the United States.

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The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings

One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them

In ancient times the Rings of Power were crafted by the Elven-smiths, and Sauron, the Dark Lord, forged the One Ring, filling it with his own power so that he could rule all others. But the One Ring was taken from him, and though he sought it throughout Middle-earth, it remained lost to him. After many ages it fell by chance into the hands of the hobbit Bilbo Baggins.

From Sauron's fastness in the Dark Tower of Mordor, his power spread far and wide. Sauron gathered all the Great Rings to him, but always he searched for the One Ring that would complete his dominion.

When Bilbo reached his eleventy-first birthday he disappeared, bequeathing to his young cousin Frodo the Ruling Ring and a perilous quest: to journey across Middle-earth, deep into the shadow of the Dark Lord, and destroy the Ring by casting it into the Cracks of Doom.

The Lord of the Rings tells of the great quest undertaken by Frodo and the Fellowship of the Ring: Gandalf the Wizard; the hobbits Merry, Pippin, and Sam; Gimli the Dwarf; Legolas the Elf; Boromir of Gondor; and a tall, mysterious stranger called Strider.

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The African Queen

The African Queen

First published in 1935, C.S. Forester's classic romantic adventure is a tale of opposites attracted. Allnut and Rose, a disreputable Cockney and an English spinster missionary, wend their way down a river in Central Africa in a rickety, asthmatic steam launch, and are gradually joined together in a mission of retaliation against the Germans. Fighting time, heat, malaria and bullets, the two have a dramatic rapprochement before the explosive ending of the book. This tale of unlikely love is thrilling and funny and ultimately satisfying.

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Empire of the Summer Moon

Empire of the Summer Moon

S. C. Gwynne’s Empire of the Summer Moon spans two astonishing stories. The first traces the rise and fall of the Comanches, the most powerful Indian tribe in American history. The second entails one of the most remarkable narratives ever to come out of the Old West: the epic saga of the pioneer woman Cynthia Ann Parker and her mixed-blood son Quanah, who became the last and greatest chief of the Comanches.

The war with the Comanches lasted four decades, in effect holding up the development of the new American nation. Gwynne’s exhilarating account delivers a sweeping narrative that encompasses Spanish colonialism, the Civil War, the destruction of the buffalo herds, and the arrival of the railroads—a historical feast for anyone interested in how the United States came into being.

Against this backdrop Gwynne presents the compelling drama of Cynthia Ann Parker, a lovely nine-year-old girl with cornflower-blue eyes who was kidnapped by Comanches from the far Texas frontier in 1836. She grew to love her captors and became infamous as the "White Squaw" who refused to return until her tragic capture by Texas Rangers in 1860. More famous still was her son Quanah, a warrior who was never defeated and whose guerrilla wars in the Texas Panhandle made him a legend.

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