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Armadale (Penguin Classics)

By Wilkie Collins

While the aged Allan Armadale makes a bad confession on his death-bed, he has little thought of the repercussions to return, for the key he finds includes the mysterious Lydia Gwilt: flame-haired temptress, bigamist, laudanum addict and husband-poisoner. Her malicious intrigues gas the plot of this gripping melodrama: a story of careworn identities, inherited curses, romantic rivalries, espionage, money—and homicide. the nature of Lydia Gwilt horrified modern critics, with one reviewer describing her as "One of the main hardened girl villains whose units and needs have ever blackened fiction." She is still one of the such a lot enigmatic and interesting girls in nineteenth-century literature and the darkish middle of this so much sensational of Victorian "sensation novels."

For greater than seventy years, Penguin has been the major writer of vintage literature within the English-speaking international. With greater than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a world bookshelf of the easiest works all through historical past and throughout genres and disciplines. Readers belief the series to supply authoritative texts better by way of introductions and notes by way of exotic students and modern authors, in addition to up-to-date translations via award-winning translators.

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Thinner Than Skin

By Uzma Aslam Khan

Thinner Than Skin is a riveting novel approximately id and belonging. It’s additionally a love tale: among a tender Pakistani guy attempting to make his means as a photographer in the USA, and the daughter of a Pakistani father and German mom pointed out within the U.S. who desires to go back to a rustic she’s by no means visible. jointly they make the journey to Pakistan, the place an opportunity assembly with a tender nomad alterations their lives, and the lives of these round them, endlessly. the unconventional is additionally a love letter to the wilds of northern Pakistan, to glaciers, to the outdated Silk highway, and to the nomadic lifetime of the indigenous humans within the northern territories, the place China encroaches and Pakistanis, Uzbeks, Russians, chinese language and Afghans come jointly to trade.

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20,000 Leagues Under the Seas: A World Tour Underwater (Excelsior Editions)

By Jules Verne

The deep-sea exploits of secretive Captain Nemo, embarking at the world’s first international vendetta.

When an unidentified “monster” threatens overseas delivery, French oceanographer Pierre Aronnax and his unflappable assistant Conseil subscribe to an day trip geared up by means of the U.S. army to seek out and damage the risk. After months of fruitless looking out, they eventually grapple with their quarry, yet Aronnax, Conseil, and the brash Canadian harpooner Ned Land are thrown overboard within the assault, purely to discover that the “monster” is absolutely a futuristic submarine, the Nautilus, commanded by way of a shadowy, mystical, preternaturally enforcing guy who calls himself Captain Nemo. therefore starts a trip of 20,000 leagues—nearly 50,000 miles—that will take Captain Nemo, his workforce, and those 3 adventurers on a trip of discovery via undersea forests, coral graveyards, miles-deep trenches, or even the sunken ruins of Atlantis. Jules Verne’s novel of undersea exploration has been pleasing readers ever in view that its first book in 1870, and Frederick Paul Walter’s reader-friendly, scientifically meticulous translation of this visionary technological know-how fiction vintage is whole and unabridged right down to the smallest major detail.

Jules Verne was once born in 1828 right into a French lawyering relations within the Atlantic coastal urban of Nantes. even though his father despatched him off to a Paris legislations university, younger Jules have been writing at the part for the reason that his early young people, and his puppy themes have been the theater, commute, and technology. Predictably adequate, his criminal experiences led nowhere, so Verne took an afternoon activity with a inventory brokerage, in his off-hours penning scripts for farces and musical comedies whereas additionally publishing brief tales and novelettes of medical exploration and adventure.

His immense step forward got here while he mixed his theatrical knack together with his clinical bent and in 1863 released an African experience yarn, Five Weeks in a Balloon. After that and till his demise in 1905, Jules Verne was once one of many planet’s best-loved and best-selling novelists, publishing greater than sixty books. different creative favorites through him comprise The Mysterious Island, Hector Servadac, The Begum’s thousands, grasp of the World, and The Meteor Hunt. Verne ranks one of the 5 such a lot translated authors in historical past, besides Mark Twain and the Bible.

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The Blackstone Chronicles: The Serial Thriller Complete in One Volume

By John Saul

Now, for the 1st time, the recent York instances bestselling serial mystery is entire in a single terrifying quantity. John Saul, the grasp of supernatural suspense, John Saul, brings to chilling existence the small New England city of Blackstone--and the secrets and techniques and sins that lay buried there. . . .

From atop Blackstone's optimum hill, the outdated Asylum casts its shadow over the village. inbuilt the Nineties to deal with the insane, the Asylum has stood vacant for many years. yet now, the wrecker's ball is set to strike--and unharness an ominous evil. unusual presents start to look at the doorsteps of Blackstone's best citizens.

Each bears a mysterious history.

Each brings a frightening energy to harm.

Each finds one other thread within the suspensefully woven internet of . . .


Part I--An Eye for an eye fixed: The Doll
Part II--Twist of destiny: The Locket
Part III--Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame
Part IV--In the Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief
Part V--Day of Reckoning: The Stereoscope
Part VI--Asylum

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The Bake-Off

By Beth Kendrick

"Exceptionally exciting and fantastically unique" (Chicago Tribune), Beth Kendrick grants a shaggy dog story approximately relatives, self- discovery, and the pursuit of the fitting pie crust.

Suburban football mother Amy has continuously desired to stand proud of the gang. Former baby prodigy Linnie simply desires to slot in. the 2 sisters were estranged for years, yet because of a chain of private crises and their wily grandmother, they have teamed as much as input a countrywide bake-off within the hopes of successful a few critical money. Armed with the top-secret recipe for Grammy's apple pie, they need to be unstoppable. yes, neither one in every of them has ever baked whatever extra complex than brownie combine, yet it really is simply pie-how difficult may it be?

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Vigil in the Night

By A. J. Cronin

Vigil within the evening represents anything of an occasion for enthusiasts of A. J. Cronin. the following, released for the 1st time in ebook shape, is his poignant and relocating story of 2 nurses—of Anne, who dedicated herself to serving others, and of her more youthful sister, Lucy, who intended to get every thing in lifestyles for herself. whilst Lucy’s negligence motives the tragic demise of a tender sufferer, Anne takes the blame to guard her younger sister—an act that threatens to break the bright nursing occupation that lies prior to her. yet then Anne meets an idealistic younger health care professional who takes an curiosity in her, and even though one of many oldest and so much venerated traditions of the clinical occupation is that the connection among medical professionals and nurses stay strictly impersonal, medical professionals and nurses are, in spite of everything, human beings—and occasionally that culture breaks down.

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Cubop City Blues

By Pablo Medina

Poet and novelist Pablo Medina’s Cubop urban Blues fuses uncooked, passionate language and stylish lyricism to respire lifestyles right into a musically disguised long island urban formed via jazz masters, refugees, and storytellers.

Our advisor into Cubop urban is The Storyteller, born approximately blind and shrouded in his mother’s guilt. He’s homeschooled inside of his mom and dad’ crumbling house with a eu housekeeper, and informed via Encyclopedia Britannica, The Bible, and Arabian Nights. whilst he is twenty-five, his dad and mom are clinically determined with melanoma, and The Storyteller is left to take care of them. He does so by way of telling them tales conceived from the prolific examining that allowed his mind's eye to flourish regardless of little touch with the skin world.

Through his tales—full of magic, sorrow, longing, love—Cubop urban surges to lifestyles. relocating via myriad issues of view, The Storyteller imagines a global populated via either recognized figures like Chano Pozo and Jelly Roll Morton, and invented characters, so much particularly a mustachioed guy who's stabbed via a stranger and embarks on a novel-long look for his attacker.

Molded within the cadence of Afro-Cuban jazz, Cubop urban Blues is a symphonic portrait of a bustling city panorama and the intimate lives that supply a urban its voice.

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Middle English Literature: A Guide to Criticism

By Roger Dalrymple

Middle English is a scholar advisor to the main influential serious writing on heart English literature.

  • A pupil consultant to the main influential severe writing on center English literature.
  • Brings jointly extracts from the various significant professionals within the field.
  • Introduces readers to assorted severe techniques to key heart English texts.
  • Treats a variety of center English texts, together with The Owl and the Nightingale, The Canterbury Tales and Morte d’Arthur.
  • Organized round key serious matters, reminiscent of authorship, style, and textual form.
  • Each severe main issue can be utilized because the foundation for one week’s paintings in a semester-long course.
  • Enables readers to forge new connections among various approaches.

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Youth: Scenes from Provincial Life II

By J. M. Coetzee

The second one installment of J. M. Coetzee's fictionalized "memoir" explores a tender man's fight to adventure lifestyles to its complete depth and remodel it into artwork. The narrator of Youth has lengthy been plotting an escape-from the stifling love of his overbearing mom, a father whose mess ups hang-out him, and what he's convinced is drawing close revolution in his local kingdom of South Africa. Arriving finally in London within the Sixties, besides the fact that, he unearths neither poetry nor romance and as a substitute starts a dismal pilgrimage into maturity. Youth is a amazing portrait of a cognizance, remoted and adrift, handing over on itself, of a tender guy suffering to discover his method on the earth, written with tenderness and a fierce readability.

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