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Sandhya

Sandhya by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

Sandhya by Dhan Gopal Mukerji

Dhan Gopal Mukerji wrote Sandhya, Songs of Twilight while in San Francisco, as a way to support himself and pay for his college education. This collection of poems has several references to his homeland, India.

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Kotto: Being Japanese Curios, With Sundry Cobwebs

Kotto: Being Japanese Curios, With Sundry Cobwebs by Lafcadio Hearn

Kotto: Being Japanese Curios, With Sundry Cobwebs by Lafcadio Hearn

Kotto contains 20 Japanese stories, collected from different sources and translated by Lafcadio Hearn. The types of stories in this collection are widespread: There are old ghost stories Hearn is best known for (The Legend of Yurei-Daki), his own observations and musings (Pathological), as well as the translation of ‘A Woman’s Diary’, a touching account of the life of the poorer classes in Tokyo, written at the end of the 19th century.

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India’s Love Lyrics

India's Love Lyrics by Laurence Hope

India's Love Lyrics by Laurence Hope

The poetry of Adela Florence Cory aka Violet Nicolson, is some of the most unique and passionate in the English language. Under the pen name of Laurence Hope, her works were extremely popular in the early years of the 20th century, inspiring popular music, lovers, silent films and even the creation of Shalimar perfume. Her work wades fearlessly into issues of racism, same sex attraction, violence and taboo love, but also transports the reader to a vibrant India of another era, with it’s exotic peoples, flora, fauna, folklore and larger than life landscapes and intrigues.

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Sir Gibbie

Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald

Sir Gibbie by George MacDonald

These are the adventures of Sir Gibbie through the Scotland moors. Not being able to read or speak, Gibbie survives on the streets without a mother and having an alcoholic father. Yet, he wins the hearts of his neighbors and helps others. Children and adults learn through Sir Gibbie self-sacrifice, honesty, and purity.

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Jacob Faithful

Jacob Faithful by Frederick Marryat

Jacob Faithful by Frederick Marryat

Jacob Faithful is a tale centred on the lives of the Thames watermen who made their living along the tidal reaches of that river and in the Port of London. Particularly it deals with the story of young Jacob literally born and raised on the river. He is orphaned in bizarre circumstances, gets an education, is apprenticed to a bargeman and then to a wherryman before being “pressed” into the Royal Navy. The book gives an interesting insight into the life of London and it’s great river at the beginning of the 19th Century.

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On the Seashore

On the Seashore by R. Cadwallader Smith

On the Seashore by R. Cadwallader Smith

This gifted nature writer who is so good at describing animals and their habitat and habits here gives us a look at many of the fascinating creatures that can be found on the seashore. Starfish, the many types of crabs, shrimp, sea weed and finally something called the Precious Wentletrap which I will allow your imagination to think about for a while. His writing is clear and, as always, easy to read. Note that these are presented as educational ‘lessons’ on the various animals found near the sea and each lesson or chapter ends with a few questions called ‘Exercises’ which the student is asked to see if the main points of the chapter are retained.

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The Training of a Forester

The Training of a Forester by Gifford Pinchot

The Training of a Forester by Gifford Pinchot

Written by a forester, this book looks at the definition of “forest”, what the life of a forester entails, discusses the forest service both on the state and national levels, and the training required to be a forester. As a forester himself, and the chief of the US Forest Service, Pinchot was a foremost expert in this topic,and, based on his preface to the work, seems to expect this work to either encourage or dissuade young people from a life in forestry.

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Max

Max by Katherine Cecil Thurston

Max by Katherine Cecil Thurston

On a trans-continental train journey into Paris, Max, a young adventurer determined to make his way as an artist, meets Blake, a well-to-do Irishman. Blake helps Max set up a studio in Montmartre and they enjoy the life of Paris and each other’s company. However, things are definitely not what they seem and the book takes a very contemporary turn as another person appears on the scene.

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Hunting in Many Lands

Hunting in Many Lands

Hunting in Many Lands

The first volume published by the Boone and Crockett Club, entitled “American Big Game Hunting,” confined itself to sport on the American continent. This second volume presents a number of interesting sketches written by club members who have hunted big game in other lands. Essays include: Hunting in East Africa, To the Gulf of Cortez, A Canadian Moose Hunt, A Hunting Trip in India, Dog Sledging in the North, Wolf-Hunting in Russia, A Bear-Hunt in the Sierras, The Ascent of Chief Mountain, The Cougar, Big Game of Mongolia and Tibet, Hunting in the Cattle Country, Wolf-Coursing, Game Laws, and Protection of the Yellowstone National Park.

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