Riders of the purple sage

In this classic and timeless Western novel, heroine Jane Withersteen battles to overcome her persecution by members of her polygamous Mormon Church, a leader of which, Elder Tull, wants to marry her. Withersteen is supported by a number of Gentile friends, including Bern Venters and Lassiter, a famous but mysterious gunman. Raging against time and her determined adversaries, Withersteen struggles with her “blindness” in seeing the evil nature of her church and its leaders, trying to keep both Venters and Lassiter from gunning down her enemies. But through the adoption of a child, Fay, Withersteen abandons her false beliefs and discovers her true love. (Note: this is the 192-page version.)

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The Barrier

In this classic and timeless Western novel, we encounter a story of survival, vengeance, romance, and adventure in the Alaskan wilderness. Hero Lieutenant Burrell of the United States Army is captivated by the magical and seductive, Necia. A store owner, Gale, has been taking care and protecting Necia for many years. Necia had been rescued many years ago from her evil father, Captain Bennett. Unbeknownst to Lieutenant Burrell, Necia’s past will soon come back to haunt her. Bennett, disguised as Ben Stark, has arrived in the village seeking vengeance and his daughter. Now, the Lieutenant will need to take matters into his own hands to save them both.

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The Silver Horde

In this classic and timeless Western novel, which is set in Kalvik, a fictionalized community in Bristol Bay, Alaska, tells the story of a down on his luck gold miner, Boyd Emerson, who discovers a greater wealth in Alaska’s run of salmon (silver horde) and decides to open a cannery. In order to “hit gold,” the gold miner must overcome the relentless opposition of a fictionalized Alaska Packers Association. In the quest for striking gold and making it in such a tough environment, our hero will have to deal with the ruthless Association, which undercuts his financing, sabotages his equipment, incites a longshoremen’s riot, and bribes his fishermen to quit. The story line includes a love interest as the protagonist is forced to choose between his fiancé, a spoiled banker’s daughter, and an earnest roadhouse operator.

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Lonesome Land

In this classic and timeless Western novel, heroine Valeria Peyton, with her romantic dreams of the West, arrived in the desolate little cow town of Hope to marry a cowboy, Manley Fleetwood. But he was not there to meet her and in his stead was taciturn Kent Burnett, cow hand, with evasive excuses. Later, when Manley did appear, her pride would not let her see the change in him and they were married in Kent’s disapproving presence. The rambling ranch house of the rising young cattle rancher, proved to be a forlorn shack far out in the Lonesome Land. Valeria valiantly tried to adjust herself to the bleak outlook of a prairie wife, and while doing so, she found out that she was married to a drunk. Rising above her disgust and disillusionment, she tried to help him but he sank lower and lower. Then disaster fell and most of their meager possessions were destroyed by a prairie fire. But in its wake she found staunch friends and a friend in Kent Burnett, who barely saved her life. It was only when she learned that her husband had turned rustler that she decided to leave him, with dramatic events leading to a killing.

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Chip of the flying U

In this classic and timeless Western romance novel, Della Whitmore, a young doctor, comes West to visit her brother’s Montana Flying U ranch after graduating from medical school. The boys at the Flying U didn’t like the idea of a woman around them, even if she was just coming out to spend the summer. And there was nothing worse for the boys at the ranch than to share their lives with a woman who had just received a medical degree. Despite some difficult beginnings, Chip Bennett, one of the main hands at the ranch, will start developing feelings for the bright and beautiful Della. When Chip is injured in an accident, Della takes care of Chip and discovers his hidden artistic talent. In spite of Della’s and Chip’s frequent misunderstandings and clashes, a romantic atmosphere starts to develop.

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The return of Sherlock Holmes

In this classic and timeless novel, the most famous detective and adventurer in the world returns after his supposed death in the swirling torrent of the Reichenbach Falls locked in the arms of his arch enemy, Professor Moriarty. As before, Dr. Watson is the superb narrator of 13 new episodes that mix the very best of heroics, murder, abduction, baffling cryptograms, and robbery. We are also introduced to one of the cruellest villains in the Holmes world, the despicable Charles Augustus Milverton. Let the games begin. The greatest detective and adventurer is back.

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A princess of Mars

In this classic and timeless novel, hero John Carter starts his famous adventures, full of swordplay and daring feats, in what is considered a classic example of 20th century pulp fiction. It is also a seminal instance of the planetary romance, a sub-genre of science fantasy that became highly popular in the decades following its publication. Its early chapters also contain elements of the Westerns genre. The story is set on Mars, imagined as a dying planet with a harsh desert environment. In this story, hero John Carter, a Confederate veteran of the American Civil War, goes prospecting in Arizona immediately after the war’s end. Having struck a rich vein of gold, he runs afoul of the Apaches. While attempting to evade pursuit by hiding in a sacred cave, he is mysteriously transported to Mars, called “Barsoom” by its inhabitants. John Carter finds that he has great strength and superhuman agility in this new environment as a result of its lesser gravity. During his adventure, John Carter battles menacing forces along with the lovely princess of Helium, Dejah Thoris. Between them and a safe escape lies a treacherous landscape of strange creatures and mysterious deadly dangers!

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How to live on 24 hours a day

“The proper, wise balancing of one’s whole life may depend upon the feasibility of a cup of tea at an unusual hour.”

In this classic and timeless work, Arnold Bennett’s How to live on 24 hours a day offers practical advice on how one might live within the confines of 24 hours a day. Brilliantly written using humor and nonsensical guidance, Arnold Bennett addresses the many inadequacies and frustrations lurking in our paths. At the same time, Bennett’s work offers real guidance that can easily be followed to better our lives. In essence, Bennett offers the best kind of self-help: the kind that actually helps.

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The importance of being Earnest

This classic and timeless play is a gelastic comedy in which the protagonists maintain fictitious characters in order to escape burdensome social obligations. Working within the social conventions of late Victorian London, the play’s major themes are (1) the interplay of triviality and social standards when confronting well regarded and serious institutions such as marriage and (2) the results of such interactions and clichés.

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The human machine

“You are the most fascinating bit of machinery that ever was. You do yourself less than justice. It is said that men are only interested in themselves. The truth is that, as a rule, men are interested in every mortal thing except themselves. They have a habit of taking themselves for granted, and that habit is responsible for nine-tenths of the boredom and despair on the face of the planet.”

In this classic and timeless work, Arnold Bennett explores the brain as a tool for making our lives easier and our interactions with others smoother. “The brain is the diplomatist which arranges relations between our instinctive self and the universe, and it fulfils its mission when it provides for the maximum of freedom to the instincts with the minimum of friction.” The Human Machine combines tremendous wisdom with accessibility to better ourselves in a way that can easily be put into practice. Very powerful.

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