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Abebech, the Female Bajaj Driver

by Dawit Girma African Storybook Initiative (September 30, 2018)

This is a story that challenges the common belief that in society, certain jobs are meant only for a particular gender.


Eminent Victorians

by Lytton Strachey Standard Ebooks (September 12, 2018)

Eminent Victorians consists of four short biographies by Lytton Strachey of Victorians who were famous in their day: Cardinal Manning, a powerful cleric; Florence Nightingale, founder of modern nursing; Thomas...


Personal Memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant

by Ulysses S. Grant Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

The Personal Memoirs of Ulysses Simpson Grant are an American classic. In them Grant, the most able General of the Civil War, tells the story of his life and experiences, covering his birth, early youth, military...


Life On The Mississippi

by Mark Twain Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Life on the Mississippi is a memoir by Mark Twain detailing his days as a steamboat pilot on the Mississippi River before and after the American Civil War. The book begins with a brief history of the river....


Apologia Pro Vita Sua

by John Henry Newman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Apologia Pro Vita Sua (Latin: A defence of one's life) is the classic defence of the religious opinions of John Henry Newman, published in 1864 in response to what he saw as an unwarranted attack on himself,...


Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass

by Frederick Douglass Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass is a memoir and treatise on abolition written by famous orator and ex-slave, Frederick Douglass. It is generally held to be the most famous of a number of narratives...


The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

by Olaudah Equiano Olaudah Equiano (March 25, 2018)

The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano or Gustavus Vassa, the African. Written by Himself was the first work that influenced the nineteenth-century genre of slave narrative autobiographies....


Twelve Years a Slave

by Solomon Northup Derby and Miller, Auburn, New York (March 25, 2018)

Twelve Years a Slave, sub-title: Narrative of Solomon Northup, citizen of New-York, kidnapped in Washington city in 1841, and rescued in 1853, from a cotton plantation near the Red River in Louisiana, is a memoir...


The Confessions

by Jean-Jacques Rousseau Privately Printed for the Members of the Aldus Soc (March 25, 2018)

In his Confessions, written in 1903, Jean-Jacques Rousseau tells the story of his life, from the formative experience of his humble childhood in Geneva, through the achievement of international fame as novelist...


The Education of Henry Adams

by Henry Adams Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Education of Henry Adams records the struggle of Bostonian Henry Adams (1838-1918), in early old age, to come to terms with the dawning 20th century, so different from the world of his youth. It is also...


A Personal Record

by Joseph Conrad Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A Personal Record is an autobiographical work (or "fragment of biography") by Joseph Conrad, published in 1912. It has also been published under the titles A Personal Record: Some Reminiscences and Some Reminiscences....


Reed Anthony, Cowman

by Andy Adams Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

From the writer and genuine Western Trail cattle driver, responsible for some of the best and most realistic accounts of cowboy life in literature.


Great Astronomers:  Edmond Halley

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Edmond Halley,(1656–1742) was an English astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist who is best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley's Comet. He was the second Astronomer...


Great Astronomers: Galileo Galilei

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642) was an Italian physicist, mathematician, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the Scientific Revolution. His achievements include improvements to the telescope and...


Great Astronomers: Isaac Newton

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1726) was an English physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher, alchemist and theologian who has been considered by many to be the greatest and most influential scientist...


Great Astronomers:  James Bradley

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

James Bradley (1693–1762) was the English astronomer who served as Astronomer Royal from 1742, succeeding Edmund Halley. He is best known for two fundamental discoveries in astronomy, the aberration of light...


Great Astronomers:  Johannes Kepler

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

German astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571-1630) derived his mathematical laws of planetary motion from astronomical data meticulously collected by Tycho Brahe, who, as he was dying, beseeched young Kepler to use...


Great Astronomers: Nicolaus Copernicus

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) was a mathematician and astronomer who formulated a comprehensive heliocentric model which placed the Sun, rather than the Earth, at the center of the universe, contrary to the...


Great Astronomers:  Pierre-Simon Laplace

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Pierre-Simon, Marquis de Laplace (1749-1827), was a French mathematician and astronomer, sometimes referred to as the French Newton. His work was pivotal to the mathematical development of astronomy, physics,...


Great Astronomers: Tycho Brahe

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This is the chapter on 16th century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe from Sir Robert S. Ball's Great Astronomers, second edition, which begins: "The most picturesque figure in the history of astronomy ... Tycho...


Great Astronomers:  William Herschel

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sir Frederick William Herschel, (Friedrich Wilhelm Herschel) (1738–1822) was a German-born British astronomer, telescope maker, and composer. He became famous for the first discovery of a planet not visible...


Great Astronomers:  William Rowan Hamilton

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sir William Rowan Hamilton (1805–1865) was an Irish physicist, astronomer, and mathematician who made important contributions to mechanics, optics, and algebra. As a teenager, he mastered parts of Newton's...


Sailing Alone Around the World

by Joshua Slocum Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sailing Alone Around the World (1900) is a sailing memoir by Joshua Slocum about his single-handed global circumnavigation aboard the sloop Spray. Slocum was the first person to sail around the world alone....


St. Francis of Assisi

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Chesterton was an orthodox religious person, eventually converting to Roman Catholicism. In 1923, he wrote this short biography of St. Francis of Assisi, after whom Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio chose his papal...


From The Caves And Jungles Of The Hindostan

by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The book "From the caves and jungles of Hindustan" in a literature style describes the travels of H. Blavatsky and her Teacher which she named Takhur Gulab-Singh. In spite of that the book was considered as...


My Bondage and My Freedom

by Frederick Douglass New York and Auburn: Miller, Orton, and Mulligan (March 25, 2018)

My Bondage and My Freedom is an autobiographical slave narrative written by Frederick Douglass and published in 1855. It is the second of three autobiographies written by Douglass, and is mainly an expansion...


Great Astronomers:  John Flamsteed

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

John Flamsteed (1646-1719) was an English astronomer, a contemporary of Isaac Newton, and the first Astronomer Royal in charge of the newly built observatory at Greenwich, England (1676). Although he made no...


Great Astronomers:  William Parsons (3rd Earl of Rosse)

by Robert Stawell Ball Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

William Parsons, the 3rd Earl of Rosse, (1800–1867) was an Anglo-Irish astronomer who made several large telescopes. His 72-inch telescope, the "Leviathan", built in 1845, was the world's largest telescope...


Narrative of Sojourner Truth

by Sojourner Truth Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sojourner Truth was an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826....


Walden

by Henry David Thoreau Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Walden (also known as Life in the Woods) by Henry David Thoreau is one of the best-known non-fiction books written by an American. Published in 1854, it details Thoreau's life for two years and two months in...


Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc

by Mark Twain Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Mark Twain's work on Joan of Arc is titled in full Personal Recollections of Joan of Arc, by the Sieur Louis de Conte who is identified further as Joan's page and secretary. The work is fictionally presented...


The Worst Journey in the World

by Apsley Cherry-Garrard Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

In 1910 famous explorer Robert Falcon Scott led the Terra Nova Expedition to the South Pole. The expedition was part scientific and part adventure: Scott wanted to be the first to reach the pole.

The expedition...


Walden

by Henry David Thoreau Ticknor and Fields: Boston (February 16, 2018)

Walden is one of the more famous transcendentalist tracts in modern American literature. First published in 1854, Walden is an account of Thoreau’s famous experiment in solitude: spending over two years alone...


The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin

by Benjamin Franklin Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Benjamin Franklin is a man who needs little introduction. He wore many hats over the course of his fascinating life, from that of a printer, to an inventor, to a scientist, to a politician, a founding father...


Confessions of an English Opium-Eater

by Thomas de Quincey Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Thomas De Quincey spent much of his life addicted to the powerful drug opium. This book, first published anonymously in the London Magazine, is the autobiographical account of his addiction. De Quincey’s compelling...


Strindberg and Autobiography

by Michael Robinson Ubiquity Press (January 30, 2018)

This is a book about 19th-century Swedish writer August Strindberg and about the nature of autobiographical writing. In this sensitive and discerning study, Michael Robinson has turned aside from the more traditional...


Voices from the Past

by Paul Alexander Bartlett Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Voices from the Past consists of five finely crafted, lyrical novels that portray the inner lives of five extraordinary people: Sappho’s Journal (which includes a preface by Sappho scholar and translator Willis...


A Vietnamese Moses

by George E. Dutton University of California Press (January 30, 2018)

A Vietnamese Moses is the story of Philiphê Bình, a Vietnamese Catholic priest who in 1796 traveled from Tonkin to the Portuguese court in Lisbon to persuade its ruler to appoint a bishop for his community...