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Robert Louis Stevenson-Treasure Island


Published first as a serial in a boys' magazine in 1881-82 and then in book form in 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island is without a doubt one of the best-loved children's adventure novels of all time.
The book has achieved immortality on the silver screen numerous times throughout the years; most notable are several adaptations by Disney, with a live-action version in 1950 and the animated, futuristic Treasure Planet in 2002. But why has Treasure Island achieved such popularity with each generation?
Robert Louis Stevenson understood better than anyone what children want to read about in an adventure novel. His novels deliver a rip-roaring good time: Treasure Island is filled with buried treasure and treasure maps, pirates and mutinies, gunfights and

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Mark Twain-A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court



Mark Twain. The book was originally titled A Yankee in King Arthur's Court. Some early editions are titled A Yankee at the Court of King Arthur.
In it, a Yankee engineer from Connecticut is accidentally transported back in time to the court of King Arthur, where he fools the inhabitants of that time into thinking he is a magician - and soon uses his knowledge of modern technology to become a "magician" in earnest, stunning the English of the Early Middle Ages with such feats as demolitions, fireworks and the shoring up of a holy well. He attempts to modernize the past, but in the end he is unable to prevent the death of Arthur and an interdict against him by the Catholic Church of the time, which grows fearful of his power.
Twain wrote the book as a burlesque of Romantic notions of chivalry after being

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Adriana Trigiani-Big Cherry Holler


Big Cherry Holler, the extraordinary sequel to Big Stone Gap, takes us back to the mountain life that enchanted us in Adriana Trigiani’s best selling debut novel. It’s been eight years since the town pharmacist and long time spinster Ave Maria Mulligan married coal miner Jack MacChesney. With her new found belief in love and its possibilities, Ave Maria makes a life for herself and her growing family, hoping that her fearless leap into commitment will make happiness stay. What she didn’t count on was that fate, life, and the ghosts of the past would come to haunt her and, eventually, test the love she has for her husband. The mountain walls that have protected her all of her life can not spare Ave Maria the life lessons she must learn.
Big cherry holler is the story of a marriage, revealing the deep secrets, the power

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Jennifer Weiner-Fly Away Home


Jennifer Weiner-Fly Away Home
Sometimes all you can do is fly away home.
When Sylvie Serfer met Richard Woodruff in law school, she had wild curls, wide hips, and lots of opinions. Decades later, Sylvie has remade herself as the ideal politician’s wife—her hair dyed and straightened, her hippie-chick wardrobe replaced by tailored knit suits. At fifty-seven, she ruefully acknowledges that her job is staying twenty pounds thinner than she was in her twenties and tending to her husband, the senator.
Lizzie, the Woodruffs’ younger daughter, is at twenty-four a recovering addict, whose mantra HALT (Hungry? Angry? Lonely? Tired?) helps her keep her life under control. Still, trouble always seems to find her. Her older sister, Diana, an emergency room physician, has everything Lizzie failed to achieve—a husband, a young son, the perfect

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Stephen Fry-Making History


Stephen Fry-Making History  1996
MAKING HISTORY is a good blend of alternate history and British humor.
The plot involves the creation of an alternative historical time line, one where Adolf Hitler never existed. The book won the Sidewise Award for Alternate History.
For his first two novels, Fry stuck to the hilarity that earned him reknown as a writer and actor on British television. Now, Fry tosses that humor with maturity and ambition, in turn crafting a novel that makes you think while laughing and laugh while thinking.
Ostensibly the premise holds as much sophistication as a drunken parlor game, or worse, another Back to the Future movie. Well aware of the traps of "What if?"

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Jonathan Franzen - Freedom


Jonathan Franzen - Freedom  2010
Patty and Walter Berglund were the new pioneers of old St. Paul - the gentrifiers, the hands-on parents, the avant-garde of the Whole Foods generation. Patty was the ideal sort of neighbor, who could tell you where to recycle your batteries and how to get the local cops to actually do their job. She was an enviably perfect mother and the wife of Walter's dreams. Together with Walter - environmental lawyer, commuter cyclist, total family man - she was doing her small part to build a better world.
But now, in the new millennium, the Berglunds have become a mystery. Why has their teenage son moved in with the aggressively Republican family next door? Why has Walter taken a job working with Big Coal? What exactly is Richard Katz - outré rocker and Walter’s college best friend and rival - still doing in the picture?

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Ernest Hemingway-A farewell to arms


Ernest Hemingway-A farewell to arms
In 1918 Ernest Hemingway went to war, to the 'war to end all wars'. He volunteered for ambulance service in Italy, was wounded and twice decorated. Out of his experiences came A Farewell to Arms. Hemingway's description of war is unforgettable. He recreates the fear, the comradeship, the courage of his young American volunteer and the men and women he meets in Italy with total conviction. But A Farewell to Arms is not only a novel of war. In it Hemingway has also created a love story of immense drama and uncompromising passion
The book, published in 1929, is a first-person account of American Frederic Henry, serving as a Lieutenant ("Tenente") in the ambulance corps of the Italian Army. The

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