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Amusements in Mathematics

You like to collect puzzles and twist your brain? Then this book is definitely for you. It’s one of the biggest collections of various puzzles based on probability, numbers, algebra… and so much more! Having about 500 illustrations and written in merry style, this book will make you happy and funny for many-many hours and take one of the best places in your collection.

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a wanderer in the spirit

It is a story that narrates us about love that makes man stronger and which doesn't come to the end after death. It is a story written about an existed socialite - Franchezzo who squandered his life time on wine, women and song'. Of course because of such behaving he dies very early and after the death he finds himself roaming in some strange place - one of the lower realms. He is alone, terrified, but he finds the salvation receiving the messages that his beloved sends him through the prayers. Being touched by her selflessness with which she devotes herself to him he decides to find the way out of that cursed place. And he starts his journey to comeback to the earth during which he helps to the other lost souls.
Those who are the followers of the esoteric study have considered Wanderer as one of the most interesting, full and efficient description of the world that is waiting for us after our Earth -life.

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a heap o livin

If asked to name the most popular and prolific poets of the first half of the 20th century those interested in poetry will definitely think of Edgar Albert Guest (1881-1959), also famous as the People's Poet. His life was difficult and diverse. The first steps in his career are connected with the Detroit Free Press where he worked as a copy boy and then as a reporter. In 1898 his first poem was published and soon his next poems widespread throughout the whole North America. In some ways they resembled the verses written by Nick Kenny as they were also light and romantic. During his life in general he created more then 11,000 poems which were gathered in about 20 books, including A Heap O' Livin' (1916), Just Folks (1917), Over Here (1918), The Path to Home (1919), When Day is Done (1921) and Making the House a Home (1922). The collection A Heap O' Livin' rises such important questions like the role of home and family in our life. Everyone who wants to spend some time feeling cozy and comfortable, will be fond of the lyrics.

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an elementary treatise on electricity

An Elementary Treatise on Electricity is a research book written by James Clerk Maxwell. The lecture notes made by Clerk Maxwell and given by him to members of the Cavendish Laboratory are in the basis of the book. There you can find the description of the experiments that show the most important facts about electric charge as a quantity which can be measured, also conclusions from these facts and the detail description of electricity as a phenomenon. The book contains 53 figures and 6 plates, as well as articles from Clerk Maxwell´s landmark book Electricity and Magnetism.

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a course of pure mathematics

This book is a perfect example of classic scientific masterpiece. The textbook is crystal clear, well organized, and thorough. "A Course of Pure Mathematics" is great for teaching yourself mathematics. Hardy is a sincerely elegant, fine, incisive thinker, and his unbounded enthusiasm for his subject, duly controlled by British understatement, shines through every page. He conveys the irresistible, almost addictive quality of math. This book is a little quaint. The terminology used by the author is a bit out of date, e.g. ‘sequences’ are ‘functions of a positive integral variable’. But that’s the thing that makes "A Course of Pure Mathematics" so charming. The book contains a lot of examples. This is a great book for teachers, tutors, and certainly students.

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Aunt Jane of Kentucky

Eliza Calvert Hall was not only an author of fiction but a poet, essayist, folk art historian, and passionate advocate of suffrage and women's rights. As she fought with the timeless problems of work and motherhood, her attempts to heed both the call of her art and her duty to family often left her anxious and frustrated. The fictional world she created, with serene "Aunt Jane" at its center, was therefore all the more remarkable.
Aunt Jane is Eliza Calvert Hall's most unforgettable character. She was a usual old woman from Kentucky. At first time she appeared in the story "Sally Ann's Experience" dressed in a purple calico dress with a white kerchief tied around her throat. The pockets of her gingham apron always had a piece of knitting or some other handiwork. Her cap was a "substantial structure that covered her whole head and was tied securely under her chin." Her voice was a "sweet old treble with a little lisp, caused by the absence of teeth, and her laugh was as clear and joyous as a young girl's."

While hearing about the colorful characters she has known, we also learn that Aunt Jane enjoyed a companionable, egalitarian marriage to her husband Abram, now dead. She also had two brothers, and they both were killed in the Civil War, and at least some of her children have also predeceased her. She occasionally sees her adult grandchildren but prefers staying at home, contentedly sewing her quilts, tending her garden and recollecting people and places from her past. Unafraid to speak her mind, she is nevertheless an incurable optimist, accepting change gracefully and seeing all the good and bad in her long life balancing out for the best--in many ways, the opposite of her opinionated, care-worn and often unhappy creator.
Aunt Jane is a wonderful character. Reading this book you really feel like you are in the room with her, listening to her share memories as only she can. There are several references to clothes and traditions that seem unfamiliar and sometimes unknown to us now, but not so much that the reader couldn't figure them out and enjoy the stories. This book is not only a book about the past of the United States, it is a view into everyday life in the 1800's. Aunt Jane is wise and funny and the characters she describes in the book come to life. Sometimes their lives seem to be easy and careless, but sometimes they don’t. "Aunt Jane of Kentucky" is a book, in which every page has a real life advice. Besides, everyone who is tired of modern non-stop life, will definitely enjoy reading "Aunt Jane of Kentucky", a book describing ordinary life, when people could love and valued what they had. Reading this book is like diving into childhood, when everything seemed so simple and light. Witty phrases and cute and sometimes naive characters will charm you as soon as you open the book. "Aunt Jane of Kentucky" is a classic, that needs to be read.

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Against the Grain

Having rejected the vulgarity of the French upper class and all the human society a single character of the book founds his retreat in a quiet countryside mansion and dedicates himself to meditation and interior decoration. Joris-Karl Huysmans, the author, was an outstanding member of the Decadent movement and proponent of Naturalism. “Against the Grain, also known as “Against Nature”, is in some way a dispute of human ingenuity and nature and a reproduction of the stirred and confusing period in history. It became inspirer of what later became known in England as the Tragic Generation.Moreover, the novel is a peculiar exhibition, presenting descriptions of the Duke’s collection, including four entire chapters devoted to his library.

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a knight of the white cross a tale of the siege of rhodes

G.A. Henty had chosen the tale of a long struggle between the Order of the Knights and the Turks as the subject of this story. It‘s a book of lively interest, and of many eventful episodes full of incident and excitement. Remarkable vivid descriptions, skillfully reproduced atmosphere of the middle Ages and a map of Europe of those times make the reading even more fascinating, especially for the lovers of adventure and history.

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a biographical dictionary of musicians

Theodore Baker’s Biographical Dictionary of Musicians is a classic work of musical biography. It presents 2400 entries of hundreds of composers, conductors, singers, and instrumental virtuosos, as well as important scholars, critics, teachers, librettists, patrons, and impresarios from every country and every period of music. Brief but substantial, it can by right be considered an encyclopedia of a world of music, due to its extensive, well-detailed review of classical and modern music luminaries.

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a ladys life in the rocky mountains

"A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains" by Isabella L Bird (1831 - 1904) represents a series of the author’s letters to her sister, written during her journey to Colorado. In a six-month period of time she covered over a thousand miles alone, riding a horse, often without any appointed destination. The book is actually a detailed record of this fascinating experience filled with beautiful, vivid descriptions of the scenery, the people she met, their way of life. Among others was "Rocky Mountain Jim" Nugent, a rough man, whom she portrayed as an "awful looking a ruffian as one could see”, but who became her guide and companion, and appears in the book in a romantic outlook. A well brought-up young lady, she rode through the American West, wearing Hawaiian riding dress, climbed mountains and helped with grazing.

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