Life in the Clearings versus the Bush

Life in the Clearings versus the Bush by Susanna Moodie

Life in the Clearings versus the Bush by Susanna Moodie

As a middle class Englishwoman Moodie did not particularly enjoy “the bush”, as she called it. She and her husband moved to Belleville in 1840, which she referred to as “the clearings”. Here she described urban life, including religion, art, and education, especially as compared to relative lack of these things in “the bush”. She studied the Family Compact and became sympathetic to the moderate reformers led by Robert Baldwin, while remaining critical of radical reformers such as William Lyon Mackenzie. This caused problems for her husband, who shared her views, but, as sheriff of Belleville, had to work with members and supporters of the Family Compact. (Summary from Wikipedia)

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The Makers of Canada: Champlain

The Makers of Canada: Champlain by N.-E. Dionne

The Makers of Canada: Champlain by N.-E. Dionne

A biography of Samuel de Champlain, French explorer, founder of Quebec, and father of New France.

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Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark

Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft

Letters on Sweden, Norway, and Denmark by Mary Wollstonecraft

Letters Written During a Short Residence in Sweden, Norway, and Denmark is a personal travel narrative by the eighteenth-century British feminist writer Mary Wollstonecraft. The twenty-five letters cover a wide range of topics, from sociological reflections on Scandinavia and its peoples to philosophical questions regarding identity. Published by Wollstonecraft’s career-long publisher, Joseph Johnson, it was the last work issued during her lifetime.

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England

England by Sir Frank Fox

England by Sir Frank Fox

What is this strange land called England; so small in size yet so powerful in influence? What makes her so unique, talented and persistent? This book attempts to answer that. It is a short, well written explanation of England as a unique country written by someone who loved it deeply and yet, as an Australian, could be a bit impartial. In the first part he explains the ‘making’ of England; the Britons and the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons and the Normands. But from there he attempts to give an essence or flavor, delving into the work, the play, the schools, the churches and especially the landscape which make it special. “I have sought in this book to give an impression of some of the most “English” features of the land, devoting a little space first to an attempt to explain the origins of the English people. Thus the English fields and flowers and trees, the English homes and schools are given far more attention than English cities, English manufactures; for they are more peculiar to the land and the people. More markedly than in any superiority of her material greatness England stands apart from the rest of the world as the land of green trees and meadows, the land of noble schools and of sweet homes” from the preface

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John James Audubon

John James Audubon by John Burroughs

John James Audubon by John Burroughs

Audubon’s life naturally divides itself into three periods: his youth, which was on the whole a gay and happy one, and which lasted till the time of his marriage at the age of twenty-eight; his business career which followed, lasting ten or more years, and consisting mainly in getting rid of the fortune his father had left him; and his career as an ornithologist which, though attended with great hardships and privations, brought him much happiness and, long before the end, substantial pecuniary rewards.

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How to Tell a Story and Other Essays

How to Tell a Story and Other Essays by Mark Twain

How to Tell a Story and Other Essays by Mark Twain

In his inimitable way, Mark Twain gives sound advice about how to tell a story, then lets us in on some curious incidents he experienced, and finishes with a trip that proves life-changing.

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Eleven Theses on Feuerbach

Eleven Theses on Feuerbach by Karl Marx

Eleven Theses on Feuerbach by Karl Marx

The “Theses on Feuerbach” are eleven short philosophical notes written by Karl Marx. They outline a critique of the ideas of Marx’s fellow Young Hegelian philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach. The theses form a basis for the activism emphasized by Marx’s work, and this short text is perhaps best know for its ending – a Eureka for revolutionary socialism.

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The Life of Kit Carson

The Life of Kit Carson by Edward Sylvester Ellis

The Life of Kit Carson by Edward Sylvester Ellis

Christopher Carson, or as he was familiarly called, Kit Carson, was a man whose real worth was understood only by those with whom he was associated or who closely studied his character. He was more than hunter, trapper, guide, Indian agent and Colonel in the United States Army

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Scott’s Last Expedition

Scott's Last Expedition by Robert Falcon Scott

Scott's Last Expedition by Robert Falcon Scott

Capt. Robert F. Scott’s bid to be the leader of the first expedition to reach the South Pole is one of the most famous journeys of all time. What started as a scientific expedition turned out to be an unwilling race against a team lead by R. Admunsen to reach the Pole. The Norwegian flag already stood at the end of the trail when Scott’s party reached their target. All the five men of the Scott expedition who took part in the last march to the Pole perished on their way back to safety.

Robert F. Scott kept a journal throughout the journey, all the way to the tragic end, documenting all aspects of the expedition. The famous last words of the journal were: ‘It seems a pity, but I do not think I can write more. For God’s sake look after our people.’

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The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers

The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers by Abraham Tomlinson

The Military Journals of Two Private Soldiers by Abraham Tomlinson

“Perceiving that much of the intrinsic value of these Journals would consist in a proper understanding of the historical facts to which allusions are made in them, I prevailed upon Mr. Lossing, the well-known author of the “Pictorial Field-Book of the Revolution” to illustrate and elucidate these diaries by explanatory notes. His name is a sufficient guaranty for their accuracy and general usefulness”

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