Numbers: Their Tales, Types, and Treasures


Numbers: Their Tales, Types, and Treasures
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Eighteenth-Century Escape Tales by Michael J. Mulryan+

Eighteenth-Century Escape Tales: Between Fact and Fiction by Michael J. Mulryan , Denis D. Grélé , Rori Bloom , Léa Lebourg-Leportier , Claire Trevien
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Overview: This volume is a study of the interdisciplinary nature of prison escape tales and their impact on European cultural identity in the eighteenth century. Prison escape narratives are reflections of the tension between the individual’s potential happiness via freedom and the confines of the social order. Contemporary readers identified with the prisoner, who, like them suffered the injustices of an absolutist regime. The state imprisons such renegades not just out of a desire to protect the public but more importantly to protect the state itself. Hence, prison escape tales can be linked with a revolutionary tendency: when free, such former detainees equipped with a pen openly and justly challenge the status quo, hoping to inspire their readers to do the same. Escape tales have had a considerable impact on cultural identity, because they embody the interdependent relationship between literature and myth on the one hand and literature and history on the other.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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Eighteenth-Century Escape Tales by Michael J. Mulryan+

Eighteenth-Century Escape Tales: Between Fact and Fiction by Michael J. Mulryan , Denis D. Grélé , Rori Bloom , Léa Lebourg-Leportier , Claire Trevien
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Overview: This volume is a study of the interdisciplinary nature of prison escape tales and their impact on European cultural identity in the eighteenth century. Prison escape narratives are reflections of the tension between the individual’s potential happiness via freedom and the confines of the social order. Contemporary readers identified with the prisoner, who, like them suffered the injustices of an absolutist regime. The state imprisons such renegades not just out of a desire to protect the public but more importantly to protect the state itself. Hence, prison escape tales can be linked with a revolutionary tendency: when free, such former detainees equipped with a pen openly and justly challenge the status quo, hoping to inspire their readers to do the same. Escape tales have had a considerable impact on cultural identity, because they embody the interdependent relationship between literature and myth on the one hand and literature and history on the other.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Educational

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Dork Diaries 13: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday


Dork Diaries 13: Tales from a Not-So-Happy Birthday
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Gautrek’s Saga and Other Medieval Tales by Hermann Palsson+

Gautrek’s Saga and Other Medieval Tales by Hermann Palsson, Paul Edwards
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Overview: Translated with an introduction by Hermann Pálsson and Paul Edwards.

The five sagas in this volume first appeared in print in the early part of the 19th century, and their manuscript tradition goes back to the 14th and 15 th centuries. The present translations are based on the edition in "Fornaldarsögur Norðurlanda", ed. Guðni Jónsson (Reykjavik, 1950).
Genre: Non-Fiction > Faith, Beliefs & Philosophy

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Double Homicide: Two Tales of True Crime by John Coston

Double Homicide: Two Tales of True Crime by John Coston
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Overview: Two riveting true crime sagas-of a mother who murdered her two sons, and a sex-crazed serial killer who terrorized Montana-together in one volume.

In this terrifying collection, veteran reporter and former Wall Street Journal editor John Coston recounts the disturbing crimes of Ellen Boehm and Wayne Nance, two seemingly ordinary citizens who killed for the most twisted and selfish reasons.

Sleep, My Child, Forever: Single mom Ellen Boehm appeared to be a devoted mother. But in reality, she was unequipped for motherhood, financially strapped, and desperate. Within a year of each other, her sons, ages two and four, died mysteriously, and Boehm’s eight-year-old daughter suffered a near-fatal accident when a hair dryer fell into the girl’s bath. Det. Sgt. Joseph Burgoon of St. Louis Homicide soon unraveled a labyrinth of deception, greed, and obsession that revealed a cold-blooded killer whose get-rich-quick scheme came at the cost of her children’s lives.

To Kill and Kill Again: To neighbors, Wayne Nance appeared to be an affable, considerate, and trustworthy guy. No one knew that he was the “Missoula Mauler,” a psychopath responsible for a series of sadistic sex slayings that rocked the idyllic town between 1974 and 1986. His victims included a preacher’s wife, a teenage runaway, and a female acquaintance. Then, one September night, Nance pushed his luck, preying on a couple that lived to tell the tale.
Genre: Non-Fiction > Biographies & Memoirs

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Great Tales From English History Vol 2: Joan of Arc The Princes in The Tower Sir Isaac Newton

Great Tales From English History Vol 2: Joan of Arc The Princes in The Tower Sir Isaac Newton and More [Audiobook]

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Great Tales From English History Vol 1: The Truth About King Arthur Lady Godiva Richard The Lionhear

Great Tales From English History Vol 1: The Truth About King Arthur Lady Godiva Richard The Lionheart and More [Audiobook]

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The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience [Audiobook]

The Nocturnal Brain: Tales of Nightmares and Neuroscience [Audiobook]

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Tales of Valhalla: Norse Myths and Legends


Tales of Valhalla: Norse Myths and Legends
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Classic Tales of Hauntings [Audiobook]

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Great Tales from English History Vol 2 by Robert Lacey

Great Tales from English History Vol 2: Joan of Arc, the Princes in the Tower, Bloody Mary, Oliver Cromwell, Sir Isaac Newton, and More by Robert Lacey
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Overview: The greatest historians are vivid storytellers, Robert Lacey reminds us, and in Great Tales from English History, he proves his place among them, illuminating in unforgettable detail the characters and events that shaped a nation. In this volume, Lacey limns the most important period in England’s past, highlighting the spread of the English language, the rejection of both a religion and a traditional view of kingly authority, and an unstoppable movement toward intellectual and political freedom from 1387 to 1689. Opening with Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales and culminating in William and Mary’s "Glorious Revolution," Lacey revisits some of the truly classic stories of English history: the Battle of Agincourt, where Henry V’s skilled archers defeated a French army three times as large; the tragic tale of the two young princes locked in the Tower of London (and almost certainly murdered) by their usurping uncle, Richard III; Henry VIII’s schismatic divorce, not just from his wife but from the authority of the Catholic Church; "Bloody Mary" and the burning of religious dissidents; Sir Francis Drake’s dramatic, if questionable, part in the defeat of the Spanish Armada; and the terrible and transformative Great Fire of London, to name but a few. Here Anglophiles will find their favorite English kings and queens, villains and victims, authors and architects – from Richard II to Anne Boleyn, the Virgin Queen to Oliver Cromwell, Samuel Pepys to Christopher Wren, and many more. Continuing the "eminently readable, highly enjoyable" (St. Louis Post-Dispatch) history he began in volume I of Great Tales from English History, Robert Lacey has drawn on the most up-to-date research to present a taut and riveting narrative, breathing life into the most pivotal characters and exciting landmarks in England’s history.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Great Tales from English History Vol 1 by Robert Lacey

Great Tales from English History Vol 1: The Truth About King Arthur, Lady Godiva, Richard the Lionheart, and More by Robert Lacey
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Overview: Great Tales from English History, Robert Lacey captures some of the most pivotal moments: the stories and extraordinary characters that helped shape a nation. This first volume begins in 7150 BC with the intriguing life and death of Cheddar Man and ends in 1381 with Wat Tyler and the Peasants’ Revolt. We meet the Greek navigator Pytheas, whose description of the woad-painting Celts yielded pretanniké (‘the land of the painted people’), which became the Latin word Britannia. We witness the Roman victory celebrations of AD 43, where a squadron of elephants was paraded through Colchester. And we visit the New Forest in 1100, and the mysterious shooting of King William Rufus.Packed with insight, humour and fascinating detail, Robert Lacey brings the stories that made England brilliantly to life. From Ethelred the Unready to Richard the Lionheart, the Venerable Bede to Piers the Ploughman, this is, quite simply, history as history should be told.
Genre: Audiobooks > Non-Fiction

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Tales from the Skies by Katherine McIntyre