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Items in the Books category might be assigned on reading lists, but are not in and of themselves “educational.” Here you’ll find biographies, fiction, non-fiction, children’s books, and other such publications.

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  • Artemis Fowl #1: Artemis Fowl (Paperback)

    Artemis Fowl #1: Artemis Fowl (Paperback)

    $1.95

    "The story began several years ago at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Artemis Fowl had devised a plan to restore his family's fortune. A plan that could topple civilizations and plunge the planet into a cross-species war. He was only twelve years old at the time..." — From the Prologue

  • Shakespeare: Four Tragedies (Paperback)

    Shakespeare: Four Tragedies (Paperback)

    $3.99

    "The four tragedies in this volume are linked in a number of thematic ways. They all confront the nature of evil, as Shakespeare's classical tragedies generally do not. Human failure is often measured in terms of good and evil." — David Bevington, Editor

  • Signet Classic Shakespeare: Four Great Comedies (Paperback

    Signet Classic Shakespeare: Four Great Comedies (Paperback)

    $3.99

    "'Comedies,' as one of Shakespeare's contemporaries wrote, 'begin in trouble and end in peace.' This is certainly true of the four masterworks selected for this collection." — From the back cover

  • The New Penguin Shakespeare: Henry V (Paperback)

    The New Penguin Shakespeare: Henry V (Paperback)

    $2.46

    "The popularity of the subject hardly needs explaining. Not only did Henry's reign stand out to later generations by contrast with the preceding troubles of Richard II and Henry IV, and the succeeding disasters of Henry VI, but Henry's almost miraculous conversion from wild youth to ideal king was an article of faith going back to chronicles contemporary with Henry himself. The king reborn from evil to good, and leading a heroic campaign to a famous victory, was irresistibly attractive." — A. R. Humphreys, Editor, in the Introduction

  • Shakespeare: Richard II (Paperback)

    Shakespeare: Richard II (Paperback)

    $3.85

    "Although Shakespeare lived and wrote hundreds of years ago, his name rolls off my tongue as if he were my brother. As a producer and director, I feel that there is a professional relationship between us that spans the centuries. As a human being, I feel that Shakespeare has enriched my understanding of life immeasurably. I hope you'll let him do the same for you." — Joseph Papp in the Foreword

  • Giant Treasury of Beatrix Potter (Hardback)

    Giant Treasury of Beatrix Potter (Hardback)

    $4.55

    "The five stories collected here, all with their original illustrations, are a charming sample of the work of Beatrix Potter." — Anne Ficklen in the Foreword

  • The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci: Leonardo da Vinci on Art and the Artist (Hardback)

    The Genius of Leonardo da Vinci: Leonardo da Vinci on Art and the Artist (Hardback)

    $4.49

    This is a compilation of the notes, writings and speeches of Leonardo da Vinci enhanced by segments from the writings of biographers and the author to show the many facets of one of the greatest men in history.

  • How to Develop Your Child's Gifts and Talents in Writing (Paperback)

    How to Develop Your Child's Gifts and Talents in Writing (Paperback)

    $2.99

    "These investigations into the world of writing should be entered into together, in the spirit of exploration. You investment of time and energy will help to spark your child's interest." — Note to Parents

  • The Phillie Phanatic´s Happiest Memories (Paperback)

    The Phillie Phanatic's Happiest Memories (Paperback)

    $5.49

    "The Phillie Phanatic has been the Philadelphia Phillie's biggest cheerleader and baseball's zaniest mascot for as long as anyone can remember. But one thing the Phanatic has a hard time doing is keeping his room neat and clean. Will his mom, Phoebe Phanatic, ever get to see the Phanatic's room tidied up?" — From the back cover

  • On Free Choice of the Will [by] Saint Augustine (Paperback)

    On Free Choice of the Will [by] Saint Augustine (Paperback)

    $1.99

    "As J. H. S. Burleigh has remarked in his recent study, we find in Augustine's De libero arbitrio 'a work which is the highwater mark of his philosophical writing.' Certainly Augustine continued to regard it highly as a medium for the expression of his ideas." — Anna S. Benjamin and L. H. Hackstaff, Translators in Translator's Introduction

  • Treasure Island (Paperback)

    Treasure Island (Paperback)

    $2.99

    "Masterfully crafted, Treasure Island is a stunning yarn of piracy on the fiery tropic seas—an unforgettable tale of treachery that embroils a host of legendary swashbucklers from honest young Jim Hawkins to sinister, two-timing Israel Hands to evil incarnate, blind Pew. But above all, Treasure Island is a complex study of good and evil as embodied by that hero-villain Long John Silver, the merry, unscrupulous buccaneer-rogue whose greedy lust for gold cannot help but win the heart of everyone who ever longed for romance, treasure, and adventure." — From the Back Cover

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Volcano (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Volcano (Hardback)

    $3.95

    Did you know the loudest explosion in recorded history was not caused by a man-made bomb, but by a volcano in the South Pacific? Krakatoa in the straits of Java exploded August 27, 1883 destroying the island and killing more than 36,000 people in a blast that could be heard over 8,727 miles away in San Francisco, California. Learn more about the power of volcanoes in this wonderful volume.

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Underground Worlds (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Underground Worlds (Hardback)

    $3.95

    "Caves are the result of minute incremental etchings of a variety of natural processes that, over a period of many millennia, have hollowed cavities extending for scores of miles into the earth's interior."—from The Lure of the Abyss (page 7)

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Restless Oceans (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Restless Oceans (Hardback)

    $3.95

    "The earth is misnamed, for it is more water than land. Seventy-two percent of the planet is covered by a briny mantle whose depth averages two and a quarter miles. And, though geographers speak of many separate seas and oceans, the watery realm is not actually partitioned by land masses; it is a single ocean in which the continents are islands rather than barriers."—from A Briny Mantle for the Earth (page 7)

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Noble Metals (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Noble Metals (Hardback)

    $3.95

    "Humanity's never-ending search for precious metals has been a galvanizing force in the developing science of geology. Yet for all the fierce economic motivation underlying it, the study of the earth and its secret workings has been a late blooming science. Seldom has a subject been so shrouded in myth, magic and misconception."—from The Genesis of Mineral Treasures (page 51)

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Forest (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Forest (Hardback)

    $3.95

    "Across the planet, tens of thousands of different tree species have conquered almost every kind of climate and terrain."—from The Many Faces of the Forest (page 6) Learn more about these wonders of nature; their anatomy, their types and their beauty in this volume from the Planet Earth series

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Flood (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Flood (Hardback)

    $3.95

    "It is the simplest substance on earth, merely two atoms of hydrogen and one of oxygen. Early philosophers embraced it as the fundamental building block of the universe, the wellspring of life itself—and they were not far wrong. It bathes the world with countless forms: a spring spurting from a mountain side, the glass mirror of a still lake, a river gliding silently to the sea.
    But water—this beneficial liquid, so tranquil, soft and tractable—has a murderous Janus face as well.—from Florence's Ordeal by Flood (page 7)

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Earthquake (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Earthquake (Hardback)

    $3.95

    "For centuries scientists have struggled to comprehend the place of this terrible force in the natural order of things. Success eluded them until sophisticated instruments made it possible to listen to the innermost mutterings of the globe, calibrate with unprecedented precision the growth of mountains and examine the deepest seas. The discoveries confounded reason: Oceans were opening and closing, continents were being torn asunder in some places and crunched together in titanic collision elsewhere."—from The Dread Power of an Earthquake (page 7)

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Continents in Collision (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Continents in Collision (Hardback)

    $3.95

    "Mountains, the most spectacular issue of the geologic processes that shape the earth's crust, defied comprehension for centuries...As recent as 1962, the origin of mountains remained naggingly obscure, and some geologists despaired of soon finding an explanation:"—from Making Sense of Mountains (page 7)

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Atmosphere (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Atmosphere (Hardback)

    $3.95

    "The sky presents an eternally unfolding spectacle. One moment puffs of cumulus clouds skitter across it; the next, a billowing thunderhead perhaps 10 miles high may loom over the horizon. The 19th Century British author John Ruskin described the aerial drama as 'almost human in its passions, almost spiritual in its tenderness, almost divine in its infinity.'"—from The Protean Sky (page 6)

  • Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Arid Lands (Hardback)

    Time-Life Books Planet Earth: Arid Lands (Hardback)

    $3.95

    "Unlike any other environment on earth, a desert is defined by what it lacks: water, soil, vegetation and population. By that standard, the beautiful blue planet is a far less benign place than might be imagined."—from The Austere Beauty of the Desert (page 6)

  • The American Wilderness: Wild Alaska (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: Wild Alaska (Hardback)

    $1.50

    This book mostly addresses Alaska, but Siberia and portions of the Yukon Territory and British Columbia in Canada are also included. The cold wilderness takes up a sizable portion of the earth's surface, where "all but the southern coastal area has a mean annual temperature below freezing." — quote from "The Alaskan Experience" (page 33)

  • The American Wilderness: Urban Wilds (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: Urban Wilds (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "Though 'urban wilderness' would seem to be a contradiction in terms, many an American city has within or around its borders one or more natural enclaves that fully fit the description. New York, the ultimate metropolis, contains a wealth of such wild places." — from "Pockets of Wilderness in the Metropolis" (page 18)

  • The American Wilderness: The Southern Appalachians (Hardback)

    The American Wilderness: The Southern Appalachians (Hardback)

    $1.50

    "The gently rolling, wooded Southern Appalachians are capped with the most richly varied deciduous forest in North America. The fertile groves, broad valleys and myriad streams offer congenial habitats to a remarkable diversity of plant and animal life." — from "Mountains of Understated Beauty" (page 19)

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