The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders

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Counterpoint #ad - The library is a celebration of books as objects, a celebration of the anthropology and physicality of books and bookish space, and an account of the human side of these hallowed spaces by a leading and passionate bibliophile. To research this book, Stuart Kells traveled around the world with his young family like modern-day "library tourists.

Kells discovered that stories about libraries are stories about people, containing every possible human drama. The best are magical, fabled places whose fame has become part of the cultural wealth they are designed to preserve. Abounds in fascinating tales. The new york Times Book Review. Tracks the history of that greatest of all cultural institutions.

The Library: A Catalogue of Wonders #ad - The washington post Libraries are much more than mere collections of volumes. Excellent. The Library.

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The Four Chinese Classics: Tao Te Ching, Analects, Chuang Tzu, Mencius

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Counterpoint #ad - Hinton's award-winning experience translating a wide range of ancient Chinese poets makes these books sing in English as never before. And with its philosophical story-telling, the Menicius adds depth and complexity to Confucius' vision. Equally influential in the social sphere, Confucious' Analects is the source of social wisdom in China.

But these new versions are not only inviting and immensely readable, they also apply much-needed consistency to key philosophical terms in these texts, lending structural links and philosophical rigor heretofore unavailable in English. The chuang tzu is the wild and wacky prose complement to the Tao Te Ching.

The Four Chinese Classics: Tao Te Ching, Analects, Chuang Tzu, Mencius #ad - The books collected in this volume represent the first time since the mid-nineteenth century that the four seminal masterworks of ancient Chinese thought have been translated as a unified series by a single translator. Breathing new life into these originary classics, Hinton's new translations will stand as the definitive texts for our era.

Perhaps the most broadly influential spiritual text in human history, Lao Tzu's Tao Te Ching is the source of Taoist philosophy, which eventually developed into Ch'an Zen Buddhism.

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Library: An Unquiet History

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W. W. Norton & Company #ad - Through the ages, inspired, libraries have not only accumulated and preserved but also shaped, and obliterated knowledge. Splendidly articulate, informative and provoking. A book to be savored and gone back to. Baltimore sunon the survival and destruction of knowledge, from Alexandria to the Internet. Matthew battles, a rare books librarian and a gifted narrator, from the Vatican to the British Library, from classical scriptoria to medieval monasteries, takes us on a spirited foray from Boston to Baghdad, from socialist reading rooms and rural home libraries to the Information Age.

He explores how libraries are built and how they are destroyed, from the decay of the great Alexandrian library to scroll burnings in ancient China to the destruction of Aztec books by the Spanish—and in our own time, the burning of libraries in Europe and Bosnia. Encyclopedic in its breadth and novelistic in its telling, this volume will occupy a treasured place on the bookshelf next to Baker's Double Fold, Manguel's A History of Reading, Basbanes's A Gentle Madness, and Winchester's The Professor and the Madman.

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A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie

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Bloomsbury Sigma #ad - Fourteen poisons. A is for arsenic is a celebration of the use of science by the undisputed Queen of Crime. Just because it's fiction doesn't mean it's all made-up. Agatha christie revelled in the use of poison to kill off unfortunate victims in her books; indeed, she employed it more than any other murder method, with the poison itself often being a central part of the novel.

. Shortlisted for the bma Book Awards and Macavity Awards 2016Fourteen novels. With gunshots or stabbings the cause of death is obvious, but this is not the case with poisons. Her choice of deadly substances was far from random – the characteristics of each often provide vital clues to the discovery of the murderer.

A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie #ad - It looks at why certain chemicals kill, the cases that may have inspired Christie, how they interact with the body, administering and detecting these poisons, and the feasibility of obtaining, both at the time the novel was written and today. How is it that some compounds prove so deadly, and in such tiny amounts?Christie's extensive chemical knowledge provides the backdrop for A is for Arsenic, in which Kathryn Harkup investigates the poisons used by the murderer in fourteen classic Agatha Christie mysteries.

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The Books That Changed My Life: Reflections by 100 Authors, Actors, Musicians, and Other Remarkable People

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Regan Arts. #ad - Regan arts has teamed up with the literary charity 826National, which will receive a portion of the book’s proceeds to provide students ages 6–18 with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills. One hundred of today’s most prominent literary and cultural icons talk about the books that hold a special place in their hearts—that made them who they are today.

Leading authors, and other notables share the books that changed their life, actors, CEOs, why they love them, politicians, and their passion with readers everywhere. Contributors include al roker, lev grossman, carl hiaasen, gregory maguire, jim shepard, liev schreiber, fay weldon, Eric Idle, Fran Lebowitz, Tim Gunn, Dave Eggers, Laura Lippmann, Jeff Kinney, Emma Straub, Mayim Bialik, Rosanne Cash, Susan Orlean, and Tommy Hilfiger, Gillian Flynn, Margaret Atwood, Nelson DeMille, among others.

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The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean: The Ancient World Economy and the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia and India

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Pen & Sword Military #ad - They sailed from roman ports on the Red Sea to distant kingdoms on the east coast of Africa and the seaboard off southern Arabia. This book examines roman commerce with Indian kingdoms from the Indus region to the Tamil lands. The ancient evidence suggests that international commerce supplied Roman government with up to a third of the revenues that sustained their empire.

It investigates contacts between the Roman Empire and powerful African kingdoms, including the Nilotic regime that ruled Meroe and the rising Axumite Realm. It offers a new international perspective on the Roman Empire and its legacy for modern society. In ancient times large fleets of Roman merchant ships set sail from Egypt on voyages across the Indian Ocean.

The Roman Empire and the Indian Ocean: The Ancient World Economy and the Kingdoms of Africa, Arabia and India #ad - Many continued their voyages across the ocean to trade with the rich kingdoms of ancient India. Freighters from the roman empire left with bullion and returned with cargo holds filled with valuable trade goods, including exotic African products, Arabian incense and eastern spices. Further chapters explore roman dealings with the Arab kingdoms of south Arabia, including the Saba-Himyarites and the Hadramaut Regime, which sent caravans along the incense trail to the ancient rock-carved city of Petra.

The roman empire and the indian ocean is the first book to bring these subjects together in a single comprehensive study that reveals Rome's impact on the ancient world and explains how international trade funded the Legions that maintained imperial rule.

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She-Wolves: The Women Who Ruled England Before Elizabeth

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HarperCollins e-books #ad - Helen castor has an exhilarating narrative gift.  .  .  . Readers will love this book, finding it wholly absorbing and rewarding. Hilary mantel, eye-opening examination of women and power in england, booker prize-winning author of Wolf Hall In the tradition of Antonia Fraser, and Alison Weir, David Starkey, prize-winning historian Helen Castor delivers a compelling, witnessed through the lives of six women who exercised power against all odds—and one who never got the chance.

Exploring the narratives of the empress matilda, eleanor of aquitaine, margaret of Anjou, Isabella of France, and other “she-wolves, Lady Jane Grey, ” as well as that of the Nine Days' Queen, Castor invokes a magisterial discussion of how much—and how little—has changed through the centuries.

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A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Lore, and Lists on Collecting , Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books

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Crown #ad - A collection of sixty classic and contemporary essays, the feeling of spending hours browsing through a bookstore, stories, lists, quotations, and cartoons that celebrates the joys of reading, poems, and the people for whom buying books is a necessity. Booklovers will find themselves in good company within the pages of a passion for books, dealing with the question everyone with a sizable library is inevitably asked: "Have you read all these books?"; Gustave Flaubert's Bibliomania, the tale of a book collector so obsessed with owning a book that he is willing to kill to possess it; and Anna Quindlen's How Reading Changed My Life, beginning with science-fiction great Ray Bradbury's foreword and throughout contributions like-- Umberto Eco's How to Justify a Private Library, in which she shares her optimistic view on the role of reading and the future of books in the computer age.

Interspersed throughout are entertaining lists--ten bestselling books Rejected by Publishers Twenty Times or More, book clubs, Norman Mailer's Ten Favorite American Novels and many more-- plus select writings on bookstores, cartoons about books and a specially prepared "bibliobibliography" of books about books.

A Passion for Books: A Book Lover's Treasury of Stories, Essays, Humor, Lore, and Lists on Collecting , Reading, Borrowing, Lending, Caring for, and Appreciating Books #ad - Whether you consider yourself a bibliomaniac or just someone who enjoys reading, informative, A Passion for Books will provide you with a lifetime's worth of entertaining, and pleasurable reading on your favorite subject--the love of books.

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The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes: The Ancient World Economy & the Empires of Parthia, Central Asia & Han China

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Pen & Sword History #ad - Raoul mclaughlin also delves deeply into Rome’s trade ventures through the Tarim territories, which led its merchants to the Han Empire of ancient China. Further chapters examine the development of Palmyra as a leading caravan city on the edge of Roman Syria. Though they were matched in scale, the Han surpassed its European rival in military technology.

Having established a system of central Asian trade routes known as the Silk Road, the Han carried eastern products as far as Persia and the frontiers of the Roman Empire. A fascinating history of the intricate web of trade routes connecting ancient Rome to Eastern civilizations, including its powerful rival, the Han Empire.

The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes: The Ancient World Economy & the Empires of Parthia, Central Asia & Han China #ad - The roman empire and the silk routes investigates the trade routes between Rome and the powerful empires of inner Asia, including the Parthian Empire of ancient Persia, and the Kushan Empire which seized power in Bactria Afghanistan, laying claim to the Indus Kingdoms. The first book to address these subjects in a single comprehensive study, The Roman Empire and the Silk Routes explores Rome’s impact on the ancient world economy and reveals what the Chinese and Romans knew about their rival Empires.

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Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her

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Mariner Books #ad - Here, nancy was brought to life by two women: mildred wirt benson, a pioneering journalist from iowa, in a narrative with all the page-turning pace of Nancy’s adventures, Melanie Rehak solves an enduring literary mystery: Who created Nancy Drew? And how did she go from pulp heroine to icon?   The brainchild of children’s book mogul Edward Stratemeyer, and Harriet Stratemeyer Adams, a well-bred wife and mother who took over her father’s business empire as CEO.

As beloved by girls today as she was by their grandmothers, Nancy Drew has both inspired and reflected the changes in her readers’ lives. Grab your flashlights, girls. The true story behind the iconic fictional detective is “a fascinating chapter in the history of publishing” The Seattle Times. In this century-spanning, “absorbing and delightful” story, the author traces their roles—and Nancy’s—in forging the modern American woman The Wall Street Journal.

Girl Sleuth: Nancy Drew and the Women Who Created Her #ad - The mystery of Carolyn Keene is about to begin. Karen joy Fowler. An edgar award winner for best biography and a chicago tribune best book of the year   the plucky “titian-haired” sleuth solved her first mystery in 1930—and eighty million books later, World War II, Nancy Drew has survived the Depression, and the sixties when she was taken up with a vengeance by women’s libbers to enter the pantheon of American culture.

It’s truly fun to see behind the scenes of the girl sleuth’s creation. Publishers weekly   “as much a social history of the times as a book about the popular series .

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Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era

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Skyhorse #ad - While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home. Corsets and codpieces is a fascination read for history buffs and fashionistas alike.

Skyhorse publishing, the american civil war, ancient rome, as well as our arcade imprint, conspiracies, gladiators, medieval times, the JFK assassination, Hitler and his henchmen, are proud to publish a broad range of books for readers interested in history--books about World War II, the Third Reich, the old West, the American Revolution, Vikings, and much more.

Have you ever wondered why we wear the type of clothes we do? Packed with outlandish outfits, this exciting history of fashion trends reveals the flamboyant fashions adopted and discarded by our ancestors. In the days before cosmetic surgery, painted their faces with poisonous concoctions, people used bum rolls and bombastic breeches to augment their figures, and doused themselves with scent to cover body odor.

Corsets and Codpieces: A History of Outrageous Fashion, from Roman Times to the Modern Era #ad - Take a fresh look at history’s hidden fashion disasters and discover the stories behind historical garments: How removing a medieval woman’s headdress could reveal her as a harlot Why Tudor men traded in their oversized codpieces for corsets How crinoline caused a spate of shoplifting among Victorian ladiesKaren Bowman charts our sartorial history from the animal skins first used to cover our modesty and show off hunting skills, right up to the twentieth-century drive for practicality and comfort.

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