The Backwoods of Canada Catharine Parr TRAILL (1802 - 1899) audiobook The writer is as earnest in recommending ladies who belong to the higher class of settlers to cultivate all the mental resources of a superior education, as she is to induce them to discard all irrational and artificial wants and mere useless pursuits. She would willingly direct their attention to the natural history and botany of this new country, in which they will find a never-failing source of amusement and instruction, at Read more [...]
The Lives of the Twelve Caesars audiobook Gaius SUETONIUS TRANQUILLUS (c. 69 - c. 122) and T. FORESTER (? - ?), translated by Alexander THOMSON ( - ) The Twelve Caesars is a set of twelve biographies of Julius Caesar and the first 11 emperors of the Roman Empire. The work was written in 121 during the reign of the emperor Hadrian, while Suetonius was Hadrian's personal secretary. On the Life of the Caesars concentrates on the acts and personalities of the Julio-Claudians and their immediate successors. Read more [...]
Sons and Lovers audiobook by D. H. Lawrence (1885 -- 1930) Published in 1913. This intimate portrait of a coal-miner's family fastens on each member in turn: Walter Morel, the collier; Gertrude, his wife; and the children: William, Annie, Arthur, and Paul. When Mrs. Morel begins to be estranged from her husband because of his poor financial sense and his drinking habits, she comes to inhabit the lives of her children -- most particularly, her sons. She is determined that they will grow to Read more [...]
John Barleycorn or Alcoholic Memoirs by Jack London (1876-1916) Jack London died at the age of forty. In this autobiographical work, London describes his life as seen through the eyes of John Barleycorn (alcohol). There is much controversy about the cause of his death just as there is about alcoholism and addiction. London's brutally frank and honest analysis of his own struggles and bouts with alcohol was way before its time and more modern theories of addiction. With remarkable candor and insight, Read more [...]