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"The wrongdoing of one generation lives into the successive ones and... becomes a pure and uncontrollable mischief." Hawthorne's moral for "The House of the Seven Gables," taken from the Preface, accurately presages his story. The full weight of the gloomy mansion of the title seems to sit on the fortunes of the Pyncheon family. An ancestor took advantage of the Salem witch trials to wrest away the land whereon the house would be raised... but the land's owner, about to be executed as a wizard, cursed the Pyncheon family until such time as they should make restitution. Now, almost two centuries later, the family is in real distress. Hepzibah, an old maid and resident of the house, is forced by advanced poverty to open a shop in a part of the house. Her brother Clifford has just been released from prison after serving a thirty-year sentence for murder, and his mind struggles to maintain any kind of hold on reality. Cousin Judge Jaffrey Pyncheon is making himself odious by threatening to have Clifford committed to an institution. And after all these years, the deed to a vast tract of land, that would settle great wealth on the family, is still missing. One bright ray of sunshine enters the house when cousin Phoebe arrives for an extended stay to allow unhappy matters in her end of the family to sort themselves out. While she lightens the lives of Hepzibah and Clifford, she also attracts the attention of a mysterious lodger named Holgrave, who has placed himself near the Pyncheon family for reasons that only come clear at the end of the story. The real crisis arrives when the Judge, who strongly resembles the Colonel Pyncheon who built the house so many years ago, steps up his demands on Hepzibah and Clifford and unwittingly triggers the curse. (Summary by Mark F. Smith)
Librivox: Lewis and Clark: Meriwether Lewis and William Clark by Lighton, William R.Join Now to Follow
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark - In the years 1804, 1805, and 1806, two men commanded an expedition which explored the wilderness that stretched from the mouth of the Missouri River to where the Columbia enters the Pacific, and dedicated to civilization a new empire. Their names were Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. This book relates that adventure from it's inception through it's completion as well as the effect the expedition had upon the history of the United States. (Summary from the text and Roger Melin)
Niels Klim's Underground Travels, originally published in Latin as "Nicolai Klimii Iter Subterraneum" (1741) is a satirical science-fiction/fantasy novel written by Ludvig Holberg, a Norwegian-Danish dramatist, historian, and essayist, born in Bergen, Norway. It was his first and only novel. It describes a utopian society from an outsider's point of view, and often pokes fun at diverse cultural and social topics such as moral, science, sexual equality, religion, governments, and philosophy. (Summary by Wikipedia)
Another fine history book for children! Published in 1917, Marshall's book of stories from the history of the United States begins with accounts of exploration and settlement, and ends with the presidency of Woodrow Wilson. This is Part 2: Stories of Virginia, from chapter 13 (Captain John Smith) to chapter 21 (The Knights of the Golden Horseshoe). Read along and view the original illustrations at mainlesson.com. The LibriVox recording of Part 1 of this book can be found at http://librivox.org/this-country-of-ours-part-1-by-he-marshall/ (Summary by Kara)
Thomas D'Arcy McGee was an Irish refugee and a father of the Canadian confederation. His work on Irish history is comprehensive, encompassing twelve books; Book 10 subtitled “From the Union of Great Britain and Ireland to the Emancipation of the Catholics”, addresses the period of the creation of the United Kingdom to the granting of religious freedom in Ireland. (Summary by Sibella Denton)
When college professor Travis Harrison meets the copper-headed seductress, Layla Sommers, the two are drawn together with a fierce attraction - a desperate need as impossible as it is inevitable. Layla reminds Travis of his deceased daughter, Randi, and after Layla attempts suicide, he brings her into his home. There, despite her wild mood swings and overt seductiveness, there also come moments of remarkable love and compassion which help Travis come to terms with the truth surrounding his daughter's death. Ultimately, however, Layla's volatile behavior costs Travis his career and his marriage; she even frames him with a murder. The novel opens - and closes - with Travis parked on the side of a cold and desolate highway. He hasn't seen Layla for a year and is waiting for her to emerge from a remote psychiatric center. He holds a gun in his hand...
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Gatehouse Academy Celebrates the Release of \'Underbelly: The Palm Beach No One Talks About\'Join Now to Follow
Gatehouse Academy, a long-trem drug rehab for young adults, is supporting the recent release of the book, "Underbelly: The Palm Beach No One Talks About," written by David Geliebter. It's an intriguing story told by the father of a former Gatehouse Academy graduate of the side of Palm Beach that most people don't get to see.
Hamlet, the first audio version of Lynch Multimediaâ€™s Shakespeare prose adaptations for schoolchildren (and their bamboozled parents) is now available. Although professionally recorded at Motivation Sound Studios in London, the company has decided to release the recording free of charge (without DRM) through garageband.com as an iTunes and MP3 podcast of twenty episodes running 3 hours and 37minutes Michael Matus narrates what is effectively a one man show. Michael graduated from RADA in 1989 and appears principally on the London stage. He has worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company on several occasions, most recently in The Canterbury Tales.