The Cosmic Web: Scientific Field Models and Literary Strategies in the Twentieth Century by N. Katherine Hayles

From the central concept of the field—which depicts the world as a mutually interactive whole, with each part connected to every other part by an underlying field— have come models as diverse as quantum mathematics and Saussure’s theory of language. In The Cosmic Web, N. Katherine Hayles seeks to establish the scope of the field concept and to assess its importance for contemporary thought. She then explores the literary strategies that are attributable directly or indirectly to the new paradigm; among the texts at which she looks closely are Robert Pirsig’s Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Nabokov’s Ada, D. H. Lawrence’s early novels and essays, Borges’s fiction, and Thomas Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow.

Author: N. Katherine Hayles

Rating: Rating: 5.00 / 5
5 reviews

A Room of One’s Own (Wisehouse Classics Edition) by Virginia Woolf

ROOM OF ONE’S OWN is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled “Women and Fiction,” which was published in Forum March 1929, and hence the essay, are considered non-fiction. The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figurative space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by men. (more on www.wisehouse-publishing.com)

Author: Virginia Woolf

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
260 reviews

Searching for Gatsby: A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery (A woman private investigator crime series, Book 3) by Niki Danforth

He’s handsome, wealthy, and oh so mysterious…but you can’t judge a book by its cover, right?A fifty-something divorcée turned private eye, Ronnie Lake turns the pages on her current case. Adultery, betrayal, and romance are the main characters until murder steals the scene and plunges her into the exclusive—and unlikely—world of rare book collecting.When a first edition valued at half a million dollars goes missing, everyone becomes a suspect…and a target in this stand-alone mystery in the Ronnie Lake series.Be sure to enjoy the eBook bonus prequel to Ronnie Lake’s story in the first several chapters of “Stunner” and the beginning of “Delilah!”

Author: Niki Danforth

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
112 reviews

Walden by Henry David Thoreau

First published in 1854, Walden recounts American philosopher and naturalist Henry David Thoreau’s experiences over the course of two years, two months, and two days in a cabin he built near Walden Pond, amidst woodland owned by his friend and mentor Ralph Waldo Emerson, near Concord, Massachusetts. The book is part personal declaration of independence, social experiment, voyage of spiritual discovery, satire, and, ultimately, manual for self-reliance.Walden enjoyed some success upon its release, but still took five years to sell 2,000 copies, and then went out of print until Thoreau’s death in 1862. Despite its slow beginnings, later critics have praised it as an American classic that explores natural simplicity, harmony, and beauty. The poet Robert Frost wrote of Thoreau, “In one book … he surpasses everything we have had in America.”

Author: Henry David Thoreau

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
1883 reviews

A Room of One’s Own (Wisehouse Classics Edition) by Virginia Woolf

ROOM OF ONE’S OWN is an extended essay by Virginia Woolf. First published on 24 October 1929, the essay was based on a series of lectures she delivered at Newnham College and Girton College, two women’s colleges at Cambridge University in October 1928. While this extended essay in fact employs a fictional narrator and narrative to explore women both as writers of and characters in fiction, the manuscript for the delivery of the series of lectures, titled “Women and Fiction,” which was published in Forum March 1929, and hence the essay, are considered non-fiction. The essay is generally seen as a feminist text, and is noted in its argument for both a literal and figurative space for women writers within a literary tradition dominated by men. (more on www.wisehouse-publishing.com)

Author: Virginia Woolf

Rating: Rating: 4.20 / 5
252 reviews

Thicker than Blood (Thicker than Blood series Book 1) by C. J. Darlington

Two estranged sisters, one a rare book dealer, the other a cattle rancher, meet again after fifteen years.
Christy Williams finally has her life on track. She’s putting her past behind her and working hard to build a career as an antiquarian book buyer. She could never imagine that a stolen first edition of “For Whom the Bell Tolls” would lead her back to the sister she abandoned fifteen years ago. With her life in danger, can May’s Triple Cross Ranch be the safe haven Christy’s searching for? Will the sisters realize before it’s too late that each possesses what the other desperately needs?
Thicker than Blood is Book #1 in the Thicker than Blood series.
All books stand alone entirely and can be read independently of each other, but for the best reading experience, we suggest reading them in order:

Book #1: Thicker than Blood
Book #2: Bound by Guilt
Book #3: Ties that Bind

Author: C. J. Darlington

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
1083 reviews

Sword of Peace by Louisa M Bauman

What is the secret of the hidden meetings, which are held in the woods at night? Anna had hoped to escape the violence of the Reformation when she moved to Amsterdam. But now, in November 1531, Charles V has sent his Spanish officials to this ‘nest of heretics’ in the Netherlands, determined to rid his empire of all those who refuse to attend the state church. The obstinate shall be executed unless they swear allegiance to the Holy Roman Emperor and the Catholic church, and citizens must report any disloyal activity they notice or suffer the same fate. But Anna can hardly betray Maeyken, her only friend in Amsterdam. The last thing Anna will do is listen to the Anabaptists, let alone join the traitorous sect! If Charles V succeeds, the Anabaptists will be annihilated. Especially the leaders of the new faith, such as Adriaen, a new widower. Anna is embarrassed to be falling for Adriaen, not believing he could ever return her love. Besides, as an Anabaptist preacher, he is unlikely to survive the purging of heretics.In Sword of Peace, struggle with Anna on her journey to find faith, peace, truth and love in this sweeping and romantic historical novel, set during the Reformation in the Netherlands. In those turbulent days, the seeds for the present-day Amish and Mennonites were planted. This story is perfect for fans of historical thrillers and romance alike.

Author: Louisa M Bauman

Rating: Rating: 4.60 / 5
52 reviews

Shelve Under C: A Tale of Used Books and Cats (Turning Pages Book 1) by Jenny Kalahar

A novel for everyone, Shelve Under C is a big, leaning stack of humor, heart, stray cat hairs, old book dust, mystery, family drama, longing and hope. Used bookshops often have a cat or two roaming the aisles, sleeping on the shelves, or sleeping on the customers. Here is a novel all about one bookshop and its resident cats, Stomper and Buglit; and about Kris, a 12-year-old boy who apprentices in the shop. Kris is a little bit like the cats: he’s a foster child getting used to a new family, and the cats are being fostered in the bookshop for the local shelter. Stomper and Buglit are a little bit like Kris: they get into trouble, have some wild adventures, and find out just what being part of a family really means.Unlike some novels that have a bookstore setting, Shelve Under C has the real spirit of the store, its owners, its apprentice, its customers and, especially, its cats as the beating heart of this fuzzy beast. Stomper and Buglit would tell you that they are the main characters of their book. Stomps is grumpy, but Kris knows he has a tender middle. As one reader describes him, he’s like “a surly uncle who always shows up for Thanksgiving, eats, and then disappears to the TV room”. Bug is new to the bookshop. She misses her former person, but Mrs. O’Malley is making her life less lonesome and Buglit, in return, is becoming very important to the bookshop owners in some funny and surprising ways.Kris is trying hard to fit into his new foster family, but even after several months he still feels like an outsider. He becomes an apprentice at the bookshop, where he gradually finds a way to fit back into his own world as well as into his foster family’s. Shelve Under C is full of wonderful characters, a wild storm, a doggy bucking bronco, catnip capers, an almost-deadly chicken salad sandwich, and . . . books! No need to knock — the door is open. So come on in, grab something to read, and get comfy on the big, red sofa.This is the first book in the “Turning Pages” series. 

Author: Jenny Kalahar

Rating: Rating: 4.50 / 5
58 reviews

Searching for Gatsby: A Ronnie Lake Murder Mystery (An Accidental Lady Detective, A Private Investigator Crime Series Book 3) by Niki Danforth

He’s handsome, wealthy, and oh so mysterious…but you can’t judge a book by its cover, right?A fifty-something divorcée turned private eye, Ronnie Lake turns the pages on her current case. Adultery, betrayal, and romance are the main characters until murder steals the scene and plunges her into the exclusive—and unlikely—world of rare book collecting.When a first edition valued at half a million dollars goes missing, everyone becomes a suspect…and a target in this stand-alone mystery in the Ronnie Lake series.Be sure to enjoy the eBook bonus prequel to Ronnie Lake’s story in the first several chapters of “Stunner” and the beginning of “Delilah!”

Author: Niki Danforth

Rating: Rating: 4.40 / 5
106 reviews