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Guide for the Perplexed
Moses Maimonides

Empire Books, 2013

Written in the 12th century, Moses Maimonides’ “Guide for the Perplexed” was a long letter to one of his rabbinical students discussing a variety of philosophical matters concerning theology. In part, the text seeks to clarify some of the contradictions between the literal meaning of the Torah and its philosophical explications. A strong influence on philosophical discourse since its publication, the text continues to interest ...


Cape Cod
Henry David Thoreau

Empire Books, 2013

Arguably some of Thoreau’s most beautiful writings on American history and natural scenery, this collection is dedicated to the poet’s ruminations on the beaches of Cape Cod. Exploring the variety of natural life and human interests that have intersected on the Cape, Thoreau brings the richness of its history and natural beauty to life with his poetic, and occasionally outlandish, musings.


In His Steps
Charles Monroe Sheldon

Empire Books, 2012

One of the bestselling books of all time, Sheldon’s 1897 classic was the first book to coin and popularize the famous question, “What would Jesus do?” The novel tells the story of a small town whose residents are compelled by the local pastor to ask this question before their every action. The challenge ultimately transforms the lives of these residents as they discover the unexpected consequences of aspiring to live like Christ and do ...


Saint Francis of Assisi
G. K. Chesterton

Empire Books, 2013

This is Chesterton’s touching take on one of the most beloved and celebrated saints in the Christian calendar, Saint Francis of Assini. Contrasting Francis’s principled asceticism and tender sentiments with the arcane savagery of the Middle Ages, Chesterton reveals the extent to which Francis’ love of women and animal kind made him a thinker and Christian practitioner that was truly ahead of his time.


Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties: A Guide to Building Shelters in the Wilderness
Daniel Carter Beard

Empire Books, 2012

One of the founders of the Boy Scouts of America, Beard provides a hand-on guide for building a variety of habitable structures in the wilderness and other difficult environments. Shelters, Shacks, and Shanties provides easy-to-follow instructions on building everything from tents to teepees to log cabins.


The Communist Manifesto
Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels

Empire Books, 2011

Perhaps the most influential political work of all time, this slim volume penned by Marx and Engels in 1848 remains a relevant description of the tensions which continue to define the social classes. The Communist Manifesto goes forward to describe the Communist Party as envisioned by the Communist League, which commissioned the work. Boldly stating that the history of human civilization itself is the history of class struggle, this ambitious ...


The Worst Journey in the World
Apsley Cherry-Garrard

Empire Books, 2011

In 1910 – hoping that the study of penguin eggs would provide an evolutionary link between birds and reptiles - a group of explorers left Cardiff by boat on an expedition to Antarctica. Not all of them would return. Written by one of its survivors, “The Worst Journey in the World” tells the moving and dramatic story of the disastrous expedition.


Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management
Isabella Beeton

Empire Books, 2011

“Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household Management” is many things, but it is first and foremost a guide to managing a household. In addition to offering advice on a wide range of domestic topics, the book contains hundreds of recipes. A compendium of practical information about everything from animal husbandry to seasonal produce, this Victorian classic is both fascinating and useful.


Jude the Obscure
Thomas Hardy

Empire Books, 2012

The last of Hardy’s novels, Jude the Obscure offers some of the author’s most valuable insights into the issues of class, religion, and marriage. It tells the story of Jude Fawley, an aspiring academic from the working-class who falls in love with Sue, his cousin. Finding that their relationship only incurs the wrath and judgment of their community, Jude and Sue experience ostracism and tragedy in this highly controversial Victorian novel.


Lily Paradis

Empire Books, 2014

After her father’s untimely demise in a mining accident and her mother’s abandonment, Lauren Lindsay is no stranger to loss. She’s used to living life for one person: herself. That is, until another family tragedy thrusts three children into her care and uproots her life in ways she could never imagine. Lauren's first instinct is to run, until she meets their striking, mysterious neighbor Dean Powell. Their immediate chemistry and his ...


The Life of Abraham Lincoln
Henry Ketcham

Empire Books, 2013

In his introduction to “The Life of Abraham Lincoln,” Henry Ketcham notes that there has been so much written about Lincoln that the legend has begun to obscure, if not to efface, the man. “In this biography the single purpose has been to present the living man with such distinctness of outline that the reader may have a sort of feeling of being acquainted with him.” Ketcham’s clearly-written, unadorned account of Lincoln’s life ...


Group Psychology and The Analysis of The Ego
Sigmund Freud

Empire Books, 2011

One of Freud’s most introducing contributions to the study of psychology, this work explores group solidarity and behavior through the lens of psychoanalysis. While Freud helps to illuminate some of the nuances of group psychology, this work provokes many questions as to what makes people, and groups, think and behave as they do.


On the Incarnation
Saint Athanasius

Empire Books, 2013

As one of history’s most passionate defenders of Christian doctrine, Saint Athanasius is notable for his apologist essays and their substantial contribution to early Orthodox theology. As a bishop serving in fourth century Alexandria, Athanasius composed this essay in his early life and devoted it to a number of issues still debated by theologians today, including monotheism, spiritual salvation, and the divine nature of Jesus Christ.


On the Origin of Species
Charles Darwin

Empire Books, 2011

In 1831, naturalist and geologist Charles Darwin joined the Beagle expedition to Tierra del Fuego. What he observed when he got to the new world would eventually lead him to formulate his theory of natural selection. Published in 1859, “On the Origin of the Species” is the controversial classic that revolutionized natural science and altered our understanding of the world.


Karate: Pin'an Katas in Depth
Keiji Tomiyama

Empire Books, 2006

About this bookThis excellent work, with more than 800 photos for ease of use, is designed to help students get the most out of the study and training of the five essential Pi Nan kata. Tomiyama Sensei, one of the leading Shito Ryu instructors in the world, not only demonstrates the katas, advising on performance and underlying principles, but also brings together sets of bunkai applications to aid understanding of the content. It is through the ...


First Love
Ivan Turgenev

Empire Books, 2013

The guests at a party decide to tell each other about their first loves. When it is his turn to speak, Vladimir Petrovich decides that he would rather write down the story of his futile love for an older woman, the beautiful and capricious Zinaida Alexandrovna Zasyekina. Originally published in 1860, “First Love” remains one of Turgenev’s most popular short works.


The Way of the World
William Congreve

Empire Books, 2013

Regarded by critics as one of the greatest comedies of England’s Restoration Period, Congreve’s The Way of the World tells the story of Mirabell and Millamant, two lovers seeking marriage against the wishes of the latter’s aunt, Lady Wishfort. Knowing that they will not receive Millamant’s full dowry without the resentful Lady Wishfort’s blessing, the lovers go to enormous lengths to secure their inheritance and vindicate their love. ...


The Tale of Genji
Murasaki Shikibu

Empire Books, 2013

A classic of Japanese literature and candidate for the world’s first novel, The Tale of Genji tells the story of the son of the emperor and his descent to commoner status. Genji’s life of ever-changing fortunes and romances offer the reader a unique look at Japan’s golden age and the drama of the Imperial Court. One of the first literary works to feature compelling character psychologies and development, The Tale of Genji remains an ...


The Last of the Mohicans
James Fenimore Cooper

Empire Books, 2011

Published in the early 19th century, James Fenimore Cooper’s The Last of the Mohicans is a fictionalized adventure taking place during the French-American War. The daughters of an American colonel become caught up in the conflict between the two nations’ contest for supremacy in North America, and embroiled in the war between the Native American allies of the two sides. Cooper’s trademark intricacy of description and his portrayal of life ...


Main Street
Sinclair Lewis

Empire Books, 2013

Carol Milford is a young, liberated woman from Saint Paul, Minnesota, who marries a small-town doctor named Will Kennicott. Persuaded to move to Gopher Prairie, her husband’s home-town, Carol is horrified to find herself living in an ugly, back-water community. A satiric depiction of Carol’s attempt to raise the inhabitants of Gopher Prairie to her own smug level, “Main Street” is one of Sinclair Lewis’s most significant works.



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