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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 ...


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.


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.


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 ...


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.


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 ...


What Happens in Vegas... An Empire of Blood (Dystopian Vampire) Short Story

Empire of Blood Books, 2013

When Jackie took her little sister, Karen, for a joy ride into Necropolis without telling her where they were really going, she only meant to have a good time. Give her a little scare. A desolate shell of its former self, Sin City still holds a certain temptation for those who like to gamble. But when the residents of the city awaken, what happens in Vegas... well, you know the rest. "Wilson is a dark force to be reckoned with."--Trent ...


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 ...


Shining in Crimson: Empire of Blood Book One (A FREE Dystopian Vampire Novel)

Empire of Blood Books, 2014

In celebration of the release of FADING IN DARKNESS: EMPIRE OF BLOOD BOOK TWO, the first book in this dystopian urban fantasy series, SHINING IN CRIMSON, is now FREE! Set in a dystopian, religiously-demented American Empire, the city of Las Vegas is no longer a city of sin. Now called Necropolis, it is a city that eats sin. The vampires of Necropolis wait patiently for the Empire's weekly drop off of guilty Penitents; sinners and criminals ...


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.


A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
James Joyce

Empire Books, 2011

James Joyce’s early 20th century novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, is a fictionalized autobiography of the celebrated Irish writer. The life of the novel’s protagonist, Stephen Dedalus, offers readers insight into the events and beliefs which shaped Joyce himself. This coming-of-age story focuses upon the psyche of its narrator, allowing its audience to deeply experience Stephen’s evolving intellect and worldview intimately. ...


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 ...


Where All Light is Left to Die: A Collection of Darkness

Empire of Blood Books, 2014

When those with a special gift can catch your soul in that dark realm between here and hereafter and bring you back to life, who will save us all from the jealous void? Lurking between the crowds of men and women, there are those among us who feed on something other than plants and animals. Predators with a unique kind of prey. Predators of those who prey on women and children... Predators with a taste for justice. James Benton might be ...


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. ...


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.



Empire Books, 2013

In this classic Socratic dialogue from Plato, Socrates converses with Meno about how to define arête, or virtue. The dialogue is significant for introducing Meno’s paradox, which concerns the absurdity of an inquiry on any subject matter about which the inquirer knows nothing. Including Platonic notions as to the immortality of the soul and the nature of truth and knowledge, Meno remains one a valuable and stimulating work that still ...


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.


Ayn Rand

Empire Books, 2013

In this early 20th century novella, Ayn Rand creates a dystopian society that emphasizes government control over all elements of a civilization – and complete conformity of the people within it. Mankind is in a dark age, both literally and figuratively: There is no light, technological advancement is rarely allowed, and impotent collectivism is not only preferred, but required, over individuality. Anthem is a raw and haunting study of how ...


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.


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.



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