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In Cold Blood by Truman Capote is a nonfiction book about a multiple murder of a family in Kansas in 1959. Readers know the outcome of In Cold Blood from the start, yet Capote still manages to build suspense. More surprisingly, Capote creates sympathy for the murderers while letting readers in on all the horrible details of the crime. In Cold Blood is rightly a classic, but it maynot appeal to everyone. The content is difficult and the reading is dense. In Cold Blood will make you think.

Planet Earth: an Illustrated History is a beautiful, informative look at the earth and universe through photos and short essays. Planet Earth is a volume adult and older children could appreciate. It would be an especially good gift for a nature lover or someone who loves landscapephotography.

The Andromeda Strain (1969), by Michael Crichton, is a techno-thriller novel documenting the efforts of a team of scientists investigating a deadly extraterrestrial microorganism that rapidly and fatally clots human blood while, in other people, inducing insanity that mostly ended in the insane people committing suicide or murder-suicide. It became a New York Times Bestseller. Thisnovel established Michael Crichton as a best-selling genre author.

Robinson Crusoe es la obra más famosa de Daniel Defoe, publicada en 1719 y considerada la primera novela inglesa. Es una autobiografía ficticia del protagonista, un náufrago inglés, que pasa veintiocho años en una remota isla tropical. La historia tuvo como inspiración unos hechos reales ocurridos a Pedro Serrano y AlexanderSelkirk. El título completo es La vida e increíbles aventuras de Robinson Crusoe, marinero de York; quien tras ser el único superviviente de un barco mercante, náufrago veintiocho años completamente solo en una isla deshabitada cerca a la desembocadura del río Orinoco de América, y posteriormente liberado insólitamente por piratas; escrito por él mismo.

The Wandering Jew is a figure from medievalChristian folklore whose legend began to spread in Europe in the thirteenth century and became a fixture of Christian mythology, and, later, of Romanticism. The original legend concerns a Jew who taunted Jesus on the way to the Crucifixion and was then cursed to walk the earth until the Second Coming. The exact nature of the wanderer's indiscretion varies in different versions of the tale, as doaspects of his character; sometimes he is said to be a shoemaker or other tradesman, and sometimes he is the doorman at Pontius Pilate's estate.

‘He was no longer Jean Valjean, but No. 24601’. Victor Hugo’s tale of injustice, heroism and love follows the fortunes of Jean Valjean, an escaped convict determined to put his criminal past behind him. But his attempts to become a respected member of thecommunity are constantly put under threat: by his own conscience, when, owing to a case of mistaken identity, another man is arrested in his place; and by the relentless investigations of the dogged policeman Javert. It is not simply for him that Valjean must stay free, however, for he has sworn to protect the baby daughter of Fantine, driven to prostitution by poverty. A compelling andcompassionate view of the victims of early nineteenth-century French society, Les Misérables is a novel on an epic scale, moving inexorably from the eve of the battle of Waterloo to the July Revolution of 1830.

The story dates back to January 6, 1482, the day of the Festival of Fools in Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer, is introduced by his crowning as Pope of Fools. Esmeralda, a beautiful16-year-old gypsy with a kind and generous heart, captures the hearts of many men but especially those of Quasimodo and his adopted father, Claude Frollo. Frollo is torn between his lust and the rules of the church. He orders Quasimodo to get her. Quasimodo is caught and whipped and ordered to be tied down in the heat. Esmeralda, seeing his thirst, offers him water. It saves her, for she captures...
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