Public domain book lists are a treasure trove of good reading. From well-known authors such as Agatha Christie and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to authors you may not have ever encountered, PD books are a great and FREE way to expand your to-be-read list. Today I have some of my PD favorites that you really “Otter” be reading!! They are all available on the Gutenberg.org website.
Three Men in a Boat by Jerome K. Jerome
HILARIOUS! Three young men take a boating holiday on the Thames with Montmorency the dog. This is a classic comic novel that will have you laughing out loud; it’s one of my favorite books.
Memoirs of Gen. William T. Sherman-Volume 1 by General William T. (Tecumseh) Sherman
General Sherman and his infamous march through Georgia are familiar to anyone with an interest in American/Civil War history. Volume 1 of his memoirs is his account of his early life and military career. There are some really interesting bits about Florida & California, first hand accounts from his time in those areas. It is a bit of a slog but if you stick with it, I think you might find it fascinating; I certainly did!
McClure’s Magazine, Vol 1., No. 1, June 1893
I tried to find a photo of the cover of a McClure’s Magazine but somehow the photos are NOT in the Public Domain, and that is why intellectual property law gives me migraines! But it’s a nice little Bon Ami ad that appeared in McClure’s so there you go.
McClure’s has several issues on the Gutenberg.org site including one from June 1893 that has a very nice write up on Thomas Edison. Yes, THAT, Edison! The second part of the article is an interview with Alexander Graham Bell-yep, HIM!
What I most want to give you is the realization that, while new shiny books are great, there is a world of publications out there. I buy more books than my budget allows 🙂 but I also enjoy sitting down with an old book and immersing myself in that bit of the world. Maybe history buffs will be more excited about PD books but I honestly think there is a PD book for every taste.
Join us tomorrow when the KIDS take over for a Throwback Thursday look at new books available from the elementary school book sale flyer-remember those? In the meantime, enjoy your search for an interesting PD book that you “Otter” be reading!!