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Summer Reading for 2015 Let's Go Back in Time to 1915

Ok, schools out and perhaps you were planning on spending some time relaxing with a best seller.   Perhaps you were thinking on catching up with those from last year, or the ones just coming out for that great beach read. In 2014 that would include:
  1. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green 
  2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney 
  3. Divergent by Veronica Roth 
  4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth 
  5. Killing Patton by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard 
  6. Allegiant by Veronica Roth 
  7. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn 
  8. Frozen by Victoria Saxon
But instead of just catching up with last year's reading, you might go back even further and read the best sellers from 100 years ago, those from 1915, with the added bonus that you can read them for free online or on your device.

The Best Sellers of 1915
  1. The Turmoil by Booth Tarkington -
    "The Turmoil", the first volume of Pulitzer Prize-winner Booth Tarkington's "Growth" trilogy. A narrative of loss and change, a love story, and a warning about the potential evils of materialism, the book chronicles two midwestern families trying to cope with the onset of industrialization.
  2. A Far Country by Winston Churchill -
    A journey through the life of Hugh Paret yields reflections on life, society, business, and religion that are not only in revolution in the early 20th Century, but linger to today. A well written book with a solid story that provokes thought.
  3. Michael O'Halloran by Gene Stratton-Porter -
    The adventures of an orphaned newspaper boy's life in a midwestern metropolis in the 1900's.
  4. Pollyanna Grows Up by Eleanor H. Porter -
    "Pollyanna Grows Up" is the sequel to the 1912 classic written by the original author. This story takes place after the accident in Boston, where little Miss Pollyanna Whittier arrives to cheer up some new friends.
  5. K by Mary Roberts Rinehart -
    K is a romance set in the industrial Victorian era. When Sidney takes in a border with the initial K her life becomes entwined with the mystery surrounding K. Lies and intrigue surround Sidney.
  6. Jaffery by William J. Locke -
    Romance written in the same style as other good romances of that time period, relatively light-hearted and easy to read.
  7. Felix O'Day by F. Hopkinson Smith -
    Cash-strapped (Sir) Felix O'Day is in New York City on a private mission. He's helped out by several lower middle class characters who get him a job and a place to stay. Felix's secret is he's searching for his wayward wife.
  8. The Harbor by Ernest Poole -
    Set amongst the proletariat of the industrial Brooklyn waterfront. Sympathetic with socialism, it is considered one of the first American fictional works to present a positive opinion of trade unions.
  9. The Lone Star Ranger by Zane Grey -
    Practically born with a gun in his hand, Buck Duane is a wanted man. But, even if not a peaceful man, Duane is an honorable one. And now, there is a highly respected Texas Ranger captain on his heels, and this Captain McNally wants a personal meeting with him. It’s been a long and hard life for Buck Duane, and he is no fool, not for the law and not for the outlaws.
  10. Angela's Business by Henry Sydnor Harrison -
    Angela's business, to be plain, is the every-woman's business of securing a husband and home for herself, and Mr. Harrison's business with this reliable theme is to contrast, Meredithianly, the competing values of old and new in this woman business. . .

Enjoy these best sellers of a previous age. 


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