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NONFICTION INFORMATIONAL TEXTS:




A --

Adventurers of the Far North: A Chronicle of the Frozen Seas by Stephen Leacock

  • Written 1914, an account of the exploration of the Arctic region.

The A.E.F. by Heywood Broun

  • Journalistic reports on the experiences of the American Expeditionary Forces, 1917.

The American Language by H. L. Mencken

  • An exploration of American variations of "English" and its evolution that is "more colorful, vivid, and creative than its British counterpart" (Mencken).

American Notes by Charles Dickens

  • A travelogue by the author detailing his trip to America in 1842.

The Analects of Confucius

  • "An anthology of brief passages that present the words of Confucius and his disciples, describes Confucius as a man, and recount some of the events of his life" (Introduction, Robert Eno)





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A Child's History of England by Charles Dickens

  • A simplified history of England from Ancient Times to the Revolution of 1688, and was a part of the British curricula into the 20th Century.

"The Code Talker Story" from navajocodetalkers.org

  • Article explaining the role of the Native Americans in creating secret code for the War Department in both World Wars.

The Confessions of Saint Augustine by Augustine of Hippo

  • Not an autobiography, but Augustine's "deliberate effort [...] to recall those crucial episodes and events in which he can now see and celebrate the mysterious actions of God’s prevenient and provident grace" (Outler).

The Constitution of the United States

  • Includes links to the Preamble, Articles, and Amendments of the written charter of the United States government.

The Courage to Be by Paul Tillich

  • Tillich describes the dilemma of modern man and the problem of anxiety.

Culture and Anarchy by Matthew Arnold

  • Published in 1869, Arnold contrasts culture with anarchy in this major work of criticism.





D --

Dark Night of the Soul (1578-79) by Saint John of the Cross

  • Poem and treatise commenting on the meaning of the poem.

The Decay of Lying by Oscar Wilde

  • Written in dialogue, the essay argues that Art is superior to Nature.

Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

  • An examination of the democratic revolution that Tocqueville believed had been occurring for seven hundred years.





E --

The Ego and the Id by Sigmund Freud [excerpt]

  • An analytical study of the human psyche.

An Essay Concerning Human Understanding: Book One by John Locke

  • Written in 1689, the book focuses on the foundation of human understanding.

The Ethics of the Aristocrats and Other Satirical Works by 'Obeyd-e Zakani, translated by Hasan Javadi

  • A collection of satirical anecdotes from the Persian poet from the Mongol period.

Everyday Stalinism: Ordinary Life in Extraordinary Times, Soviet Russia in the 1930s by Sheila Fitzpatrick

  • A social and cultural account of the trials and tribulations of urban life in Stalin's Soviet Union.




F --

The Feminine Mystique Chapter One Chapter Two by Betty Friedan

  • Based on interviews, psychology, media, and advertising, Friedan explores the "unhappiness of women in the 1950s and early 1960s" (Wikipedia).




G --

The Gulag Archipelago by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

  • A literary-historical record of the vast system of prisons and labor camps in the Soviet Union after the Bolsheviks seized power through Stalin's rule (1918-1956).





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I --

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

  • True crime book based on the 1959 murders of Herbert Clutter, a farmer from Holcomb, Kansas, his wife, and two of their four children.

Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer

  • (The story of how well-to-do Christopher McCandless abandoned everything and hitchhiked into the Alaskan wilderness, where he died.)




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K --

A Key into the Language of America by Roger Williams

  • A survey of the language, manners, and customs of the Native Americans in New England (1643).




L --

"Lee Surrenders to Grant, April 9th, 1865" by General Horace Porter

  • An account of Lee's surrender of the Confederate Army.

Letters to a Young Poet by Rainer Maria Rilke

  • Ten letters written by Rilke over a period of years to a young man considering entering the German military on the vocation of writing.

Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes

  • A look at the structure of society and legitimate government.

Lives of the Most Eminent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects by Giorgio Vasari

  • An art history, written in the 16th Century, as a series of artist biographies.



M --

My Discovery of England by Stephen Leacock

  • (Published 1922, Leacock's humorous impressions of the British Isles after going on a lecture tour.)





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Novum Organum by Francis Bacon

  • A treatise detailing a new system of logic that Bacon believes is superior to the old ways of syllogism. This is now known as the Baconian method.






O --

Only Yesterday: An Informal History of the 1920's by Frederick Lewis Allen

  • "An attempt to tell [...] the story of the eleven years between the end of the war with Germany (November 11, 1918) and the stock-market panic which culminated on November 13, 1929..."

Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

  • A work of scientific literature on Darwin's theory of evolution.




P --

Pilgrim at Tinker Creek by Annie Dilliard

  • An unnamed narrator's explorations near her home, contemplating nature and life.

The Poetics of Aristotle by Aristotle

  • Aristotle's exploration of what makes good poetry.

The Prince by Nicolo Machiavellie

  • A 16th-century political treatise with the theme that "the aims of princes--such as glory and survival--can justify the use of immoral means to achieve those ends" (Wikipedia).





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Rabelais and His World by Mikhail Bakhtin

  • A critical anaylsis of author Francois Rebelais and his book series Gargantua and Pantagruel.





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T --

The Tao of Pooh by Benjamin Hoff

  • An allegorical introduction to the Eastern belief system using Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh stories.

Thus Spoke Zarathustra by Friedrich Nietzsche

  • A treatise, written in four parts, on Nietzsche's philosophy.

Trading Places: the East India Company and Asia, 1600-1834 by Anthony Farrington

  • A look at the trading industry with Asia via the East India company, 1600-1834.





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W --

"War and Remembrance (May 2006)" by Owen Edwards

  • Magazine article detailing an Indian artist's traditional tribute to Native American soldiers who served in Vietnam.

"The Warsaw Ghetto Uprising" by Reuben Ainsztein

  • Short reading and response question on the Jewish defense of the Warsaw Ghetto during WWII.

The Wonders of the Invisible World by Cotton Mather

  • Mather's own account of the Salem witchcraft episode.





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