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Best Vocabulary Building Books

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Word power made easy
The complete handbook for building a superior vocabulary
Norman Lewis - 1978-01-01 (first published in 1949)
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Do you always use the right word? Can you pronounce it and spell it correctly? Do you know how to avoid illiterate expressions? Do you speak grammatically without embarrassing mistakes? If you could improve in any of these areas, you need Word Power Made Easy.Written by one of the most respected experts in the field of grammar, Word Power Made Easy...
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Thank You, Mr. Falker
Patricia Polacco - 2012-04-12 (first published in 1998)
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The real-life, classic story of a dyslexic girl and the teacher who would not let her fail. A perfect gift for teachers and for reading students of any age.Patricia Polacco is now one of America's most loved children's book creators, but once upon a time, she was a little girl named Trisha starting school. Trisha could paint and draw beautifully, b...
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Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - 1998-10-01 (first published in 1997)
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Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility.All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley - a great big swollen...
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Arvind Subramanian
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle - 2012-11-13 (first published in 1927)
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Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes tales are rightly ranked among the seminal works of mystery and detective fiction. The handsome packaging and splendid illustrations in this limited edition collection more than befit that classic status. Included are all four full-length Holmes novels and more than forty short masterpieces—from The Adventur...
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A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin - 2002-05-28 (first published in 1996)
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Here is the first volume in George R. R. Martin’s magnificent cycle of novels that includes A Clash of Kings and A Storm of Swords. As a whole, this series comprises a genuine masterpiece of modern fantasy, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Magic, mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill these pages and transport us to a worl...
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Elon Musk
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Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - 1999-02-05 (first published in 1979)
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Douglas Hofstadter's book is concerned directly with the nature of “maps” or links between formal systems. However, according to Hofstadter, the formal system that underlies all mental activity transcends the system that supports it. If life can grow out of the formal chemical substrate of the cell, if consciousness can emerge out of a formal syste...
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The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas - 1985-01-01 (first published in 1844)
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Abridged by Lowell Blair.Set against the turbulent years of the Napoleonic  era, Alexandre Dumas's thrilling adventure story  is one of the most widely read romantic novels of  all time. In it the dashing young hero, Edmond  Dantès, is betrayed by his enemies and thrown  into a secret dungeon in the Chateau d'If -- doomed  to spend his life in a da...
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The Apology
Plato - 2019-03-17 (first published in 399)
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The Apology of Socrates by Plato, presents the self-defence speech that Socrates made at his trial for impiety and corruption in 399 BC - specifically against the charges of "corrupting the young, and by not believing in the gods in whom the city believes, but in other daimonia that are novel" (24b)....
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Junkyard Wonders
Patricia Polacco - 2010-07-08
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When young Trisha finds out her class at the new school is known as The Junkyard, she is devastated. She moved from her old town so she wouldn't be in a special class anymore! But then she meets her teacher, the quirky and invincible Mrs. Peterson, and her classmates, an oddly brilliant group of students each with his or her own unique talent. And ...
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Up in the Old Hotel
Joseph Mitchell - 1993-06-01
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Saloon-keepers and street preachers, gypsies and steel-walking Mohawks, a bearded lady and a 93-year-old “seafoodetarian” who believes his specialized diet will keep him alive for another two decades. These are among the people that Joseph Mitchell immortalized in his reportage for The New Yorker and in four books—McSorley's Wonderful Saloon, Old M...
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Fancy Nancy
Jane O'Connor - 2005-12-13
The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde
Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut
Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff, Paula Kahumbu
Anatole by Eve Titus
Ulysses Annotated by Don Gifford
Bringing Words to Life by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, Linda Kucan
Mirette on the High Wire by Emily Arnold McCully
Stegothesaurus by Bridget Heos
When Lightning Comes in a Jar by Ernest L. Polacco
Owen and Mzee by Isabella Hatkoff, Craig Hatkoff and Dr. Paula Kahumbu
Bringing Words to Life by Isabel L. Beck, Margaret G. McKeown, Linda Kucan
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English by Pearson Education
Protection, Conservation and Preservation of Indian Monuments [Paperback] [Jan 01, 1993] Norman Lewis by Norman Lewis
Oxford Learner's Pocket Word Skills by Ruth Gairns
How to Coach Girls by Mia Wenjen
Sumo Joe by Mia Wenjen
Halmoni and the Picnic by Sook Nyul Choi
Read Your World by Several Contributors
The Absolutely Awful Alphabet by Mordicai Gerstein
The Elusive Full Ride Scholarship by Alison Foley
Build Your Vocabulary Skills! A Quick and Easy Method by John Lacarna
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Ballot Box Battle by Emily Arnold McCully
Just in Time, Abraham Lincoln by Patricia Polacco
The Gigantic Turnip by Aleksei Tolstoy
The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth
Thesaurus Rex by Laya Steinberg