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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 - Jan 01, 1978 (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...
The Complete Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle - Nov 13, 2012 (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...
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer's Stone
J. K. Rowling - Oct 01, 1998 (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
A Game of Thrones
George R. R. Martin - May 28, 2002 (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
Gödel, Escher, Bach
An Eternal Golden Braid
Douglas R. Hofstadter - Feb 05, 1999 (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...
The Count of Monte Cristo
Alexandre Dumas - Jan 01, 1985 (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...
The Apology
Plato - Mar 17, 2019 (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)....
Up in the Old Hotel
Joseph Mitchell - Jun 01, 1993
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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...
A Novel (Modern Library 100 Best Novels)
Kurt Vonnegut - Jan 12, 1999 (first published in 1969)
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Slaughterhouse-Five is a satirical novel by Kurt Vonnegut about World War II experiences and journeys through time of a chaplain's assistant named Billy Pilgrim. It is generally recognized as Vonnegut's most influential and popular work. Vonnegut's use of the firebombing of Dresden as a central event makes the novel semi-autobiographical, because h...
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Oscar Wilde - Mar 07, 2019 (first published in 1890)
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The Picture of Dorian Gray is a Gothic and philosophical novel by Oscar Wilde, first published complete in the July 1890 issue of Lippincott's Monthly Magazine. Fearing the story was indecent, the magazine's editor deleted roughly five hundred words before publication without Wilde's knowledge. Despite that censorship, The Picture of Dorian Gray of...
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Jenn Im
Ulysses Annotated
Notes for James Joyce's Ulysses
Don Gifford - Jan 14, 2008 (first published in 1974)
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Don Gifford's annotations to Joyce's great modern classic comprise a specialized encyclopedia that will inform any reading of Ulysses. The suggestive potential of minor details was enormously fascinating to Joyce, and the precision of his use of detail is a most important aspect of his literary method. The annotations in this volume illuminate deta...
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
Build Your Vocabulary Skills! A Quick and Easy Method by John Lacarna
Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
The Ghost Writer by Philip Roth