Join us on a literary world trip!
Add this book to bookshelf
Grey
Write a new comment Default profile 50px
Grey
Subscribe to read the full book or read the first pages for free!
All characters reduced
Gold Miners & Guttersnipes - Tales of California - cover

Gold Miners & Guttersnipes - Tales of California

Mark Twain

Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC

  • 0
  • 0
  • 0

Summary

From a celebrated American author—collected essays, news articles, fiction, speeches, and letters centered on the nineteenth-century California gold rush. Mark Twain’s legendary insight and wit shine throughout this new selection of his writings, the first to focus on California. As a young man, the celebrated author of Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer, and other classics spent the mid-1860s in California. In this collection of essays, newspaper articles, fiction, speeches, and letters, Twain presents his notoriously unconventional views on a state booming in the wake of the gold rush. His wry humor and irreverent social commentary illuminate everything from fashion, politics, and art to earthquakes, religion, and urban crime. Drawn from hard-to-find sources as well as his ever-popular books, Gold Miners and Guttersnipes: Tales of California by Mark Twain is a fresh and distinctive assortment by one of America’s favorite authors.
Available since: 04/23/2013.
Print length: 224 pages.

Other books that might interest you

  • The “Mr Big” Sting - The Cases the Killers the Controversial Confessions - cover

    The “Mr Big” Sting - The Cases...

    Mark Stobbe

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    How the police create an imaginary criminal gang to trick homicide suspects into a confession and a prison cell
    		 
    There are people in prison who got away with murder until they told the boss of a powerful criminal gang all about it. When the handcuffs were snapped on, the killers learned they’d been duped — that “Mr. Big” was actually an undercover police officer. These killers ended up with lots of time to think about how tricky police can be.
    		 
    In this captivating book, we learn why Mr. Big is so good at getting killers to confess — and why he occasionally gets confessions from the innocent as well. We meet murderers such as Michael Bridges, who strangled his girlfriend and buried her in another person’s grave. Bridges remained free until he told Mr. Big where the body was buried. We also meet people like Kyle Unger, who lied while confessing to Mr. Big and went to prison for a crime he did not commit.
    		 
    The “Mr. Big” Sting is essential reading for anyone interested in unorthodox approaches to justice, including their successes and failures. It sheds light on how homicide investigators might catch and punish the guilty while avoiding convicting the innocent.
    Show book
  • Leading Men in Music - Insights Into 25 Men That Have Influenced the Music Industry Since the 1970s - cover

    Leading Men in Music - Insights...

    Jene Roswell

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Are you a fan of some high-profile male musicians, and want to know more about other highly influential men in the music industry? 
    You may have read a few biographies on some of the most influential men in music, but now you’re searching for a book that covers many great artists, all in one place. 
    Or, maybe you are familiar with all of the musicians and producers covered in this book, but you want to delve much deeper into their upbringing, their personalities, and their start in the music business... 
    Well, you’re in luck! Leading Men in Music answers all your musical questions. This book is the only reference you’ll need for facts on the top influential male musicians since the 1970s. 
    You’ll feel invested in each of these musical leaders as you learn more about them as real people, rather than celebrities. 
    You’ll not only find yourself fascinated by their music and how their career developed, but also their personal lives behind the music. 
    This book highlights the common themes of decency and generosity across all of these musical leaders and shows you how all of these men maintained high-profile and successful careers. 
    Inside Leading Men in Music, discover the facts on various artists such as Andrea Bocelli, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran, Freddie Mercury, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, and much more! 
    It’s time you learned the truth about these influential and successful men of the music industry. 
    Read Leading Men in Music today and take your knowledge of the most influential men in music to the next level!
    Show book
  • Heptameron of the Tales of Margaret Queen of Navarre Vol 1 - cover

    Heptameron of the Tales of...

    Marguerite of Navarre

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    THE HEPTAMERON, first published posthumously in 1558, is divided into seven complete days containing 10 stories each, and an eighth day containing only 2 stories. The stories, many of which deal with love and infidelity, resulted in "accusations of looseness" by critics of the day. The author, Margaret of Navarre (also known as Margaret of Angoulême) became an influential woman in the intellectual and cultural circles of the French Renaissance.From an 1892 essay by the translator George Saintsbury: "In so large a number of stories with so great a variety of subjects, it naturally cannot but be the case that there is a considerable diversity of tone. But that peculiarity at which we have glanced more than once, the combination of voluptuous passion with passionate regret and a mystical devotion, is seldom absent for long together...The question, What is the special virtue of the Heptameron? I have myself little hesitation in answering. There is no book, in prose and of so early a date, which shows to me the characteristic of the time as it influenced the two great literary nations of Europe so distinctly as this book of Margaret of Angoulême…It combines a profound and certainly sincere—almost severe—religiosity with a very vigorous practice of some things which the religion it professes does not at all countenance. It has an almost morbidly pronounced simultaneous sense of the joys and the sorrows of human life, the enjoyment of the joys being perfectly frank, and the feeling of the sorrows not in the least sentimental. It unites a great general refinement of thought, manners, opinion, with an almost astonishing occasional coarseness of opinion, manners, thought…There, in a few words, is the secret of THE HEPTAMERON: the fear of God, the sense of death, the voluptuous longing and voluptuous regret for the good things of life and love that pass away."  (Summary adapted from Wikipedia and excerpted from the text by lubee930)
    Show book
  • Holographic Ambitions - The Life of a Child Alcoholic and How To Heal Yourself - cover

    Holographic Ambitions - The Life...

    Andrew Ramy

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Holographic Ambitions is the true story of a kid named Andrew that, when left to his own devices, found innumerable ways to destroy himself. 
    The first section presents amusing tales of a substance-fueled youth. 
    Such stories include:Taking near-lethal doses of KetamineChugging Beerbongs full of rumSneaking onto a party bus with a lottery winner  
    The second section reveals what it took to reverse the physical damage and learned behaviors associated with a helter-skelter childhood. 
    Holographic Ambitions shows us how you can transform a life of alcohol and drug-induced chaos to one of stability and purpose. Andrew Ramy shows us that you do not need to be a victim of your upbringing. Change is both possible and attainable. 
    Show book
  • The Routes of Man - How Roads are Changing the World and the Way We Live Today - cover

    The Routes of Man - How Roads...

    Ted Conover

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    From the Pulitzer Prize finalist and National Book Critics Circle Award-winning author of Newjack, an absorbing book about roads and their power to change the world. 
    Roads bind our world—metaphorically and literally—transforming landscapes and the lives of the people who inhabit them. Roads have unparalleled power to impact communities, unite worlds and sunder them, and reveal the hopes and fears of those who travel them. 
    With his marvelous eye for detail and his contagious enthusiasm, Ted Conover explores six of these key byways worldwide. In Peru, he traces the journey of a load of rare mahogany over the Andes to its origin, an untracked part of the Amazon basin soon to be traversed by a new east-west route across South America. In East Africa, he visits truckers whose travels have been linked to the worldwide spread of AIDS. In the West Bank, he monitors highway checkpoints with Israeli soldiers and then passes through them with Palestinians, witnessing the injustices and danger borne by both sides. He shuffles down a frozen riverbed with teenagers escaping their Himalayan valley to see how a new road will affect the now-isolated Indian region of Ladakh. From the passenger seat of a new Hyundai piling up the miles, he describes the exuberant upsurge in car culture as highways proliferate across China. And from inside an ambulance, he offers an apocalyptic but precise vision of Lagos, Nigeria, where congestion and chaos on freeways signal the rise of the global megacity. 
    A spirited, urgent book that reveals the costs and benefits of being connected—how, from ancient Rome to the present, roads have played a crucial role in human life, advancing civilization even as they set it back.
    Show book
  • Nowhere with You - The East Coast Anthems of Joel Plaskett The Emergency and Thrush Hermit - cover

    Nowhere with You - The East...

    Josh O'Kane

    • 0
    • 0
    • 0
    Joel Plaskett has earned an awful lot of honourifics in his career so far, counting folk hero, indie darling, and national treasure among them. And that’s just since the Halifax musician started making records of his own in 1999. For a decade before that, he was one-quarter of Thrush Hermit, a band of scrappy Superchunk mimics who became hard-rock revivalists and one of the last survivors of the ’90s pop “explosion” of major-label interest in Halifax.
     
    Canada’s east coast has never been much of a pop-culture mecca. Most musicians from the region who’ve ever made it big moved away. But armed with a stubborn streak and a knack for great songwriting, Plaskett has kept Halifax as his home, building both a career and a music community there. Along the way, he’s earned great respect: when he plays shows in Alberta, east-coast expats literally thank him for staying home.
     
    Nowhere With You is the study of how he pulled this off, from the origins of Canada’s east-coast exodus to Plaskett’s anointment as “Halifax’s Rick Rubin.” It’s a story about what happens when you call a city “the new Seattle,” about the lessons you learn playing to empty rooms in Oklahoma, and about defying radio-single expectations with rock operas and triple records. It’s about doing what you want, where you want, no matter how much work it takes.
    Show book