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Learn Raspberry Pi with Linux
David Hows, Peter Membrey
A Common Faith (The Terry Lectures Series)
John Dewey
The Gate Behind the Wall
Samuel C. Heilman
Modernity: An Introduction to Modern Societies
Don Hubert, Kenneth Thompson, David Held, Stuart Hall
Lectures on Russian Literature
Vladimir Nabokov, Владимир Набоков
The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today
Kevin Bales;Ron Soodalter
In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower
Marcel Proust, Christopher Prendergast, James Grieve
Love
Jean Stewart, B.C.J.G. Knight, Suzanne Sale, Gilbert Sale, Stendhal
Atlas of the Roman World
John Matthews, Tim J. Cornell
Lord Jim
Joseph Conrad
The History of Rome, Books XXXI-XLV: Rome and the Mediterranean - Livy, Henry Bettenson, A.H. McDonald At last.
Quotations From Chairman Mao Tse-Tung - Mao Tse-tung, Lin Biao quotes taken out of context are the worst.

Creating Your Personal Life Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing the Life You've Always Wanted

Creating Your Personal Life Plan: A Step-by-Step Guide for Designing the Life You've Always Wanted - Michael Hyatt This 'book' is more of a pamphlet - it won't take you more than 20 minutes to 'read' through it. You don't have to agree wit everything the author says (for example, he is quite the Jesus freak but you can replace god/Jesus/the bible with whatever are the equivalent guiding/psi ritual principles/tools in your life), and if you keep and open mind you will likely have picked up a few nice tips and advises from the 40 some pages that have actual content. Add to that the fact that it is free, and that it provides some useful templates and lists, I'd say this ebooklet is definitely worth 20 minutes of your time. Honestly, in a world where 'ebooks' roughly around the quality of this are sold for $20+, I'd say that the author put this one out there for free alone should give you an incentive to at least take a look.
Counterinsurgency and the Global War on Terror: Military Culture and Irregular War (Stanford Security Studies) - Robert Cassidy 170 pages based on a worldview that others are born to live and die for us. The grossly inadequate and false information presented on subjects that the author knows nothing about undermines the credibility of the rest of the information.
This book is useful for one thing if you're not ready to agree with the author regarding his basic premise on the role of others: to remind yourself that we do not live in a post-colonial world.
The History of Rome, Books XXI-XXX: The War With Hannibal - Livy, Aubrey de Sélincourt, Betty Radice Hannibal or scipio?

Habermas: An Introduction

Habermas: An Introduction - Detlef Horster Okay, habermas is hard. An 'introduction' to habermas which is accessible may be impossible. Given that, I think this book does a good job. It's only 110 pages, includes an interview w mr hab from which you can feel a bit of a human, and presents a decent amount if material. Of course, despite being an introduction it is full if jargon and it will be hard to read. But hey, that's kind of standard for any sociology book these days.

Fables

Fables - Hyginus Sparknotes for Greek/Latin mythology. Good for reference, not for much else.
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen, Alfred Mac Adam Cutest, breeziest, crispest story ever.
John Keats: The Major Works: Including Endymion, the Odes and Selected Letters - John Keats, Elizabeth Cook Thank GOD my friends don't write me letters in verse.
Persuasion - Jane Austen What crisp writing.

The Place of Tolerance in Islam

The Place of Tolerance in Islam - Khaled Abou El Fadl, Joshua Cohen, Ian Lague Surprisingly superficial. If this book was 128 pages of abou el fadl, it would have been much better. The quality of the 'replies' by various commentators ranges from good to wtf, and are severely limited by space.
Islam and the Challenge of Democracy: A "Boston Review" Book - Khaled Abou El Fadl, Joshua Cohen, Deborah Chasman Khaled about el fadl, you are so smart.

Curious George Librarian for a Day

Curious George Librarian for a Day - H. A. Rey My first ever curious George! So cute!

Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam

Freedom, Equality and Justice in Islam - Prof. Mohammad Hashim Kamali Kamali is pretty solid.
Daniel Deronda - George Eliot, Edmund White This is a really good book.

Pansies: Poems

Pansies: Poems - D. H. Lawrence David is angry and unhappy.