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Saved From the Flames: The First Series of the Poems of Emily Dickinson

In 1886, an elderly and reclusive spinster died in a small New England town, leaving instructions to her younger sister to burn all her surviving correspondences. The town was Amherst, and… Read More

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Othello by William Shakespeare

Watch this short film by Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark on why Othello is her favorite play by William Shakespeare.   Read More

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“The Laws of Nature” and Adam Smith’s Economy

Those who knew him described Adam Smith as dull, a day-dreamer, a hermit, and a hypochondriac, but the philosophical economist was certainly no less brilliant and worldly than his better-traveled… Read More

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The Story Behind Captain James Cook’s Voyages

The voyages of Captain James Cook stand among the greatest feats of exploration undertaken in any age. The only 18th – century explorer to lead more than one Pacific voyage,… Read More

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The Story Behind The Second World War by Winston Churchill

Watch a short film featuring Las Vegas bookseller Greg Hicks and the story behind The Second World War by Winston Churchill.     Read More

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The Story Behind Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Watch a short film by Las Vegas bookseller Embry Clark with the story behind Herman Melville’s Moby Dick.         Read More

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Favorite Authors: Virginia Woolf

In this short film, Las Vegas bookseller Mary Olsson tells you why she loves the work of Virginia Woolf.   Read More

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The Story Behind A Farewell to Arms by Ernest Hemingway

In this short film, Las Vegas bookseller Christy Shannon tells you the story behind Ernest Hemingway’s A Farewell to Arms.       Read More

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The Story Behind South by Ernest Shackleton

In this short film, Las Vegas bookseller Greg Hicks tells you why he loves the story of South by Ernest Shackleton.   (Image above by expedition photographer Frank Hurley.)  … Read More

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The Story Behind John James Audubon’s Birds of America

It was a chance encounter with nature artist Alexander Wilson that made John James Audubon realize he could make a living from selling his drawings featuring birds of America. At… Read More