Parnassus on Wheels by Christopher Morley (1917)

Greater minds have mused that books are like windows into foreign worlds. A good book can therefore make you love anything from bicycling to sailing. Fewer books renew your love of literature itself. Parnassus on Wheels describes the culture and romance of reading better than many a teacher.

Helen McGill is tired of doing housework for her ungracious author of a brother. When she gets the chance to have a literary adventure of her own, she doesn’t miss the opportunity. The professor sells Parnassus on Wheels, a makeshift bookshop on a wagon, to Ms. McGill sending her off on a fun literary adventure. Gather a crowd and sell some books from Parnassus on Wheels.

 

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The Camera Fiend by E.W. Hornung (1911)

We’ve all seen things out of the corners of our eyes that required a double take. Is a person standing in the moonlit hall? No, that’s just the coat rack with my leather jacket hanging at a confusing angle. Is that leaf floating in mid air? No, only a leaf caught in a spider web. This book is a treat that first looks average and tastes completely different once you bite into it. I’m reminded of painters who aggressively slosh paint on canvas in a haphazard manner creating what appears to be abstract art. After a few minutes, the artist flips the canvas around to reveal some famous face. A cute little trick that makes the whole story worthwhile.

You follow the sickly Pocket Upton on a regular jaunt down to London to see the asthma specialist. After the doctor lectures him against him smoking, he is given two bottles of medicine in exchange for the special asthma cigarettes Pocket uses daily. Pocket walks from the doctor’s office knowing that he has the choice of two places to stay the night. Each rejects him meanly leaving a 16 year old asthmatic boy alone without a bed in the heart of London. Follow Pocket as he bumbles in and out of trouble in The Camera Fiend.

 

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The Great Taxicab Robbery by James H. Collins (1912)

Here is a glimpse into the daily routine of New York Police Department and the lives of a band of criminals over a hundred years ago. Two things caught my eye throughout the story, sensational journalism and dubious lie detection. Multiple times the author criticizes the New York press for overreacting to the absence of immediate arrests and visible police investigation. A smart reminder that newspapers and periodicals were just as likely to print half true, provocative headlines in the past as they do today. At the end of the story watch for some unscientific lie detection. The commissioner seems aware that these devices and ruses are bogus. Instead, these “lie detectors” are used as psychological leverage during interrogation.

A sensation swept through New York City on February 15, 1912. In the middle of the day, a taxi carrying $25,000 from bank to bank was stopped and robbed. Five men were seen escaping with the money in an unidentified black motorcar. Slowly and methodically the case is solved and all the criminals involved are arrested. See the world through the eyes of the police force by reading this account of The Great Taxicab Robbery.

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Once a Week by A.A. Milne(1914)

Like a mute bird trying to sing the humor in these stories can be subtle. They come from a time where humor was expressed in absurd and wonderful little stories that twisted your brain in an enjoyable sort of way. Full of bizarre twists and great timing these stories are addictive like the best lemonade. My favorite fairy godmother tale appears in this collection. The entire genre of fairy tales is subverted in one quick blow to the head. Don’t be shy. You could learn to tango Once a Week.

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My Man Jeeves by P.G. Wodehouse(1919)

Jeeves is the man to call when it’s all a bit thick. He’s the type that can get out of any tight space in the most surprising and brilliant manner possible. From Jeeves brain to his excellent sense of style, Burton Wooster relies on Jeeves for everything except tying his own shoes. Follow them as they get through one pickle after another.

Reggie Peppers is no Jeeves. He is by his own admittance a chump. On rare occasions he gets what can only be called horrible ideas. Unaware of the idiocy of his schemes Reggie uses his talent for convincing others to put his plans into action. These always end differently than planned and always have hysterical results. So if you know someone like Reggie personally, never tell them your problems and never ever ask them for advice.

This collection of short stories will keep you riveted to the page until the very end with comical results. So kidnap a 4 year old, lie to your aunt and open the pages of My Man Jeeves.

 

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The Blue Germ by Maurice Nicoll(1917)

I don’t know of many books this compact and this thought provoking. You, the reader, embark on a journey through a world forced to cope with immortality. Two scientists discover, cultivate and release a germ that rids the body of all other germs. Things do not go as planned. People do not become immortal but they become close. They are impervious to disease. The amazing part is how far the author goes down this rabbit hole. He takes immortality to its furthest possible conclusion. I encourage you to question your world by reading The Blue Germ. 


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An Amiable Charlatan by E. Phillips Oppenheim(1916)

This was a treat. Yes, yes . . . a real treat. *sigh* I don’t want to spoil it for you. Suffice to say that it is a rollicking good time following around Mr. Parker and his daughter. Sweet cons and crimes galore. Become a card carrying adventurer today by reading An Amiable Charlatan. 

 

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The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton(1911)

The innocence is an assumption that everyone makes when they first meet face to face with Father Brown. He appears to the naked eye to be sheltered and out of touch with the real world. Even during a case he appears bumbling and lost, asking unrelated and tangential questions. This is not a facade or a ruse. Father Brown is not trying to trick anyone but at the same time isn’t interested in setting anyone straight. Each chapter you watch a mystery slowly rise like a balloon until Father Brown’s keen insight slices through it and brings it back to earth. Enjoy reading this unassuming work, The Innocence of Father Brown. 

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