The first part of our Ten Free Non-Fiction Books For Learning Unusual Skills covered everything from taming and training wild and vicious horses to bee hunting, home taxidermy and dueling. However, as can be seen in this second part, there are many, many more unusual skills just waiting to be unlocked through free non-fiction eBooks. From muskrat trapping to perfumery and clairvoyance, the skills taught by the following books are sure to impress everyone around you.
These days, if you are interested in learning a new skill or taking up a hobby, there is no shortage of information available about it online. No matter how obscure, you can be sure that there will be at least a couple of instructional videos along with a compilation of videos depicting people failing in humorous ways. However, back before the internet it wasn’t as easy to find information as your only sources would be either books or talking to an expert. Many of these books are still around and the digital versions can be read for free.
Although Westerns appear to have fallen out of favor with modern audiences, they were once a staple of both the literary and film world. Contemporary shows, such as West World, has put a new science fiction spin on the genre, but readers yearning for tales set in the American Old West frontier have less newer material to choose from.
Mention the word “espionage” and most people think of James Bond. However, the cloak-and-dagger genre of literature has a lot more spies than Ian Fleming’s most famous creation. In fact, even Sherlock Holmes, the fictional detective brought to life by Arthur Conan Doyle dabbled in some double agent duties in a few of his books. While not all spies have gone on to receive blockbuster film adaptations, it doesn’t make their adventures any less riveting.
What is a good mystery novel without a thrilling crime to solve and a dogged detective with a penchant for logical deduction? Whether it is kidnapping, theft or murder, a good detective novel draws readers in and keeps them hooked with new clues and startling revelations. It’s not always hardboiled sleuths that are called upon to crack the cases either. Sometimes ordinary people find themselves caught up in extraordinary circumstances where they are forced to pit their wits against some villains.
Before vampires were brooding teens who sparkle in sunlight and always rushes to the aid of damsels in distress, they were a little more sinister and horrifying.
There is a common misconception that the only free ebooks that are available online are older titles that are in the public domain. While it is true that there are thousands of free public domain ebooks, there are also plenty of contemporary titles available. Some are only available for free during a limited time period as a promotion, but others can be read at any time. Here are just five contemporary novels in the romance genre that freely available and worth a read. Many of them are the first title in a series of books, which enables you to get a feel for the story and characters to see if it is worth investing in the rest.
While virtually every celebrity has their own cooking book or show these days, there are still plenty of recipes from the past to explore. Whether you are interested in trying out popular dishes from different eras or simply want to satisfy your curiosity about the cooking habits of previous generations, you’ll find the answers you seek in cooking books. Although some of the ingredients might not be as readily available anymore and tastes have definitely changed over the years, you never know if you’ll discover some hidden gem that might become a family favorite.
Historical fiction offers a great way for authors to transport readers to settings that they might recognize from history, but can then also view in a brand new way. Using a historical setting for a fictional narrative or real historical figures as characters in a fictional tale is something that has been irresistible for both authors and readers for many years and it is a trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Here are just five free ebooks that features fictional tales that were inspired by real historical events or people.
There can be no doubt about the courage and bravery of women during times when they were not seen as the equals of men. Thankfully, there are now numerous books on the market that document the brave actions of these women. However, it is even more fascinating to read about the obstacles and adversity faced by women in their own words. These five free non-fiction ebooks were written by women who had to step up and face challenges that really tested their resolve.
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