The Greatest "Crafts, Hobbies & Home" Books of All Time

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Crafts, Hobbies & Home

Crafts, Hobbies & Home is a category of books that encompasses a wide range of topics related to creative pursuits, leisure activities, and domestic life. This category includes books on various crafts such as knitting, sewing, and woodworking, as well as books on hobbies like gardening, cooking, and collecting. It also includes books on home improvement, interior design, and organization. Overall, this category is perfect for anyone looking to explore their creative side, learn new skills, or enhance their home and lifestyle.

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  1. 1. Pamela by Samuel Richardson

    "Pamela" is a novel that tells the story of a 15-year-old maidservant named Pamela whose employer, Mr. B, makes unwanted advances towards her after the death of his mother. Pamela is determined to protect her virtue and repeatedly rejects his advances. This leads to a series of events, including her attempted escape, kidnapping and imprisonment. Ultimately, impressed by her virtue and integrity, Mr. B reforms and proposes marriage to her, elevating her to a higher social status. The novel is a pioneering work in the genre of the novel and is noted for its detailed psychological insight into the characters.

  2. 2. The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood

    The novel is a complex narrative that weaves together the story of two sisters in early 20th century Canada, one of whom publishes a scandalous novel that leads to her suicide. The surviving sister, now an elderly woman, reflects on their lives, revealing family secrets, heartbreak, and the truth behind the scandalous novel. The narrative is interspersed with excerpts from the controversial book, a science fiction story within a story, adding layers of intrigue and mystery.

  3. 3. She by H. Rider Haggard

    The novel is a classic adventure tale set in a lost African civilization, revolving around a beautiful and immortal queen who has the power to kill at will and is known only as "She". The story follows two men who discover her hidden kingdom while on an expedition. The queen believes one of them to be the reincarnation of her long-lost love and tries to win him over while the other man falls in love with her. The narrative explores themes of power, immortality, and love.

  4. 4. The Habit of Being by Flannery O'Connor

    "The Habit of Being" is a collection of personal correspondence by a renowned southern writer, offering a profound insight into her private life, thoughts, and creative processes. These letters, written over a span of two decades, reveal her struggle with lupus, her strong Catholic faith, her sharp wit, and her dedication to writing. The book also provides a glimpse of her relationships with literary contemporaries and her insightful thoughts on contemporary issues, literature, and religion.

  5. 5. The Devil In The White City by Erik Larson

    This book intertwines the true tales of two men during the 1893 Chicago World's Fair: Daniel H. Burnham, the architect responsible for the fair's construction, and H.H. Holmes, a serial killer masquerading as a charming doctor. The narrative alternates between the story of Burnham, his challenges and successes in building the fair, and the chilling story of Holmes, who used the fair to lure his victims to their death. It's a vivid portrayal of the Gilded Age and a chilling exploration of one of America's first known serial killers.

  6. 6. The Virgin in the Garden by A. S. Byatt

    Set in 1953, during the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, the novel explores the life of a highly intelligent young woman, Frederica Potter, who aspires to attend the University of Cambridge. The narrative follows her struggles with the societal norms of post-war England, her family's expectations, and her own intellectual and emotional growth. Interwoven with Frederica's story is a parallel narrative about a theatrical production celebrating the coronation, which serves as a metaphor for the cultural and social changes occurring in England at the time.

  7. 7. Anagrams by Lorrie Moore

    The novel revolves around the complex relationship between Benna Carpenter, an aerobics instructor and Gerard, a college professor. Benna constantly imagines different scenarios and alternate lives for herself and Gerard, including one where they have a daughter. The narrative structure of the book is unique, with each chapter presenting a different 'anagram' or version of Benna's life, reflecting her chaotic and imaginative inner world.

  8. 8. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

    The book is a poignant tale of love, life, and loss intertwined with the themes of food and kitchens. The narrative follows a young woman who, after the death of her grandmother, finds solace in the home of her friend and his transgender mother. As she navigates her grief, she also grapples with her growing feelings for her friend. The story explores the complexities of relationships, the concept of home, and the healing power of cooking.

  9. 9. The Third Wedding by Kōstas Tachtsēs

    "The Third Wedding" is a powerful exploration of love, passion, and societal expectations set in mid-20th century Greece. The story revolves around a strong-willed and independent woman who has been married twice and is about to enter her third marriage. The narrative delves into her past love affairs, her struggle with the societal norms of the time, and her quest for personal freedom. The book is a poignant commentary on the condition of women in a patriarchal society and the sacrifices they make in the name of love and duty.

  10. 10. Dog Years by Günter Grass

    "Dog Years" is a novel set in Germany during the rise and fall of the Nazi regime and the aftermath of World War II. The story is told from the perspectives of three friends: Walter Matern, a fervent Nazi supporter; Eduard Amsel, a Jewish artist who creates scarecrows; and Harry Liebenau, who narrates their stories. The novel explores the complexities of friendship and identity amidst the backdrop of war, guilt, and redemption. It also delves into the psychological impact of the Holocaust on German society and the struggle to come to terms with its horrific past.

  11. 11. Patterns of Childhood by Christa Wolf

    "Patterns of Childhood" is a semi-autobiographical novel that explores a woman's struggle to reconcile her past as a member of the Hitler Youth in Nazi Germany with her present as a writer in East Germany. The protagonist uses her memories, dreams, and conversations with her brother to confront her guilt and shame over her involvement in the Nazi regime. The narrative shifts between past and present, creating a complex and layered exploration of guilt, memory, and the process of coming to terms with a traumatic past.

  12. 12. The Swarm by Frank Schatzing

    "The Swarm" is a science fiction novel that explores the disastrous consequences of mankind's exploitation of the world's oceans. The narrative follows a group of scientists around the world as they try to understand a series of inexplicable, catastrophic natural disasters. They eventually discover that these events are not random but are the result of a collective intelligence in the sea, a swarm of marine life that has decided to fight back against humanity's destruction of their habitat. The book combines elements of ecological thriller, disaster novel, and speculative fiction as it explores the potential consequences of human interference with the natural world.

  13. 13. Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics and at Home by Emily Post

    This comprehensive guide provides readers with advice and instructions on proper behavior in a variety of social situations. It covers everything from basic manners, such as table etiquette and polite conversation, to more complex issues like business interactions and political discourse. The book also delves into the nuances of etiquette at home, including hosting guests and maintaining a harmonious family environment. It serves as a timeless reference for anyone seeking to navigate social situations with grace, respect, and courtesy.

  14. 14. Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss

    This book is a humorous, yet educational, exploration of punctuation in the English language. The author uses wit and sarcasm to highlight the importance of correct punctuation, demonstrating how it can drastically change the meaning of a sentence. It provides examples of punctuation errors and their hilarious consequences, while also offering practical advice on how to avoid such mistakes. The book is a spirited call to arms for grammar enthusiasts, emphasizing the necessity of preserving the clarity and precision in writing that proper punctuation provides.

  15. 15. And Their Children After Them by Dale Maharidge, Michael Williamson

    This Pulitzer Prize-winning book explores the lives of the American working class during the 1980s. It provides a detailed and poignant account of the struggles and hardships faced by the families in the Rust Belt region, as they grapple with job loss, poverty, and a rapidly changing economic landscape. The narrative follows the authors as they travel across the country, interviewing and photographing the individuals and communities affected by these changes, offering an intimate portrait of the American working class during a time of significant transition and turmoil.

  16. 16. The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

    "The Interestings" follows a group of six talented friends who meet at a summer camp for the arts in 1974. The novel spans over three decades, exploring their friendships, relationships, successes, and failures as they navigate adulthood. The story delves into themes of talent, envy, money, art, power, and the meaning of success as it examines how these friends' lives diverge and intersect over the years.

  17. 17. A History of American Magazines by Frank Luther Mott

    This comprehensive book provides an in-depth look at the history of American magazines from their inception in the 18th century to the 20th century. It explores the evolution of magazines, their influence on society, and the role they played in shaping and reflecting public opinion. The book also delves into the business aspects of magazine publishing, including advertising, circulation, and editorial changes. It offers valuable insights into the development of journalism and mass communication in the United States.

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