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Download and read online Elemental Philosophy in PDF and EPUB Explores the ancient and perennial notion of the four elements as environmental ideas.
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Download and read online The Outermost House in PDF and EPUB Chronicles the four seasons on a Cape Cod beach. Includes an interview with the author's biographer, Daniel G. Payne.
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