Eighteen short nonfiction works in the public domain, independently chosen by the readers. Topics include bedside books, South African cookery, Bryce canyon, Wilhelm Stekel's psychology, the Theologia Germanica, Paracelsus, John Donne, Cotton Mather, Julia Smith's translation of the Bible, Zen Buddhism, American immigrants, slavery, Joseph Crosby Lincoln, Oscar Wilde, Albert Einstein, and cats.
"Cats and Their Care" was edited by Liberty Hyde Bailey. "Looking Backward" was translated by Samuel Aaron Tannenbaum. "The Collector" was translated by Rosalie Gabler. "Thelogia Germanica" was translated by Susanna Winkworth.