by Jules Verne
Journey to the Center of the Earth is an 1864 science fiction novel by Jules Verne. The story involves German professor Otto Lidenbrock who believes there are volcanic tubes going toward the center of the Earth. He, his nephew Axel, and their guide Hans descend into the Icelandic volcano Snæfellsjökull, encountering many adventures, including prehistoric animals and natural hazards, before eventually coming to the surface again in southern Italy, at the Stromboli volcano. Published in August 2018.
Genre: Adventure/Science Fiction
by Arthur Conan Doyle
The Poison Belt was the second story that Conan Doyle wrote about Professor George Edward Challenger. Much of it takes place in a single room in Challenger’s house in Sussex – rather oddly, given that it follows The Lost World, the first Challenger story set largely outdoors in the wilds of South America. Challenger has predicted that the Earth is moving into a belt of poisonous ether which, based on its effect on the people of Sumatra earlier in the day, he expects to stifle humanity. Challenger seals his companions in a room with cylinders of oxygen, which he (correctly) believes will counter the effect of the ether.
Published in October 2018
Genre: Adventure Fiction
by Susan Coolidge [Sarah Chauncey Woolsey]
What Katy Did is an 1872 children’s book written by Sarah Chauncey Woolsey under her pen name Susan Coolidge. It follows the adventures of a twelve-year-old American girl, Katy Carr, and her family who live in the fictional lakeside Ohio town of Burnet in the 1860s. Katy is a tall untidy tomboy, forever getting into scrapes but wishing to be beautiful and beloved. When a terrible accident makes her an invalid, her illness and four-year recovery gradually teach her to be as good and kind as she has always wanted. This children’s classic has been made into two movies. Published in November 2018.
Genre: Children's Fiction
by Willa Cather
O Pioneers! is the first novel of Willa Cather’s Great Plains trilogy, followed by The Song of the Lark (1915) and My Ántonia (1918). It tells the story of the Bergsons, a family of Swedish-American immigrants in the farm country near the fictional town of Hanover, Nebraska, at the turn of the 20th century. The main character, Alexandra Bergson, inherits the family farmland when her father dies, and she devotes her life to making the farm a viable enterprise at a time when many other immigrant families are giving up and leaving the prairie. Published in September 2018. My Ántonia is also available from us in large print.
Genre: Classic Fiction
by Elizabeth Gaskell
Cranford is one of the better-known novels of the 19th-century English writer Elizabeth Gaskell. It was first published, irregularly, in eight installments, between December 1851 and May 1853, in the magazine Household Words, which was edited by Charles Dickens. In the years following Gaskell’s death, the novel became immensely popular. Cranford is less a novel than a collection of satirical sketches, which sympathetically portray changing small town customs and values in mid-Victorian England. Harkening back to memories of her childhood in the small Cheshire town of Knutsford, Cranford is Gaskell’s affectionate portrait of people and customs that were already becoming anachronisms.
Genre: Classic Fiction
by Zane Grey
To The Last Man follows an ancient feud between two frontier families that is inflamed when one of the families takes up cattle rustling. The ranchers are led by Jean Isbel and, on the other side, Lee Jorth and his band of cattle rustlers. In the grip of a relentless code of loyalty to their own people, they fight the war of the Tonto Basin, desperately, doggedly, to the last man, neither side seeing the futility of it until it is too late. Young Jean finds himself hopelessly in love with a girl from whom he is separated by an impassable barrier. Published in August 2018.
ISBN 978-1-59688-226-3 $23.95
Edited by Thomas T. Beeler
This is an original collection of best-loved American poems and songs, the first published in large print. It is divided into five sections: Childrens’ Poems and Rhymes, Story Poems and Ballads, Patriotic Poems and Songs, Love Poems, and Songs of Self and Nature.
Children Poems includes such childhood favorites as “Mary Had a Little Lamb” by Sarah Josepha Hale, “’Twas the Night Before Christmas” by Clement Moore, “The Children’s Hour” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow,” and “Being Brave at Night” by Edgar Guest.
Story poems include “Paul Revere’s Ride” and “The Wreck of the Hesparus” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow to “The Shooting of Dan McGrew” by Robert W. Service to “Casey at the Bat.”
Patriotic Poems and Songs range from “The Star-Spangled Banner” by Francis Scott Key to “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” to “Over There” by George M. Cohan, and include beloved songs like “America, ’Tis of Thee” and “America the Beautiful” as well as “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and Walt Whitman’s tributes to Abraham Lincoln, “O Captain! My Captain!” and “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d.”
Love Poems include “Give All to Love” by Ralph Waldo Emerson, “I Had No Time to Hate” by Emily Dickinson and “Love Is Not All” by Edna St. Vincent Millay.
Songs of Self and Nature include “Song of Myself” by Walt Whitman, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” and “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost and 10 of Emily Dickinson’s best-known poems.
This is a must-have collection that will delight both poetry lovers and nostalgic readers. It includes an introduction by the editor and indexes of titles and first lines. To be published in December 2018.
ISBN 978-1-59688-228-7 $24.95