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Featured Fiction

My Antonia

My Antonia
Willa Cather

Houghton Mifflin
Boston, MA
1918

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Set in Nebraska in the late 19th century, this tale of the spirited daughter of a Bohemian immigrant family planning to farm on the untamed land.  Her story is told through the eyes of Jim Burden, a neighbor who will befriend Ántonia, teach her English, and follow the remarkable story of her life.
Ántonia, who, even as a grown woman somewhat downtrodden by circumstance and hard work, "had not lost the fire of life," lies at the center of almost every human condition.  She represents immigrant struggles with a foreign land and tongue, the restraints on women of the time, the more general desires for love, family, and companionship, and the great capacity for forbearance that marked the earliest settlers on the frontier. Ántonia's story becomes a mobbing elegy to those whose persistence and strength helped build the American frontier.

Listen to UNL Professor Andrew Jewell discuss My Antonia on the NET Radio program, All About Books

Featured Non-Fiction

Old Jules

Old Jules
Mari Sandoz

University of Nebraska Press
Lincoln, NE
Third Edition, 2005
First published in 1935

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From the Publisher's Website:
Old Jules is unquestionably Mari Sandoz’s masterpiece. This portrait of her pioneer father grew out of “the silent hours of listening behind the stove or the wood box, when it was assumed, of course, that I was asleep in bed. So it was that I heard the accounts of the hunts,” Sandoz recalls. "Of the fights with the cattlemen and the sheepmen, of the tragic scarcity of women, when a man had to ‘marry anything that got off the train,’ of the droughts, the storms, the wind and isolation. But the most impressive stories were those told me by Old Jules himself.”

Featured Children's Literature

Eleanor & Park

Eleanor & Park
Rainbow Rowell

St. Martin's Griffin

New York, NY

2013

 

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Set over one school year in 1986, Eleanor & Park is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. 

Featured Poetry

Delights & Shadows

Delights & Shadows
Ted Kooser

Copper Canyon Press
Port Townsend, WA
2004

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From the Publisher's Website:

Ted Kooser's poems are proof positive that poetry need not be forbidding, nor difficult, nor intentionally obscure. Here is a poet who works toward clarity and accessibility, so that each distinctive poem appears to be as fresh and bright and spontaneous as a good watercolor painting. He is a haiku-like imagist with "tender wisdom" infusing his poems. These qualities are in abundance in the Pulitzer prize-winning volume Delights and Shadows, as Kooser draws inspiration from the overlooked details of daily life. A pegboard, creamed corn, and a forgotten salesman trophy help reveal the remarkable in what can sometimes appear to be an ordinary world.

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for poetry, 2005