Mountains and Molehills

Or Recollections from a Burnt Journal

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About The Book

After a tragic fire in San Francisco destroyed many of his possessions, including his journals, Frank Marryat rewrote, from memory, much of what he had documented during his time in California in the middle of the gold craze of 1850. This historical treasure, originally published in 1855, the year that the author died of complications from yellow fever, recreates for readers the frenzy that drew thousands of miners and prospectors to California in their rush to find gold. Empathetic readers will feel the fear of yellow fever as this harrowing Englishman crosses Panama to reach California. However, not only will readers be exposed to Marryat’s own struggles to run a hotel and mine for gold, but they will also read about hardships emigrants had to overcome, the different types of mining in California, and the differences between miners from around the world, including French miners, Chinese miners, and English miners. Chapters include:

The Old Crab-Catcher
Coyote Hunting
Joe Bellow
Field of Gold
Transport Machinery to the Mine
The Fireman of San Francisco
And much more!

Skyhorse Publishing, along with our Arcade, Good Books, Sports Publishing, and Yucca imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of biographies, autobiographies, and memoirs. Our list includes biographies on well-known historical figures like Benjamin Franklin, Nelson Mandela, and Alexander Graham Bell, as well as villains from history, such as Heinrich Himmler, John Wayne Gacy, and O. J. Simpson. We have also published survivor stories of World War II, memoirs about overcoming adversity, first-hand tales of adventure, and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are committed to books on subjects that are sometimes overlooked and to authors whose work might not otherwise find a home.

Raves and Reviews

"A tale that is part Lady Isabella Bird, part Mark Twain, and part the traveling Charles Dickens." —Craig McCroskey, sales representative, Book Travelers West

"A tale that is part Lady Isabella Bird, part Mark Twain, and part the traveling Charles Dickens." —Craig McCroskey, sales representative, Book Travelers West

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