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Life and Times of Ann Bailey: Heroine of the Greater Kanawha Valley

By: N/A

Price: $9.95

Publisher: Paperback, 90 pages:

Seller Id: 38


This is the true story of “Mad” Anne Bailey. In 1791 what is now West Virginia was largely unsettled wilderness, where a storm of savage warfare raged between the Indians, the frontiersmen and the settlers. From the moment she heard the news of her husband’s death at the Battle of Point Pleasant, a strange, wild dream seemed to possess her and she became determined to avenge his death. Clad in buckskin pants, a petticoat, brogan shoes, a man’s coat and hat... View more info

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Laughter From the Hills

By: Alyce Faye Bragg

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Paperback, 152 pages:

Seller Id: 18


Laughter from the Hills is the third book written by popular West Virginia newspaper columnist, Alyce Faye Bragg. Mrs. Bragg, who has many children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, is a keen and honest observer of family and nature in the hills of West Virginia. Often her observations are funny, but unaffected and down-to-earth. Easygoing, she and her family can laugh at themselves as much as anything. This comes in handy when an account of an embarr... View more info

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Homesick for the Hills

By: Alyce Faye Bragg

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Paperback, 241 pages:

Seller Id: 32


Another collection of stories by columnist Alyce Faye Bragg, writer for The Charleston Gazette and the Clay County Free Press. Bragg's columns are woven with a nostalgic note of how life used to be in the hills of West Virginia, and underlines the longing of those who have left the country life to come back home again. A touching and accurate portrayal of the land, its people and their country ways. About the author: The oldest of seven children; born on B... View more info

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This Holler is My Home

By: Alyce Faye Bragg

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Paperback, 182 pages:

Seller Id: 33


Alyce Faye Bragg, a weekly columnist for the Charleston Gazette, chronicles her love of the West Virginia hills in This Holler is My Home. Her writings about life in these hills focus on family, home and the land. Her stories reflect her intense love for the hills of West Virginia. It is a simple chronicle of life in Clay County, WV with a frequent look back into the past. Life in these hill is often humorous, sometimes sad, but hardly ever dull. These essays were... View more info

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Bob Brunner's A Reporter's Recollections

By: Bob Brunner

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 124 pages:

Seller Id: 28


Bob Brunner spent more than two decades at WSAZ from 1968 to 1990. His book is part tell-all, part memoir as he looks back over his years as a reporter, new director and anchor. His recollections are full of personal stories about political heavy weights office. Wonderful photographs document his long career in the media world rubbing elbows with such names as Tom Brokaw, Oprah Winfrey, John Chancellor and Dan Rather and several Presidents. Review: By Mannix ... View more info

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Rebel In The Red Jeep: Ken Hechler's Life in West Virginia Politics

By: Carter Taylor Seaton

Price: $32.95

Publisher: Paperback, 428 pages:

Seller Id: 30


The Rebel in the Red Jeep follows the personal and professional experiences of Ken Hechler, the West Virginia politician and activist who died in 2016 at the age of 102. This biography recounts a century of accomplishments, from Hechler’s introduction of innovative teaching methods at major universities, to his work as a speechwriter and researcher for President Harry Truman, and finally to his time representing West Virginia in the United States House of ... View more info

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They Called Me Shep

By: Charles E. Sutton

Price: $9.95

Publisher: Paperback, 114 pages:

Seller Id: 42


Charles E. "Shep" Sutton was born into a comfortable family setting in West Virginia during the early twenties, but which quickly dissolved into an early life of poverty and division brought about by the Great Depression. After struggling for years, and being passed around among various family members, he found he excelled in acting and communications, and built a productive life around those skills. "Shep" entered the Navy in World War II where he often served as... View more info

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Last Great Senator

By: David Corbin

Price: $24.95

Publisher: Paperback, 365 pages:

Seller Id: 24


No person has been so significantly involved in so much history and yet received so little historical attention as Senator Robert C. Byrd, the longest-serving U.S. senator in history. The Last Great Senator examines his complex and fascinating relationships with eleven presidents of the United States. Senator Byrd cast more votes than any other U.S. Senator in history, held a host of other Senate records, and had a powerful influence on every presidential administ... View more info

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Stories of a West Virginia Doctor's Son

By: Greenbrier Almond, MD

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 116 pages:

Seller Id: 36


Following the path of his father, Dr. Harold Almond, who published his memoirs in The Stories of a West Virginia Doctor, Dr. Greenbrier Almond now shares his own stories. He offers a unique perspective on growing up the son of a country doctor in the heart of Appalachia. His recollections, which center around family, friends, school, expanding horizons, community life, and Upshur County, are humorous and heartwarming. At the same time, much can be gained from his ... View more info

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Stories of a West Virginia Doctor

By: Harold D. Almond, M.D.

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 112 pages:

Seller Id: 35


Harold David Almond was born in 1915 to a large, close-knit family in New Jersey. Coming to the mountains and forests of West Virginia to attend West Virginia Wesleyan College, Harold began a never-ending love affair with this wondrous place. Starting his practice in Upshur County in 1949 he devoted himself to tending to the lives of his patients until his death in 1999. This book contains fifty-five short stories about his experience as a small town doctor in post WWII ... View more info

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House Calls in the Hills

By: Jay Banks, M.D.

Price: $10.95

Publisher: Paperback, 130 pages:

Seller Id: 34


Take a trip through the hills of West Virginia with Dr. Jay Banks, general practitioner. Read along as he begins his rural practice in Beaver, West Virginia. Blessed with a good nurse, acceptance by the locals, and a sense of humor, Dr. Banks recounts his memories with affection and wit. These were the days of many house calls to the country folk - delivering babies, dealing with swarming flies, and accepting items in trade. A compassionate and humorous look at a rural m... View more info

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West by West: My Charmed, Tormented Life

By: Jerry West

Price: $16.95

Publisher: Paperback, 338 pages:

Seller Id: 27


He is one of basketball's towering figures: "Mr. Clutch," who mesmerized his opponents and fans. The coach who began the Lakers' resurgence in the 1970s. The general manager who helped bring "Showtime" to Los Angeles, creating a championship-winning force that continues to this day. Now, for the first time, the legendary Jerry West tells his story-from his tough childhood in West Virginia, to his unbelievable college success at West Virginia University, his 40-year ... View more info

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Secret Life and Brutal Death of Mamie Thurman

By: Keith Davis

Price: $15.95

Publisher: Paperback, 205 pages:

Seller Id: 21


A true account of a prominent woman of Logan during the Depression, who is brutally murdered with a broken neck, throat slashed, and point blank gunshots to the head. Mamie was a member of the tight lipped aristocracy who used a special room in downtown Logan for their private club for gambling, illegal drinking, wife-swapping and the like. A local handyman was apparently framed for the murder and spent the rest of his life in prison. But recently a slew of evidence poin... View more info

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West Virginia Farm Stories: Written Between Her 93rd and 100th Birthdays

By: Mary Cordelia Riffee Figgatt

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 141 pages:

Seller Id: 17


Cordelia began writing at the age of 93 when she taught herself to use a computer. Initially the stories were for her family, but soon her stories of life on a rural farm were being published in the Charleston Gazette Metro Edition. She reminds us what self-sufficiency really meant: making all your own soap, jam, baby cradles, and bed sheets. She tells about attending, and then teaching, in one-room schoolhouses. Chapters on gardening, farm animals, and working in the ki... View more info

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Shawnee Captive: The Story of Mary Draper Ingles

By: Mary Rodd Furbee

Price: $9.95

Publisher: Paperback, 112 pages:

Seller Id: 19


In 1745, Mary Draper moved with her parents to Draper's Meadow in the Shenandoah Valley. Here they hoped to finally have rich farmland and the freedom to worship freely - far from the greedy landlords of their native Ireland and the partisan rules of Quaker Pennsylvania. Mary and her family were industrious and strong, quickly learning skills to survive on the frontier. In 1750, at the age of seventeen, Mary Draper married twenty-year old Will Ingles, the first wedding o... View more info

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Mann & Nature: A Collection of Essays

By: Perry Mann

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 156 pages:

Seller Id: 41


Mann and Nature is a collection of essays by Perry Mann about growing up during the Depression on a subsistence farm with his grandparents in southern West Virginia, his life-long relationship with gardening, and his reverence for nature. They celebrate local agriculture and hard work and the benefits from both in language that is beautiful and poetic: Suddenly the woods were filled with rays and sparkles and pings of drips, all of which had different pitches and ... View more info

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Child Of The Appalachian Coalfields

By: Robert C. Byrd

Price: $19.95

Publisher: Paperback, 817 pages:

Seller Id: 26


Written before his death and newly released in paperback, this autobiography follows Senator Byrd’s experiences from his boyhood in the early 1920s to his election in 2000, which won him an unprecedented eighth term in the U. S. Senate. Along the way, Senator Byrd offers commentary on national and international events that occurred throughout his long life in public service. Senator Byrd’s journey from the hard-scrabble coalfields to the marbled halls of Congress has... View more info

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Hill William

By: Scott McClanahan

Price: $14.95

Publisher: Paperback, 222 pages:

Seller Id: 37


I walked up to the side of the mountain like I used to do when I was a little boy. I looked out over Rainelle and watched it shine. The coal trucks and the logging trucks were still gunning it through town. They were still clear cutting the mountains and cutting the coal from the ground. Then I heard my mother calling and it was like I was a child again. Beginning to read Hill William is like tuning into a blues station at 4:00 a.m. while driv... View more info

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Mountain Midwife: Life and Times of Isabella Brown Neal

By: Vickie Osborne Brown

Price: $12.95

Publisher: Paperback, 150 pages:

Seller Id: 1


Mountain Midwife is the story of Isabella Brown Neal, a hard-working, outspoken old mountain woman. Known as Belle, she traveled the hills of Clay County, West Virginia delivering babies and nursing the area’s poorest families. Belle walked or rode her old nag, often traveling alone with just a doctor’s bag of herbs, a lantern, and a shotgun. Called into service no matter the weather, the distance, the time of day or night, Belle would respond to almos... View more info