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  • THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US. by Barrows, Annie.
    Barrows, Annie.
    THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, (1915) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel by the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1938, in the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia. INSCRIBED on the half title page. 486 pp. ISBN: 978-0385342940.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 89197
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  • THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US. by Barrows, Annie.
    Barrows, Annie.
    THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, (1915) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel by the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1938, in the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia. 486 pp. ISBN: 978-0385342940.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75414
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  • THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US. by Barrows, Annie.
    Barrows, Annie.
    THE TRUTH ACCORDING TO US.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dial Press, (1915) dj. Hardcover first edition - A novel by the co-author of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, a coming-of-age story set in the summer of 1938, in the remote mill town of Macedonia, West Virginia. 486 pp. ISBN: 978-0385342940.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (short closed tear to bottom edge of front cover of dj).

    Book ID: 74793
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  • Benedict, Pinckney.
    THE WRECKING YARD and Other Stories.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1992.) dj. Hardcover first edition - West Virginia author's second powerful collection of short stories. Dustjacket praise from Eudora Welty, Joyce Carol Oates, Russell Banks and others. 208 pp. ISBN: 0-385-420218.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 34269
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  • DOGS OF GOD by Benedict, Pinckney
    Benedict, Pinckney
    DOGS OF GOD

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Doubleday, (1994.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Author's first novel (third book, preceded by two collections of short stories) - a tale of malevolence and violence set in the author's native rural West Virginia. 354 pp. ISBN: 0-385-420226.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dust jacket (as new.)

    Book ID: 41378
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  • SINS OF THE SEVENTH SISTER: A Memoir of the Gothic South. by Curtiss, Huston.
    Curtiss, Huston.
    SINS OF THE SEVENTH SISTER: A Memoir of the Gothic South.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Harmony, (2003). First edition - Although this advance issue calls this a memoir, when the book was actually published, it was described as a novel. In any case, it is too fantastic not to be based o a real story: " In May 1929, Billy-Pearl brought home a boy from the local orphanage. Stanley was sixteen, the age at which the orphanage kicked children out, and Billy-Pearl, knowing his sad history, could not allow him to end up on the streets. Stanley had witnessed his father beat his mother to death in a drunken rage and had taken a straight razor and slit his fatherÕs throat while he slept. A country judge had the boy castrated to…

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    New York: Harmony, (2003). First edition - Although this advance issue calls this a memoir, when the book was actually published, it was described as a novel. In any case, it is too fantastic not to be based o a real story: " In May 1929, Billy-Pearl brought home a boy from the local orphanage. Stanley was sixteen, the age at which the orphanage kicked children out, and Billy-Pearl, knowing his sad history, could not allow him to end up on the streets. Stanley had witnessed his father beat his mother to death in a drunken rage and had taken a straight razor and slit his fatherÕs throat while he slept. A country judge had the boy castrated to control his aggressive ways. . . . quickly a friendship developed between the two that would last a lifetimeÑa friendship that would survive murder, suicide, madness, and StanleyÕs eventual transformation into Stella, a singer who would live her adult life as a glamorous woman." 355 pp.

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    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 76564
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  • THE CREEK. by Depta, Victor.
    Depta, Victor.
    THE CREEK.

    Edition: First printing.

    Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, (1973) dj. Hardcover first edition - The first collection of poetry - poems and prose-poems - by this West Virginia writer 64 pp. ISBN: 0-821401211.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (short tear at top of spine, light sunning to spine of dj)

    Book ID: 84696
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  • RIDING A BLUE HORSE. by Elliott, Carter.
    Elliott, Carter.
    RIDING A BLUE HORSE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Carroll & Graf, (2003) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The author's first crime novel, set in a remote mountain county of West Virginia. SIGNED on the title page. 242 pp. ISBN: 0-7867-11817.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 61596
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  • Fitzgerald, Frances.
    CITIES ON A HILL: A Journey through Contemporary American Cultures.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, 1986. dj. Hardcover first edition - Fascinating book by this Pulitzer prize winning writer - much of it was originally published in the New Yorker. This is a look at 4 cultural enclaves which took shape in the 60's and 70's - the Castro in San Francisco, Jerry Falwell's Liberty Baptist Church in Lynchburg, West Virginia, a retirement town in Florida - Sun City, and the Rajneeshee community in Oregon. 414 pages. ISBN: 0-671-55209-0.

    Condition: Near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 13041
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  • COLORED PEOPLE. A Memoir. by Gates, Henry Louis Jr.
    Gates, Henry Louis Jr.
    COLORED PEOPLE. A Memoir.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. First edition - The distinguished scholar's recollection of his boyhood in West Virginia in the 1950s and '60s. 216 pp

    Condition: Very good in illustrated wrappers (some spine slant).

    Book ID: 35037
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  • Gates, Henry Louis Jr.
    COLORED PEOPLE. A Memoir.

    Edition: Advance Reading Copy (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1994. First edition - The distinguished scholar's recollection of his boyhood in West Virginia in the 1950s and '60s. 216 pp

    Condition: Fine.

    Book ID: 20233
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  • BAREFOOT MAN. by Grubb, Davis (1919-1980)
    Grubb, Davis (1919-1980)
    BAREFOOT MAN.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (1971) dj. Hardcover first edition - Ninth novel by this West Virginia author, best known for 'The Night of the Hunter.' Like most of his novels, this is set in the 1930s during the Depression in the mining country of West Virginia. Farjeon, driven from his farm, wanders into the town of Glory, only to have his young pregnant wife killed in a clash between the striking miners and the strikebreakers. 350 pp. ISBN: 0-671208217.

    Condition: Very near fine in navy blue cloth with gilt lettering on the spine in a near fine dustjacket (small chip to upper edge of back cover of dj)

    Book ID: 86855
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  • FAST LANES. by Phillips, Jayne Anne.
    Phillips, Jayne Anne.
    FAST LANES.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Dutton, 1987. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - West Virginia author's fourth book, a highly praised collection of short stories. SIGNED on the title page. Phillips was awarded the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for her novel 'Night Watch.' 148 pp. ISBN: 0-525-24515-4.

    Condition: Fine in a fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 43091
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  • FAST LANES. by Phillips, Jayne Anne.
    Phillips, Jayne Anne.
    FAST LANES.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Washington Square Press Books, (1988.). SIGNED - Her fourth book, a highly praised collection of short stories. SIGNED on the title page. Phillips was awarded the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for her novel 'Night Watch.' 148 pp. ISBN: 0-671-640143.

    Condition: Very good in stiff wrappers.

    Book ID: 39550
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  • QUIET DELL. by Phillips, Jayne Anne.
    Phillips, Jayne Anne.
    QUIET DELL.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2013) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel inspired by a real crime and the ensuing trial that occurred in the 1931, in the West Virginia town of Quiet Dell, not far from where Phillips grew up. A crime that Phillips mother, herself haunted by memories of watching townspeople flocking to the scene, had told her about when she was a girl. A counterpoint to the sensational stories that filled the newspapers at the time is the role of Emily Thornhill, a woman determined to make it in the man's world of journalism (one of the few characters in the novel whom Phillips said were "wholly invented"), but also focused on justice for the murderer…

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    New York: Scribner, (2013) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A novel inspired by a real crime and the ensuing trial that occurred in the 1931, in the West Virginia town of Quiet Dell, not far from where Phillips grew up. A crime that Phillips mother, herself haunted by memories of watching townspeople flocking to the scene, had told her about when she was a girl. A counterpoint to the sensational stories that filled the newspapers at the time is the role of Emily Thornhill, a woman determined to make it in the man's world of journalism (one of the few characters in the novel whom Phillips said were "wholly invented"), but also focused on justice for the murderer of Asta Eicher, a lonely young widow, and her three children, who were imprisoned and murdered by Harry Powers, a charming serial killer who seduced scores of women through lonely hearts columns all around the country with the promise of making them his wife. SIGNED on the title page. Phillips was awarded the 2024 Pulitzer Prize for her novel 'Night Watch.' 441 pp. ISBN: 978-1439172537.

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    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 84148
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  • DESERT AND PLAIN, THE MOUNTAINS AND THE RIVER: A Celebration of Rural America. by Roueche, Berton; photographs by David Plowden.
    Roueche, Berton; photographs by David Plowden.
    DESERT AND PLAIN, THE MOUNTAINS AND THE RIVER: A Celebration of Rural America.

    New York: Dutton, (1975) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which reveals a rural America that even then fifty years ago had been lost to most of us - from the town of Stapleton in the middle of the Sand Hills country of Nebraska to the town of Welch in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, rich in coal but poor in people. Text by Roueche, and illustrated with strking black and white photographs David Plowden. Oblong format. ISBN: 0-52509010.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 86460
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  • ADDIE: A Memoir. by Settle, Mary Lee.
    Settle, Mary Lee.
    ADDIE: A Memoir.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, (1998.) dj. SIGNED hardcover - A multigenerational saga set in West Virginia's Kanawha River Valley- the story of the author's growing up, of her grandmother Addie, and of all the complex influences on their lives: slave-holding, coal mines, racial tensions, wars with the Indians, the legacy of the Civil War, and love for the land. INSCRIBED by the author on the title page "for --- best wishes for Christmas, 1998." Photographs. 237 pp. ISBN: 1-57003-284x.

    Condition: Fine in a very near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 59792
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  • ADDIE: A Memoir. by Settle, Mary Lee.
    Settle, Mary Lee.
    ADDIE: A Memoir.

    Edition: Later printing.

    Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Press, (1998.) dj. Hardcover - A multigenerational saga set in West Virginia's Kanawha River Valley- the story of the author's growing up, of her grandmother Addie, and of all the complex influences on their lives: slave-holding, coal mines, racial tensions, wars with the Indians, the legacy of the Civil War, and love for the land. Photographs. 237 pp. ISBN: 1-57003-284x.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 28771
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  • Settle, Mary Lee.
    O BEULAH LAND.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Viking, 1956. dj. Hardcover first edition - Her epic third novel, and the first in the Beulah quintet, set in 1754 to 1774. 'It was the eve of revolution against the Engish king, and the English, Germans and Irish, the gentry and ex-bondsmen who had claimed land beyond the Alleghanies, were already calling themselves Americans. This fusion of people, this compound of loyalties and hatreds, is the theme of this sweeping story of the Virginia wilderness, land of the Endless Mountains. Map endpapers, 368 pp.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket (minor wear to dj at ends of spines) - a lovely copy of this early novel by a National Book Award winning author.

    Book ID: 28754
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  • GLASS CASTLE. by Walls, Jeannette.
    Walls, Jeannette.
    GLASS CASTLE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Scribner, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, an account of growing up in a family with two eccentric and nomadic parents - "Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. As Rose Mary and Rex, motivated by whims and paranoia, uprooted their kids time and again, the youngsters (Walls, her brother and two sisters) were left largely to their own devices. But while Rex and Rose Mary firmly believed children learned best from their own mistakes, they themselves never seemed to do so, repeating the same disastrous patterns that eventually landed them on the streets. Despite the difficulty she suffered, Walls respects her parents' knack for making hardships feel like…

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    New York: Scribner, (2005) dj. Hardcover first edition - The author's first book, an account of growing up in a family with two eccentric and nomadic parents - "Rose Mary, her frustrated-artist mother, and Rex, her brilliant, alcoholic father. As Rose Mary and Rex, motivated by whims and paranoia, uprooted their kids time and again, the youngsters (Walls, her brother and two sisters) were left largely to their own devices. But while Rex and Rose Mary firmly believed children learned best from their own mistakes, they themselves never seemed to do so, repeating the same disastrous patterns that eventually landed them on the streets. Despite the difficulty she suffered, Walls respects her parents' knack for making hardships feel like adventures, and her love for them - despite their overwhelming self-absorption - resonates from cover to cover." 288 pp. ISBN: 0-743247531.

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    Condition: Very good in very good dust jacket (general reading wear, tear to dj at corner fold)

    Book ID: 89118
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