Mountain State Press

Current Book Titles

  • Diner Stories: Off the Menu edited by Daniel McTaggart: is a collection of exciting stories and real tales, all serving up a fantastic fare about the one place we all know, love to go to, and enjoy no matter your walk of life: diners. Cozied up inside this collection are people who love and hate, learn and squirm, and above all, eat--maybe some meals that might surprise you. Come on in and join us for a selection of great stories all garnished with sensory delights, served up on a platter of fun and imagination! ($16.99)
  • My People Was Music by Kirk Judd: This triple treat is a collection of wonderful mountain poetry, accompanied by a CD of Kirk's spoken word performances. Each poem is paired with beautiful traditional music by well-known West Virginia musicians. The third aspect is the gorgeous B&W photographs by Dave Lambert interspersed with the poems. A wonderful combination sure to delight any reader/listener. ($25.00)
  • Hero Birds by Emmitt Maxwell Furner II: Most people view reports of casualties in Iraq and Afghanistan as abstractions or possibly as statistics. However, for members of the military and their friends and families, death in war time is very real and represents a personal loss. Hero Birds shows how the US Army begins the process of bringing fallen soldiers back home. This is a first-person account by an Army chaplain who took part in numerous recovery missions while he was deployed in Afghanistan. ($14.95)
  • Jackson Vs. Witchy Wanda: Making Kid Soup: In her fourth book, accomplished writer Belinda Anderson has created a middle-grade novel that sizzles with suspense. When a witch disembarks from the train in a small town of Glasglen, WV, fifth-grader Jackson McKinney's life is changed forever. Will he and his classmates find themselves the ingredients in Kid Soup? In this page turner, the bullied, friendless Jackson learns not only resourcefulness and courage, but also the importance of trust- of reaching out to friends.  ($15.95)
  • The Well Ain't Dry Yet by Belinda Anderson: Twilight Dawn sits at the quilt frame in her living room, creating something whole from the scraps people bring of their lives. She opens the book, then steps aside to allow her customers to come forward and tell their own stories. They sneak in and out of each other's tales, bound by the mysterious old man in a jaguar. ($12.50)

  • The Bingo Cheaters by Belinda Anderson: The continued adventures of Twilight Dawn and a cast of new characters from Hope County. ($14.95)

  • Buckle Up, Buttercup by Belinda Anderson: Quilt maker and centenarian Twilight Dawn returns to stitch together the tales. In the first story, Twilight Dawn ruminates that it would take a powerful squeezing to turn Paul Goshen from a lump of coal into a gem. Paul, a prominent new character in the collection, first appears an aimless community college student. Readers follow him through the characters' tales as he becomes a police officer and the man his father knew he could be. ($14.95)

  • House Calls in the Hills by Jay Banks, M.D.: Travel down the country roads of West Virginia with this doctor who began his practice in rural Raleigh County. Meet the amazing array of characters he encountered in his years of family practice. This collection of short episodes will bring you into the homes of down-home country folks. Sit back and read a spell ! ($10.95)

  • Frontier Surgeon by Jay Banks, M.D.: The story of two physicians from different cultures, one a graduate from the finest medical school in Europe, and the other a graduate of the University of Alexandria and its heavily oriental influenced curriculum. They reach America in the tumultuous early 1750's. ($16.00)

  • Trophies I Can't Hang on the Wall by Jay Banks: Read about the joys of hunting and fishing and the friendships formed along the way. ($12.95)

  • Behold the Man by Jean Battlo: A lyrical reflection on the developing Christ-consciousness in the life of Jesus Christ. This work explores a question that has been spiraling the centuries: Was Jesus born believing Himself the Messiah, or did He come to that knowledge through His prayers and experiences? ($10.95)

  • Ideas That Built America by Daniel Crowders, Ph.D.: An inspiring perspective on American History, showing the evolution of American attitudes and philosophy into the 20th century. This includes a free-separate Supplemental Readings and Resource Guide. ($5.00)

  • Family Spirit by Jill Thompson Decker: Family Spirit is an action-filled romp through the mid 1920s. "An exciting time to be a growing boy," according to the main character, Tad De Wolfe. Indeed! Rouges, rascals, and dewy-eyed innocents encounter Prohibition, Woman's Suffrage, the automobile, snake-oil salesmen, the "talkies", politics as usual, and spiritualism, that was all the rage in this land and in Britain. ($12.95)

  • Hears The Wind by d. Kate Dooley: While written for teenagers, adults will see this book as a tool to help their young through turbulent formative years. The story is of a young Native American as he struggles to preserve his identity in the face of bigotry and the maturing of a shy young girl who sees the world through the eyes of a dreamer. ($12.95)

  • The Conversion of Big Jim Cane by Robert Elkins: Rough and ready Big Jim finally agrees to a dunking. The whole hollow turns out to witness the event. In this work of fiction, the story of Big Jim leads one through many tales of the hills and hollows, feuds and resolutions, life and death. ($12.95)
  • The Trial of Rush Givens by Robert Elkins: Rush Givens is a true man of the mountains. He is proud, opinionated, hardworking, and big-hearted, but above all he is fiercely protective of his own. When a wild bird of prey attacks his chicken lot, he shoots the critter that turns out to be an eagle. The story chronicles the events that follow.

  • Peripheral Visions by Robert Flanagan: A collection of superb stories that makes a welcome addition to the literature of a troubled time that takes the reader through Vietnam, Ethiopia, Germany, Italy, Morocco, and the USA.  ($8.95)

  • Lesser Bits, Greater Pieces by Robert Flanagan: This book serves as de facto sequel to Bits & Pieces, essentially picking up where that book ended. The columns comprising this book are selected from those that appeared over the following five years, from September 2001 through August 2006, in the Hampshire Review.

  • John Young Lt. at Elk by Orton Jones: Indian fighter and scout, survivor of the massacre at Tackett's Fort, and ancestors of countless Kanawha Valley Citizens, John Young epitomized the courageous frontiersman. Jones' book provides historical  and genealogical material of interest to all West Virginians and history buffs. ($9.95)

  • My Loop Creek Country Friends by John Kincaid: Take some down-home storytelling, mix in a little poetry and a lot of country common sense, and you've got yourself a real West Virginia treat. John Kincaid's Loop Creek Friends share their insights on life, liberty, and the wearing of shoes. ($9.95)

  • Cargo of Memories; Saga of the Majestic Showboat by Catherine Reynolds: An inside account of life aboard an operating showboat reveals a way of life filled with danger and glamour. The Majestic plied the waters of the Ohio and Kanawha Rivers during the first half of the 20th century making history as well as giving pleasure to its passengers. ($12.95)

  • Reflections of a nonagenarian by Sydney M. Kleeman: Vignettes in this collection are reflections of a nonagenarian, a man in his 90's. The "reflections" are not exactly poems and not exactly meditations. They are a glimpse at an intriguing journey, which has reached a summit; they are notions of a man who has lived an exciting life over which he has had a great deal of command. Some are humorous, some are deadly serious, and some are full of self-mockery, but all are worth the read. ($5.00)

  • Seedlings by Shirley Klien: Powerful word pictures deliver the author's message that appearances and reality don't always coincide, in this, her second volume of poetry.($3.75)

  • The Roads That Brought Us Home By Edward, David, & Roger Morris: Three West Virginia born brothers chronicle their rise from poor farm boys to positions of national prominence in their professions. They also reflect on how their varying ambitions and political differences separated them emotionally until the illness and death of their mother brought them together again in middle age as close-if still contentious friends. ($5.00)

  • Under the Shade of the Trees; Thomas (Stonewall) Jackson's Life at Jacksons Mill by Dennis Norman: Little attention has been given to young Tom Jackson during his formative years. This is the story of the exceptional boy who, through determination , hard work, and a little good luck, overcame his disadvantages to become the legendary Gen. Stonewall Jackson, an honored leader of men. ($10.95)

  • From Generals to Gorillas by Claude Ramsey: A journey of an extraordinary man from his time in the war under Gen. MacArthur, to the Morris Animal Foundation years with Betty White, to a gorilla named Ziz. ($5.00)

  • The Circumstance of Death by Barbara Smith: Set in Appalachia amidst poverty and family tensions a murder has been committed...or has it? A novel of suspense, family, and the human spirit. ($12.50)

  • Chick Flicks by Barbara Smith: A collection of short stories, most of which are set in West Virginia and feature women, although the dilemmas faced by the male and female characters make them of interest to all readers. ($12.50)

  • Old Land, Dark Land, Strange Land by John F. Suter: John Suter's last compilation of stories before his death. Introduction by Sharyn McCrumb. A mystery reader's read; ordinary people in small town America commit extraordinary crimes motivated by greed, lust, and revenge. This book features Uncle Abner and Arlan Boley stories. ($12.00)

  • The Gospel in the Gospel by Robert S. Weaver: A collection of 16 meditations on the parables of Luke 15, with four on each parable. Weaver offers in-depth, new and refreshing lines of interpretation. ($6.95)

  • Serpents of Blissful by Bruce Pratt: In Serpents of Blissful, Isaac Butts is forced to confront venomous serpents, both physical and emotional, in order to rebuild his life and exorcise the demons from his past. ($16.00)

  • Serendipity Hollow by David C. Brown: Mark Hopkins, the Philadelphia owner of a West Virginia coal mine, has his life become complicated when he's attracted to Sarah Austen, a lawyer and Boone County native, who is assisting an effort to stop surface mining in West Virginia. ($16.00)
  • Gap Hollow by David C. Brown: Gap Hollow, the sequel to the book Serendipity Hollow ten years later, follows young Frank Arthur's quest to learn his father's identity and the ensuing consequences of the search that threatens his integrity and life. ($16.00)
  • Sandlick Hollow by David C. Brown: Sandlick Hollow is the third book of the Hollow Trilogy. Sandlick Hollow is a story of the destructive impacts crimes committed decades ago in Boone County, West Virginia have on an intense rivalry between Frank Artur, a young physics instructor, and Roger Doddson, a financial planner and broker, for control of a thirty million dollar endowment. ($16.00) or purchase all 3 books for ($40.00)

  • The Trashman's Daughter by David C. Brown: Murder, fraudulent environmental schemes, and a terrorist conspiracy drive The Trashman's Daughter to an explosive climax.