Parsons publisher adds book offerings
PARSONS, W.Va. -- McClain Printing Co. in Parsons has added several new books in 2012 to its catalog.
McClain has published the memoir of Southern West Virginia businessman and philanthropist James H. "Buck" Harless. Titled "A Most Fortunate Life," Harless writes about growing up poor in West Virginia during the Depression and how his "rinky dink" sawmill grew into a business that once employed more than 1,500 people.
Another new memoir is "A Coal Camp Chronicle: Rememberin' My Raisin" by Trula Vandell Gray with John Vandell. The coal camp is Hemphill in McDowell County.
The coal town of Kimball is the subject of Jean Battlo's book "Kimball, West Virginia, 1911-2011, Still Standing: Birth of the Small Town in the N&W Era." The book includes photos, postcards and historical documents.
Steve Keating has written "A Dolly Sods North Blackwater Companion: A guide to Hiking Through the History, Geology and Ecology of the Region." The guide offers a starting point for exploring the area and includes descriptions of about 40 miles of trails.
Don Teter has taken on another area of Tucker County in his new book "Goin' Up Gandy: A History of the Dry Fork Region of Randolph and Tucker Counties in West Virginia."
And then there's "A Pictorial History of Tucker County" containing hundreds of photographs and postcards compiled by Chris Kidwell.
Irma Smith Cadle has written a documentary history titled "A School Named Lewis, Grassy Meadows, West Virginia."
"What Happened to Our Great American Industries: Keep America Free" by Joseph Thomas Jr. looks into the changes in U.S. industry.