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Fishing the Jumps: A Novel

by Lamar Herrin

But in fishing the jumps there comes a moment when an insatiable hunger rises up in you and everything turns wild.

Amreekiya: A Novel

by Lena Mahmoud

Isra Shadi, a twenty-one-year-old woman of mixed Palestinian and white descent, lives in California with her paternal amu (uncle), amtu (aunt), and cousins after the death of her mother and abandonment by her father at a young age.

Patchwork: A Bobbie Ann Mason Reader

by Bobbie Ann Mason Introduction by George Saunders

Bobbie Ann Mason burst onto the American literary scene during a renaissance of short fiction that Raymond Carver called a “literary phenomenon.

The Birds of Opulence

by Crystal Wilkinson

From the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of Blackberries, Blackberries and Water Street comes an astonishing new novel.

Make Way for Her: And Other Stories

by Katie Cortese

A girl afflicted with pyrokinesis tries to control her fire-starting long enough to go to a dance with a boy she likes.

Hitchhiker: Stories from the Kentucky Homefront

by Bob Thompson foreword by Roberta Simpson Brown

Growing up next door to his Granny’s country store in McCracken County, Kentucky, a very young Bob Thompson had unlimited access to the cold-drink box and shelves of candy.

Insurrections: Stories

by Rion Amilcar Scott

A suicidal father looks to an older neighbor—and the Cookie Monster—for salvation and sanctuary as his life begins to unravel.

Blackberries, Blackberries

by Crystal Wilkinson foreword by Nikky Finney afterword by Honorée Jeffers

As the title implies, this beautifully written collection bursts with stories reminiscent of blackberries-–-small, succulent morsels that are inviting and sweet, yet sometimes bitter.

Water Street

by Crystal Wilkinson foreword by Jacinda Townsend afterword by Marianne Worthington

The residents of Water Street are hardworking, God-fearing people who live in a seemingly safe and insulated neighborhood within a small Kentucky town: “Water Street is a place where mothers can turn their backs to flip a pancake or cornmeal hoecake on the stove and know our children are safe.

The Price of Scarlet: Poems

by Brianna Noll

A honeycomb long vacated by honeybees still possesses an “echo of the swarm, / a lingering song.

Stoner's Boy: A Seckatary Hawkins Mystery

by Robert F. Schulkers introduction by Randy Schulkers and Diane Schneider

Mr. Stoner is bad, and it seems his son is turning out just the same.

The Gray Ghost: A Seckatary Hawkins Mystery

by Robert F. Schulkers introduction by Randy Schulkers and Diane Schneider

Everyone thought Stoner’s Boy was dead.

Scissors, Paper, Rock: A Novel

by Fenton Johnson

Along with his siblings, Raphael Hardin left his childhood home in rural Kentucky.

The Man Who Loved Birds: A Novel

by Fenton Johnson

Having taken great risks—to immigrate to America, to take monastic vows—Bengali physician Meena Chatterjee and Brother Flavian are each seeking safety and security when they encounter Johnny Faye, a Vietnam vet, free spirit, and expert marijuana farmer.

Crossing the River: A Novel

by Fenton Johnson

Make no mistake: Martha Bragg Picket is a headstrong southern woman with a rebellious spirit, a characteristic her son Michael shares.

The Hand and the Glove

by Machado de Assis translated by Albert I. Bagby Jr.

The later novels of Machado de Assis—notably Dom Casmurro and Esau and Jacob—are well known in this country, but the earlier novels have never been translated.

Iaiá Garcia

by Machado de Assis translated by Albert I. Bagby Jr.

The last of four novels that preceded Machado de Assis’s famous trilogy of realistic masterpieces, Iaiá Garcia belongs to what critics have called the Brazilian author’s “romantic” phase.

The Book of Count Lucanor and Patronio: A Translation of Don Juan Manuel's El Conde Lucanor

by Don Juan Manuel translated by John E. Keller and L. Clark Keating

Don Juan Manuel, nephew of King Alfonso X, The Wise, knew well the appeal of exempla (moralized tales), which he believed should entertain if they were to provide ways and means for solving life's problems.

The Vatard Sisters

by J.-K. Huysmans translated by James C. Babcock

Les Soeurs Vatard, described by its author as a “lewd but exact” slice of life, was J.-K. Huysmans’ second novel.

The Book of the Knight Zifar: A Translation of El Libro del Cavallero Zifar

edited and translated by Charles L. Nelson

The Book of the Knight Zifar (or Cifar), Spain’s first novel of chivalry, is the tale of a virtuous but unfortunate knight who has fallen from grace and must seek redemption through suffering and good deeds.

Green Hills of Magic: West Virginia Folktales from Europe

by Ruth Ann Musick

In the early years of this century, miners from nearly every country in Europe and Asia Minor migrated to West Virginia to seek employment in its great collieries.

A Kentucky Christmas

edited by George Ella Lyon

"Table of Contents A celebration of holiday poetry, fiction, essays, recipes, and songs by more than sixty of the Bluegrass state’s finest writers.


by James Still edited and with an introduction by Silas House introduction by Silas House afterword by Carol Boggess

Celebrated as the “Dean of Appalachian Literature,” James Still has won the appreciation of audiences in Appalachia and beyond for more than seventy years.

Come and Go, Molly Snow: A Novel

by Mary Ann Taylor-Hall

Mary Ann Taylor-Hall’s highly acclaimed first novel, Come and Go, Molly Snow, introduces us to Carrie Marie Mullins, a gifted Kentucky bluegrass fiddler and singer in the Hawktown Road band.

Amadis of Gaul, Books III and IV

by Garci R. de Montalvo translated by Edwin Place and Herbert Behm

In the long history of European prose, few works have been more influential and popular than Amadis of Gaul.

Upheaval: Stories

by Chris Holbrook

In 1995, Chris Holbrook burst onto the southern literary scene with Hell and Ohio: Stories of Southern Appalachia, stories that Robert Morgan described as “elegies for land and lives disappearing under mudslides from strip mines and new trailer parks and highways.

At The Breakers: A Novel

by Mary Ann Taylor-Hall

“Soon or a little too lateeverything you never knewyou always wanted turns uphereat The Breakers”—from the book In her new novel At The Breakers, Mary Ann Taylor-Hall, author of the widely praised and beloved Come and Go, Molly Snow, presents Jo Sinclair, a longtime single mother of four children.

Nothing Like an Ocean: Stories

by Jim Tomlinson

Jim Tomlinson’s previous book of short stories, Things Kept, Things Left Behind, won the prestigious Iowa Short Fiction Award and received enthusiastic reviews.

Sue Mundy: A Novel of the Civil War

by Richard Taylor

October 11, 1864.


by Charlotte Lennox, Ruth Perry, and Susan Carlile

A pioneer in the tradition of English women’s fiction, Charlotte Lennox was valued friend to both Samuel Richardson and Samuel Johnson and a major influence on Jane Austen.

With a Hammer for My Heart: A Novel

by George Ella Lyon

With a Hammer for My Heart is the story of Lawanda, a precocious, poverty-stricken fifteen-year-old girl from Cardin, Kentucky, who dreams of attending college.

The Cave

by Robert Penn Warren

In his sixth novel, The Cave (1959), Robert Penn Warren tells the story of a young man trapped in a cave in fictional Johntown, Tennessee.

The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy

by Eliza Haywood

The History of Jemmy and Jenny Jessamy, originally published as three volumes in 1753, is the last work by the prolific English novelist Eliza Haywood.

Act of Contrition

by Janice Holt Giles foreword by Wade Hall

Act of Contrition focuses on the intimate relationship between Regina, a widow, and Michael, a young doctor whose wife left him for another man.

The Flaming Sword

by Thomas Dixon

Thomas Dixon is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling early twentieth-century Klan trilogy that included the novel The Clansman (1905), which provided the core narrative for D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking and still controversial film The Birth of a Nation (1915). In his twenty-eighth and last novel, The Flaming Sword (1939), Dixon takes to task his long-standing black critics, especially W.E.B. DuBois, by attacking what he considered to be a vast conspiracy by blacks and Communists to destroy America.

Miss America Kissed Caleb: Stories

by Billy C. Clark

The mountain is a lonely place.

The Sins of the Father: A Romance of the South

by Thomas Dixon

" Today, Thomas Dixon is perhaps best known as the author of the best-selling early twentieth-century trilogy that included the novel The Clansman (1905), which provided the core narrative for D.W. Griffith's groundbreaking and still-controversial film The Birth of a Nation . It was The Sins of the Father , however, that Dixon regarded as the most aesthetically satisfying child of his Ku Klux Klan saga.

The Scourges of Heaven: A Novel

by David Dick

A historical novel of prejudice and plague, The Scourges of Heaven sweeps gracefully, joyfully, painfully across centuries and generations.

Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch

by Alice Hegan Rice

A national bestseller when first published in 1901, Mrs.

Run Me a River

by Janice Holt Giles

The rich history of river life in Kentucky permeates Janice Holt Giles’s novel Run Me a River.

Home and Beyond: An Anthology of Kentucky Short Stories

edited by Morris A. Grubbs

With an introduction by Wade Hall Morris Grubbs has sifted through vintage classics, little-known gems, and stunning debuts to assemble this collection of forty stories by popular and critically acclaimed writers.

Yates Paul, His Grand Flights, His Tootings

by James Baker Hall

James Baker Hall’s blackly comic coming-of-age novel has been denied, by unfortunate circumstances surrounding its original 1964 publication, its rightful place alongside classics such as Catcher in the Rye and One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in the canon of essential late-twentieth-century American fiction.

Shady Grove

by Janice Holt Giles

Broke Neck, Kentucky, lies deep in Appalachia.


by Janice Holt Giles

The last book Giles published before her death in 1979, Wellspring has been out of print for years.

Quilt Stories

edited by Cecilia Macheski

More than thirty stories, plays, poems, and songs featuring the making of quilts--written from 1845 to the present, mainly by American women--document women's literary history.

Hill Man

by Janice Holt Giles

After writing Hill Man, Janice Holt Giles said, "I was struck by its strength.

The Recess

by Sophia Lee

First published in an era when most novels about young women concentrated on courtship and ended with marriage, The Recess daringly portrays women involved in political intrigues, overseas journeys, and even warfare.

The Time of Man: A Novel

by Elizabeth Madox Roberts introduction by Robert Penn Warren and Wade Hall

Considered her finest work and an American classic, Roberts's novel traces the coming of age of Ellen Chesser, the daughter of a poor itinerant farmer.

Borrowed Children

by George Ella Lyon

" Golden Kite Award winner, 1989 Booklist , Editor's Choice School Library Journal , Best Books of 1988 Publisher's Weekly , Best Books of 1988 Twelve-year-old Amanda Perritt is pitched head-first into adult responsibilities when she has to quit school to care for her newborn brother and invalid mother.

The Reform'd Coquet, Familiar Letters Betwixt a Gentleman and a Lady, and The Accomplish'd Rake

by Mary Davys

The Reform'd Coquette (1724) tells the story of Amoranda, a good but flighty young woman whose tendency toward careless behavior is finally tamed.

Sporty Creek

by James Still

With illustrations by Paul Brett Johnson Sporty Creek is a series of short stories set in the Kentucky hills.

The Young Philosopher

by Charlotte Smith

In The Young Philosopher, George Delmont embraces an agrarian life and devotes himself to the pursuit of knowledge.

The Injur'd Husband and Lasselia

by Eliza Haywood

Eliza Haywood (1693?-1756) was one of the first women in England to earn a living writing fiction.

The Adventures of David Simple and Volume the Last

by Sarah Fielding

The Adventures of David Simple (1744), Sarah Fielding's first and most celebrated novel, went through several editions, the second of which was heavily revised by her brother Henry.

A Cold War Odyssey

by Donald E. Nuechterlein

The Cold War—that long ideological conflict between the world's two superpowers—had a profound effect not only on nations but on individuals, especially all those involved in setting and implementing the policies that shaped the struggle.

A Romance of the Republic

by Lydia Maria Child edited by Dana D. Nelson

A Romance of the Republic, published in 1867, was Lydia Maria Child’s fourth novel and the capstone of her remarkable literary career.

The Delicate Distress

by Elizabeth Griffith

Actress, playwright, and novelist, Elizabeth Griffith (1727-1793) won fame in England with the publication in 1757 of the first two volumes of Letters Between Henry and Frances, letters from her own courtship with Richard Griffith whom she secretly married in 1751.

The Excursion

by Frances Brooke, Paula R. Backscheider, and Hope D. Cotton

Frances Brooke (1724-1789), journalist, translator, playwright, novelist, and even co-manager of a theater, was described as "perhaps the first female novel-writer who attained a perfect purity and polish of style.

The Heart of the Hills

by John Fox, Jr.

First published in 1913, The Heart of the Hills is the last novel completed by John Fox Jr. and the final piece in his mountain trilogy.

Foretaste of Glory

by Jesse Stuart

The citizens of the small town of Blakesburg see the aurora borealis and decide Judgment Day has come in this 1946 best-seller. Jesse Stuart is a Kentucky teacher, lecturer, and writer.

The Plum Thicket

by Janice Holt Giles

Janice Holt Giles had a life before her marriage and writing career in Kentucky.

The History of Sir George Ellison

by Sarah Scott

The History of Sir George Ellison (1766) is an important novel, both utopian and dystopian.