Books listed here are by regional authors or are of interest to Central Kentucky readers and have been published since September or will be published in coming months.
Many of these books are self-published; this column is intended to note new works, not review them. All titles are available at bookstores and online booksellers unless otherwise noted.
One of Morgan's Men: Memoirs of Lieutenant John N. Porter of the Ninth Kentucky Cavalry by John M. Porter, edited by Kent Masterson Brown (The University Press of Kentucky, $35, out in February): Butler County native and lawyer Porter's firsthand account of serving with legendary Confederate Gen. John Hunt Morgan are compiled, edited and annotated by Brown, the noted Civil War historian and Lexington lawyer.
Chinaberry by James Still, edited by Silas House (The University Press of Kentucky, $21.95, out in April): The piece is the final work of the deceased Appalachian author, as family and friends discovered one manuscript unpublished after his death. Edited by House, who is the well-known author of Clay's Quilt, the story chronicles the adventures of a boy traveling from Alabama to Texas searching for work on a cotton farm. The fictional work is titled after the ranch at which he stops and where he meets a young couple with a tragedy that haunts their past.
First Fifty: A Pediatric Story by C. Charlton Mabry, M.D., with Barbara Mabry and Jim Niemi (The Clark Group, $39.95): An active emeritus professor of pediatrics at the University of Kentucky, C. Charlton Mabry tells the tales of his colleagues and offers an account of the first 50 years of UK's pediatrics program in conjunction with the College of Medicine's 50th anniversary.
The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe by Glynis Ridley (Crown Publishers, $25): Ridley, a professor of English at the University of Louisville, delves into the life of Baret, the daughter of French peasants who in 1766 disguised herself as a teenage boy to join the first French expedition to circumnavigate the world. Ridley uses historical accounts and a newly discovered notebook to raise questions about the accepted history that the crew didn't realize Baret was a woman until landing in Tahiti 18 months into the journey.
Voices from the Peace Corps: Fifty Years of Kentucky Volunteers by Angene Wilson and Jack Wilson (The University Press of Kentucky, $35, out in March): Angene Wilson, a professor emeritus of education at the University of Kentucky, and Jack Wilson, a former Peace Corps administrator, served in Liberia from 1962 to 1964. The two have compiled 100 stories of Kentucky volunteers who, like them, have served in the Peace Corps every decade since its inception in 1961.
Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2011 Edition edited by Charles Brooks (Pelican, $14.95): This compilation includes the work of noted editorial cartoonists nationwide and features four pieces by the Lexington Herald-Leader's Joel Pett, who won the 2000 Pulitzer Prize.
Appalachian Folk Tales compiled and edited by Loyal Jones (Jesse Stuart Foundation, $8.95): The first director of the Berea College Appalachian Center, Jones is a noted storyteller and writer. Here, he collects tales that have been passed down through the region over the ages.