Books listed here are by regional authors or are of interest to Central Kentucky readers and have been published since November 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.
Affirmed: The Last Triple Crown Winner by Lou Sahadi (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99, available March 29): Sahadi, a veteran sportswriter, tells how Affirmed, who was foaled in Kentucky, achieved in 1978 what no horse has done since. Steve Cauthen, Affirmed's jockey, writes the foreword.
Head Off & Split: Poems by Nikky Finney (The Quarterly Books/Northwestern, $15.95): The acclaimed Lexington poet releases her latest collection of poetry, with topics including Hurricane Katrina, Condoleezza Rice and the female body.
Lucifer's Tears by James Thompson (Putnam Adult, $24.95, available March 17): In the second installment of his Inspector Kari Vaara series, the Kentucky native, who now lives in Finland, has the put-upon Vaara investigating the brutal murder of the wife of a powerful Russian businessman, and looking into a 90-year-old national hero who's an alleged war criminal with the key to unlocking Finland's darkest secrets.
The Dark Days of Abraham Lincoln's Widow, As Revealed by Her Own Letters by Myra Helmer Pritchard, edited and annotated by Jason Emerson (Southern Illinois University Press, $19.95): Originally written in 1927 but reportedly barred from publication by the Lincoln family, it looks at the life of first lady and Lexington native Mary Todd Lincoln through her intimate letters. The manuscript was edited and updated by Emerson, a New York historian.
Sandstorm: A Forgotten Realms Novel by Christopher Rowe (Wizards of the Coast, $7.99): The award-winning Lexington author makes his debut as a novelist in this Dungeons and Dragons fantasy title, which tells the story of gladiator Cephas and the epic battles that await him.
All That Is Bitter & Sweet by Ashley Judd (Ballantine Books, $26, available April 5): The actress and activist writes her memoir, focusing on how she healed from childhood abandonment to grow into a passionate humanitarian.
Hidden History of Kentucky Soldiers by Berry Craig (The History Press, $19.99): The Paducah historian delves into the forgotten travails of military men in Kentucky, including Daniel Boone and George Custer and from the French and Indian War to World War II.
How to Flirt With a Naked Werewolf (Pocket, $7.99) and The Art of Seducing a Naked Werewolf (Pocket, $7.99, out March 29), both by Molly Harper: Inspired by the ice storm that rocked Kentucky in 2009, the Paducah author and journalist imagines the fictional town of Grundy, Alaska, home to werewolves and the humans who love and loathe them.
The Phone Poem Book: Simple Gifts by L. Eugene Startzman (AuthorHouse, $19.99): In the follow-up to his first Phone Poem Book, the Berea author crafts 333 new verses, mostly humorous, on a wide range of subjects, many of them suitable for children.
The Peach Keeper by Sarah Addison Allen (Bantam, $25, available March 22): The best-selling Southern writer tells the story of two North Carolina women who must confront long-held family secrets after a skeleton is found buried in the yard of their small town's most stately mansion.
Always a River: The Ohio River and the American Experience, edited by Robert L. Reid (Quarry Books, $19.95): In the revised second edition of this book of essays, seven writers explore the history and significance of the Ohio River and the role it plays in the lives of those living along its banks.
Long Shot: My Bipolar Life and the Horses Who Saved Me by Sylvia Harris (Ecco, $25.99): In her debut memoir, Harris tells the story of how she overcame mental illness to become the second African-American female jockey in American to win a race.
The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew (Kensington, $15, available March 29): In her debut novel, the North Carolina writer uses the growing civil rights movement in the 1950s as the backdrop to one teenage girl's coming of age as her family travels from Charlotte to the Florida Panhandle with their longtime African-American maid.
Basketball Belles: How Two Teams and One Scrappy Player Put Women's Hoops on the Map by Sue Macy, illustrated by Matt Collins (Holiday House, $16.95, available April 1): In this new children's book that comes on the heels of March Madness, Macy, a longtime sportswriter, tells the true story of Agnes Morley, who made history in 1896 when she led Stanford University against the University of California at Berkeley in the first intercollegiate women's basketball game.
In the Basement of the Ivory Tower: Confessions of an Accidental Academic by Professor X (Viking, $25.95, available April 4): In a title sure to be compelling in a college town, this anonymously written book tells the allegedly true story of a man who takes a job as an adjunct professor at two colleges and finds himself on the front lines of what he calls "America's academic crisis."
Joint Ventures: Inside America's Almost Legal Marijuana Industry by Trish Regan (Wiley, $25.95, available in April): The creator of the CNBC documentary Marijuana Inc. delves into what some call America's No. 1 cash crop by interviewing marijuana growers, sellers, investors and brokers.
I'm Nobody: My Mother Said It; I No Longer Believe It by Erma Steppe (iUniverse, $15.95): The Nicholasville resident writes her memoir, detailing the childhood neglect, abuse and abandonment suffered at the hands of her mother and how she learned to heal those wounds.
Returning to Wright Street: More Life, Love and Laughs of a City Boy Growing Up in the 1940s and '50s by Charles Edward White (The Publishing Place, $14.95): The Lexington author offers a second installment of his memoir of growing up on the south side of Indianapolis.
Multiple Sclerosis: The Many Faces of the Disease by Kathy Reed (Outskirts Press, $19.95): In a slim volume, the Lexington author tells the story of her aunt, who has lived with MS for most of her life.
The Extreme Principle: What Matters Most, What Works Best by Keen J. Babbage (Rowman & Littlefield Education, $60): The Kentucky author explains why state and national education reforms usually do not work.
Fighting for Control by Tracey Murray (AuthorHouse, $9.99 for Kindle eBook): The Richmond author imagines a world where a scandal erupts after a Louisville woman becomes the center of a romantic triangle.
The Blackgold War: Explosive Times in a Coal Camp by Doyle Branham (CreateSpace, $10.95): The Central Kentucky author tells the story of warring union miners and coal companies who must join forces to save a group of men trapped underground.