Books listed here are by regional authors or are of interest to Central Kentucky readers and have been published since March 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. Prices listed are for hardcover editions unless otherwise noted.
I Just Hitched in From the Coast: The Ed McClanahan Reader by Ed McClanahan, edited by Tom Marksbury (Counterpoint Press, $18.95, available in November): The great Lexington writer and member of the famed Merry Pranksters collective in the 1960s collects 14 of his works, including Fondelle, or: The Whore With a Heart of Gold, The Essentials of Western Civilization, and The Day the Lampshades Breathed.
V Is for Vengeance by Sue Grafton (Marian Wood Books/Putnam, $27.95, available Nov. 14): One of America's most popular mystery writers, Louisville novelist Grafton returns with the 22nd book in her Kinsey Millhone alphabet series. This time, while investigating a routine shoplifting incident, Millhone gets swept into a case that involves apparent suicide, organized crime, murder, marital infidelity and police corruption. Grafton is scheduled for a book-signing at 2 p.m. Nov. 27 at Carmichael's Bookstore in Louisville.
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Wicked Lexington, Kentucky by Fiona Young-Brown (The History Press, $19.99): The Kentucky writer, who previously published Then and Now: Lexington, gathers story about the more nefarious doings in Lexington's past.
Colonel William H. Russell, Sir by Henry Clay Simpson with Diana S. Hough (Ashland Museum Bookstore, $20): The story of Henry Clay's friend, and a colorful character in his own right. Available at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate's museum store. Clay will discuss and sign his book at Ashland on Sept. 25.
At the Edge of the Precipice: Henry Clay and the Compromise That Saved the Union by Robert V. Remini (Basic Books, $15.99 paperback, available Sept. 6): Remini's 2010 history of how the Lexingtonian and "Great Compriser" orchestrated the Compromise of 1850, saving the United States from civil war for 10 years, comes out in paperback.
Poste Restante by Kasia Pater (Chicago Spectrum Press): In her first collection of poetry, the Lexington writer and artist writes about her native Poland and her life in Kentucky.
The $80 Champion: Snowman, the Horse That Inspired a Nation by Elizabeth Letts (Ballantine, $26, available Aug. 23): The Maryland writer and equestrian rider tells the story of a dirty, skinny workhorse who was headed to the slaughterhouse in 1956, when he was bought for $80 and went on to be a champion show jumper, competing against the best in the world.
Fading Into Bolivia by Richard Taylor (Accents Publishing, $5): In his latest poetry collection, the Transylvania University professor and former Kentucky poet laureate writes eloquently about bourbon, memory, grief, the death of a beloved dog and more.
Tales From Kentucky Sheriffs by William Lynwood Montell (The University Press of Kentucky, $24.95): Like the folklorist and former Western Kentucky University professor's previous collections of stories from Kentucky funeral directors, teachers, doctors and lawyers, this book gathers the true tales of county law enforcers from across the state.
Grapevine Dispatch: The Voice of Antislavery Messages by Caroline R. Miller (Little Miami Publishing, $28): The Augusta writer and historian explores anti-slavery efforts, including those in Central Kentucky in the first half of the 19th century.
Lincoln and the Border States: Preserving the Union by William C. Harris (University Press of Kansas, $34.95, available Sept. 21): A North Carolina historian contends that one of Lincoln's greatest challenges as president was how to keep the border states of Delaware, Maryland, Missouri and his native Kentucky from seceding from the Union.
Bittersweet Journey: Andrew Jackson's 1829 Inaugural Trip by Carlton Jackson (Acclaim Press, $24.95): The Butler County writer and former Western Kentucky University professor explores President-elect Jackson's long journey from his home in Nashville to Washington, D.C., along the Cumberland and Ohio Rivers, with stops in Louisville, Cincinnati and other river towns.
Crawfish Bottom: Recovering a Lost Kentucky Community by Douglas A. Boyd (The University Press of Kentucky, $35): The University of Kentucky oral historian examines a lost community in north Frankfort where crime was rampant but so was goodwill.
Images of America: Danville by Lindsay Merritt and Images of America: Harrodsburg by Bobbi Dawn Rightmyer and Anna Armstrong (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99 each): Two neighboring Central Kentucky towns join the series of popular books of historical photography.
Sneaky Snake by Melissa Utz Taylor (AuthorHouse, $14.99): In this children's book for ages 9 to 12, a snake that takes pleasure in being mean and bullying others learns a lesson when a wise owl teaches him that even he needs friends.
Great Civil War Stories of Kentucky by Marshall Myers (Acclaim Press, $24.95): The Eastern Kentucky University professor includes stories about the lives of Kentucky Shakers during the war, religion, the Louisville Civil War prison, the Orphan Bridge, and other accounts about life in Kentucky during the war.
Werewolf by Greg Hair (CreateSpace, $12.99): The Louisville writer's novel tells the story of a troubled werewolf and the secrets he keeps.
21st Century Greens: Leaf Vegetables in Nutrition and Sustainable Agriculture by David Kennedy (Leaf for Life, $24): The Berea writer and ecologist discusses the potential of leaf crops to alleviate malnutrition and explains how to grow, prepare and preserve more than 100 unique leaf crops.
The Phoenix Key by Lauren K. Hickey (AuthorHouse, $17.99): In her debut, a 15-year-old girl writes a fantasy novel about a group of elves who meet a human boy, forever changing their worlds.
Food Is Love: Life, Humor and Sustenance for the Southern Soul by Margie M. Rigney (CreateSpace, $12.95): The Georgetown writer's inspirational book includes stories from her life as a wife and mother along with recipes.
Higher Education, Emerging Technologies and Community Partnerships: Concepts, Models and Practices, edited by Melody A. Bowdon and Russell G. Carpenter (Information Science Reference, $180): In this reference work, Bowdon and Carpenter, a professor at Eastern Kentucky University, collect research with an emphasis on emerging technologies, community value and corporate partnerships.
Bed of Thorns and Roses by Sondra Allan Carr (Amazon Digital Services, $2.99 for Amazon Kindle edition): The Lexington author recreates the classic tale of Beauty and the Beast as a historical romance set during America's Gilded Age.
The Boy Who Skipped by Jeff Adkins (Lulu.com, $22.95): The former Henry Clay High School teacher writes a coming-of-age story set in Perry County and featuring a group of students and a teacher who want to bring theater back to their town.