Books listed here are by regional authors or are of interest to Central Kentucky readers and have been published since May 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.
Cecelia and Fanny: The Remarkable Friendship Between an Escaped Slave and Her Former Mistress by Brad Asher (University Press of Kentucky, $30): The Louisville writer tells the true story of a relationship between a slave, Cecelia, and her master, Fanny, a young woman in Louisville society, that persisted even after Cecelia's escape to freedom in 1846.
Which Side Are You On? The Story of a Song by George Ella Lyon, illustrated by Christopher Cardinale (Cinco Puntos Press, $17.95): In her children's book, suitable for ages 4 to 8, the celebrated Kentucky author tells the story of the famous pro-union song Which Side Are You On?, which was written by Florence Reece in 1931 during the bloody Harlan County coal wars. The story is told through the eyes of Florence's young daughter.
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The Deer at Gethsemani: Eclogues by Frederick Smock (Accents Publishing, $5): In his chapbook, the Louisville writer uses the classic style of pastoral poems to lovingly write about rain, forsythia, sycamore trees and other bucolic subjects close to Kentucky.
The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner (W.W. Norton, $18.95): In his Pulitzer Prize-winning book, which is now in paperback, the noted historian takes on the story of Kentucky's native-born president and the United States' "transformation through the crucible of slavery and emancipation."
Lincoln, Inc.: Selling the 16th President in Contemporary America by Jackie Hogan (Rowman and Littlefield, $24.95, available in December): The Illinois sociologist examines how images of the Kentucky-born president permeates movies, books, TV, advertising and many other forms of contemporary culture.
The Outlaw Album by Daniel Woodrell (Little, Brown and Co., $24.99): The author of Winter's Bone, which was made into a film starring Louisville native Jennifer Lawrence, returns to Missouri's Ozark Mountains for this collection of 12 short stories about people living on the fringes of society.