Books listed here are by regional authors or are of interest to Central Kentucky readers and have been published since June 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.
Grant's Final Victory: Ulysses S. Grant's Heroic Last Year by Charles Bracelen Flood (Da Capo Press, $27.50): The Richmond historian writes about the final days of the former president and famed Civil War general, arguing that Grant deserves a more prominent place in the annals of American history.
Transformed: A White Mississippi Pastor's Journey Into Civil Rights and Beyond by William G. McAtee (University Press of Mississippi, $35): The retired Presbyterian minister, who now lives in Lexington, tells how he witnessed firsthand the racial tumult of 1960s Mississippi.
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Beeconomy: What Women and Bees Can Teach Us About Local Trade and the Global Market by Tammy Horn (University Press of Kentucky, $19.95): The Eastern Kentucky University apiculturalist suggests that beekeeping might be a path to economic self-sufficiency for women and families. Horn will appear with several other authors at 2 p.m. Nov. 26 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers as part of University Press day.
At the Gate: The Mine That Bird Trilogy, Book One by Rod McCall and Price Hall (self-published, $12.95): The story of the 2009 Kentucky Derby winner is told for children in the form of a graphic novel. Available at Minethatbird.com.
The Sisters by Nancy Jensen (St. Martin's Press, $24.99): In her novel, the Eastern Kentucky University professor tells the story of two Kentucky sisters, and their children and grandchildren, as they deal with the aftermath of a hasty decision made when they were young. Jensen will sign and discuss her book at 7 p.m. Nov. 29 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
No. 9: The 1968 Farmington Mine Disaster by Bonnie E. Stewart (West Virginia University Press, $27.99): The Oregon journalist explains how the disaster, which killed 78 men in West Virginia, could have happened based on her investigation of public records and interviews with those who worked in the mine. Through her research, she discovers that the mine's conditions are similar to the conditions of mines involved in recent disasters, including Sago and Upper Big Branch.
Hagar Before the Occupation/Hagar After the Occupation by Amal al-Jubouri (Alice James Books, $17.50): Lexington writer and Morehead State University professor Rebecca Gayle Howell translates an Iraqi poet's verse memoir of the war.
Bigger Than They Appear: Anthology of Very Short Poems, edited by Katerina Stoykova-Klemer (Accents Publishing, $15, available Dec. 1): The Central Kentucky writer and publisher has gathered 316 pages of poems that range from one line to 50 words from 192 contemporary poets.
The Lake of Dreams by Kim Edwards (Penguin, $16, available Nov. 29): The best-selling Lexington writer's second novel — about a woman who uncovers dark family secrets — comes out in paperback. Edwards will sign her book at 7 p.m. Nov. 30 at Hastings in Richmond.
Rare Bird: Sonnets on the Life of John James Audubon by Richard Taylor (Larkspur Press, price TBA): In one of Larkspur's simple, gorgeous bindings, the former Kentucky poet laureate uses the famed painter, naturalist and onetime Kentuckian as inspiration for dozens of poems.
Hidden Wounds: A Soldier's Burden by Nate Brookshire and Marius Tecoanta (Network 3000, $19.95): In their first novel, Tecoanta and Brookshire tell the fictional story of an American soldier who must make peace with himself after witnessing the murder of a surrendering German soldier in World War II. Richmond native Brookshire is an active-duty commissioned officer with the Army and lives in Columbia, S.C.
Cogan's Woods: A Celebration of Hunting, Family and Kentucky by Ron Ellis (Skyhorse Publishing, $16.95): The Northern Kentucky writer and environmentalist's memoir of hunting with his father in 1960s Kentucky is released in a 10th-anniversary edition.
Medal of Honor: Portraits of Valor Beyond the Call of Duty, text by Peter Collier, photographs by Nick Del Calzo (Artisan, $45): A new, updated edition of the 2003 coffee-table book includes the portraits and stories of 144 Medal of Honor recipients, including Kentuckians William Earl Barber, Don Jenkins, Gary L. Littrell, Wilburn K. Ross and Ernest E. West. The newest recipient, Dakota Meyer of Greensburg and Columbia, is not included, apparently because the book was sent to press before the announcement of his honor.
Murder in the Mountains: The Muriel Baldridge Story by Michael Crisp (Remix Publications, $29.95): The Central Kentucky writer revisits the true story of the vicious 1949 beating death of a Prestonsburg teenager, a case that remains unsolved.
Lessons on Church Folk, Vols. 1 and 2 by Antoinette Marie Davis (Mill City Press, $22.95 each): The University of Kentucky doctoral student discusses issues such as love, death, parenting and abuse through the stories of fictional churchgoers. Davis will sign and discuss her books at 2 p.m. Sunday at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Soldiers Saving Soldiers: Vietnam Remembered — A History of the 18th Surgical Hospital by Dr. Jerry W. Martin (Acclaim Press, $39.95): The Bowling Green doctor tells the history of the combat medical outpost in Pleiku, South Vietnam, and of the entire unit. The book is filled with anecdotes and vivid (and often very graphic) photos.
Beyond Greatness: Four Thoroughbred Legends by Charles Justice (AuthorHouse, $18.65): The Indiana author writes about the famous horses Colin, Man o' War, Ruffian and Landaluce.
Paris Greyhounds: 103 Years of Football by Brent Clay (self-published, $15): The Lexington resident compiles a year-by-year history — including stats— of the football program at Paris High School, his alma mater, through the 2010 season. Available by writing to Brent Clay, 798 Glendover Court, Lexington, Ky. 40502-2842.
Horses Never Lie About Love: The Heartwarming Story of a Remarkable Horse Who Changed the World Around Her by Jana Harris (Free Press, $24): A Washington state writer tells the story of a horse named True Colors who survived a wildfire to become a charismatic and nurturing matriarch of her farm.
Gray Roads to Grass Roots by G. Dennis Cantrill (Tate Publishing, $17.99): In his memoir, the resident of the Owen County area shares lessons learned through his lifetime of traveling across the United States.