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. Prices listed are for hardcover editions unless otherwise noted.
She Let Herself Go: Poems by George Ella Lyon (Louisiana State University Press, $19.95): In her newest collection of poetry, the esteemed Lexington writer focuses on her growth from girl to woman, "examining the transformations of one woman's life as she tries on, takes on and peels off identities."
Honky Tonk Girl: My Life in Lyrics by Loretta Lynn (Knopf, $29.95, available April 3): The Kentucky country music legend charts her life through the lens of her lyrics. Includes several compelling and little-seen photos of Lynn through the years.
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The Prince's Speech: On the Future of Food by Prince Charles (Rodale, $6.99): Henry County agrarian writer Wendell Berry writes the foreword to the mini-book based on Charles' recent speech about food production and sustainability in Washington.
Andromache, Hecuba, Trojan Women by Euripides, translated by Diane Arnson Svarlien (Hackett Publishing, $37.95): Arnson Svarlien, a Lexington classics scholar and professor, provides a new and well-received translation to three ancient Greek plays, making them more accessible to students unfamiliar with ancient history.
Missing: The Secrets of Crittenden County, Book 1 by Shelley Shepard Gray (Avon Inspire, $12.99, available March 20): In the southern Ohio writer's latest novel, a young man is found dead in a quiet Amish community in Kentucky. A police investigation and scrutiny from the outside world draw the man's ex-girlfriend and his best friend together, bound by secrets and maybe something more. Books 2 and 3 are scheduled for release June 19 and Aug. 28.
Finding More on the Mat: How I Grew Better, Wiser and Stronger Through Yoga by Michelle Berman Marchildon (Wildhorse Ventures, $18.95): A former Herald-Leader staff writer who has been called the "Erma Bombeck of the mat," Marchildon, who lives in Denver, explores how yoga changed her life for the better.
Catherine the Great: Portrait of a Woman by Robert K. Massie (Random House, $35): The Lexington native and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Peter the Great, Nicholas and Alexandra and The Romanovs takes on one of the most powerful women in history.
I'm Fine, But Thanks for Asking: Poems by Jude Lally (Accents Publishing, $12): In his latest collection, the Lexington poet writes about living with a rare congenital neuromuscular disease called Friedrich's ataxia.
Kentucky Derby Dreams: The Making of a Thoroughbred Champion by Susan Nusser (Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99, available April 10): A Wisconsin writer traces a crop of foals born in Central Kentucky in 2009 as their handlers strive to turn them into Derby hopefuls.
If No One's Looking, Do We Have to Try As Hard: And Other Ponderings of Women Over 50 by Mary Hemlepp (iUniverse, $12.95): Through interviews and discussions with hundreds of women, the Lexington public relations consultant explores the wisdom, worries and joys of middle-age women.
Bluegrass State of Mind, Risky Shot and Dead Heat by Kathleen Brooks (CreateSpace; each is $9.99 paperback, $2.99 e-book, except Bluegrass State of Mind, which is free in e-book): The Central Kentucky writer's first three romance novels have done well: Bluegrass State of Mind was the No. 1 free romance book in the Apple Store, and the other two were in the top five paid romances. Each follows a beautiful but tough woman in a fictional Central Kentucky town as she battles criminals and looks for love.
The Willows: Haven by Hope Collier (Soul Fire Press, $2.99 Kindle edition): The Central Kentucky writer's novel follows a 17-year-old girl who travels from California to Kentucky and uncovers secrets along the way.
The Secret of the Keepers by Elizabeth Isaacs (E.F. Isaacs, $15.99): In the second installment of the Lexington writer's Kailmeyra Series, heroine Nora's happy life ends when darkness seeps into her idyllic world.
Shadowed Souls by Allison Aileen Masters (CreateSpace; $9.99 paperback, 99 cents e-book): In the Lexington writer's urban fantasy, Ava, a seer of angels, gets more than she bargains for while investigating a mob family.
Cattails and Curve Balls in Mercer County: 90 Years of Untold Stories From the Bluegrass Baseball League by Bill Martin ($14.95, self-published): The Harrodsburg resident traces the history of baseball in the Central Kentucky county.
Semi-Retirement: Finding, Buying and Running a Bed and Breakfast Inn — A Novel by Alder Blackburn (Rose Hill Inn, $14.99): Despite the title, the first book by the owner of Rose Hill Inn in Versailles is not a how-to but a novel that contains lessons he has learned about running a B&B. It follows a fictional couple as they "fail retirement" and decide to buy an inn in Central Kentucky.
The Sun and Stars by Elizabeth Adair (BearCat Press, $23): The Georgetown writer launches a Tudor-period mystery series focused on Isabel Holland, an illegitimate daughter of King Henry VIII.
Bobby's Socks by Nathaniel Sewell (Martin Sisters Publishing, $16.99): The Lexington native who now lives in Florida uses his first novel to explore how a boy who was sexually abused as a child finds his savior in a long-lost friend.
Falling for Eli: How I Lost Heart, Then Gained Hope Through the Love of a Singular Horse by Nancy Shulins (Da Capo, $15.99, available in May): A Connecticut writer and former Associated Press correspondent discusses how she traded the dream of having a child for the goal of learning to ride a horse, and how her life is better for that.
It Happened Today! in Kentucky History by Robert A. Powell (Silverhawke, $10): The author and historian compiles tidbits from Kentucky history and presents them in a daily journal format. Available at Kyhawke.com.