Books listed here are by regional authors or 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.
Jesse Stuart: An Extraordinary Life by James M. Gifford and Erin R. Kazee (Jesse Stuart Foundation, $30): In an exhaustive biography of the legendary Greenup County writer and teacher, the authors use news stories, letters, interviews and other reporting to explore the man and his sometimes controversial place in literary history. Available at JSFbooks.com.
Creekside: An Archaeological Novel by Kelli Carmean (Fire Ant Books, $27.50): In this historical novel, the Eastern Kentucky University anthropology professor uses the techniques of archaeology to tell the interwoven stories of a team of researchers trying to protect the legacy of a Kentucky pasture slated for development and the people who once lived on the land.
The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales by Larry "Bozo the Clown" Harmon and Thomas Scott McKenzie (Igniter, $25.99): McKenzie, a former Bourbon County resident, partners with the man who played Bozo to write the clown's autobiography.
Shelter Cats by Michael Kloth (Merrell Publishers, $22.95): Now a Washington state resident, Kloth wrote and photographed part of this book, which profiles 80 cats living in animal shelters, while working on his master's thesis in Lexington. Several of the featured cats were available for adoption at the Woodford Humane Society. A portion of the proceeds from this book benefit the ASPCA.
New Covenant Bound by T. Crunk (The University Press of Kentucky, $19.95): The poet and Hopkinsville native, who won the 1994 Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize, uses poetry and prose to tell the story of a family displaced by the Tennessee Valley Authority so that Kentucky Lake, Lake Barkley and Land Between the Lakes could be built.
Days of Darkness: The Feuds of Eastern Kentucky by John Ed Pearce (The University Press of Kentucky, $19.95): The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist explores the infamous and long-running feuds of Appalachia, focusing on six in Breathitt, Clay, Harlan, Perry, Pike and Rowan counties.
Tales of Kentucky: Ghosts by William Lynwood Montell (The University Press of Kentucky, $24.95; out Oct. 1): Using oral histories and library archives, the professor emeritus at Western Kentucky University compiles more than 270 ghost stories from 70 counties.
The Louisville Baseball Almanac by Philip Von Borries (The History Press, $24.99): The Lexington writer and sports enthusiast compiles facts and figures on Louisville's history in professional baseball from 1858 to 2001.
Secrets of the Kentucky Supreme Court: A Memoir by Former Justice Donald C. Wintersheimer (McClanahan Publishing, $27.95): The former member of the high court reflects on his 32-year career.
10 Things Every Kid Should Know About God by Tina V. Bryson (Leeway Artisans, $10, out Sept. 21): In her children's book, the Central Kentucky author addresses common questions that kids, be they new believers or curious thinkers, have about a Christian life.
Know What Your Child Knows: A Parent's Guide to Elementary School Reading, Math, Language and Testing by C.E. Crutcher (iUniverse, $22.95): The longtime educator who lives in Nicholasville guides parents on how children learn various subjects during their elementary school years.
Circle of Dishonor: A Nessa Donnelly Mystery by Gwen Mayo (Pill Hill Press, $15.99): In the Lexington writer's historical novel, a former Pinkerton operative tracks a homicidal secret society to Lexington and must help infamous madam Belle Brezing.
He Answered the Bell: Memoirs of a Jewish Kentuckian — Photos and Writings by Attorney A. Lawrence Sherman, edited by Lyn Hacker (Redbird Hill): A compilation of stories and photographs from the Lexington lawyer as he traveled the world and lived in Central Kentucky. Available at Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
Kentucky's Everyday Heroes 2: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things by Steve Flairty (Wind Publications, $16): Just as the title suggests, the Kentucky Monthly writer compiles dozens of stories of ordinary people doing special things.
The Hands of Christ by Jon K. Elliott (Tate Publishing, $23.99; out Sept. 14): In his novel, the Lexington writer and church administrator tells the story of a married couple ripped apart by an accident and the Christian friends who help them as they strive to recover.
Miles Past Normal: Principles for the Journey by Tim Cooper (Wipf and Stock/Resource Publications, $16): The Georgetown writer and Broadway Christian Church minister lays out a plan for how to throw off the burdens of striving for normalcy and embrace the gift of being abnormal.
Mountain Moments: Photography by Warren Brunner, Reflections by Al Fritsch (Brunner Studio, $34.95): In this large hardcover coffee-table book, the Berea photographer and Ravenna writer and environmentalist gather images and reflections on Appalachia. Available through Brunner Studio, (859) 986-4961 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
African Brown-Headed Parrot: A Human's Guide by Marguerite Floyd (Smashwords, $4.99): In her e-book, the Lexington writer guides owners of the rare pet in care and behavior. Available as an e-book from Smashwords.com.