Bluegrass Bookshelf: A monthly feature on books by and about Kentuckians

Books listed here are by regional authors or are of interest to Central Kentucky readers and have been published since August 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.

Lessons in Likeness: Portrait Painters in Kentucky and the Ohio River Valley, 1802-1920 by Estill Curtis Pennington (The University Press of Kentucky, $50): In a handsome large-format book, the noted art historian and curator, with the help of the Filson Historical Society, looks at the careers of the portraitists who painted some of the most noted families in Kentucky and whose works hang in historical sites across the commonwealth.

Saving Kentucky: Greening the Bluegrass by Sally Van Winkle Campbell; photographs by Thomas Hart Shelby (Limestone Lane Press, $60): The gorgeously photographed book profiles Kentuckians committed to being stewards of the land. Campbell will sign the book with Jon Carloftis from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Belle Maison Antiques, 525 West Short Street.

The Tea Party Goes to Washington by Rand Paul (Center Street, Price TBA; out in February): The U.S. senator-elect from Bowling Green "presents his plan — and the Tea Party's platform — to bring the U.S. government more in line with the Constitution and the Bill of Rights, to stop spending money the country doesn't have, to stop borrowing, to balance the budget and reduce the size of the government," according to a news release.

What I Can Count On by Mary O'Dell (Finish Line Press, $12; out Jan. 7): The Louisville writer's fifth collection of poems focuses on the beauty and pleasures of everyday life. Available at

Gold: Everything You Need to Know to Buy and Sell Today by Jeff Garrett and Q. David Bowers (Whitman Publishing, $12.95): Garrett, a premier numismatist and owner of Mid-American Rare Coin Galleries in Lexington, has co-written a book that captures the recent hype about gold. In the neatly bound book, he shares the nuts and bolts of collecting, buying and selling gold coins.

Leading Team Alpha: Leadership in Novel Form by Joel DiGirolamo (PranaPower, $24.95): The Lexington author uses the format of a novel to help students and professionals learn business leadership fundamentals.

Images of America: Bracken County by Bracken County Historical Society (Arcadia Publishing, $21.99): The popular series of books filled with small-town photos focuses on riverside Bracken County and Augusta and their long history. Old photos of actor George Clooney, who grew up in Augusta, are included.

Way Up North in Louisville: African American Migration in the Urban South, 1930-1970 by Luther Adams (The University of North Carolina Press, $49.95): Adams, an associate professor at the University of Washington, Tacoma, examines what led some post-World War II blacks in the South to migrate to the region's urban centers instead of heading to the North and West for greater opportunity.

The Requiem Rose: A Waverly Hills Story by James Markert (Butler Books, $16.95): The Louisville author sets his 1929 story of redemption, classical music, race and crisis of faith at Louisville's famed, and haunted, former tuberculosis sanitorium.

Jesus My Son: Mary's Journal of Jesus' Early Life by Mary Bailey (AuthorHouse, $14.99): In her work of biblical fiction, the author, who lives in Frankfort and Sebring, Fla., imagines Jesus' boyhood.

'Tis a Gift by Rebecca Mitchell Turney and Marie Mitchell (MotesBooks, $8): In their follow-up to the children's book Road to Pleasant Hill, the Kentucky authors, who are sisters, tell the story of 10-year-old Tad, who lives at Shaker Village in the 1830s, and how he learns to see his being different as a blessing.

Major League Careers Cut Short: Leading Players Gone by 30 by Charles F. Faber (McFarland and Co., $39.95): The Lexington author examines the athletic careers of 15 of the 197 men who played their last Major League Baseball game before they turned 31.

Privileged Thinking in Today's Schools: The Implications for Social Justice by David Barnett, Carol Christian, Richard Hughes and Rocky Wallace (Rowman & Littlefield Education, $45, out Dec. 16): Three longtime Kentucky educators address the small and large ways that social injustice can rear its head in the classroom and how it can be prevented in your own school community.

The Rice-Heizer Connection: A Kentucky Family's Legacy by Lucien H. Rice (Clark Publishing, $22.95-$28.95): The Lexington author writes a thorough history of his family roots, all the way from their emigration from Europe to their prominence in Morehead and Central Kentucky.

Don't Let The Secret Out by Jessamine Rose (self-published, $15.37): The Nicholasville writer pens her autobiography, which chronicles her attempts to rise above her difficult young life in Eastern Kentucky.