Bluegrass Bookshelf

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

Affirmed: The Last Triple Crown Winner by Lou Sahadi (Thomas Dunne Books, $24.99, available March 29): In the first biography of the 1978 Triple Crown winner, Sahadi draws heavily on interviews with the horse's jockey, Kentuckian Steve Cauthen, who wrote a foreword for the book.

Restless Heart by Wynonna Judd with LuAnn McLane (New American Library, $25.95): The country music superstar and Ashland native tries her hand at fiction with this debut novel. It's about a girl named Destiny Hart, whose love of music propels her to stardom and self-discovery.

Starving the South: How the North Won the Civil War by Andrew F. Smith (St. Martin's Press, $27.99, available in April): The editor in chief of The Oxford Encyclopedia of Food and Drink in America takes a compelling look at how the Union used the blockade of Confederate food-importing ports to help win the Civil War, and how those actions forever changed how Americans eat.

Lincoln on War: Our Greatest Commander-in-Chief Speaks to America, edited by Harold Holzer (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $24.95, available April 12): The acclaimed historian gathers and interprets Lincoln's speeches, letters, memos and other writings on war to chronicle his evolution from a young dove to a determined Civil War hawk.

I Can't Make You Love Me, But I Can Make You Leave by Dixie Cash (William Morrow, $13.99, available April 5): In this Southern murder mystery, a washed-up country singer must figure out who killed her backup singer.

Tales From Kentucky One-Room School Teachers by William Lynwood Montell (The University Press of Kentucky, $24.95, available Feb. 18): The oral historian and professor emeritus at Western Kentucky University gathers the stories of educators in the state's long-gone schoolhouses.

Four Roses: The Return of a Whiskey Legend by Al Young (Butler Books, $29.95): A thin coffee-table book compiles the history of the Lawrenceburg bourbon maker to mark the 100th anniversary of the company's main distillery building.

The Notorious "Bull" Nelson: Murdered Civil War General by Donald A. Clark (Southern Illinois University Press, $29.95): The historian writes the biography of the famed Civil War general who helped the Union maintain control of Kentucky.

Bourbon: The Evolution of Kentucky Whiskey by Sam K. Cecil (Turner, $19.95): The former bourbon executive tells the history of Kentucky's native spirit.

Study Abroad: Sigo Buscando el Duende by Mateo WarSteiner (CreateSpace, $14.95): Based on his own studies in Valencia, Spain, the former Lexingtonian has written a guide book with tips and advice for students interested in studying in a foreign country.

It's Not Mental: Finding Innovative Support and Medical Treatment for a Child Diagnosed With a Severe Mental Illness by Jeanie Wolfson (Cerebella Publishing, $24.95): Using her experiences as the parent of a child diagnosed with mental illness, the Central Kentucky author offers guidance in coping.

Ain't Dead Yet! by Louise La Jeone (Xlibris, $19.99): The Lexington author collects short stories, all with happy endings, about senior citizens.

A Wayward Tale by Hilary Hartman (CreateSpace, $15): In this novel, Jake Bailey, a Kentuckian and Civil War veteran, is making his way toward California, where he intends to start a horse farm, but a stop in Wayward, Ariz., delays him longer than he intended.

The War Against Violence Everywhere by Doug Wain (WainWave Media, $19.95): The Lexington resident provides his ideas for how peaceful people can effectively counter those in society who are bent on violence.

Adventures in Pandora's Box by B.W. Bever (PublishAmerica, $29.95): The Bourbon County resident tells the dystopian story of Pandora Robles, an artist and addict.

Hadden Coalfield: Catcher in the Lie by Don Hall (CreateSpace, $12.95): A coming-of-age story from the Lexington author.