Books

Bluegrass bookshelf: 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 January 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.

The Foxfire 45th Anniversary Book: Singin', Praisin', Raisin', edited by Joyce Green, Casi Best and Foxfire students (Anchor Books, $18.95, available Sept. 6): The venerable series of books celebrating Appalachian and rural living turns 45 with this compendium, which focuses on "the region's music, folk legends and outsized personalities."

The Achievement of Wendell Berry: The Hard History of Love by Fritz Oehlschlaeger (The University Press of Kentucky, $40, available June 24): The Virginia Tech professor examines the writings and philosophies of Berry, one of Kentucky's and the nation's greatest thinkers.

The Environmental Vision of Thomas Merton by Monica Weis (The University Press of Kentucky, $40, available June 24): The New York writer examines the basis for the late Kentucky monk's environmental philosophies.

A Marriage of Convenience: Stories by Andrew Plattner (BkMk Press-University of Missouri, Kansas City, $15.95): The Atlanta resident and former turf writer, known for his Kentucky Derby history, A History of the Run for the Roses, shares stories inspired by his early experiences at the racetrack.

Bourbon Whiskey: Our Native Spirit — Sour Mash & Sweet Adventures by Bernie Lubbers (Blue River Press, $16.95): The Louisville comedian and self-described "whiskey professor" writes a history of Kentucky's native spirit, shares funny stories about the beverage, tells readers an in-depth way to read a bourbon label, how to visit distilleries and where to dine and drink throughout the state.

A History of Education in Kentucky by William E. Ellis (The University Press of Kentucky, $40, available June 17): The retired Eastern Kentucky University history professor writes the history of education in the commonwealth, detailing its successes and many failures.

Horse Racing's Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Derby Delights, Frenetic Finishes, and Backstretch Banter by David L. Hudson Jr. (Potomac Books, $14.95): The Tennessee writer compiles more than 50 lists of facts about horse racing.

The Zombie Feed, Volume 1, edited by Jason Sizemore ($15.95, TZF Press): The Lexington writer and editor compiles 17 stories of zombie fiction.

The Dream and the Reality of Teaching: Becoming the Best Teacher Students Ever Had by Keen J. Babbage (Rowman & Littlefield Education, $50): In the Lexington author's 13th book about education, he guides prospective and current teachers through a study of what it means to be a teacher.

Dancer's Image: The Forgotten Story of the 1968 Kentucky Derby by Milton C. Toby (The History Press, $19.99): The horse writer and equine lawyer tells the controversial story of how Dancer's Image was stripped of his 1968 Derby crown after a positive drug test.

House of Cleaving by Melissa Newman (Whiskey Creek Press, $16.95): The Barbourville author follows up Sister Blackberry with a mystery that involves a woman who discovers unsavory family secrets after her son and mother die.

Making War, Making Women: Femininity and Duty on the American Home Front, 1941-1945 by Melissa A. McEuen (The University of Georgia Press, $69.95): The Transylvania University history professor tells how Madison Avenue and the U.S. government promoted "ideal womanhood" during World War II.

Picking Your Nose in Class and Other Ways to Ruin Your Academic Career: An Insider's Practical Guide to Etiquette for College Students by Glenn R. West (Sarabby Press, $18.99): The Lexington writer and former Georgetown College and Transylvania University professor shares etiquette lessons with college-bound high schools seniors and current college students.

The Kurdish Nationalist Movements in Turkey: 1980-2011 by Robert Olson (Mazda Publishers, $19.95): The University of Kentucky professor analyzes what he considers the three most important developments in the Kurdish nationalist movements.

All This and Family, Too by Sarah E. Glenn (Pill Hill Press, $15.99): The Lexington writer takes readers into the realm of vampires with her story of the blood sucker Cynthia, who flees from North Carolina to California after the death of her girlfriend.

Cotton Patch Memories by Sara Elizabeth Mullins Dollar (Xlibirs, $15.99): The Louisville writer shares memories from her 85 years of life.

A Journey Through the Life of an Anti-Social by Byron Douglas (Xlibris, $19.99): The Lebanon native tells the story of a couple whose son is diagnosed with anti-social personality disorder.

My Idol Time: Behind The Scenes of America's #1 TV Show by Dennis Duncan (Amazon Digital Services, $9.99 for Kindle edition): The Los Angeles resident and Henderson native tells the behind-the-scenes story of his work as a vocal producer on seasons 6 to 9 of American Idol.

I Listened, Momma by Darlene Franklin-Campbell (CreateSpace, $15.95): The southern Kentucky writer tells the story of a child of an interracial marriage in Appalachia who struggles to understand the prejudice against her family.

A Season for Healing by Charles L. Roe (The Publishing Place, $18.95): A young woman from the Bluegrass journeys to the Eastern Kentucky mountains to join the Frontier Nursing Service in 1930.

Nicodemus: A Heart's Journey by Christine E. Sacra (Pavilion Books, $14.99): In this historical novel, a teenage slave travels from Lexington to Nicodemus, Kan., and to freedom.

ChemICKal Reactions by Karen L. Newman (Naked Snake Press, $6.29): In her book of poetry, the Ashland writer uses chemistry and chemicals as the backdrop to various stories.

Citizen U.S.A.: A 50 State Road Trip by Alexandra Pelosi (Penguin, $28): In a companion to an HBO documentary debuting July 4, Pelosi tells the stories of immigrants to the United States and why they came to America. Included is paralympian Dennis Ogbe, a native of Nigeria who lives in Louisville.

Henry Clay: The Essential American by David S. Heidler and Jeanne T. Heidler (Random House, $18): The biography of the Lexington native and "Great Compromiser" is out in paperback.

Pacific Rims: Beermen Ballin' in Flip-Flops and the Philippines' Unlikely Love Affair with Basketball by Rafe Bartholomew (New American Library, $15): It has nothing to do with Kentucky, but this book about the South Pacific island's culture of basketball will appeal to any member of the Big Blue Nation.

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