Bluegrass Bookshelf, January edition

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. Prices listed are for hardcover editions unless otherwise noted.

The Hills Remember: The Complete Short Stories of James Still, edited by Ted Olson (University Press of Kentucky, $29.95; available in April): Dozens of the late great Kentucky writer's stories, many formerly published in his books On Troublesome Creek and River of Earth, are gathered in a definitive compendium.

Eclipse by Nicholas Clee (The Overlook Press, $26.95; available in April): First published in Great Britain in 2009, this book tells the story of Eclipse, one of the greatest racehorses in history and the horse from which all but three Kentucky Derby winners of the past 50 years are descended.

The Kentucky Derby: How the Run for the Roses Became America's Premier Sporting Event by James C. Nicholson (University Press of Kentucky, $24.95; available in May): The UK grad and historian writes a thorough history of the greatest two minutes in sports.

A History of American Higher Education by John R. Thelin (The Johns Hopkins University Press, $60): In the second edition of his 2004 book, used in most Ph.D programs in higher education, the University of Kentucky professor addresses the triumphs and crises of the institution. Thelin's work recently won the Outstanding Research Achievement Award from the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Gnosis: A Jack Dantzler Mystery by Tom Wallace (Hydra Publications, $14.99): In his third Detective Dantzler mystery, the Lexington writer delves into a mystery, set in Lexington, that involves a man who thinks he has been wrongly convicted of murder.

The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry, edited by Mark T. Mitchell and Nathan Schlueter (ISI Books, $29.95): In a collection of essays from several writers, the ideas of the acclaimed Henry County author and agrarian are situated within a larger vision of conservative thought.

Hike the Bluegrass: Your Guide to Hiking, Walking and Strolling Across Central Kentucky by Valerie L. Askren (Bluegrass Adventures, $15): The Lexington writer details more than 50 hikes, urban walks and public gardens in Central Kentucky, complete with maps, photos and suggested side trips.

Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year: 2012 Edition, edited by Charles Brooks (Pelican Publishing, $14.95): Pulitzer Prize-winning Herald-Leader editorial cartoonist Joel Pett's work is included in this 40th anniversary volume, which showcases the best in the country.

And Should We Die ...: The Cane Creek Mormon Massacre by Donald R. Curtis (Bearhead Publishing, $19.99): The Nicholasville writer tells the true story of the 1884 attack on a Mormon church in Lewis County, Tenn.

A Dimes Difference? Democrats, Republicans, and the U.S. National Debt by Charles F. Stamper (Breathitt Publishing, $12.99): In his latest political book, the Georgetown author asks: What is the mechanism that allures a free people while simultaneously threatening to destroy them?

"E" Is for English by Jeff Willis (Alexander Books, $24.50): The Central Kentuckian outlines the step-by-step process for making English the official language in the United States.