Books written by authors with ties to Lexington, Kentucky

Whether you’re looking for your next leisure read, a book for the whole family, or a thrilling fictional novel, we’ve got a list of books written by local authors in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Joseph-Beth Booksellers always has a dedicated section of Kentucky-based books. | Photo by LEXtoday

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What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor (or former neighbor). Brew up a batch of your favorite tea or coffee and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about locally written books in Lexington.

Fiction

  • Lark Ascendingby Silas House | Release date: Sept. 27, 2022 | This book places readers in the shoes of a refugee — reminding them to hold on to hope even during dark times.
  • The Memory Keeper’s Daughterby Kim Edwards | Release date: May 30, 2006 | Two different families are forever bound by a father’s rash decision.
  • The Natural Manby Ed McClanahan | Release date: Jan. 1, 1993 | This comedy documents the unlikely friendship between a high school bookworm and hulkish high school basketball star.

For the family

  • Mommy Goose: Rhymes from the Mountainsby Mike Norris | Release date: December 17, 2016 | ~50 different nursery rhymes inspired by the culture of Appalachia
  • Under the Ocelot Sunby Jeremy Paden | Release date: July 14, 2020 | A mother tells the story of her homeland while struggling to find her place in a new environment.
  • Mosquitolandby David Arnold | Release date: March 3, 2015 | This young adult novel follows a young girl searching for her mother, meeting a quirky cast of characters along the way.

Part of a series

  • Bluegrass State of Mindby Kathleen Brooks | Release date: Nov. 17, 2013 | After witnessing a violent crime in NYC, the lead character seeks refuge in Kentucky only to find that trouble has followed her to the Bluegrass.
  • Greater Than Rubiesby Hallee Bridgeman | Release date: Dec. 20, 2012 | A woman from a troubled past meets her match — a handsome billionaire. But is it all too good to be true?
  • The Hilltop Murder Mysteryby Steve Demaree | Release date: January 1, 2006 | This humorous murder-mystery novel follows two overweight detectives who interview eight different suspects — all with ironclad alibis.

Personal stories

  • My Century in History: Memoirsby Thomas D. Clark | Release date: Aug. 4, 2006 | This University of Kentucky history professor spent more than three decades researching, writing, and teaching about Kentucky — this is his story, in his own words.
  • Kentucky Basketball: Two Decades Behind the Scenesby Mike Pratt and Tom Leach | Release date: Nov. 23, 2021 | A candid collection of intimate conversations between two longtime UK basketball analysts, Tom Leach + the late Mike Pratt — both of which are almost as famed as Rupp Arena itself.
  • Hill Womenby Cassie Chambers | Release date: January 12, 2021 | Tracing her family lineage through the hills of Eastern Kentucky, this author tells the stories of the strong women that raised her.

Learn Something New

  • A New History of Lexington, Kentuckyby Foster Ockerman Jr. ” Release date: October 11, 2021 | Lexington is so much more than the “Horse Capital of the World.” This book educates readers on the lesser-known historical events of the city.
  • Scientific Kentuckyby Duane S. Nickell | Release date: July 18, 2022 | This book documents the scientists and inventors from the Bluegrass who made significant contributions to the world of science.

Poetry

  • Affrilachiaby Frank X Walker | Release date: November 17, 2000 | With the publication of this book, Frank coined the term “Afrilachia” and helped pave the way for future African American poets living in the Appalachian south.
  • Bright Dead Thingsby Ada Límon | Release date: September 15, 2015 | The collection of poems in this book explore the idea of leaving your world behind to find something new — a finalist for the National Book Award.

Need more recommendations? Stop by Joseph-Beth Booksellers, Black Swan Books, Glover’s Bookery, or SQecial Media, to get expert advice from Lexington’s local booksellers. 📚

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