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.
- “Lark Ascending” by 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 Daughter” by Kim Edwards | Release date: May 30, 2006 | Two different families are forever bound by a father’s rash decision.
- “The Natural Man” by 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 Mountains” by Mike Norris | Release date: December 17, 2016 | ~50 different nursery rhymes inspired by the culture of Appalachia
- “Under the Ocelot Sun” by 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.
- “Mosquitoland” by 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 Mind” by 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 Rubies” by 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 Mystery” by 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.
- “My Century in History: Memoirs” by 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 Scenes” by 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 Women” by 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, Kentucky” by 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 Kentucky” by 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.
- “Affrilachia” by 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 Things” by 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.