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Robert Penn Warren's All the King's Men: A Reader's Companion

by Jonathan S. Cullick

Robert Penn Warren is one of the best-known and most consequential Kentucky writers of the twentieth century and the only American writer to have won three Pulitzers in two different genres.

Black Bone: 25 Years of the Affrilachian Poets

edited by Bianca Lynne Spriggs and Jeremy Paden

The Appalachian region stretches from Mississippi to New York, encompassing rural areas as well as cities from Birmingham to Pittsburgh.

A Guide to Cyanobacteria: Identification and Impact

by Mark A. Nienaber and Miriam Steinitz-Kannan

Blue-green algae (also known as cyanobacteria) and the toxins they can produce pose serious economic, environmental, and public health problems worldwide.

Bound to the Fire: How Virginia’s Enslaved Cooks Helped Invent American Cuisine

by Kelley Fanto Deetz

In grocery store aisles and kitchens across the country, smiling images of “Aunt Jemima” and other historical and fictional black cooks can be found on various food products and in advertising.

Imaginative Conservatism: The Letters of Russell Kirk

edited by James E. Person Jr.

Russell Kirk (1918–1994) is renowned worldwide as one of the founders of postwar American conservatism.

Paving the Way for Reagan: The Influence of Conservative Media on US Foreign Policy

by Laurence R. Jurdem

From 1964 to 1980, the United States was buffeted by a variety of international crises, including the nation’s defeat in Vietnam, the growing aggression of the Soviet Union, and Washington’s inability to free the fifty two American hostages held by Islamic extremists in Iran.

Flavors from Home: Refugees in Kentucky Share Their Stories and Comfort Foods, revised edition

by Aimee Zaring

Each year, the United States legally resettles tens of thousands of refugees who have fled their homelands.

Appalachia in Regional Context: Place Matters

edited by Dwight B. Billings and Ann E. Kingsolver with contributions by Barbara Ellen Smith, John Pickles, John Gaventa, Elizabeth Engelhardt, Carol A. Mason, Mary L. Gray, bell hooks, Rich Kirby, John Haywood, Ron Pen, Gina Caison, David A. Davis, Laura Hernandez-Ehrisman, Kent C. Ryden, and Emily Satterwhite

In an increasingly globalized world, place matters more than ever.

Patchwork: A Bobbie Ann Mason Reader

by Bobbie Ann Mason Introduction by George Saunders

Bobbie Ann Mason burst onto the American literary scene during a renaissance of short fiction that Raymond Carver called a “literary phenomenon.

A Girl's A Gun: Poems

by Rachel Danielle Peterson

Haunting and candid, A Girl’s A Gun introduces a poet whose bold voice merges heightened lyricism with compelling narrative.

Miriam Hopkins: Life and Films of a Hollywood Rebel

by Allan R. Ellenberger

Miriam Hopkins (1902–1972) first captured moviegoers’ attention in daring precode films such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), The Story of Temple Drake (1933), and Ernst Lubitsch’s Trouble in Paradise (1932). Though she enjoyed popular and critical acclaim in her long career—receiving an Academy Award nomination for Becky Sharp (1935) and a Golden Globe nomination for The Heiress (1949)—she is most often remembered for being one of the most difficult actresses of Hollywood’s golden age.

Who Killed Betty Gail Brown? Murder, Mistrial, and Mystery

by Robert G. Lawson

On October 26, 1961, after an evening of studying with friends on the campus of Transylvania University, nineteen-year-old student Betty Gail Brown got into her car around midnight—presumably headed for home.

Peacemakers: American Leadership and the End of Genocide in the Balkans

by James W. Pardew

The wars that accompanied the breakup of Yugoslavia in the 1990s were the deadliest European conflicts since World War II. The violence escalated to the point of genocide when, over the course of ten days in July 1995, Serbian troops under the command of General Ratko Mladic murdered 8,000 unarmed men and boys who had sought refuge at a UN safe-haven in Srebrenica.

Barbara La Marr: The Girl Who Was Too Beautiful for Hollywood

by Sherri Snyder

Barbara La Marr’s (1896–1926) publicist once confessed: “There was no reason to lie about Barbara La Marr.

Architect of Air Power: General Laurence S. Kuter and the Birth of the US Air Force

by Brian D. Laslie

At age 36, Laurence S. Kuter (1905–1979) became the youngest general officer since William T. Sherman.

Improvising Out Loud: My Life Teaching Hollywood How to Act

by Jeff Corey with Emily Corey foreword by Leonard Nimoy afterword by Janet Neipris

Jeff Corey (1914–2002) made a name for himself in the 1940s as a character actor in films like Superman and the Mole Men (1951), Joan of Arc (1948), and The Killers (1946). Everything changed in 1951, when he was summoned before the House Un-American Activities Committee.

You Ain’t Heard Nothin’ Yet: Interviews with Stars from Hollywood’s Golden Era

by James Bawden and Ron Miller

Journalists James Bawden and Ron Miller spent their careers interviewing the greatest stars of Hollywood’s golden age.

Ranger: A Soldier's Life

by Colonel Ralph Puckett, USA (Ret.) with D. K. R. Crosswell afterword by General David H. Petraeus, USA (Ret.)

On November 25, 1950, during one of the toughest battles of the Korean War, the US Eighth Army Ranger Company seized and held the strategically important Hill 205 overlooking the Chongchon River.

Ghosts of Old Louisville: True Stories of Hauntings in America's Largest Victorian Neighborhood

by David Domine

Old Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, is the third-largest National Preservation District in the United States and the largest Victorian-era neighborhood in the country.

Haunts of Old Louisville: Gilded Age Ghosts and Haunted Mansions in America's Spookiest Neighborhood

by David Domine

Old Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, is the third-largest National Preservation District in the United States and the largest Victorian-era neighborhood in the country.

Phantoms of Old Louisville: Ghostly Tales from America's Most Haunted Neighborhood

by David Domine

Old Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky, is the third-largest National Preservation District in the United States and the largest Victorian-era neighborhood in the country.

He's Got Rhythm: The Life and Career of Gene Kelly

by Cynthia Brideson and Sara Brideson

He sang and danced in the rain, proclaimed New York to be a wonderful town, and convinced a group of Parisian children that they had rhythm.

Forty Minutes to Glory: Inside the Kentucky Wildcats’ 1978 Championship Season

by Doug Brunk forewords by Larry Vaught and Tom Leach featuring chapters by Jack Givens, Joe B. Hall, and others

“Winning a national title . . . winning it at Kentucky?

Burgoo, Barbecue, and Bourbon: A Kentucky Culinary Trinity

by Albert W. A. Schmid foreword by Loreal “Butcher Babe” Gavin photographs by Jessica Ebelhar

Burgoo, barbecue, and bourbon have long been acknowledged as a trinity of good taste in Kentucky.

The Beer Cheese Book

by Garin Pirnia

The ingredients are simple—beer, cheese, and spices—and the result is delicious.