The Examined Life: The Self as Midwife. By Mary Catherine Kirtley Young. Much more than a book on handwriting analysis, the author draws upon the wisdom of classical literature to provide a focused and fascinating look into human nature, both material and spiritual, as "the examined life moves naturally into the deeper questions of philosophical meanings, into the moral and ethical aspects of life." Hardcover, 400 pages
Three for Dinner. By Sissie Fisher, Illustrated by Feryn S. Summers. A sweet story of two mice, Melvin and Peppy, and the lessons they learn through their encounters with a cat named Midnight, will encourage young children not to fear or believe the worst about people until they get to know them and give them a chance. Paperback, 8.5x11, 24 full-color pages.
65 YEARS: making. moving. art. By Louisville Ballet. In 2017, Louisville Ballet celebrates its 65th Anniversary. Follow the history of the fourth-oldest professional ballet company in the United States, as told through hundreds of photographs and engaging narrative. Hardcover, 9x12, 184 full-color pages.
Samuel Joseph Elsby: Banker, Businessman, and Community Leader. The Elsby, built in 1916 on the corner of Pearl and State Streets, was New Albany, Indiana's first high-rise office complex. It was a testimonial to the art of ingenuity and innovation, incorporating the most modern conveniences available at the time. But who was this man, Samuel J. Elsby, who built it? This book dives into the history of both the man and his crowning achievement.
Norton Memorial Infirmary School of Nursing: History of Excellence. On New Year’s Day 1886, the Norton Memorial Infirmary School of Nursing — the first nursing school in Kentucky — opened its doors in Louisville. Over the next 90 years, more than 1,500 young people prepared for careers as registered nurses. This book, compiled by four Norton graduates, takes the reader through major historical events, medical advances, vast cultural changes, and the evolution of the school. Hardcover, 192 pages.
From a Barnyard to a Schoolyard: My Journey as a High School Principal. Terry Cummins spent most of his life in schoolhouses, primarily as a high-school principal in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. In this book, Cummins, nicknamed "Top Cat" by his students, explains why the hearts and minds of teenagers are mysterious, why parents fail more often than students, why school boards don't have a clue, why teachers go batty, and how principals try to maintain their sanity. Paperback, 202 pages.
Dark Highway: Love, Murder, and Revenge in 1930s' Kentucky. The true story of a well-liked and beautiful widow, a powerful state politician, and two murders that shocked Kentucky and received international attention in 1936 and 1937. Kentucky attorney Ann DAngelo spent six years researching the case to craft this haunting tale of love, murder, and revenge. Hardcover, 424 pages.
Following Boone's Trace. Author Neal O. Hammon precisely details the route that pioneer Daniel Boone took to carve a route through the Kentucky wilderness for land-seekers. Hammon touches on interesting stories, the successes and failures, and the unintended consequences of Boone's journey—for which we all are richer. In the words of Richard Taylor, former Kentucky Poet Laureate, "Hammon's meticulous, stubborn research makes him the dean of living Kentucky frontier historians." Paperback, 144p.
Postcards from Abe, 1842-1865: Abraham Lincoln Writes to Lucy Speed at Farmington Plantation in Louisville, Kentucky. These postcards are just pretend, but while this fun and educational children's book may not contain true artifacts, it does provide an honest recollection of Lincoln's childhood, challenges, and career, culminating in his being elected to serve as the 16th president of the United States of America. Wire-O binding, 80 pages, full color.
Where the River Birches Beckon. This new work of historical fiction from author Fred Schloemer explores life in Kentucky during the buildup to the Civil War. In it, Sarah Brinley is a plain spinster from Pittsburgh, recently impoverished by the death of her abolitionist parents. Desperate for work, she accepts a post as governess for the son of a wealthy Kentucky planter – but once there, she finds the job, the plantation, and its people far from what she expected. Paperback, 240 pages.
Musical Pairing: The Art of Harmonizing Music and Beverages With Your Meals. By Barbara Werner. Every foodie is in search of the perfect bite. Chef and author Barbara Werner is wowing them by taking them on a journey through a new world of pairing music with food and beverages, using a simple mathematical formula. Musical pairing can teach you how to raise a good dish to greatness and a great dish to near perfection, landing happily at the perfect meal!
Coming Home to Self: A Journey into Inner Peace. By Barbara Pierce MacDonald. As human beings, we all need to be reminded of our undiscovered spiritual depth. We have many opportunities to become aware of and to continue to emerge into the sacred mystery we are: a seed of Incomprehensible Mystery. Here, Barbara Pierce MacDonald illuminates ways we can enhance our fullness of life, joy, compassion, and loving-kindness and find inner peace. Paperback, 128 pages.
Gallopalooza III: Bridles & Bourbon. Gallopalooza III was launched in 2015 with a theme of "Bridles & Bourbon." Six-foot-tall mint julep cups and smaller horses balancing on bourbon barrels have now been added to the much-loved traditional horse statues on display around the city of Louisville. This is the third volume in the colorful set of commemorative books produced to capture the images and the spirit of Louisville's popular and highly successful public art program.
Buy or Lease Your Next Vehicle? The 2015 Authoritative Financial/Tax Guide. By Robert B. Leidgen. With ever-changing and more complex tax laws, as well as the many purchasing and leasing options available in the market today, deciding whether your business should buy or lease a vehicle may not be obvious, and the wrong decision can cost you thousands of dollars. Author and tax expert Robert Leidgen provides a comprehensive look at all the factors that matter in the year 2015. Paperback, 328 pgs.
Take A Walk, Louisville! Nature Excursions In and Around Louisville, Kentucky. Discover over 50 miles of gentle nature walks in the Louisville and Southern Indiana area. Walk along with author Lucynda Koesters and her family as they take you down woodland paths, through wildflower meadows, across wetlands, along riverbanks, around pristine lakes and up to waterfalls. Be inspired to slow down, savor nature, take time with your family, and even enjoy a local ice cream treat after your walk.
Kentucky in the Early 1900s: A Postcard Tribute. This full-color hardcover volume showcases an extensive collection of vintage postcards assembled over the last 35 years by KY native Carl Howell. The images, with detailed narratives Howell has written about the postcards and what they depict, provide rare insight into the lives of ordinary Kentuckians in the early 20th century. As a whole, they reveal a panorama of subjects that shows who we were, what we valued, and what we accomplished.
Kentucky's Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, Volume Four. Steve Flairty's fourth collection of well-told stories recognizing the most important — not the most famous — people in our beloved Kentucky. These stories about real members of our statewide community will warm your heart, inspire you, and just generally make you feel more positive about the human condition. Paperback, 6x9, 112 pages.
Kadee's Hope: A Family's Fight Against Childhood Cancer. By Kayla Marie Garrison. Ten-year-old Kadee Sterling has it all — a nice home, a happy life, and a loving family. Soon, though, she faces the biggest challenge of her young life: cancer. Are her family and her faith enough to help her survive? Paperback, 80 pages.
My Blessed, Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone's Story. By Sue Kelly Ballard. This is a thoroughly researched, fictionalized autobiography of frontiersman Daniel Boone's wife, Rebecca Bryan Boone. Ballard's description of Rebecca's day-to-day life is accurate in each detail, from raising their many children, farming, and kitchen work, to her hourly prayers and waiting in loneliness for the return of her trailblazing husband. A must-read for all who love early American and Kentucky history.
Making Pottery Functional: Over 200 Pottery Items and How to Make Them Work. By Melvin Rowe. Veteran potter and teacher Melvin D. Rowe provides a wealth of creative inspiration and insightful tips for creating over 200 unique pottery pieces that can actually be used. Paperback, 184 pages, B&W photos throughout.
In the Line of Fire: Raising Kids in a Violent World. By Jan Arnow. Today's youth are awash in a culture of bullying, mass shootings, hate crimes, domestic abuse, violent TV shows and video games, and more. This book reveals sobering statistics and stories that paint a clear picture of the world in which we now live, then provides over 400 well-researched best practices, solutions, and action steps to equip our children with the social skills and protection to survive and thrive into adulthood.
Gordon Galloway's Mealtime Makeover. By Valerie Doseck and Audra Rankin, illustrated by Andrea Vice. Gordon Galloway is a young cow who loves sugary sweets and struggles with healthy lifestyle habits. Here, readers follow Gordon to school and on a farm adventure that provides an introduction to healthy lifestyle changes and gives parents an opportunity to discuss ways the whole family can make healthier choices, too.
Actors Theatre of Louisville: Fifty Years. This beautiful full-color keepsake volume tells the story of Actors Theatre, from its humble beginnings in a rough and tumble loft space on Fourth Street to its growth into one of the most important regional theatre companies in America today. Celebrating 50 years of creative accomplishments, this limited-edition book offers a graphic timeline packed with 100s of photos and colorful anecdotes of the people and productions that defined its history.
Looking for Love Through Thicker Lenses: A Guide to Dating Later in Life. After years of research and personal transitions, 71-year-old author Sharon P. S. Marx has written the definitive guide to dating later in one's life. She dispels common myths and anxieties and outlines specific steps that can lead to a personally gratifying relationship at any age. With wit and a lighthearted conversational style, she reminds readers that companionship never grows old. Paperback, 104 pp.