University Press of Kentucky
University Press of Kentucky has a dual mission—the publication of academic books of high scholarly merit in a variety of fields and the publication of significant books about the history and culture of Kentucky, the Ohio Valley region, the Upper South, and Appalachia. The Press is the statewide nonprofit scholarly publisher for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, serving all Kentucky state-sponsored institutions of higher learning as well as seven private colleges and Kentucky’s two major historical societies.

The Original Louisville Slugger

The Life and Times of Forgotten Baseball Legend Pete Browning

The Original Louisville Slugger

The Life and Times of Forgotten Baseball Legend Pete Browning
Format: 
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781985900844
Pub Date: 17 Sep 2024
Illustrations: 31 b&w illustrations
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9781985900851
Pub Date: 17 Sep 2024
Illustrations: 31 b&w illustrations
Description:
Louis "Pete" Rogers Browning, the original "Louisville Slugger" for whom the famous baseball bat was named, was one of the greatest baseball players of the nineteenth century. Yet his prowess and talent were often overshadowed by his drunken exploits and endless eccentricities—on and off the field. Over his thirteen-year career he won three batting titles, finished in the top three nine times, and was one of the greatest hitters of the premodern era.
I Could Name God in Twelve Ways Cover I Could Name God in Twelve Ways Cover
Format: 
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781985900646
Pub Date: 10 Sep 2024
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781985900653
Pub Date: 10 Sep 2024
Description:
I could dream in poetry, could summon words for spiritual experience, could name God in twelve ways and in ten times and places in history. Award-winning writer Karen Salyer McElmurray details her life's journey across continents and decades in a poetic collection that is equal parts essay-as-memoir, memoir-as-Künstlerroman, and travelogue-as-meditation. It is about the deserts of India.
Kentucky, Y'all Cover Kentucky, Y'all Cover
Format: 
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781985900721
Pub Date: 10 Sep 2024
Illustrations: 32 b&w illustrations
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781985900738
Pub Date: 10 Sep 2024
Illustrations: 32 b&w illustrations
Description:
When people think of Kentucky, three things usually come to mind: bourbon, Colonel Sanders's secret chicken recipe, and the glamorous Kentucky Derby. Add college basketball to that list, and you have yourself a superfecta. Looking beyond these time-honored traditions, however, visitors will find in Kentucky a diverse patchwork of faces and places, each as unique as the state's geography.

The Whiskey Sour

A Modern Guide to the Classic Cocktail
Format: Hardback
Pages: 304
ISBN: 9781985900899
Pub Date: 03 Sep 2024
Illustrations: 8 b&w line drawings
Description:
Certain cocktails carry societal connotations and cultural meaning. Some drinks are regional symbols such as the mint julep, which is inextricably tied to the Kentucky Derby. Classic drinks like the old fashioned or the Manhattan tend to denote a more sophisticated or refined palate, whereas wine coolers and tropical cocktails are often associated with new or inexperienced drinkers.
Troublesome Rising Cover Troublesome Rising Cover
Format: 
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781950564422
Pub Date: 02 Sep 2024
Illustrations: 1 map, 24 b&w illustrations
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781950564439
Pub Date: 02 Sep 2024
Illustrations: 1 map, 24 b&w illustrations
Description:
"The flood came at night, forcefully and quickly, destroying so many lives in its wake. Unfortunately, I'm afraid it will happen again and again." — Carter SickelsIn late July 2022, a catastrophic flash flood claimed the lives of more than forty people and devastated homes and communities in Central Appalachia.
Appalachian Plants Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 100
ISBN: 9780813198941
Pub Date: 27 Aug 2024
Illustrations: 43 color illustrations
Description:
In Appalachian Plants: In the Garden, In the Yard, and In the Wild, Linda Hager Pack takes readers on a journey through the historical wilds of Appalachia, remembering a time when Appalachians relied on plants for much more than feeding their families. Plants were used for healing and for food but they also sparked social gatherings; they were thought to foretell the future and to provide protection from the weather and evil spirits. Appalachian Plants delights with plant lore, recipes, home remedies, superstitions, and legends about the various plants grown in the yards, gardens, and forests of Appalachia.
The Stone Catchers Cover The Stone Catchers Cover
Format: 
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781985900547
Pub Date: 20 Aug 2024
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781985900554
Pub Date: 20 Aug 2024
Description:
In a span of minutes, the lives of four members of Brickton Community College change forever when an active shooter enters the campus and opens fire. Running on adrenaline and fear, the group—a crew of students and their teacher—subdues the perpetrator in a violent frenzy that leads to the man's death. Reeling from the shock of their collective actions, the group is thrown into turmoil when they realize that the person they have killed is someone they all knew.
Races, Games, and Olympic Dreams Cover Races, Games, and Olympic Dreams Cover
Format: 
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781985901001
Pub Date: 20 Aug 2024
Illustrations: 60 b&w illustrations
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781985901018
Pub Date: 20 Aug 2024
Illustrations: 60 b&w illustrations
Description:
In sports, not all the long shots who succeed are athletes. In 1984, Tom Hammond, a forty-year-old sportscaster who had primarily worked in Kentucky and the Southeast, got an unlikely opportunity to appear on the NBC Sports telecast of the inaugural Breeders' Cup. Assigned to report from the stall area on what was supposed to be a single broadcast, Hammond performed so well that an NBC executive offered him a chance to call NFL games on the spot.

Mommy Goose's Appalachian Melodies

Format: Hardback
Pages: 54
ISBN: 9781985901155
Pub Date: 13 Aug 2024
Description:
Children's books play a critical role in building a child's worldview, introducing new vocabulary, and imparting moral lessons with examples from young readers' own contextual world. Yet there is a serious need for a perspective more attuned to the cultural and verbal complexities of Appalachia's young readership. Mommy Goose's Appalachian Melodies fills the gaps in children's literature by carving a space for readers to delight in language and the richness of music and storytelling in the region.

Lionel Barrymore

Character and Endurance in Hollywood's Golden Age
Format: Hardback
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781985900509
Pub Date: 13 Aug 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 20 b&w illustrations
Description:
Once called "the most gifted character actor of our time" by Broadway theater producer Arthur Hopkins, Lionel Barrymore (1878–1954) was part of the illustrious Barrymore acting dynasty. Although he garnered success on stage and screen and was a talented actor, writer, director, visual artist, and composer, he never quite escaped the shadow of his family members—including his brother, John, famous for his leading roles. Barrymore won the Academy Award for Best Actor in A Free Soul (1931) and was nominated for Best Director for Madame X (1930).

Helen Morgan

The Original Torch Singer and Ziegfeld's Last Star

Helen Morgan

The Original Torch Singer and Ziegfeld's Last Star
Format: 
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781985900585
Pub Date: 06 Aug 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 70 b&w illustrations
Pages: 416
ISBN: 9781985900592
Pub Date: 06 Aug 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 70 b&w illustrations
Description:
An emotive soprano, heartrending melodies about unrequited love, and a draped-over-the-piano persona made Helen Morgan (1902–1941) the original torch singer, but she was so much more. The versatile actress appeared on Broadway, in film, and on radio. In a number of stage revues, she danced, sang, and excelled in sketch comedy.

Staying in the Fight

How War on Terror Veterans in Congress Are Shaping US Defense Policy
Staying in the Fight Cover
Format: 
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9781985900394
Pub Date: 06 Aug 2024
Illustrations: 3 figures, 14 tables
Pages: 236
ISBN: 9781985900400
Pub Date: 06 Aug 2024
Illustrations: 3 figures, 14 tables
Description:
During the chaotic evacuation of the United States from Afghanistan in 2021, a group of Congress members who were also military veterans of the War on Terror leapt into action to assist vulnerable people in Afghanistan who had aided the American war effort. This cohort of legislators and their staffs on Capitol Hill created hotlines and worked 24-hour shifts in an intense effort to save lives, often coordinating between government agencies, informal networks of veterans' groups, and contacts on the ground in Kabul. In the process, many veteran lawmakers also became vocal critics of presidential management of the crisis and said they felt a moral obligation to act.

The History of the Kentucky Derby in 75 Objects

Format: Hardback
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9781985900455
Pub Date: 16 Jul 2024
Illustrations: 37 b&w illustrations, 120 color illustrations
Description:
"To understand the Kentucky Derby is to understand the contemporary American spirit." One hundred and fifty years have passed since the Thoroughbreds of the inaugural Kentucky Derby sprang from the starting gate to race beneath the iconic Twin Spires of Churchill Downs. But the story of the greatest two minutes in sports is more than the pageantry of the horses and thrill of the people who love and celebrate the event.
Shaker Made Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 228
ISBN: 9780813198767
Pub Date: 30 Jun 2024
Illustrations: 182 b&w illustrations
Description:
Although there are currently only a handful of members of the Shaker faith and one active community in the world today, Shakerism at its peak comprised thousands of members living in communal villages across the eastern United States. Kentucky's iconic Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill was one of these communities, and it remains an enduring cultural touchstone. The history of the Shakers is often reduced to the handmade objects they produced and sold, but their lives were so much more than their material culture.
The Jim Crow North Cover The Jim Crow North Cover
Format: 
Pages: 346
ISBN: 9781985900233
Pub Date: 25 Jun 2024
Series: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality
Illustrations: 25 b&w illustrations
Pages: 346
ISBN: 9781985900240
Pub Date: 25 Jun 2024
Series: Civil Rights and the Struggle for Black Equality
Illustrations: 25 b&w illustrations
Description:
Located approximately forty miles northwest of Philadelphia, the working-class borough of Pottstown does not immediately come to mind as an influential site of the Black Freedom Struggle. Yet this small town in Pennsylvania served as a significant hub of interracial civil rights activism with regional as well as national impact. In The Jim Crow North: The Struggle for Civil Rights in Pottstown, Pennsylvania, Matthew George Washington adds another interpretive perspective to historiography by using both the "freedom North" and the "long civil rights movement" theoretical models to frame the borough's unique history.
The Kentucky Oaks Cover The Kentucky Oaks Cover
Format: 
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781985900332
Pub Date: 10 May 2024
Series: Horses in History
Illustrations: 22 b&w illustrations
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9781985900349
Pub Date: 05 May 2024
Series: Horses in History
Illustrations: 22 b&w illustrations
Description:
No Thoroughbred race in the state of Kentucky holds a more hallowed place in the national and international consciousness than the Kentucky Derby. Its fame is richly deserved, yet there are other equally important and historic races whose significance deserves a larger share of the spotlight—none more so than the Derby's sister race, the Kentucky Oaks. Inaugurated on May 19, 1875—just two days after the first Kentucky Derby—and run annually at Churchill Downs since then, the Kentucky Oaks is America's most prestigious race for three-year-old fillies and the second-oldest continuously run horse race in North America.