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.
Sky Watch Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 280
ISBN: 9780813199108
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Horses in History
Illustrations: 9 b&w illustrations
Description:
Horse shows used to draw crowds by the thousands to state fairs and venues like Madison Square Garden. And in the 1980s, no performance horse filled more arena seats than the American Saddlebred Sky Watch. He pushed the saddle seat industry to a peak that hasn't been seen since.
Pretend the Ball Is Named Jim Crow Cover Pretend the Ball Is Named Jim Crow Cover
Format: 
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9780813198873
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Pages: 118
ISBN: 9780813198880
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Description:
Joshua "Josh" Gibson (1911–1947) is a baseball legend - one of the greatest power hitters in the Negro Leagues, and in all of baseball history. At the height of his career, this trailblazing athlete suffered grueling physical ailments, lost his young wife who died giving birth to their twins, and endured years of Jim Crow–era segregation and discrimination - all the while breaking records on the ball field. Dorian Hairston's debut poetry collection explores the Black American experience through the lens of Gibson's life and seventeen-year baseball career, which culminated in his posthumous election to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972.
John Ford Cover John Ford Cover
Format: 
Pages: 348
ISBN: 9780813198507
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 131 b&w illustrations
Pages: 348
ISBN: 9780813198378
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 131 b&w illustrations
Description:
Orson Welles was once asked which directors he most admired. He replied: "The old masters. By which I mean John Ford, John Ford, and John Ford.
Power and Place Cover Power and Place Cover
Format: 
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780813197739
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Place Matters: New Directions in Appalachian Studies
Illustrations: 1 b&w illustration
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9780813198224
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Place Matters: New Directions in Appalachian Studies
Illustrations: 1 b&w illustration
Description:
Rural life and culture hold a practical and symbolic importance in American society. A central tenet to the survival of our cherished values—and of ourselves as a species—is the stewardship of cultural diversity and the places that foster it, like rural America. These may be the places that teach us to use land to make a living and to make a life, to forge and carry on our identities, and to feel history.
A Front Row Seat Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 402
ISBN: 9781985900387
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 44 b&w illustrations
Description:
From her idyllic childhood in the American Midwest to her Oscar–nominated performance in Sunset Boulevard (1950) and the social circles of New York and Los Angeles, actress Nancy Olson Livingston has lived abundantly. In her memoir, A Front Row Seat, Livingston treats readers to an intimate, charming chronicle of her life as an actress, wife, and mother, and her memories of many of the most notable figures and moments of her time. Livingston shares reminiscences of her marriages to lyricist and librettist Alan Jay Lerner, creator of award-winning musicals Paint Your Wagon, Gigi, and My Fair Lady (which was dedicated to her), and to Alan Wendell Livingston, former president of Capitol Records, who created Bozo the Clown and worked with legendary musical artists, including Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, the Beach Boys, the Beatles, the Band, and Don McLean.
Between a Bird Cage and a Bird House Cover Between a Bird Cage and a Bird House Cover
Format: 
Pages: 100
ISBN: 9780813198675
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Pages: 100
ISBN: 9780813198682
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Description:
The fall of the Iron Curtain in the early 1990s ushered in a new tide of European immigrants to the United States. These populations, which hailed primarily from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, were largely adrift in America's cultural melting pot. Laden with their belongings and informed by their experiences, these immigrants became citizens of a new diaspora searching for space to exist in their adopted home.
Deviant Hollers Cover Deviant Hollers Cover
Format: 
Pages: 246
ISBN: 9780813199306
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Appalachian Futures: Black, Native, and Queer Voices
Illustrations: 1 b&w illustration
Pages: 246
ISBN: 9780813199337
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Appalachian Futures: Black, Native, and Queer Voices
Illustrations: 1 b&w illustration
Description:
Deviant Hollers: Queering Appalachian Ecologies for a Sustainable Future uses the lens of queer ecologies to explore environmental destruction in Appalachia while mapping out alternative futures that follow from critical queer perspectives on the United States' exploitation of the land. With essays by Lis Regula, Jessica Cory, Chet Pancake, Tijah Bumgarner, MJ Eckhouse, and other essential thinkers, this collection brings to light both emergent and long-standing marginalized perspectives that give renewed energy to the struggle for a sustainable future. A new and valuable contribution to the field of Appalachian studies, rural queer studies, Indigenous studies, and ethnographic studies of the United States, Deviant Hollers presents a much-needed objection to the status quo of academic work, as well as to the American exceptionalism and white supremacy pervading US politics and the broader geopolitical climate.
Bound to the Fire Cover
Format: Paperback
Pages: 184
ISBN: 9780813198545
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Illustrations: 7 b&w illustrations
Description:
For decades, smiling images of "Aunt Jemima" and other historical and fictional black cooks could be found on various food products and in advertising. Although these images were sanitized and romanticized in American popular culture, they represented the untold stories of enslaved men and women who had a significant impact on the nation's culinary and hospitality traditions, even as they were forced to prepare food for their oppressors.Kelley Fanto Deetz draws upon archaeological evidence, cookbooks, plantation records, and folklore to present a nuanced study of the lives of enslaved plantation cooks from colonial times through emancipation and beyond.
John J. Pershing and the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I, 1917-1919 Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 580
ISBN: 9780813196633
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: American Warriors Series
Illustrations: 4 maps, 3 charts, 31 tables, 20 b&w illustrations
Description:
General of the Armies John J. Pershing (1860–1948) had a long and decorated military career but is most famous for leading the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I. He published a memoir, My Experiences in the World War, and has been the subject of numerous biographies, but the literature regarding this towering figure and his enormous role in the First World War deserves to be expanded to include a collection of his wartime correspondence.
Makeshift Altar Cover Makeshift Altar Cover
Format: 
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780813199023
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Pages: 108
ISBN: 9780813199030
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Description:
Amy M. Alvarez explores the cultural, spiritual, and place-based experiences of Afro-Caribbean and African American diasporic peoples in this haunting and emotionally charged collection of poems that meditates on the meaning of home and existence. Born in New York City to Jamaican and Puerto Rican parents, Alvarez draws readers into a journey of self-discovery and identity, connecting the past with the present while highlighting the complexities of navigating life as a multicultural American.
Mavericks Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 204
ISBN: 9780813197944
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Screen Classics
Illustrations: 26 b&w illustrations
Description:
The auteur theory - the belief that a director's personal influence and artistic control over a movie are so great that the filmmaker is regarded as the key artist in making a film - was first popularized in America by film critic Andrew Sarris. In the New Hollywood Era of the 1960s and 1970s, as weakening studio control granted directors more artistic freedom, the theory gained traction, embraced by both the media and by directors themselves, and it came to be a significant factor in the filmmaking process. With its almost ubiquitous acceptance, the auteur theory also had, in hindsight, a negative effect.
No Son of Mine Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 248
ISBN: 9780813198514
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: Appalachian Futures: Black, Native, and Queer Voices
Description:
Born and raised in rural West Virginia, Jonathan Corcoran was the youngest and only son of three siblings in a family balanced on the precipice of poverty. His mother, a traditional, evangelical, and insular woman who had survived abuse and abandonment, was often his only ally. Together they navigated a strained homelife dominated by his distant, gambling-addicted father and shared a seemingly unbreakable bond.
Patton's Tactician Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 502
ISBN: 9780813198712
Pub Date: 20 Mar 2024
Series: American Warriors Series
Illustrations: 10 maps, 2 charts, 20 b&w illustrations
Description:
Nineteen months after Japanese forces attacked Pearl Harbor and forced the United States to enter World War II, boats carrying the 7th US Army landed on the shores of southern Sicily. Dubbed Operation Husky, the campaign to establish an Allied foothold in Sicily was led by two of the most noted American tacticians of the twentieth century: Major General George S. Patton Jr.
Pagan Babies Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 116
ISBN: 9798218186012
Pub Date: 15 Mar 2024
Illustrations: 55 b&w illustrations
Description:
A vital moment in Kentucky's queer history captured in sumptuous visuals—half a century in the making.The conceptual lovechild of photographer John Denny Ashley and artist Robert Morgan, Pagan Babies has at long last emerged as a vibrant witness to a particular moment in American history, a time when sexual revolution and gay liberation manifested even in small Southern towns like Lexington, Kentucky.Pagan Babies, the name adopted by Morgan and his band of guerrilla-style street artists, was a natural moniker for this collection, which draws inspiration from art-house movies, Greek mythology, Ovid, Shakespeare, the decadence of Weimar Berlin, punk rock, the Pre-Raphaelites, David Bowie, and—above all—the expressive and ingenious realm of queer Kentucky.
Kentucky Quilts and Quiltmakers Cover
Format: Hardback
Pages: 328
ISBN: 9780813198187
Pub Date: 29 Feb 2024
Illustrations: 181 color illustrations
Description:
Quilts are much more than fabrics or less conventional materials stitched or otherwise secured together to adorn beds and walls. While many of these beautiful and intricate works of art are rich in history and tradition and provide a gateway into the past, others reflect the avant-garde mastery of contemporary, cutting-edge talent. Kentucky Quilts and Quiltmakers: Three Centuries of Creativity, Community, and Commerce is the first comprehensive study to approach quilts as objects of material culture that have appeared consistently throughout the history of the commonwealth and the country.
I Say the Sky Cover I Say the Sky Cover
Format: 
Pages: 104
ISBN: 9780813198637
Pub Date: 16 Jan 2024
Series: University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose Series
Pages: 104
ISBN: 9780813198644
Pub Date: 01 Jan 2024
Series: University Press of Kentucky New Poetry & Prose Series
Description:
In poems at once profound and accessible, Nadia Colburn finds splendor and astonishment in a natural world - and a human world - that is deeply troubled yet still majestically beautiful. Both elegy and celebration, I Say the Sky addresses some of the most challenging aspects of human existence, from childhood trauma to environmental devastation, and discovers, in unexpected and clear-sighted ways, wisdom, wonder, and peace. Colburn's brilliant second book charts a journey to meet the self.