Notes and Memos for March

A few notes for the middle of the week at the end of a fickle, Spring month:

  • A BIG thanks to everyone who participated in our first Free Book of the Month Program! We can see that you enjoyed the title immensely, and can’t wait to hear your thoughts on the book as you read. We hope our next title will excite you just as much (keep your eyes peeled 4/1!)
  • If you couldn’t make it to Kentucky Crafted: The Market this year, you missed out on a lot of great, Kentucky Proud vendors, but you can still check out a full listing of our Kentucky/Regional titles online.
  • A few events to pencil in your calendar:
  • New Books you may have missed:

Celebrated as the “Dean of Appalachian Literature,” James Still has won the appreciation of audiences in Appalachia and beyond for more than seventy years. The author of the classics River of Earth (1940) and The Wolfpen Poems (1986), Still is known for his careful prose construction and for the poetry of his meticulous, rhythmic style. Upon his death, however, one manuscript remained unpublished. Still’s friends, family, and fellow writer Silas House will now deliver this story to readers, having assembled and refined the manuscript to prepare it for publication. Chinaberry, named for the ranch that serves as the centerpiece of the story, is Still’s last and perhaps greatest contribution to American literature.

“James Still is a master . . . one who in execution is virtually flawless, in touch and ear so nearly perfect that the difference does not matter.”–Wendell Berry

“. . .There are small nostalgic pleasure to be found in reading this simple story or America.”–Publisher Weekly

When war broke out in Europe in 1914, political leaders in the United States were swayed by popular opinion to remain neutral; yet less than three years later, the nation declared war on Germany. In Nothing Less Than War: A New History of America’s Entry into World War I, Justus D. Doenecke examines the clash of opinions over the war during this transformative period and offers a fresh perspective on America’s decision to enter World War I.

“Doenecke paints intriguing potraits of leading figures, many now abscure, including Franklin Delano and Theodore Roosevelt and William Jennings Bryan, plus the rich stew of newspapers, magazines, organizations,diplomats, and propagandists who fought over this issue.”–Publisher’s Weekly (starred review)

“Doenecke untangles and clarifies the national debade in great detail in the dense, well-documented study. It will be of great use to serious students and researchers of the Great War.”–Library Journal

World War II submariners rarely experienced anything as exhilarating or horrifying as the surface gun attack. Between the ocean floor and the rolling whitecaps above, submarines patrolled a dark abyss in a fusion of silence, shadows, and steel, firing around eleven thousand torpedoes, sinking Japanese men-of-war and more than one thousand merchant ships. But the anonymity and simplicity of the stealthy torpedo attack hid the savagery of warfare—a stark difference from the brutality of the surface gun maneuver. As the submarine shot through the surface of the water, confined sailors scrambled through the hatches armed with large-caliber guns and met the enemy face-to-face. Surface and Destroy: The Submarine Gun War in the Pacific reveals the nature of submarine warfare in the Pacific Ocean during World War II and investigates the challenges of facing the enemy on the surface.

“Once again, Professor Sturma has presented a detailed study of a facet of World War II history that has so far received very little attention. His well-researched and very readable work makes a valuable contribution to our understanding of submarine warfare in the Pacific.”–Don Keith, author of War Beneath the Waves: A True Story of Courage and Leadership Aboard a World War II Submarine


One thought on “Notes and Memos for March

  1. Rusty Williams

    Thank you! Thank you! for the copy of “Lincoln Legends, Myths, Hoaxes and Confabulations”. I read it cover to cover shortly after I received it, and I was enthralled by how much I didn’t know (or thought I knew) about Lincoln. The punchy chapters and easygoing storytelling draw in the general reader, but the copious notes permit an interested historian to dig deeper into these Lincoln tales.

    Thanks again for this wonderful (and unexpected) March gift.

    Rusty Williams, author of “My Old Confederate Home: A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans”



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