Kentucky Travels: Books to Bring On Vacation

Are you going on a trip soon? Are you looking for the perfect book to bring along, but don’t quite know where to start? If you answered yes to both of those questions then keep reading! Today we are featuring some of our favorite new/vacation-related books to bring along on your next trip. Even if you aren’t going anywhere special we think you’ll really like these. Take a look:

  • Olmsted Parks of Louisville: A Botanical Field Guide by Patricia Dalton Haragan – This book combines nature, Kentucky, and history all in one! Featuring the famous landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted; over 380 species of trees, herbaceous plants, shrubs; and where and how these plants grow in Kentucky; this book is interesting and resourceful for those nature enthusiasts.
  • The Kentucky Barbecue Book by Wes Berry – Just released in March of this year, this book is a feast for readers who are eager to sample the finest fare in the state.  What’s interesting about this book is that many of the establishments featured are dedicated to the time-honored craft of cooking over hot hardwood coals inside cinderblock pits. If you’re a food lover looking to spice things up, definitely check this book out!
  • Dear Appalachia: Readers, Identity, and Popular Fiction since 1878 by Emily Satterwhite – We consider this one an oldie, but a goodie! As a 2011 winner of the Weatherford Award and the Phi Beta Kappa Sturm Award, this book is worth having in your collection, especially if you’re someone interested in popular culture and Appalachia. Satterwhite examines fan mail, reviews, and readers’ geographic affiliations to understand how readers have imagined the region and what purposes these imagined geographies have served for them.
  • Crane: Sex, Celebrity, and My Father’s Unsolved Murder by Robert Crane – The title of this book certainly speaks for itself. Written by the son of star, Bob Crane, actor in Hogan’s Heroes. This book goes beyond the big stars and behind-the-scenes revelations to tell a riveting account of death, survival, and renewal in the shadow of the Hollywood sign and makes a profound statement about the desire for love and permanence in a life where those things continually slip away. A truly unforgettable and deeply human story we think you won’t be able to put down this spring break!

What do you think? Tell us in a comment below which book you’re most interested in!


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