Here’s a list of reading and reference books to help you enjoy the Kentucky summer:
Hiking the Red-A Complete Trail Guide to Kentucky’s Red River
Gorge, by Members of the Blue-grass Group Sierra Club, Harmony House Publishers, Louisville, 104 pages, $12.95 paperback. Includes useful descriptions of more than 26 trails in the Red River Gorge and nine trails in Natural Bridge State Resort Park, history of the area, trail and area maps, bird and wildlife checklists, and a reference list and phone numbers for emergency and general assistance.
The Kentucky River, by William E. Ellis, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 248 pages, $29.95 cloth. Based in large part on oral history research, this book covers “the idea of the river,” the floods of 1937 and 1939, memories of showboats, and plans for use and preservation of the river.
Country Music 2000 Annual, edited by Charles K. Wolfe and James E.
Akenson, The University Press of Kentucky, Lexington, 184 pages, $20 paperback. The first and only country music scholarly publication of its kind features contributors on topics such as Southern humor, recording technology, song and lyric structure, and relationships between country music, religion, and literary fiction. The book traces music and musicians from George Jones, Johnny Cash, and Loretta Lynn to Willie Nelson, Emmylou Harris, and Shania Twain.
The Horse Riding & Care Handbook, by Bernadette
Faurie, The Lyons Press, New York, 160 pages, $29.95 hardcover. Hundreds of pretty color photos of everything from scenic riding, ways to ride, close-ups of manes, types of horses, and grooming tools. Chapters cover equipment, fundamentals, what to look for in an instructor, and tips on buying, housing, and transporting horses.
Kentucky: Off the Beaten Path-A Guide to Unique Places, by Zoe Ayn
Strecker, Globe Pequot Press, Guilford, Conn., 230 pages, $12.95 paperback. Includes maps, lists of restaurants, hotels and attractions, recommended reading for children, climate overviews, facts, day trips, and legends.