Local & Regional History

The Two Lives and One Passion of Louise Marshall: Founder of the Cabbage Patch Settlement
Rich, flawed and female, Louise Marshall was an unconventional hero, focusing her life on one Louisville, Kentucky neighborhood, known as the Cabbage Patch, and the individuals who lived there. For 70 years, she used love, not legislation, to foster pride, self-respect, and character in people, and to attack the day's most difficult social problems.
$25.00
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65 YEARS: making. moving. art.
In 2017, Louisville Ballet celebrates its 65th Anniversary. Follow the history of the fourth-oldest professional ballet company in the United States, as told through hundreds of photographs and engaging narrative.
$65.00
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Samuel Joseph Elsby: Banker, Businessman, and Community Leader
The Elsby, built in 1916 on the corner of Pearl and State Streets, was New Albany, Indiana's first high-rise office complex. It was a testimonial to the art of ingenuity and innovation, incorporating the most modern conveniences available at the time. In 1917, the New Albany Public Press declared, "Everyone admires the new Elsby." But who was this man, Samuel J. Elsby, who built it? This book dives into the history of both the man and the building, which Elsby considered his crowning achievement.
$14.95
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Norton Memorial Infirmary School of Nursing: History of Excellence
On New Year’s Day 1886, the Norton Memorial Infirmary School of Nursing — the first nursing school in Kentucky — opened its doors in Louisville. Over the next 90 years, more than 1,500 young people prepared for careers as registered nurses. This book, compiled by four Norton graduates, takes the reader through major historical events, medical advances, vast cultural changes, and the evolution of the school.
$34.95
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Bessie Jones: Moonshiner's Daughter
When you grow up in the country, family is everything. Bessie Jones Elliott felt very strongly about her family and her home in Kentucky. Even during tough times in her life, she always held her family together … and they stayed together. This book of memories was written by Bessie's daughter, Sharrie A. McWhirter, who hopes this book gives readers an opportunity to experience her mother's memories — the good, the bad, the funny and the sad — of what it was like to live in the country as a "moonshiner's daughter."
$12.95
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Dark Highway: Love, Murder, and Revenge in 1930s' Kentucky
Dark Highway is the true story of a well-liked and beautiful widow, a powerful state politician, and two murders that shocked Kentucky and received international attention in 1936 and 1937. Kentucky attorney Ann DAngelo spent six years researching the case to craft this haunting tale of love, murder, and revenge.
$29.95
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Following Boone's Trace
Author Neal O. Hammon precisely details the route that pioneer Daniel Boone took to carve a route through the Kentucky wilderness for land-seekers. Hammon touches on interesting stories, the successes and failures, and the unintended consequences of Boone's journey — for which we all are richer. In the words of Richard Taylor, former Kentucky Poet Laureate, "Hammon's meticulous, stubborn research makes him the dean of living Kentucky frontier historians."
$19.95
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Gallopalooza III: Bridles & Bourbon
After the success of Gallopalooza, Louisville's Sidewalk Derby, and Gallopalooza, The Horses of Possibility City, Gallopalooza III was launched in 2015 with a theme of "Bridles & Bourbon." Six-foot-tall mint julep cups and smaller horses balancing on bourbon barrels have now been added to the much-loved traditional horse statues on display around the city of Louisville. This is the third volume in the colorful set of commemorative books produced to capture the images and the spirit of Louisville's popular and highly successful public art program.
$34.95
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Kentucky in the Early 1900s: A Postcard Tribute
This full-color hardcover volume showcases an extensive collection of vintage postcards assembled over the last 35 years by Kentucky native Carl Howell. The images, along with detailed narratives Howell has written about the postcards and what they depict, provide rare and intriguing insight into the lives of ordinary Kentuckians in the early 20th century. Viewed in their entirety, they reveal a panorama of subjects that shows who we were, what we valued, and what we accomplished.
$39.95
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Kentucky's Everyday Heroes: Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things, Volume Four
Steve Flairty's fourth collection of well-told stories recognizing the most important — not the most famous — people in our beloved Kentucky. These stories about real members of our statewide community will warm your heart, inspire you, and just generally make you feel more positive about the human condition.
$14.00
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My Blessed, Wretched Life: Rebecca Boone's Story
Author Sue Ballard provides a thoroughly researched, fictionalized autobiography of frontiersman Daniel Boone's wife, Rebecca Bryan Boone, a woman who deserves tribute for her role in carving new homes and new lives in the primitive and dangerous Kentucky wilderness. Ballard's description of Rebecca's day-to-day life is accurate in each detail, from raising their many children, farming, and kitchen work, to her hourly prayers and waiting in loneliness for the return of her trailblazing husband. A must-read for all who love early American and Kentucky history.
$24.95
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Actors Theatre of Louisville: Fifty Years
This beautiful keepsake volume tells the story of Actors Theatre, from its humble beginnings in a rough and tumble loft space on Fourth Street to its growth into one of the most important regional theatre companies in America today. Celebrating 50 years of creative accomplishments, this limited-edition book offers a graphic timeline packed with colorful anecdotes of the people who lived it and the community that embraced it, and is punctuated by hundreds of photographs of the most fascinating and memorable aspects of Actors Theatreís historyóthe productions themselves.
$60.00
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Kentucky Bourbon Barons: Legendary Distillers from the Golden Age of Whiskey Making
Dedicated to preserving the history of the Bluegrass State's most beloved spirit, author Chester Zoeller introduces readers to some of the outstanding gentlemen who became involved in whiskey distilling at the turn of the 20th century in and around Kentucky. He also takes us back to the last years of the 1800s, when hundreds of distilleries produced a wide spectrum of whiskies — Bourbons, both sweet and sour mash, rye, and multi-grain whiskies — and the medicinal benefits of these delightful drinks were as endorsed as their taste.
$24.95
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All Those Years Ago: Fifty Years Later, Beatles Fans Still Remember
This nostalgic book collects a variety of stories, interviews, and photographs from September 3, 1964, the day the Beatles performed to over 30,000 fans at two shows during the Indiana State Fair. Will surely evoke fond memories in those who will never forget that memorable visit over 50 years ago.
$19.95
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Heroes at the Falls: Louisville's Lifesavers
This full-color history book tells, for the first time, the compelling story of the first and only U.S. Life-Saving Service and Coast Guard station, and the remarkable crews who saved thousands of lives, countless numbers of boats, and millions of dollars of cargoes at the Falls of the Ohio from 1882 until 1972, before the days of the modern lock and dam system.
$20.00
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Unbridled Service: Growing Up and Giving Back as a Frontier Nursing Service Courier, 1928-2010
Recalling how a system of volunteer "girl chauffeurs" facilitated the American Committee for Devastated France after World War I, Mary Breckinridge developed a similar plan for the Frontier Nursing Service, a nursing center and midwifery in the mountains of eastern Kentucky since 1925. This is the wildly successful and diverse history of the Courier Service.
$30.00
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Tornado: A Look Back at Louisville's Dark Day, April 3, 1974
Louisville, Kentucky's recent history has no more unforgettable moment than April 3, 1974 — the day a disastrous tornado tore a path of destruction across the city of Louisville and its metro area. This new softcover edition commemorates the 40th anniversary of that fateful day in Louisville's history.
$24.95
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Home on Clear Creek: The Life of Barbara Jean Brady Thompson
Inspired by her motherís and grandmotherís family stories, Joanna Thompson Buckman shares warm reminiscences of what her motherís life was like growing up on a farm in central Kentucky.
$29.95
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A Courthouse Tragedy: Politics, Murder, and Redemption in a Small Kentucky Town
Former judge Sid Easley rescues the true tale of Sheriff John T. Roach's murder by his friend and fellow deputy Sam Galloway from obscurity, and illuminates the circumstances and personalities behind this dramatic story that shook a small Western Kentucky town.
$24.95
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The Good, the Bad, and the Snarky: The Best and the Rest of the Incredible Inman
David Inman grew up watching too much TV and, for better or worse, remembering most of it. Now 32 years after he began putting this expertise to good use as the nationally-syndicated newspaper columnist of TV and film trivia, "The Incredible Inman" has compiled the very best trivia and his most memorable answers about TV shows, movies, and related weirdness into one incredible book.
$20.00
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Mud Creek Medicine: The Life of Eula Hall and the Fight for Appalachia
This biography chronicles the life of Eula Hall, an iconoclastic woman with a resolute spirit to help her people. Through moonshining, labor strikes, and eventually creating the Mud Creek Clinic, Eula found herself — through sheer determination and will — at the center of a century-long struggle to lift up a part of America that is too often forgotten.
$25.00
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John Floyd: The Life and Letters of a Frontier Surveyor
The first official surveys west of the Appalachian mountains were made in 1774 by John Floyd, a 24-year-old Deputy Surveyor of Fincastle County, Virginia. Over the next nine years, Floyd surveyed 206,000 acres, became a civic leader in a central Kentucky settlement, and carried on continuous correspondence that gives today's readers a window into frontier life that is informative, authoritative, and insightful. This is an important and neglected source that adds to our understanding of this critical period in the formation of what was to become the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
$19.95
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Resting In Peace: Civil War Leaders in Cave Hill Cemetery
As the premier cemetery in the geographically central location of Louisville, Kentucky, during the Civil War, Cave Hill Cemetery had many connections to both the Union and Confederacy — and was, therefore, an ideal place to bury both high-ranking officers and ordinary citizens. In this clear and easy-to-use guidebook, author Bryan Bush gives the well-researched history of the cemetery's role in the Civil War, complete with detailed cemetery maps, photographs, and stories from the Civil War.
$24.95
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Faith Grows by Risk: Stories from the Life of Kentucky Refugee Ministries
This is the story of Kentucky Refugee Ministries, a resettlement agency based in Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky, where human beings who have come out of conflict and deprivation create new lives of accomplishment. Since its founding in 1990, KRM has welcomed more than 12,000 humans from more than 40 countries across the globe and helped them start new lives. It continues its work to this day.
$20.00
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Passions of the Black Patch: Cooking and Quilting in Western Kentucky
Author Bobbie Smith Bryant's full-color hardcover volume offers a rich and colorful collection of over 200 family recipes, hand-crafted heirloom quilts, and delightful stories celebrating the unique traditions of her family, its farm, and the "Black Patch" region the Smiths have called home for many generations.
$24.95
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We Must Remember: The Vietnam War Service of Men from Nelson County, Kentucky
Nelson County, Kentucky, which includes the city of Bardstown, suffered more battle deaths per population in the Vietnam War than any other county in America. In this book, co-authors Harry Spalding and Don Parrish share the service records and stories of many brave Nelson County citizens who served valiantly in all branches of the military during the Vietnam War.
$19.95
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A Landscape and Its Legacy: The Parklands of Floyds Fork
The story of Louisville's largest parks project, the nearly 4,000-acre Olmsted-inspired Parklands of Floyds Fork. This fully illustrated hardcover volume covers the rich history of the landscape, the colorful characters it produced and the innovative process that led to the creation of the Parklands by 21st Century Parks, the Louisville nonprofit responsible for its development. Edited by writer Dianne Aprile and designed by artist Julius Friedman, with photographs by Ted Wathen, John Nation and Bob Hower.
$75.00
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A Wine Lover's Odyssey Across Kentucky
As the first book devoted to Kentucky wine and its wineries, this full-color volume takes readers on a tour of Kentucky to visit thirty-four of the state's wineries, to explore the history of wine in Kentucky, and to discover the grape varieties that make their favorite wines so enjoyable. It's "a five-star guide to Kentucky wines for everyone from the amateur socialite to the most avid wine enthusiast."
$29.95
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Bernson's Corner: A Reporter's Notebook
As a journalist of the "old school" who believes everyone has a story worth telling, Barry Bernson has endeared himself to TV audiences in Louisville and Chicago by focusing on the "little guy" and the human comedy: the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. Here, Bernson reveals the warm, often-hilarious account of a life spent in modern broadcast news.
$24.95
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Rooted in the Mountains, Reaching to the World: Stories of Nursing and Midwifery at Kentucky's Frontier School, 1939-1989
Founded in 1925, the Frontier Nursing University has held steadfast and powerful roots in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky, yielding a bevy of both healthy babies and quality nurse-midwifery graduates for over 85 years. In this coffee-table volume, the stories and experiences of the early Frontier graduates provide a fascinating glimpse into an otherwise undocumented history of nurse-midwifery in the 20th century.
$30.00
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The Seelbach: A Centennial Salute to Louisville's Grand Hotel
Back in print! As the official recorder of all Seelbach legend and history, author Larry Johnson discusses in lively detail the many celebrities, presidents, movie stars, famous writers, gangsters and even ghosts who've passed through this bastion of stately architecture in Louisville, Kentucky.
$19.95
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Country Houses of Louisville, 1899-1939
With over 300 contemporary and archival illustrations, this beautiful full-color coffee-table book presents an in-depth view of 32 spectacular country estates in Louisville, Kentucky, and the families and architects who built them. This period and genre of residential architecture and related social history in Louisville have never before been documented this thoroughly or extensively.
$75.00
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On the News ... In the News: A Journalist's Own Story of Recovery and Self-Discovery
In this tell-all book revealing the news behind the news, veteran Emmy-award-winning TV news anchor John Boel shares 25 years of fascinating stories from one side of the camera, then takes readers to the other side, telling the whole story of his powerful journey through the public shame of two high-profile DUI arrests and his gradual recovery and self-discovery.
$19.95
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Pathway Through the Past: A Timeline Tour of Historic Sites in Louisville, Kentucky
Kadie Engstrom's full-color volume reveals the many places a visitor can go to learn about the wonderfully vast history of Louisville, Kentucky's metropolitan area. Along with retelling significant events in local history, Engstrom targets the sites (including those designated as National Historic Landmarks) that are available for visitation and which interpret a piece of Louisville's historic puzzle.
$16.95
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Louisville's Waterfront Park: A Riverfront Renaissance
Praised for its innovative landscape design, Louisville's Waterfront Park was, just 25 years ago, covered by an industrial brownfield wasteland of scrapyards, sand and gravel operations, warehouses, asphalt plants and railroad tracks. This beautiful full-color coffee table book tells the great success story of the Park's transformation and how the vision was achieved.
$45.00
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Two Centuries of Black Louisville: A Photographic History
Over two centuries and more, African Americans in Louisville, Kentucky have created a community and defined its identity and character while meeting the evolving challenges of slavery, freedom, segregation, politics, economics and cultural meaning. Presenting over 450 historical and archival photographs, this beautiful book tells the story of this community in words and images.
$45.00
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Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest
Esteemed philanthropist Isaac Wolfe Bernheim's most enduring legacy is the 14,500-acre Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest in Clermont, KY. After 80 years, his dream of creating a place to "gladden the soul and please the sight" has long been realized, with thousands of annual visitors finding inspiration in the forest's miles of trails, formal gardens, visitor center, events and all facets of wild land. Here, for the first time and in 280 gorgeous, full-color pages, the story of the forest and the man behind it unfolds.
$45.00
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Water Works: 150 Years of Louisville Water Company
As Louisville Water Company celebrates its 150th anniversary, this keepsake coffee-table book explores the company's complete history through historic photographs and rich stories from the company's archives. Since 1860, Louisville Water Company has pioneered research into cleaning drinking water, built landmark structures and become a life-line for the city's population. It provided street "sprinklers" in the 1800s, a swimming pool in the 1920s, a silent movie in the 1930s and a "victory garden" in the 1940s. Here you'll discover how Louisville's history has been shaped by the history of its water works.
$29.95
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Louisville's KFC Yum! Center: A Community's Dream Realized
The building of the KFC Yum! Center is a blueprint for how a public project should be funded, planned, and executed. From the outset, the project has been about providing every element of the city's culture — men and women, black and white, business and labor, rich and poor — with an opportunity to help revitalize the city's downtown and make the city a viable option for national events. This is the story of how Possibility City turned a dream into a magnificent reality.
$34.95
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Freedom Hall: Celebrating 54 Years
In this fully-illustrated, coffee-table keepsake volume, award-winning journalist Billy Reed gives a nostalgic salute to one of America's premier sports and entertainment venues — Louisville, Kentucky's Freedom Hall — with a look back at some of its greatest events and most memorable moments.
$29.95
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The Monarchs: The Great American Rock 'n' Roll Dream
Filled with memories, music and memorabilia from the era, and packaged with a commemorative DVD documenting the band's history, this book takes readers back to the early days of Louisville rock 'n' roll to remember one of its biggest acts, The Monarchs. After 50 years of concerts, sock hops, dances and reunions, the music hasn't stopped, and award-winning journalist Billy Reed follows the band—and the greater Louisville area—through it all.
$34.95
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Bourbon in Kentucky: A History of Distilleries in Kentucky
A true labor of love, bourbon aficionado Chet Zoeller conducted years of research to uncover the complete history of bourbon distilling and distilleries throughout Kentucky. Bourbon in Kentucky is the comprehensive publication of his findings, cataloging almost 1,000 distillers and brands across the Commonwealth—from farmhouse mashers to the major industrial concerns, and from the late 1700s to the present day. With hundreds of rare and historical photographs, this is believed to be the first and only authoritative history of its kind.
$39.95
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Maker's Mark: My Autobiography
From proud but humble beginnings in Happy Hollow, Kentucky, bourbon producer Maker's Mark has grown to cult status around the world. In My Autobiography, the company's flamboyant president, Bill Samuels, Jr., gives us the official, fascinating and colorful life story of his family's premier bourbon brand.
$29.95
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History in the Making: The Story of the American Printing House for the Blind, 1858–2008
With hundreds of color photographs, this beautiful 150th Anniversary book celebrates the history of the American Printing House for the Blind—which is based in Louisville, Kentucky—and examines the mechanical innovations and evolutions, right up to today's digital solutions, that have enabled them to provide specialized materials, books, products, and services to the visually impaired.
$39.95
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The Wonder Team: The Centre College Praying Colonels and Their Rise to the Top of the Football World, 1917–1924
In the years after World War I, Centre College's "Praying Colonels" were the most famous and publicized college football team ever to play the game. Competing all over the country and beating all the major powers of the day, they achieved enormous acclaim as "The Wonder Team," a group of talented and colorful young men who put Centre, and the little town of Danville, Kentucky, on the map. Includes over 250 color photographs.
$39.95
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Unearthing the Past: The Archaeology of the Falls of the Ohio River Region
Beginning with bands of hunters and gatherers foraging for food, join revered archaeologist Donald Janzen on a 10,000-year journey to explore prehistoric Native American life in the Falls of the Ohio River region. With a variety of illustrations and artifacts, Unearthing the Past provides compelling revelations about what lies beneath the streets and subdivisions of our 21st century hometown.
$24.95
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Kentucky Houses of Stratton Hammon
His name evokes images of timelessly handsome, classically beautiful homes that remain highly sought-after many decades after their construction. In this magnificent volume, the authors present a comprehensive appreciation of Hammon's work through gorgeous photography and full description. This book was awarded a Bronze Medal for Excellence in the national Architecture category of the 2008 Independent Publisher Book Awards.
$60.00
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Louisville Landmarks: A Viewbook of Architectural and Historic Landmarks in Louisville, Kentucky
This complete yet purse-sized volume is the perfect guidebook to Louisville's most significant buildings, historic residences and landmarks, incorporating the dates, the architects, and the style, significance and historic status of over 60 of Louisville's most notable sites.
$14.95
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The Great Flood of 1937: Rising Waters, Soaring Spirits
Through historic photographs, maps, log books, diaries and recollections, Rick Bell re-creates, in thrilling detail, the magnitude of Louisville's worst natural disaster which, 70 years ago, put two-thirds of the city under water.
$25.00
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St. Frances of Rome Church Community: An Illustrated History
To celebrate the history of one of Louisville's oldest and most vital Catholic parishes, Father Jerry Eifler and Steve Wiser have created a lively and thorough look back at the people and milestone events in the church's development and evolution, by weaving personal memories with hundreds of archival photos along with the original research of Charles W. Beckman, Sr.
$24.95
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Mercy Academy: Celebrating the Circle of Mercy Since 1885
Spanning over 120 years of the school's history, this book captures the essence of what it means to be a "Mercy girl." The history, faith and educational mission of Mercy Academy are documented here in words, archival photographs and contemporary images.
$30.00
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The Incredible Inman's Louisville Trivia Challenge!
You never knew Louisville was so well-connected! In this fun and surprising compilation, Louisville's chief trivia expert tests your knowledge of the many connections between Louisville and the worlds of film, art, music and literature.
$19.95
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Calling It Like I See It: True Stories and Tall Tales about Kentucky Sports
In Calling It Like I See It, Earl Cox, the dean of Kentucky sports writers, compiles his "true stories and tall tales about Kentucky sports," writing in his brash and funny style about a broad range of Kentucky sports and the personalities that have shaped the game.
$12.95
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