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Kentucky Extension

Homemakers Association

Cultural Arts and Heritage


2016 – 2017

BOOK LIST 2016 - 2017

The KEHA Cultural Arts and Heritage program area annually sponsors a reading

program. Extension Homemakers may participate by reading one book from six of these nine

categories: the arts, biography, family and consumer sciences, fiction, history, Kentucky,

religion and spirituality, travel and classics and old favorites. Keep a record of the books read

and submit that record to the club Cultural Arts and Heritage chair. The club chair should forward that information to the County Chair or to the Extension Agent. Qualified readers may receive the Cultural Arts Reading Award Bookmark recognition at the county level.

This is only a suggested list. You may choose your own titles. Your local public librarian may have other suggestions. Local libraries usually belong to the Kentucky Library Network which allows individuals to borrow books from other libraries through interlibrary loan. If you cannot find the book you wish to read at your local library, ask about this service.

THE ARTS The Art of the Con: the Most Notorious Fakes, Frauds, and Forgeries in the Art World.

Amore, Anthony M. 2015. The stories of some of history's most notorious yet untold cons involve stolen art hidden for decades, elaborate ruses, and theft.

The LEGO Architect. Alphin, Tom. 2015. Learn about styles like Art Deco, Modernism and High-tech, and find inspiration in galleries of LEGO models. Then take your turn building 12 models in a variety of styles.

Southern Makers. Causey, Jennifer. 2013. The author visited four southern states to photograph and interview crafters, artists, and bakers. She visited with them in their studios, workshops, and kitchens. She interviewed them about their passion to do their craft and how they got started. Made photographs of the crafters working with their crafts. She documented them and their process. Inspiring book of crafters and their pride in their work.

BIOGRAPHY Billie Holiday: the Musician and the Myth. Szwed, John F. 2015. When Billie Holiday stepped into Columbia’s studios in November 1933, it marked the beginning of what is arguably the most remarkable and influential career in twentieth-century popular music.

Jack London: a Writer's Fight for a Better America. Tichi, Cecelia. 2015. In this major reinterpretation of London's career, Tichi examines how the beloved writer leveraged his written words as a force for the future.

Maggie Smith: a Biography. Coveney, Michael. 2015. No one does glamour, severity, girlish charm or tight-lipped witticism better than Dame Maggie Smith. Coveney's biography shines a light on the life and career of a truly remarkable performer.

2    Clementine: the Life of Mrs. Winston Churchill. Purnell, Sonia. 2015. Any real consideration of Winston Churchill is incomplete without an understanding of his relationship with his wife. Clementine is both the first real biography of this remarkable woman and a fascinating look inside their private world.

Henry Clay, America's Greatest Statesman. Unger, Harlow G. 2015. A compelling new biography of America's most powerful Speaker of the House, who held the divided nation together for three decades and who was Lincoln's guiding light.

Francis, Pope of Good Promise. Burns, Jimmy. 2015. The first detailed biography to include an analysis of Pope Francis's first year at the Vatican.

The Washingtons: George and Martha, "join'd by friendship, crown'd by love". Fraser, Flora. 2015. This is a remarkable story of a remarkable pair as well as a gripping narrative of the birth of a nation—a major, and vastly appealing, contribution to the literature of our founding fathers... and founding mother.

Find a Way. Nyad, Diana. 2015. In Find a Way, Diana engages us with a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.

Frank & Ava: in Love and War. Brady, John Joseph. 2015. The love story of Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner has never been fully explored or explained — until now. John Brady's Frank & Ava delves deeply into the lives of these two iconic stars and their turbulent lifelong relationship.

Andy and Don: the Making of a Friendship and a Classic American TV Show. De Visé, Daniel. 2015. A lively and revealing biography of Andy Griffith and Don Knotts, celebrating the powerful real-life friendship behind one of America’s most iconic television programs.

The Boy on the Wooden Box: How the Impossible Became the Possible... on Schindler’s List. Leyson, Leon. 2013 Told with an abundance of dignity and a remarkable lack of rancor and venom, The Boy on the Wooden Box is a legacy of hope, a memoir unlike anything you’ve ever read.

Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy. Larson, Kate Clifford. 2015. They were the most prominent American family of the twentieth century. The daughter they secreted away made all the difference.


Foods and Nutrition Cooking As Fast As I Can: a Chef's Story of Family, Food, and Forgiveness. Cora, Cat.

2015. Remarkably candid, compulsively readable, renowned chef Cat Cora’s no-holds-barred memoir on Southern life, Greek heritage, same sex marriage, and the meals that have shaped her memories.

3    Tasty: the Art and Science of What We Eat. McQuaid, John. 2015. A fascinating and deeply researched investigation into the mysteries of flavor—from the first bite taken by our ancestors to scientific advances in taste and the current “foodie” revolution.

Lidia's Mastering the Art of Italian Cuisine: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Great Italian Cook. Bastianich, Lidia. 2015. From the Emmy-winning host of Lidia’s Kitchen, bestselling author, and beloved ambassador for Italian culinary traditions in America comes the ultimate master class: a beautifully produced definitive guide to Italian cooking, coauthored with her daughter, Tanya—covering everything from ingredients to techniques to tools, plus more than 400 delectable recipes.

Three Many Cooks: One Mom, Two Daughters: Their Shared Stories of Food, Faith & Family. Anderson, Pam. 2015. When the women behind the popular blog Three Many Cooks gather in the busiest room in the house, there are never too many cooks in the kitchen. Now acclaimed cookbook author Pam Anderson and her daughters, Maggy Keet and Sharon Damelio, blend compelling reflections and well-loved recipes into one funny, candid, and irresistible book.

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DIY T-Shirt Crafts: From Braided Bracelets to Floor Pillows, 50 Unexpected Ways to Recycle Your Old T-Shirts. Surian, Adrianne. 2015. Transform old T-shirts into trendy accessories--in 60 minutes or fewer.

Seams Unlikely. Zieman. 2014. This book is an autobiography about the life of Nancy Zieman. It explains her facial deformity, her struggles in life and her career. It gives you a better understanding of her business—Nancy’s Notions.

The Forgotten Seamstress. Trenow, Liz. 2013. I love the way this book takes you back to the past and into the present. The author tells the story about a young naïve orphan girl that was a very good seamstress that got her a job in the Royal Palace and she falls in love and gets herself in a lot of trouble. This is when she started a quilt out of bits and pieces of material left over from sewing done for the royal family. This quilt was added as she started new chapters in her life. She went through all kinds of hardships in her life over her mistake. Then the author takes you into the present which intertwines with the past and the mystery of the quilt.

Family Life

A Buzz in the Meadow: the Natural History of a French Farm. Goulson, Dave. 2015. A conservationist's deeply personal and fascinating reflection on owning and revitalizing a farm in rural France.

The 13th Gift. Smith, Joanne Huist. 2014. This is a true story about the everyday miracles that can occur during the holiday season. It is a heartwarming reminder that with love, community, and family, even the most broken hearts can be mended.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto. Album, Mitch. 2015. Mitch Album creates his most unforgettable fictional character – Frankie Presto. In this magical novel about the greatest guitarist and the power of talent to change our lives.

4    Napkin Notes. Callaghan, Garth. 2014. A memoir by a cancer stricken man who decides he needs to share life’s lessons with his young daughter. He begins writing napkin notes to include in her lunch. He has written 826 notes – enough to last her through high school.

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The Financially Intelligent Parent: 8 Steps to Raising Successful, Generous, Responsible Children. Eileen Gallo and Jon Gallo. 2015. Behaviors of parents that assist families raise fiscally independent children.

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The Reason for Flowers: Their History, Culture, Biology, and How They Change Our Lives. Buchmann, Stephen L. 2015. Cultural history at its best—the engaging, lively, and definitive story of the beauty, sexuality, ecology, myths, lore, and economics of the world’s flowers, written by a passionately devoted author and scientist, and illustrated with his stunning photographs.

The Crafted Garden: Stylish Projects Inspired by Nature. Curley, Louise. 2015. This book relies on home-grown and foraged plant material to open up the imagination and capture seasonality, whether that's to add a touch of individuality to a dinner party or for making the perfect housewarming gift.

Decorating For Real Life: The Shabby Nest's Guide to Beautiful Family Friendly Spaces.

Hyde, Wendy W. 2014. Don't break the bank—create your own beautiful, unique, and livable space.

FICTION Dog Crazy: A Novel of Love Lost and Found. Donohue, Meg. 2015. This bestselling author returns with an unforgettably poignant and funny tale of love and loss, confronting our fears, and moving on... with the help of a poodle, a mutt, and a Basset retriever named Seymour.

Rock With Wings. Hillerman, Anne H. 2015. The Navajo Tribal police solve a mystery on the reservation involving mysterious dirt and solar panels mixed with Native American culture.

Where All Light Tends To Go. Joy, David. 2015. Set in North Carolina's Appalachian Mountains, eighteen-year-old Jacob McNeely is torn between appeasing his meth-dealing kingpin father and leaving the mountains forever with the girl he loves.

Mademoiselle Chanel. Gortner, C.W. 2015. A reimagining of the life of iconic fashion designer Coco Chanel traces the development of her exceptional sewing skills in an orphanage, her transformation into a couturier, and the private struggles behind her subsequent fame.

Farmed and Dangerous. Maxwell, Edith. 2015. Quirky characters and lots of organic farming tips make this well-developed mystery even more interesting.

5    House Broken. Yoerg, Sonja. 2015. A poignant novel about a woman skilled at caring for animals who must learn to mend the broken relationships in her family.

The Sound of Glass. White, Karen. 2015. This New York Times bestselling author explores a Southern family's buried history, which will change the life of the woman who unearths it, secret by shattering secret.

It Happened One Wedding. James, Julie. 2015. A whirlwind wedding leads to unexpected love for the bride’s commitment-shy sister.

The Cake Therapist. Fertig, Judith. 2015. This delicious treat for readers finds a pastry chef customizing her creations to help her customers celebrate love or overcome fears.

Those Secrets We Keep. Liebert, Emily. 2015. Three women…three secrets…will they find the change they need in a summer trip to Lake George?

One Plus One. Moyes, Jojo. (2014). A skillfully crafted characters meld together into an uncommonly good story about family, trust, and love as a single mom tries to get her daughter to a math competition in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Murder at the Brightwell. Weaver, Ashley. 2015. This classic English mystery follows Amory and her estranged husband, Milo, whose paths cross at a seaside resort where suspicious deaths have occurred.

It’s You. Porter, Jane. 2015. A heartwarming story about finding love and strength, even in the darkest moments.

Forget Me Knot. Marks, Mary. 2014. Welcome to San Fernando Valley, California, where Martha Rose and her coterie of quilters are enjoying life on the good side of retirement—until murder pulls a stitch out of their plans.

The Flying Circus. Crandall, Susan. 2015. An adventure tale about two daredevils and a farm boy who embark on the journey of a lifetime across America’s heartland in the Roaring Twenties.

After the Storm: A Kate Burkholder Novel. Castillo, Linda. 2015. When a tornado tears through Painters Mill and unearths human remains, Chief of Police Kate Burkholder finds herself tasked with the responsibility of identifying the bones--and notifying the family.

Evidence quickly emerges that the death was no accident and Kate finds herself plunged into a thirty year old case that takes her deep into the Amish community to which she once belonged.

The First Wife. Spindler, Erica. 2015. A recently married woman suspects her husband was involved in the disappearance of his first wife.

Woman with a Gun. Margolin, Phillip. 2014. This compelling thriller, from New York Times bestseller Phillip Margolin, centers on an intriguing photograph that may contain long-hidden answers to the mystery of a millionaire's murder.

The Liar. Roberts, Nora. 2015. The man who took her from Tennessee to an exclusive Philadelphia suburb left her in crippling debt. He was an adulterer and a liar, and when Shelby tracks down his safe-deposit box, she finds multiple IDs. The man she loved wasn’t just dead.

He never really existed.

6    Hush. Robards, Karen. 2014. In New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards’s latest heart-pounding thriller, a woman must uncover a murderer—or risk being the next victim of a vicious killer.

HISTORY American Canopy: Trees, Forests, and the Making of a Nation. Rutkow, Eric. 2013. This book shows how much American history was shaped and defined by trees, and presents a testament to its continued political, cultural and environmental importance.

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