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Book: A life of Richard Pryor

Controversial words on a controversial life

‘Furious Cool: Richard Pryor and the World That Made Him’
By David Henry & Joe Henry. Algonquin Books; 400 pgs., $26.


Book: ‘This I Believe’ makes a Kentucky first

More than 500 words, to contribute to “a public dialogue about belief — one essay at a time.” The “This I Believe” statement of personal values, begun on a 1950s


Book: What kind of wisdom do we really need?

Goliath Gladwell’s mixed messages about struggle and success

‘David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants’
By Malcolm Gladwell. Little, Brown; 307 pgs., $29.


Book: Haunted history for a high-quality Halloween

‘Haunted Castles: The Complete Gothic Stories’
By Ray Russell. Penguin Classics; 272 pgs., $22.


Book: Be a welcome guest in Lyon’s poetry ‘House’

Sunday’s afternoon reading/signing at Carmichael’s is certain to be more than some of the author’s most recently printed pages coming to you in the author’s voice with occas


Unearthing whiskey’s women

A conversation with bourbon expert Fred Minnick, whose new book details women’s role in Kentucky’s signature spirit

Fred Minnick, clad in a blazer and signature ascot, holds up the glass of bourbon and peers through it.


Book: James McBride — The Mark Twain of our times

‘The Good Lord Bird’
By James McBride. Riverhead Books; 417 pgs., $27.95.


Book: Under a sci-fi spell

Once again, Neil Gaiman strikes a chord

‘The Ocean at the End of the Lane’
By Neil Gaiman. William Morrow; 192 pgs., $25.99.


Book: Figure out your mind

Psychology and Sherlock Holmes come to Idea Festival

‘Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock Holmes’
By Maria Konnikova. Viking; 288 pgs., $26.95.


Book: The doctor behind the Clinton diet

It’s not every day that an octogenarian rock star comes to town, but this week’s visit from Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn is big news in certain circles.