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Jamie’s Bookshelf: Some recent nonfiction titles for the bookworm on your Christmas shopping list

(This is the first of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books.) By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist With Christmas shopping just around the corner, it’s a pretty good time to start thinking about holiday gifts for the book lovers. With that in mind, below is a list of possible nonfiction volumes to help you get started. • “True Christmas Stories from the Heart of Appalachia”

Jamie Vaught: Cats should still fare well, despite loss of Wilson; Bob Stoops opens up about storied career

While it was heartbreaking to see quarterback Terry Wilson’s season-ending injury during Kentucky’s win over Eastern Michigan last weekend, I still think the Wildcats will be okay this season with backup QB Sawyer Smith, a graduate transfer from Troy who started the last seven games of the 2018 campaign, helping his team to a Dollar General Bowl victory, and earning bowl’s MVP honors. Before...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A look at some nonfiction selections for your September reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist • “Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed” by Lori Gottlieb (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $28) is an unusual look about topics that make people think differently about themselves and the world around them. In other words, the 415-page volume is basically about universal human condition. With startling...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A look at some recently-published nonfiction titles to help beat the heat this summer

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist Here are some recently-published nonfiction books that you may want to consider to keep you entertained this summer. • “For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball” by Bud Selig (William Morrow, $28.99) is an unprecedented look at modern baseball. The former Commissioner offers...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A collection of recent nonfiction titles to help keep you warm this winter

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist • “Adolph Rupp and the Rise of Kentucky Basketball” by James Duane Bolin (University Press of Kentucky, $40) is the first full-length, critical biography of “The Baron of the Bluegrass.” The 408-page hardcover is based on over 100 interviews as well as newspaper accounts, court transcripts and other archival materials. If you’re a...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: These 13 additional summer reading titles offer politics, history and inspiration

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist This is the second of a two-part series about recently-published nonfiction books. — “Yes We (Still) Can: Politics in the Age of Obama, Twitter and Trump” by Dan Pfeiffer (Twelve, $28) is a part political memoir, part blueprint for progressives in the Trump era. The author, who was one of President Obama’s longest-serving advisors, tells...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A selection of 12 newly released titles to add to your summer poolside reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist This is the first of a two-part series about recently-published books, mostly nonfiction. — “President Carter: The White House Years” by Stuart E. Eizenstat (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martin’s Press, $40) is an intimate and insightful view of this underrated president and on how the presidency works. Serving as Chief Domestic Policy Adviser,...

SKCTC professor, KyForward columnist Jamie Vaught recognized by Ky. Section of PGA of America

Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College professor and KyForward columnist Jamie H. Vaught has been named 2018 Kentucky PGA Media Representative of the Year by the Kentucky Section of the Professional Golfers’ Association of America (PGA). Jamie Vaught (left) was presented the 2018 Kentucky PGA Media Representative of the Year March 12 at Griffin Gate Marriott (Photo from SKCTC) Vaught,...

Jamie Vaught: Early look at Kentucky’s 2018 football schedule indicates some tough tests for Wildcats

When the 2018 college football season kicks off, it appears defending national champion Alabama and national runner-up Georgia will rank among the top five squads and that’s not a big surprise. However, that’s bad news for Kentucky, which is coming off a 7-6 Music City Bowl campaign. The Wildcats will be facing a tough Georgia club, coached by Kirby Smart, a Nick Saban disciple, at Kroger Field...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Twelve additional non-fiction selections to add to your winter reading list

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist This is the second of a two-part series about the recently-published nonfiction books that you may enjoy reading this winter.  • “Sisters First: Stories from Our Wild and Wonderful Life” by Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush (Grand Central Publishing, $28) is a revealing hardcover about their lives as daughters and granddaughters of President George...