Book: How to tell a (specialized) story

‘Wonderbook: The Illustrated Guide to Creating Imaginative Fiction’
By Jeff Vandermeer. Abrams Image; 332 pgs., $24.95.


Book: Cornerman

The life and lessons of the Rev. Al Sharpton

‘The Rejected Stone: Al Sharpton and the Path to American Leadership’
By Al Sharpton. Cash Money Content; 272 pgs., $22.


Book: Hankering for Hawking — We want more!

‘My Brief History’
By Stephen Hawking. Bantam Dell; 144 pgs., $22.


Book: So many stories for ‘Lucky’ readers

There are a lot of popular doorstop-length novels now. Subplots can be interrupted by diversions and most readers won’t bat an eye.


Book: Take a stroll through Louisville history

‘The Origins of Louisville’s Olmsted Parks & Parkways’
By Samuel W. Thomas. Holland Brown Books; 254 pgs., $50.


Book: Disrespect my authority

‘Fish Bites Cop! Stories To Bash Authorities’
By David James Keaton. Comet Press; 280 pgs., $14.95.


Book: I know you got ‘Soul’

‘Love, Peace, and Soul: Behind the Scenes of America’s Favorite Dance Show ‘Soul Train’: Classic Moments’


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.