Though we can’t wait until we’re able to welcome visitors back to Bowling Green, we’re spending some of our time #HealthyAtHome catching up on a good book or two. Fortunately, BGKY is home to some great authors — and in some cases, the setting for a book or two.

Duncan Hines

Now is the perfect time to hone your cooking skills. Start with Bowling Green’s favorite foodie — Duncan Hines. The man behind the cake mix wrote Adventures in Good Cooking, first published in 1939. According to Barnes & Nobles’ website, “this best-selling collection featured recipes from select restaurants across the country as well as crowd-pleasing family favorites, and it helped to raise the standard for home cooking in America.”

You can also learn more about this early travel and food writer in Louis Hatchett’s biography, Duncan Hines: How a Traveling Salesman Became the Most Trusted Name in FoodMany forget — or never knew — that Duncan Hines was a real person and so much more than a brand name. 

David Bell

WKU professor David Bell is also a USA Today-bestselling author of thrillers and mysteries. Check out his most recent novel, Layover, “about a chance meeting with a woman in an airport that sends a man on a pulse-pounding quest for the truth,” according to his website.

You can also pre-order his next novel, The Request, which comes out in June. Check out Bell’s website for descriptions of all of his works.

Gary P. West

Historian and former BGACVB director Gary P. West has authored numerous books. His most recent is a true crime novel called Murder on Youngers Creek Road. It “is the true story of a murder-for-hire gone wrong that involves a well-known automobile dealer, two hit men hired to kill him, and a pair of high-profile business partners,” according to Acclaim Press.

Amy Disparte

History buffs should check out A Star in Each Flag: The Civil War and Reconstruction in Bowling Green. Disparte’s debut novel uses stories of her ancestors during that time merged in her imagination with the history of Riverview at Hobson Grove, where she has worked as a docent, according to Butler Books.

Mary Lucas

Learn about the infamous Pauline Tabor in Lucas’ The Madam at Six-Twenty-Seven Clay Street: Bowling Green’s Infamous House of Ill Repute. According to the SOKY Book Fest website, Lucas said, “I had based my talks about Pauline on that one meeting after which I became fascinated with her, both as a person of amazing energy and pure ‘gall’ and a person who had played her own part in the history of Bowling Green, Kentucky.”

Many of these books are available at Barnes & Noble on Campbell Lane, which is open for curbside pickup and helped compile this list. The Warren County Public Library is also resuming curbside pickups starting May 1.

We hope you find some good reads!