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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: McClanahan Publishing House, Inc. (July 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0913383910
  • ISBN-13: 978-0913383919
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #375,972 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...eerie and enchanting." -- bookclub@ket, October 2006

"Dominé's book is a well-deserved and long-needed addition to the storied history of...the country's most remarkable Victorian neighborhood." -- The Courier-Journal, June 26, 2005

"His beautiful writing, rich with architectural knowledge and crisp details, sends the reader far back into the Victorian era..." -- Louisville Eccentric Observer, October 26, 2005

"[His] time-consuming detective work pays off handsomely..." -- Janet Brennan, Mysteries Magazine, Issue 12

"...well written and interesting book about a unique neighborhood." -- Haunted Travels, October 31, 2005

From the Back Cover

A trained interpreter in Spanish and German, David Domine earned his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in 1989 and has completed graduate studies at the Karl-Franzens-Universistat in Graz, Austria, the University of California at Santa Barbara and the University of Louisville. Ever the consummate traveler, he has studied and worked in the Philippines, Mexico, Germany, Italy, Spain and Austria, and it was in these far-off places that he honed his appreciation for American food and culture. When not translating or writing restaurant reviews for magazines such as Kentucky Monthly and Arts Across Kentucky, he teaches foreign languages at Bellarmine University and Indiana University Southeast. His current projects include his first novel The Wonders of Absinthe and Peter Paul's Kitchen, a seven-act play set in Old Louisville. He is also the author of Adventures in New Kentucky Cooking with the Bluegrass Peasant and Splash of Bourbon, Kentucky's Spirit, also published by McClanahan Publishing House, Inc.

More About the Author

From Victorian folklore to recipes with bourbon, Kentucky spirits often come alive in the narratives of David Dominé, an author whose numerous books showcase the rich cultural heritage of his adopted state. David not only uses his art to draw attention to sites of historical interest, such as the Kentucky Bourbon Trail or the stunning Old Louisville preservation district, he also highlights the legacy that has shaped the region's exceptional folk traditions and culinary past. The result is a body of work that includes memoirs, travel journals, historical sketches, cook books, and photographic essays, all painting an inviting picture of the state he has called home since 1993.

David lives in Louisville, Kentucky, where he teaches foreign languages and translation at Bellarmine University. In addition to an MFA in Writing from Spalding University, he has an MA in Spanish Literature from the University of Louisville and an MA in German Literature from the University of California at Santa Barbara. He also completed studies in literary translation at the Karl-Franzens Universität in Graz, Austria. In addition to non-fiction books on wide-ranging topics, he has published numerous articles, stories, and translations. His current projects include the forthcoming novel Peter Paul's Kitchen and a true-crime book about the bizarre 2009 murder of drag queen Jamie Carroll and the subsequent trials of alleged killers Jeffery Mundt and Joseph Banis. He also blogs regularly at literarylabors.com.

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I loved the book and also read the next book, Phantoms of Old Louisville.
C. B. Morgan
The history is almost as fascinating as the eerie stories of alleged hauntings in this wonderful old neighborhood known as Old Louisville.
Gary Eades
I kept wondering what the people who lived in these lovely homes were like.
Opha M. Knapp

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Roger Martin on July 12, 2005
Format: Paperback
If you are hesitating about whether to get this book or not, don't wait another minute. Get it now. It is great, in fact one of the best reads I've had in a long time. The author has an incredible gift with language that allows the reader to forget him- or herself for a while and enter a wonderful turn-of-the-century world in Louisville's most charming neighborhood. Although the stories might give you chills every now and then (how delicious!), the solid history and grounded language will more than compensate. In a world where everyone's getting published nowadays, it is oh-so-refreshing to find this peach in the large basket of lemons we call the world of publishing today. (OK, there was the one or two minor typos the editor missed, but this happens to top selling authors!) This book is well-conceived and executed, the subject matter is intriguing and fills a wonderful niche, and it achieves that marvelous aim that all books should strive for - but alas fall far short of - : it whisks the reader away to a different world where he is entertained and informed. WONDERFUL!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Jane Harnett on July 13, 2005
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I'm so glad David Domine spent time writing down the wonderful stories and historical legends associated with America's Largest Victorian Neighborhood. I read it is now a regional best seller, and it does not suprirse me at all. His language is colorful, engaging and precise, not to mention extremely entertaining. His stories are informative, creative, and well thought out, not to mention hair raising. His book is, in short, WONDERFUL, and he has done our community and state a great service. I hope it entices others to come to Old Louisville, Kentucky, and explore this forgotten treasure.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Bohannon on July 2, 2005
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I picked up this book and could not put it down. When I finally finished about eight hours later, I must admit that I was extremely sad to do so. This wonderfully written book about the spooks and specters in the largest Victorian neighborhood in thr country had my attention from cover to cover. David Domine is an expert storyteller and he knows how to engages his readers and make them a part of the action, all the while, providing thoughtful insight - and plenty of chills - into the colorful history of this undiscovered gem in the heart of Louisville, Kentucky's largest city. The stories are illuminated with a brilliant backdrop of descriptive architecture, local eccentrics, and lots of mood, something akin to the Savannah we all loved in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. I cannot wait for the next one, and wish the author continued success!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Johnson McIntyre on September 14, 2005
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David Domine's engaging and informative collection of true ghost tales from the largest Victorian neighborhood in the US far surpasses and outclasses anything that has heretofore been written about hauntings and ghosts in the Bluegrass State. Unlike other books about Kentucky hauntings that feature loosely organized, disjointed oral accounts that banish them to the folklore files, this masterpiece emerges as a mood piece of incredibly entertaining stories with a strong backbone of local history and architecture that paints a vivid picture of the present - and past lives - of a unique American neighborhood. Domine puts Old Louisville on the map, and has positioned it to become a Savannah, GA or Charleston, SC in its own right. Old Louisville and its haints are buzzing with energy in the well-written book, and I look forward to the next in the series. How refreshing!
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Stan Harris on July 7, 2005
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Mr. Domine really has a talent for drawing readers into the wonderful world of haunted mansions and spooky alleyways that make up the quirky neighborhood of Old Louisville, his adopted home. I felt compelled to read this collection of true ghost stories and legends in one sitting, and was happy that I did. Being a resident of California, I don't know much about Kentucky, but I feel I have made a new friend after reading Mr. Domine's wonderful book, and I can't wait to get to Louisville and start exploring for myself.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Margarita Hill on July 2, 2005
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What a wonderful suprise! I picked this book up in the Cincinnati airport and couldn't put it down. The descriptions of this quaint neighborhood are so wonderful and engaging that I have already booked my next trip to Kentucky so I can explore this wonderful place they call Old Louisville.

The writing is great, the stories are gripping, and you can learn alot about this part of the country that most people don't know. I highly recomment this book to readers of all ages.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Gary Eades on March 27, 2006
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I will definitely read anything else David Domine publishes, and I hope it will be soon. This was truly one of those books "I could not put down!" I was glued to every page and was very disappointed when I finished the book. His descriptive passages transport the reader back to the Louisville of the late 1800s and you can practically see, taste, smell and hear all the action in these well-crafted stories. The history is almost as fascinating as the eerie stories of alleged hauntings in this wonderful old neighborhood known as Old Louisville. I highly recommend it to everyone in search of a great read. It is both entertaining and very informative. Trust me, you won't be sorry you read this book.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. W. HORAN on July 8, 2005
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I could not put this book down! Each chapter mixes a bit of storytelling with local history of Old Louisville in such a way that the reader feels they can see Old Louisville in its prime and experience the stories first hand. As I am driving through the area in the future, I will be looking over my shoulder and watching very carefully for the spirit of Jenny Bowman on Brook Street and Hattie Bishop Speed at the Speed Musuem. The book read so well that I can't wait for any future books the author might be planning. A must read!!
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