"With wit and candor, Bateman reveals her lifelong struggle to avoid the disturbing patterns of [her family's colorful] legacy, while mining the emotional gifts passed on to her." Nancy Horan, author, Loving Frank
"With storytelling skill, historical research, and a questioning imagination, Katherine Bateman follows her family's odyssey in America since the seventeenth century." Jean B. Lee, professor of history, University of Wisconsin-Madison
"This riveting book is at once a journey into centuries of the American past and a deeply personal family saga, coupling the author’s meticulous historical research with her passionate curiosity and vivid imagination." Ronne Hartfield, author, Another Way Home: The Tangled Roots of Race in One Chicago Family
"Fascinating . . . deeply felt and deeply personal." California Literary Review
I found the book to be interesting, well written and simply put, just an enjoyable read.
There are far too many passages and sections where the author imagines or visualizes things in her mind to call this a history.
The book feels like we are sitting with a great aunt as she talks about the family and makes observations about life.
I purchased Kentucky Clay as a genealogical reference source while researching my Clay family history and found all the information that I hoped would be included—and much more. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Columbus, OH
it was a great history book for those who are kin to the William clay and Rebecca cecil Clay family. I learned a lot of things about my
family from this book. Read more
I have enjoyed reading this book. It is interesting if you enjoy Kentucky history.Published 5 months ago by Luke Davidson
So many family histories consume too much ink with arcane scraps of court house data. While Ms Bateman documents her stories and proves them well, she prefers to let us enjoy a... Read morePublished 17 months ago by ellenindc
Bateman's history is a personal one here. You're not going to get a blow-by-blow historical accounting of the Clay family here, partly because much of their early history in the... Read morePublished on July 20, 2009 by John A. League
This reader was a little disappointed by Kentucky Clay: Eleven Generations of a Southern Dynasty by Katherine Bateman. Read morePublished on June 1, 2009 by C. Davis
I've always loved old family stories-not just my family either but everyone's. I suppose considering my near lust for historical fiction it makes sense-all the old family legends... Read morePublished on May 28, 2009 by Lilly Flora
As a fairly recent transplant of Kentucky, I find anything having to do with the history of this place quite interesting. Read morePublished on March 28, 2009 by S.R.W. Phillips
Family histories have a reputation for being widely varying in quality. Some are ponderous dense genealogies or chronicles that are of little interest outside of genealogies or... Read morePublished on March 13, 2009 by Todd Bartholomew