Sales of ‘Kentucky Bucket List’ take off

By Nancy Royden, Georgetown News-Graphic Published:

Word is getting out about Michael Crisp’s latest book, “The Kentucky Bucket List.”

“I read your book,” a woman shared with the Georgetown author and filmmaker as he was at Lock and Key Cafe on Wednesday morning.

The book, although short on words, is big on ideas about how to experience varying portions of the commonwealth.

A wide assortment of locales are mentioned in the book, and they vary from the Wigwam Village Motel in Cave City to Pilot Rocks in Hopkinsville and the home of Henry Clay in Lexington. It also includes a Georgetown “must,” a tour of Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky.

The cover of the book resembles a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket and touts, “100 Ways to Have a Real Kentucky Experience,” on its cover.

On each page is a suggested bucket list item, something the author says people need to experience at least once in their lifetime. At the bottom of each page is a quote.

“Visit a town with an unusual name almost anywhere, but definitely Possum Trot, Monkey’s Eyebrow, Bugtussle, Cut Shin, Rabbit Hash or Gravel Switch,” the book suggests in idea No. 16.

Below this suggestion is a quote by George Burns.

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city,” the quote reads.

Humor is another quality of the book.

For example, drinking moonshine from a Mason jar is an idea, but preferably in “eastern Kentucky.”

“I think the quirky things make the book interesting,” Crisp said.

Crisp recently found out his book is No. 1 for Joseph-Beth Booksellers’ Kentucky stores.

Additionally, Crisp is partnering with Lexington-based Freedom Tours to offer tours this spring of Frankfort, Shelbyville and Louisville stemming from portions of the book, he said.

The tour company will sell approximately 85 tickets, and those on the tour will have copies of the book and do four or five things listed in it, Crisp said.

If folks do the things Crisp listed in his book, the author guarantees they will, “meet fascinating people, discover places you never knew existed, engage in offbeat adventures and create memories that will last a lifetime,” Crisp wrote.

Crisp said he wholeheartedly hopes his book will be used to promote tourism in Kentucky because so many of the things in it are quintessential locales.

“Watch a UK basketball game, Mammoth Cave, the Kentucky Derby, the Corvette museum in Bowling Green, Fancy Farm and Loretta Lynn’s house,” Crisp said.

Encouraged by his friend in Key West, Fla., author David Sloan, Crisp modeled his book after one Sloan wrote called The Key West Bucket List.

In Georgetown, the book is available at Lock and Key Cafe, Georgetown Flowers and Gifts, Suzanne’s Gifts, Carriage House Gifts & Flowers, Georgetown Antique Mall, Georgetown Cheese & More and Between Friends Consignment Boutique.

In addition to the latest book, Crisp has various documentary films and books to his credit.

The films include The Very Worst Thing, about the 1958 Floyd County school bus disaster; Legendary: When Baseball Came to the Bluegrass about the birth of the Lexington Legends; When Happy Met Froggie about the 1970s children’s show; and A Cut Above: The Legend of Larry Roberts, about the larger-than-life Scott Countian.

His books are: Murder in the Mountains: The Muriel Baldridge Story and The Making of the Very Worst Thing.

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  • Two items on my Bucket List is to meet Dwight Yoakum and to be buried on the Big Sandy.

  • ONE ITEM ON MY BUCKET LIST IS TO SEE THE SALE OF HORSES AT KEENLAND OR ANY OTHER PLACE IN KY, AND SEE ARABS START PAYING TAXES ON THEIR PURCHASES. THIS WOULD HELP OUR STATE.