Our Favorite Books for the Jet Set

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Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good Cover Image
Unavailable from Brazos Bookstore
ISBN: 9781603444347
Availability: Out of Print - Not Available for Order
Published: Texas A&M University Press - September 1st, 2011

Jesse Jones was once considered the most powerful man in America - after President Franklin D. Roosevelt, of course. The former Houston businessman became head of the Reconstruction Finance Corporation and worked closely with FDR to bolster the United States’ crippled economy after the Great Depression. Fenberg provides a fair and balanced biography of this important figure in American history while focusing on his Houston roots and legacy.

Houston's Silent Garden: Glenwood Cemetery, 1871-2009 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781603441636
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Texas A&M University Press - February 25th, 2010

A stunning full-color journey through Houston’s oldest cemetery, Glenwood, which was founded in 1871. The book discusses the place itself and many of the Houston luminaries who were buried there. An idiosyncratic peek into Houston’s history, brought to life by local master photographer Paul Hester.

The Tao of Travel: Enlightenments from Lives on the Road Cover Image
ISBN: 9780547336916
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) - May 19th, 2011

This sumptuous leather-bound book is just as fun to flip through as it is to read from cover to cover. Theroux’s book is part memoir and part miscellany, providing inspiration to anyone who loves to travel.

Books: A Living History Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606060834
Availability: Backordered
Published: J. Paul Getty Museum - October 11th, 2011

A lavishly illustrated history of the written word, from papyrus to iPad. Landmarks in literary history are discussed, as well as the evolution of books as objects. A must-have for any true bibliophile.

The Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry Cover Image
By Rita Dove (Editor)
ISBN: 9780143106432
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

A handsome and carefully selected volume of the 20th century’s finest poetry, curated by the incomparable Rita Dove. An excellent sampling of the century’s best appropriate for dilettantes and connoisseurs alike.

Texas Wild Flowers Cover Image
ISBN: 9780764338632
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Schiffer Publishing - October 17th, 2011

This beautiful limited edition book was lovingly written and illustrated by Johnston in the 1840s and 50s. She then gave the book to her husband as a birthday gift, but he was subsequently killed in the battle of Shiloh. The Daughters of the Republic of Texas got possession of this remarkable book in 1894, but only now is it available to the public. Stunning hand-drawn pictures and a remarkable leather cover make this book a true keepsake.

The Beautiful and Damned Cover Image
By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Kermit Vanderbilt (Introduction by), Coralie Bickford-Smith (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780141194073
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

This Side of Paradise Cover Image
By F. Scott Fitzgerald, Patrick O'Donnell (Introduction by), Patrick O'Donnell (Notes by)
ISBN: 9780141194097
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Published: Penguin Books - October 25th, 2011

Revisit Fitzgerald’s other Jazz Age classics in these sumptuous art-deco editions. The perfect chance to remember richer, simpler times.

Hemingway's Boat: Everything He Loved in Life, and Lost, 1934-1961 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781400041626
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Knopf - September 20th, 2011

This fascinating biography follows Hemingway from roughly 1935-1961, during the years when he fell from his exalted position as the finest American writer of his generation. Hemingway had one constant in his life during this time: his boat, Pilar. Using the boat as a centerpiece, Hendrickson presents Hemingway’s softer side, giving a reverent but fair treatment that he has rarely received in recent biographies.

Jacqueline Kennedy: Historic Conversations on Life with John F. Kennedy [With 8 CD's] Cover Image
By Caroline Kennedy (Foreword by), Michael Beschloss (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781401324254
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Published: Hyperion Books - September 14th, 2011

This deluxe book and DVD set presents, in their original form, a series of interviews that Jackie Kennedy gave about her husband’s life and career after his untimely death. Kennedy commissioned these interviews for posterity and then chose not to speak publicly about JFK afterward. These interviews were just released for the first time by Jackie’s daughter Caroline.

All in One Basket Cover Image
ISBN: 9780374103460
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - September 13th, 2011

A charming collection of fragments and miscellany perfect for fans of Mitford’s more narrative biography, Wait for Me! and for new Mitford devotees alike. Mitford reflects on her life, her family, the famous people she has known, and, of course, her chickens.

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