Books for Texans (and those who love them)

Article by Jeremy

People who hail from every state in the union are proud of their roots, but Texans take it to a whole other level. After all, it’s hard to deny that--with its unique traditions, food, history, and culture--Texas is a bit like its very own country. Whether you’re choosing a Texana title for a visiting friend or a proud native, Brazos has something to fit the bill.


Cordúa: Foods of the Americas from the Legendary Texas Restaurant Family Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939055491
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Bright Sky Press - September 1st, 2013

This cookbook from the local family that brought us such delectable Houston eateries as Amazon Grill, Churrasco’s, and Americas is sure to please every palate. The Cordua family shares their Houston success story, their culinary philosophy, and mouthwatering recipes based on favorites from all of their award-winning restaurants. Limited signed copies available.

Houston Astros: Deep in the Heart Cover Image
By Bill Brown, Mike Acosta (Compiled by)
ISBN: 9781939055088
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bright Sky Press - September 1st, 2013

This handsome, full-color coffee table book, formerly available only in the official Astros gift shop at Minute Maid Park, is a must-have for every die-hard Astros fan. The book focuses on the franchise’s history, including all of its best seasons and players, and additionally profiles the team’s current lineup and coaching staff.

Houston Rap Cover Image
By Johan Kugelberg (Editor), Bun B (Foreword by), Lance Scott Walker (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9781938265051
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Sinecure Books - November 30th, 2013

Bun B provides the foreword to this arresting photography book focused on Houston’s vibrant rap culture, centered in the South Park, Third and Fifth Ward neighborhoods. Beste’s portraits of Houston rap giants at work and at play in the neighborhoods that made them famous reveal an important and oft-overlooked part of our city’s cultural landscape.

The Outcasts Cover Image
ISBN: 9780316206129
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Little Brown and Company - September 24th, 2013

This thrilling Western, set in the 19th century near modern-day Houston, combines a search for buried treasure, a tense manhunt, and a liberal dose of girl power into one irresistible page-turning package. A former prostitute and a young lawman with a heart of gold team up to catch a sinister killer known simply as McGill.

Dallas 1963 Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455522095
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Twelve - October 8th, 2013

This fresh look at the Kennedy assassination examines the right-wing tensions at work in early-60s Dallas that led to the slaying of an American president. Key religious, cultural, and political figures of the time are profiled in an effort to illustrate what a perfect storm JFK unwittingly walked into when he landed on a Texas tarmac fifty years ago. Limited signed copies available.

The Texas Holiday Cookbook Cover Image
ISBN: 9781589798632
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Taylor Trade Publishing - October 7th, 2013

Griffith, a celebrated former food critic for the Dallas Morning News, has updated her classic holiday cookbook for the 21st-century home chef. Griffith highlights local ingredients and Texas culinary traditions in her meal plans, providing even beginners with all the recipes and advice they’ll need for spectacular, down-home holiday meals.

The Last Cowboy: A Life of Tom Landry Cover Image
ISBN: 9780871403339
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation - November 4th, 2013

Even if you’re not a Dallas Cowboys fan, this comprehensive biography of one of the greatest coaches in the history of football is an underdog story that’s will please football aficionados of every stripe. Texas native Landry took a failing franchise and made it into America’s Team, while forever changing the game from a brainless battle of brawn to a chess match on Astroturf.

The Pecan: A History of America's Native Nut Cover Image
ISBN: 9780292749160
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: University of Texas Press - October 1st, 2013

Don’t think there’s much to say about the Texas state nut? Think again! The pecan, indigenous to the Americas and domesticated just over a century ago, is a case study in the ways in which globalization has changed the way we eat. From its days as one of the major food sources for Native Americans to its current status as a popular yet economically and ecologically vulnerable export, this history of the pecan is surprisingly fascinating.

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