Lyric's Top Ten Books by Bayou City Writers, 2019

Houston's Literary Year


I've heard people ask, "Why hasn't Houston produced any writers?” I’m always baffled by the idea that H-town isn’t as literary as other cities. So, in answer to the absurd question, I give you A List Of Ten Books (Plus One Honorary Mention) that Bayou City writers have released in 2019.


 

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Trick Mirror: Reflections on Self-Delusion Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780525510543
Availability: Unavailable
Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019

Jia Tolentino probes the depths of American experience with this observant collection of essays.


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Lot: Stories Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9780525533672
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Riverhead Books - March 19th, 2019

Bryan Washington’s short stories are a love letter to Houston’s widespread neighborhoods and its vital diversity.


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This Is My Body: A Memoir of Religious and Romantic Obsession Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781940596327
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Lookout Books - October 22nd, 2019

Cameron Dezen Hammon is a New Yorker who has made Houston her home, and this year debuted a moving memoir about spirituality, feminism, failure and acceptance.


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Heaven, My Home (A Highway 59 Novel #2) Cover Image
$27.00
ISBN: 9780316363402
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Mulholland Books - September 17th, 2019

Attica Locke’s new novel, #2 in her Highway 59 series, is set in a vivid East Texas landscape, and populated by strong characters.


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In an Invisible Glass Case Which Is Also a Frame (Stahlecker Selections) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945588372
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Four Way Books - September 3rd, 2019

The poems in Guez’s collection are quiet, thoughtful, and open to misery and the joy of the world.


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The Lampblack Blue of Memory: My Mother Echoes Cover Image
$25.00
ISBN: 9781948800235
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Tolsun Books - June 18th, 2019

Adleman’s poetic memoir is more than a memoir, it is a meditation on time, forgiveness, mourning, and remembrance.


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Levee Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9781945588419
Availability: Backordered
Published: Four Way Books - September 3rd, 2019

The late poet Paul Otremba left us with one more beautiful, thoughtful collection of poems that reflect on Houston’s floods, the city’s practices of oil extraction, and suburb expansion, as well as the nature of time, vulnerability, and change.


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Scorpionic Sun Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781880834381
Availability: Unlikely to Be Available
Published: Cleveland State University Poetry Center - September 10th, 2019

Conor Bracken, a former resident of Houston and a UH alumnus, has produced a rigorous translation of Mohammed Khaïr-Eddine’s poetry born of the colonial conflict of French North Africa, bringing this important collection of language as political resistance to English readers.


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Houston Noir (Akashic Noir) Cover Image
By Gwendolyn Zepeda (Editor), Tom Abrahams (Contribution by), Robert Boswell (Contribution by)
$15.95
ISBN: 9781617757068
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually Arrives in 4-7 Business Days
Published: Akashic Books - May 7th, 2019

This collection of mystery, murder, and thriller short stories, edited by Houston’s first poet laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda, features the work of a variety of authors, many of whom are Houstonians, including Deborah D.E.E.P. Mouton and Reyes Ramirez.


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Reinhardt's Garden Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781566895620
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Coffee House Press - October 1st, 2019

Called “an innovative piece of fiction” by the Houston Chronicle, REINHARDT’S GARDEN-- irreverent, absurd, and funny-- was penned by Brazos Bookstore’s own Mark Haber.


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King of the Mississippi: A Novel Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780525573784
Availability: Unavailable
Published: Hogarth - July 9th, 2019

Mike Freedman’s debut novel has the name of another Southern state in the title, but the story is firmly set in Texas, and he is most definitely a Houston writer.


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