Books

The Checklist

Jan 27, 2016 By Texas Monthly

What to watch, read, and listen to this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

How J. Frank Dobie Got His Groove Back

Dec 23, 2015 By Jeff Salamon

In 1975 the estate of J. Frank Dobie (1888–1964) established an endowment that would allow the University of Texas Press to keep his books in print for decades to come. Forty years later, the arrangement is still in place, and the press annually sells thousands of copies of…

The Checklist

Dec 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly

What to watch, read, listen to, and look at this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

Los Miserables

Dec 23, 2015 By Michael Ennis

Three academics plumb the rags-to-rags stories that have long been excluded from our state mythology.

The Checklist

Nov 18, 2015 By Texas Monthly

A look at what to read, hear, and watch this month in order to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

The Google of Texas

Nov 18, 2015 By Robyn Ross

Answers to all of Texas's most pressing questions can be found in the brand-new edition of the Texas Almanac.

Grupo Fantasma
The Checklist

Oct 21, 2015 By Texas Monthly

A look at what to hear, read, watch, and see this month in order to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

The Checklist

Sep 17, 2015 By Jeff Salamon

A look at what to read, watch, and listen to this (wonderfully jam-packed) month in order to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

Brene Brown
Brave Heart

Aug 19, 2015 By Francesca Mari

Brené Brown explains why being vulnerable is the toughest and worthiest thing you can do.

The Checklist

Aug 19, 2015 By Jeff Salamon

What to hear, read, watch, and look at this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.

The Checklist

Jul 23, 2015 By Jeff Salamon

What to read, hear, watch, and look at to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.  

The Checklist

May 8, 2015 By Jeff Salamon

What to read, hear, and watch this month to achieve maximum Texas cultural literacy.  

Attica Locke’s Empire

Apr 13, 2015 By Jeff Salamon

The author of Black Water Rising talks about Houston neighborhoods, writing for a hot TV show, and her dad’s run for mayor.

Cover to Cover

Mar 23, 2015 By Texas Monthly and Jeff Salamon

If you’re new to the state, there’s a good chance that you snickeringly regard the phrase “Texas literature” as a contradiction in terms. Well, wise up, wise guy: Texans have been writing memorable books about their state for a long time. So if you have some questions about the city you’ve settled in, you’ve got a lot of options.

The White Stuff

Feb 12, 2015 By Michael Ennis

The secret history of cotton, the crop that transformed the global economy—and kept Texans in poverty for generations.

Small in the Saddle

Oct 13, 2014 By Michael Ennis

Larry McMurtry, Bill Wittliff, and Jeff Guinn turn to familiar turf—the Old West—to challenge old-school readers.

Dallas Flambé

Aug 5, 2014 By Michael Ennis

With its tight prose, waitress heroine, and stinging insight into urban life, Merritt Tierce’s debut marks an exciting turn in Texas literature.

Race and Relations

Jun 5, 2014 By Michael Ennis

Journalist Chris Tomlinson delves into the parallel histories of two Texas families with the same last name—one black, one white.

The Rough Guide to Frackistan

Apr 8, 2014 By Michael Ennis

Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, should rank alongside the smartphone as this young century’s most transformative technology. Over the past decade, so much oil and gas has been unlocked from previously impervious rock that America’s generation-long energy crisis has all but ended. Instead of a crippling strategic vulnerability—dependence on foreign…

Coming to Our Census

Feb 11, 2014 By Michael Ennis

Former state demographer Steve H. Murdock is back, with a book that should be required reading for all 26,060,796 of us.

Bexar County’s Library on a Cloud

Jan 22, 2014 By Edward Nawotka

BiblioTech, one of the country's first all-digital public libraries, aims to reach more readers by hosting their entire collection on the cloud. Patrons may choose from 18,000 digital titles and can check out Kindles, too.

The Class of ’63

Oct 11, 2013 By Don Graham

The good, the bad, and the most self-indulgent of this year’s JFK assassination books.