Books

Expatriate Act

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

While some Texas-born writers had to leave home to do their best work, for John Graves the reverse was true.

Lady Bird

Jan 20, 2013 By robertcaro

In this excerpt from Means of Ascent, the shy, withdrawn young wife of Lyndon Johnson reveals a presence and command that took everyone by surprise—including her husband.

Lyndon Johnson on the Record

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael Beschloss

Working on his memoir one day in 1969, LBJ spoke more frankly into a tape recorder about the Kennedys, Vietnam, and other subjects than he ever had before. The transcript of that tape has never been published—until now. Michael Beschloss explains its historical significance.

If you’ve never read or seen Lonesome Dove . . .

Jan 20, 2013 By Texas Monthly

The opening scenes of Lonesome Dove take place at the Hat Creek Cattle Company, a small ranch in Lonesome Dove, Texas, just north of the Rio Grande. Hat Creek is operated by two old Texas Rangers, the taciturn Woodrow Call and the talkative Augustus “Gus” McCrae. Among their hands are…

A Tale Of Two Endings

Jan 20, 2013 By Jeff Salamon

– 1 – Gus and Call’s friendship may be at the heart of Lonesome Dove, but the book’s ending points in another direction. When Call returns to Lonesome Dove after burying Gus, he encounters the town’s barber, Dillard Brawley. “What happened to the saloon?” Call asks, having noticed that the…

Catcher in the Raw

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

Forty years after its publication, Horseman, Pass By is still one of Larry McMurtry's finest novels—and as groundbreaking as J. D. Salinger's masterpiece.

King of Diamonds

Jan 20, 2013 By Jordan Mackay

Larry L. King is at work on a novel about minor league baseball in Texas in the fifties. Breaking Balls is a fictionalized account of his experiences covering the “miserable 144-game schedule” of the Midland Indians as a $55-a-week reporter for the Midland Reporter-Telegram in 1951. “I went to all…

Canon Fever

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

Our selections for some of the best contemporary Texas books.

The Texpatriates

Jan 20, 2013 By Michael DiLeo

As Sandra Scofield, Shelby Hearon, and Janet Peery are proving, you don’t have to live in Texas to be a Texas writer.

The Evolver

Jan 20, 2013 By Robert Draper

“All you’ve got is a famous name,” a Republican operative told George W. Bush. But six years later he was governor, and six years after that he was president. And six years after that, his place in history—not to mention the fate of the world—is a little uncertain.

Nation State

Jan 20, 2013 By Don Graham

Does anyone outside of Texas care about Texas history? H. W. Brands hopes so, and he's not the only one.

Ghost Writer

Jan 20, 2013 By Gary Cartwright

It took me half my life to figure out that most of what I thought I knew about J. Frank Dobie was wrong.

Newspaper Days

Jan 20, 2013 By W. Michael Smith

Once upon a time, Molly Ivins was just a kid from River Oaks with an internship at the Houston Chronicle. Her time there set her on the path to becoming the most famous firebrand in Texas.

The Woman On Top

Jan 20, 2013 By Skip Hollandsworth

So what if Sandra Brown’s novels have wildly implausible plot twists, banal endings, over-the- top characters, and other literary no-no’s. She’s published nearly 70 of them since 1981, and 55 have gone on to be best-sellers. We’re sure the sex scenes have nothing to do with it.

A Q&A With Brené Brown

Aug 31, 2012 By Jeff Salamon

Brené Brown discusses her book Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead (Gotham Books) and her 2010 TED talk on vulnerability.

Hecho en Brownsville

Jul 31, 2012 By Oscar Casares

The grand opening of a new H-E-B in McAllen drew crowds—including several who showed up to hear a native son read from his collection of locally set short stories.

It’s Not About the Guv

May 31, 2012 By jameshenson

There’s more to Texas politics than Rick Perry. Gail Collins's new book demonstrates that the Northeastern media establishment doesn't understand that.

Who’s Kinkier? Dallas or Houston?

May 23, 2012 By Texas Monthly

There are 1,101 Houstonians on the waiting list to read one of the 38 library copies of 50 Shades of Grey. But the libraries of North Texas have stocked 148 copies and still have 829 people on hold.

From Blogging to Book Deal

Apr 30, 2012 By Christopher Kelly

Houston Chronicle blogger Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess) found herself at the center of a two-day auction among twelve publishing houses for the rights to her debut memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened. How did she rise from unpaid blogger to New York Times bestseller?

Secret Agent Man

Mar 31, 2012 By David Romo

Retired Border Patrol officer Hipolito Acosta remembers his time on the beat in The Shadow Catcher.

Black Like Him

Oct 31, 2011 By Annette Gordon Reed

Fifty years after it first electrified the nation, Dallas native John Howard Griffin’s classic book still has something to tell us.

Sacred Mistrust

Sep 30, 2011 By Susan Wood

In Donna M. Johnson's memoir of a Pentecostal childhood, religious zeal and illicit love nearly tear a family apart.

Gunfire and Brimstone

Jul 31, 2011 By Don Graham

Fort Worth preacher J. Frank Norris paved the way for today’s televangelists. But he’s probably best known as the defendant in a wild 1927 murder trial.

The Book of Elmer

May 31, 2011 By Don Graham

Texas Christian University Press, long the hub of Elmer Kelton hagiography, has just released its newest paterikon, Elmer Kelton: Essays and Memories ($19.95), a collection of pieces written in honor of the beloved West Texas author, who died nearly two years ago. Among the memories are those of the Reverend…

An Excerpt From Trillin on Texas

Mar 31, 2011 By calvintrillin

Introduction Yes, I do have a Texas connection, but, as we’d say in the Midwest, where I grew up, not so’s you’d know it. I come from an immigrant family. Although my father sounded like Harry Truman and freely used phrases like “Haven’t had so much fun since the hogs…

Pym

Mar 1, 2011 By Texas Monthly

Read an excerpt from a new novel by Mat Johnson.