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In a Narrow Grave, Essays on Texas

In a Narrow Grave, Essays on Texas

by Larry McMurtry

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 1989
  • PAPER
  • 173 PAGES

First published in 1968, this is a wide-ranging collection of essays on the Texan character. McMurtry covers topics such as rural Texas sexual behavior, cowboys, southwestern literature and country music. (TEX20, $14.99)

Wildflowers of Texas

Wildflowers of Texas

by Geyata Ajilvsgi

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 2003
  • HARD COVER
  • 544 PAGES

A field guide to 378 common wildflowers. (TEX29, $19.95)

Austin, San Antonio & the Texas Hill Country

Austin, San Antonio & the Texas Hill Country

by Amy Brown

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 232 PAGES

An excellent, locally produced guide mixing history, culture and anecdote with a shipload of up-to-date practical information and overview of this area's rich traditions and nature. Second edition. (TEX59, $19.95)

 

Austin Map


by Streetwise

  • 2012
  • MAP

A laminated, folded street map of Austin, Texas at a scale of 1:30,000. (TEX70, $7.95)

Wildsam Field Guide to Austin

Wildsam Field Guide to Austin


by Wildsam Field Guides

  • GUIDEBOOK
  • 2013
  • PAPER
  • 131 PAGES

This beautifully produced pocket guide to Austin is designed for the soulful traveler with a bygone sense of place. Contributors include local artists, musicians and writers whose compiled recommendations, essays, illustrations and interviews intended to move the traveler off the beaten path. (TEX87, $17.95)

The Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona

The Southwest Table, Traditional Cuisine from Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona


by Dave DeWitt

  • FOOD
  • 2011
  • HARD COVER
  • 288 PAGES

Expert on chili peppers and spicy foods, Dave DeWitt (aka "the Pope of Peppers") blends Southwestern culinary history with 130 authentic recipes and cooking techniques in this tantalizing collection of fiery, flavorful dishes from Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. (SWU489, $29.95)

Texas, A Modern History

Texas, A Modern History


by David G. McComb

  • HISTORY
  • 2010
  • PAPER
  • 237 PAGES

A brief, entertaining history of Texas by a distinguished Texas historian. It covers the oil industry, land and nature, Spanish legacy, bluebonnet, Texas rangers and the "Texas mystique." (TEX24, $24.99)

The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock

The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock


by Jan Reid | Scott Newton

  • CULTURAL PORTRAIT
  • 2004
  • HARD COVER
  • 379 PAGES

A revised edition of a classic look into the music scene in Austin (first published in 1974), where such luminaries as Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin spurred a movement in the early 1970s. (TEX65, $29.95)

In the Country of Country, A Journey to the Roots of American Music


by Nicholas Dawidoff

  • MUSIC
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 384 PAGES

A heartfelt account of a journey through the South in search of traditional country music. The author interviews luminaries from the genre's heyday, including George Jones, Earl Scruggs and Bill Monroe. (MUS33, $18.95)

Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation

Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation


by John Phillip Santos

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 2000
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

An impassioned, affecting memoir of the Santos family's long history in Texas -- an American heartland which is also (as Santos reminds us here) an ancient Mexican homeland. (TEX49, $16.00)

The Raven, A Biography of Sam Houston

The Raven, A Biography of Sam Houston


by Marquis James

  • BIOGRAPHY/MEMOIR
  • 1988
  • PAPER
  • 489 PAGES

A fascinating biography of Sam Houston, who was elected president of the Republic of Texas in 1836. (TEX33, $29.95)

All the Pretty Horses

All the Pretty Horses


by Cormac McCarthy

  • LITERATURE
  • 1993
  • PAPER
  • 301 PAGES

The best-selling, coming-of-age novel of John Grady Cole, a 16-year-old boy who ventures from his Texas ranch across the Mexican border on horseback. (TEX22, $15.00)

No Country for Old Men


by Cormac McCarthy

  • LITERATURE
  • 2006
  • PAPER
  • 309 PAGES

After a seven-year hiatus, McCarthy returns with a taught modern-day western. In 1980 southwest Texas, Llewelyn Moss, hunting antelope near the Rio Grande, stumbles across several dead men, a bunch of heroin and $2.4 million in cash. (TEX77, $15.00)

Adventures with a Texas Naturalist

Adventures with a Texas Naturalist


by Roy Bedichek | Rick Bass

  • NATURAL HISTORY
  • 1994
  • PAPER
  • 330 PAGES

First published in 1947, this classic combines Bedichek's profound observation and his curiosity with the natural world. Employing a friendly, narrative style and a love of literature, Bedichek delivers memorable commentaries on subjects such as the northern mockingbird, country people and the naming of birds and wildflowers. (TEX14, $25.00)

Birds of Texas

Birds of Texas


by Peterson Field Guides

  • FIELD GUIDE
  • 1998
  • PAPER
  • 304 PAGES

The standard guide to the birds of Texas in the Peterson series, featuring color plates of each species. (USW92, $23.00)

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