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Best Texas Books Everyone Should Read

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Texas books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

1. Texas: A Novel (2002)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadSpanning four and a half centuries, James A. Michener’s monumental saga chronicles the epic history of Texas, from its Spanish roots in the age of the conquistadors to its current reputation as one of America’s most affluent, diverse, and provocative states. Among his finely drawn cast of characters, emotional and political alliances are made and broken, as the loyalties established over the course of each turbulent age inevitably collapse under the weight of wealth and industry. With Michener as our guide, Texas is a tale of patriotism and statesmanship, growth and development, violence and…
Author(s): James A. Michener, Steve Berry

2. Speak Texan in 30 Minutes or Less (2009)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadThis perfect stocking stuffer is a parody of Berlitz phrasebooks. Veteran Lone Star journalist Lou Hudson has spilled the beans on how best to wrap one’’s tongue around Texaspeak so that even recovering Yankees can make their way in this whole other country. Finally there’s hope for that brother-in-law from Hoboken and your banker from Duluth. Folks like them will be able to make themselves understood to Texans without having to revert to notepads and hand gestures. Speak Texan not only is a pronunciation guide but also a handy work that provides numerous insights into Lone Star lingo and the thinking that goes behind it in a very…
Author(s): Lou Hudson

3. God Save Texas: A Journey into the Soul of the Lone Star State (2019)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadGod Save Texas is a journey through the most controversial state in America. It is a red state, but the cities are blue and among the most diverse in the nation. Oil is still king, but Texas now leads California in technology exports. Low taxes and minimal regulation have produced extraordinary growth, but also striking income disparities. Texas looks a lot like the America that Donald Trump wants to create. Bringing together the historical and the contemporary, the political and the personal, Texas native Lawrence Wright gives us a colorful, wide-ranging portrait of a state that not only reflects our country as it is, but as it…
Author(s): Lawrence Wright

4. The Great Book of Texas: The Crazy History of Texas with Amazing Random Facts & Trivia (A Trivia Nerds Guide to the History of the United States) (2018)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadAre you looking to learn more about Texas? Sure, you’ve heard about the Alamo and JFK’s assassination in history class, but there’s so much about the Lone Star State that even natives don’t know about. In this trivia book, you’ll journey through Texas’s history, pop culture, sports, folklore, and so much more! Whether you consider yourself a Texas pro or you know absolutely nothing about the state, you’ll learn something new as you discover more about the state’s past, present, and future. Find out about things that weren’t mentioned in your history book. In fact, you might…
Author(s): Bill O’Neill

5. Texas: A Historical Atlas (2012)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadFor twenty years the Historical Atlas of Texas stood as a trusted resource for students and aficionados of the state. Now this key reference has been thoroughly updated and expanded—and even rechristened. Texas: A Historical Atlas more accurately reflects the Lone Star State at the dawn of the twenty-first century. Its 86 entries feature 175 newly designed maps—more than twice the number in the original volume—illustrating the most significant aspects of the state’s history, geography, and current affairs. The heart of the book is…
Author(s): A. Ray Stephens, Carol Zuber-Mallison

6. Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites: New Edition (2018)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadSince it was first published in 1996, Official Guide to Texas State Parks and Historic Sites has become Texans’ one-stop source for information on great places to camp, fish, hike, backpack, swim, ride horseback, go rock climbing, view scenic landscapes, tour historical sites, and enjoy almost any other outdoor recreation.Freshly redesigned, this revised edition includes eight new state parks and historical sites, completely updated information for every park, and beautiful new photographs for most of the parks. The book is organized by geographical regions to help you plan your trips around the state. For every park, Laurence…
Author(s): Laurence Parent

7. Backroads of the Texas Hill Country: Your Guide to the Most Scenic Adventures (2008)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadTexas has hill country?  Who knew?  Well, the Lonely Planet guide to Texas, which calls the Hill Country “rightfully one of the state’s biggest tourist draws . . . an area of gently rolling hills and valleys freckled with cacti and cattle ranches, lined with rivers and dotted with peaceful, picturesque little towns.”  And any self-respecting Texan might know as much.  Forty miles west of Austin and fifty north of San Antonio, the Hill Country is within an easy drive of two of the state’s biggest cities, putting back-country quiet and beauty…
Author(s): Gary Clark, Adams Clark, Kathy

8. Lonely Planet Texas (Travel Guide) (2018)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should Readis your passport to the most relevant, up-to-date advice on what to see and skip, and what hidden discoveries await you. Rock out, get the blues or chill to country classics in live-music capital, Austin, or appreciate just how big Texas is on a hike at Big Bend National Park; all with your trusted travel companion. Get to the heart of Texas and begin your journey now! our most comprehensive guide to Texas, is perfect for both exploring top sights and taking roads less traveled. Looking for more extensive coverage? Check out guide for a comprehensive look at all the region has to offer. Lonely Planet is a leading…
Author(s): Lonely Planet , Amy C Balfour , et al.

9. Texas Ranger: A Western Adventure (Captain Bates) (2019)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadTexas Ranger Rowdy Bates rode with Captain Ridge Creek for the better part of his youth, right up until his own commission to captain, first in Laredo then in San Antonio and finally back to take over the Laredo post. Bates did as he was ordered but never could shake the fact that his friend and mentor had disappeared off the face of the earth, leaving little behind but rumors and gossip. Bates finally obeyed his feelings, took a leave of absence, and followed the sightings and rumors of his old boss’s travels, heading north to Kansas, Wyoming then to…
Author(s): ASh Lingam

10. Governing Texas (Fourth Edition) (2019)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadThe #1 package for thinking critically about the past, present, and future of Texas politics The most trusted source for comprehensive coverage. The text and its groundbreaking InQuizitive course get students to think critically about recent political controversies. Students will analyze public opinion data with new “What Do Texans Think?” features. And a new chapter, “Building the Future: Public Policies for a Changing Texas,” asks students to grapple with the big issues that will shape the future of Texas political life: education, immigration,…
Author(s): Anthony Champagne, Edward J. Harpham , et al.

11. Texas Real Estate (2014)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadUpdated to reflect recent legislative changes, this revised edition includes a discussion of the new CFPB rules, the Education Standards Advisory Committee, license act changes, and a brief discussion on the court system. Charles J. Jacobus provides students with numerous examples and keen insights from the actual practice of real estate in Texas. The Putting it to Work feature give readers a brief understanding of how the material relates to everyday real estate transactions. Texas Real Estate also includes extensive end-of-chapter review questions, a comprehensive glossary, and a…
Author(s): Charles J Jacobus

12. Texas Real Estate License Exam Prep: All-in-One Review and Testing to Pass Texas’ Pearson Vue Real Estate Exam (2018)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadFeatures of Texas Real Estate License Exam Prep (TX-RELEP): We know the real estate licensing exam can be tough, and very nerve-wracking to prepare for. That’s why we created the Texas Real Estate License Exam Prep (TX-RELEP) the way we did. Since we have been managing real estate schools and developing curriculum for forty years, we know how all this works – or fails to work. TX-RELEP is comprehensive in that it contains both key content review and testing practice. And the text review is Texas-specific – not just simplistic national content, but terse, relevant and accurate Texas laws and regulations presented…
Author(s): Stephen Mettling, David Cusic, et al.

13. All the Way from Texas (2014)

 Best Texas Books Everyone Should ReadMolly Baker, a first-rate reporter, and Carson Rhodes, an excellent photojournalist are two of the most talented students in their graduating class. So, who else would their professor pick but these two young, adventurous graduate students to go on a journalism excursion?But newly engaged Molly has reservations about the trip. Of all the people in the class, Carson, with his movie star good looks and ego the size of Texas, is not her first choice to spend two weeks alone with.On they way up through America’s heartland to Niagara Falls and back to Texas they travel on a journey that becomes more enjoyable with each passing mile….
Author(s): Carolyn Brown

Best Texas Books Everyone Should Read

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Brown, Not White: School Integration and the Chicano Movement in Houston

Author(s): San Miguel, Guadalupe
ID: 2388554, Publisher: TAMU Press [Imprint], Texas A & M University Press, Year: Oct. 2005, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

The Peached Tortilla: Modern Asian Comfort Food from Tokyo to Texas

Author(s): Eric Silverstein
ID: 2392514, Publisher: Sterling Epicure, Year: 7 May 2019, Size: 30 Mb, Format: epub

Borderlands Curanderos: The Worlds of Santa Teresa Urrea and Don Pedrito Jaramillo

Author(s): Jennifer Koshatka Seman
ID: 2902247, Publisher: University of Texas Press, Year: 2021, Size: 21 Mb, Format: epub

Please note that this booklist is not absolute. Some books are absolutely chart-busters according to USA Today, others are composed by unknown writers. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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