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A Book Lover’s Holiday List

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These seven books are perfect for every guy on your list, from the music enthusiast to the history buff.

By Natasha Ford

For the Photographer:


On the Road with Texas Highways: A Tribute to True Texas by J. Griffis Smith

In this book of pictures, photographer J. Griffis Smith invites artists and non-artists alike to experience Texas in a whole new way, with interesting, beautiful, thought-provoking images taken along the less traveled highways that crisscross the Texas landscape. With more than three decades of work to showcase, Smith includes memorable, historical and cultural photos that reflect how Texas has changed during the years. Give this gift to the photographer in your life or the person with unwavering Texas pride.

For the Entrepreneur:


Zero to One by Peter Thiel and Blake Masters

This New York Times bestseller will help the businessminded man get started on his entrepreneurial endeavors. Peter Thiel and Blake Masters discuss trade tricks and secrets to success in a world in which business explodes overnight, and encourage entrepreneurs to find new problems and invent new technology. Give this to the new businessman or the seasoned executive for the holidays.

For the Cook:


Texas on the Table by Terry Thompson-Anderson

Deep in the heart of Texas Cuisine, Terry Thompson-Anderson includes authentic recipes from the Lone Star State, along with stories from farmers, chefs, winemakers, ranchers and many more. The recipes span the full range, from finger foods and first courses to soups and breads, salads, seafood, chicken and wild game, sides, vegetarian dishes and sweets. This cookbook is perfect for the Texas cook in your family.

For the Music Lover:


Eddie Trunk’s Essential Hard Rock and Heavy Metal, Volume II by Eddie Trunk, foreword by Slash

This much-anticipated sequel from Eddie Trunk highlights new metal bands, along with Trunk’s favorite playlists, trivia, exclusive photographs, discographies and much more, including a foreword by the one and only Slash. It’s the perfect book for your avid music fan to add to their collection, and a musthave for the holiday season for fans of rock ’n’ roll.

For the Non-Fiction Reader:


Fire Shut Up In My Bones by Charles M. Blow

With a memoir to put fire in your bones, Charles M. Blow tells a haunting tale of his path to self-redemption in a world that would not allow such power. The memoir is filled with abuse, sexual power, racial privilege and the harsh realities of growing up in a small Southern town filled with memories of slavery and white supremacy. It’s told in a way that both honors and defies traditional black storytelling in the South, and is a great gift for lovers of memoirs and historians.

For the Historical-Fiction Fan:


The Devil’s Backbone by Bill Wittliff

Destined to become a classic for an y historical-fiction fan, this book was referred to by Amazon as a modern, vividly engrossingstory of a Texas Huck Finn. It’s filled with wit, folk wisdom and sly humor as the novel explores the 1880s frontier. Prepare your history lover to take a wild adventure this holiday season.

For the Sports Fan:


The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown

It’s a tale of strength, bravery and determination. Daniel James Brown tells the true story of nine American boys from the University of Washington who rowed their way to victory in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, and shocked the world in a time of turmoil and uncertainty. Part biographical, part historical nonfiction, Brown’s book will entertain any sports fan with its cinematic description that has warranted its film deal with Director Kenneth Branagh.


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