Category Archives: non-fiction

Book Review: Waste, by Brian Thill

What is waste?  The word might immediately conjure images of dumpsters and landfills.  As we run up against the environmental limits of our capacity for creating waste, “Zero Waste” initiatives like those in Dallas are seeking to divert the astonishing amount … Continue reading

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I’m really interested in reading about frontier Texas. Do you have some recommendations for history books that capture the spirit of this time?

Since that covers a lot of territory, it’s hard to choose just a few, but here are some favorites of the staff in the Genealogy and History Division: Randolph B. Campbell’s Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State has … Continue reading

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Book Review: Battle lines: A graphic history of the Civil War, by Ari Kelman and Jonathan Fetter-Vorm

Battle Lines opens with the battle that is considered the beginning of the Civil War, the Battle of Fort Sumter where the only casualties were caused not by actual combat but by accidental canon fire. The book details how the rocky … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Shelf, by Phyllis Rose

Ah, the reading recommendation. Once the sole domain of the traditional librarian, the rise of a plethora of online recommendation services has made it easier than ever to find a book tailored to your individual tastes. And a good thing, … Continue reading

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My Best To You From 2015….

It’s time again for the endless “best of the year” lists we all love, maybe. So here’s my contribution: in no particular order, these are some of the best books I was fortunate enough to experience in 2015. Dear Committee … Continue reading

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