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New & Noteworthy List for December 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the eight titles from our December 2017 New & Noteworthy list

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.


1. Divided We Stand: The Battle Over Women's Rights and Family Values That Polarized American Politics
By Marjorie Julian Spruill
Details the feminist National Women’s Conference and the conservative Pro-Life, Pro-Family Rally held simultaneously in Houston in November 1977. Describes the political figures and policy decisions that led to these conflicting events. Argues that the push and pull of these opposing women’s movements have played a key role in shaping our current political environment.
Bloomsbury, 2017. 436 pages.
305.4 SP88D 2017



2. Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850
By Andrew J. Torget
Chronicles how Mexicans, Indians, Anglo-Americans, Europeans, and African Americans competed for space and power in the Texas borderlands, with the Atlantic cotton economy—and its reliance on slavery—being a driving force. Argues that the Republic of Texas was not simply a rebellion from Mexico but was also a “dress rehearsal” for the Confederacy and an attempt to build a cotton empire along the Gulf Coast of North America.
University of North Carolina Press, 2015. 353 pages.
338.1 T632S 2015



3. The Struggle to Reform Our Colleges
By Derek Curtis Bok
Examines the shortcomings of U.S. colleges, from disparities in the quality of education to racial/socioeconomic stratification to high costs, and the slow progress in addressing these challenges. Identifies initiatives and strategies that the author, a former president of Harvard University, believes would improve accountability, innovation, and the pace of reform.
Princeton University Press, 2017. 228 pages.
378.73 B637S 2017



4. A Texan Plan for the Texas Coast
By Jim Blackburn
Presents a Texas coastal protection solution that conserves natural resources and the long-term health and beauty of the coast, while encouraging economic growth and entrepreneurship, supporting the oil and gas industry, and valuing the traditions of the agricultural and ranching communities on the coast. Describes the assets of the Texas coast as "green" (natural ecological systems), "gray" (industrial and development infrastructure), and water. Includes recommendations on hurricane preparedness, surge flood prevention, and levee systems.
Texas A & M University Press, 2017. 305 pages.
976.4 B562T 2017



5. The Dukes of Duval County: The Parr Family and Texas Politics
By Anthony Carrozza
Examines the Parr family dynasty that swayed local and state elections primarily in Duval County but also across South Texas for over half a century. Documents how the Parrs, including former Texas Senator Archie Parr, rose to prominence from wealthy land owners to county and state officials who influenced Texas politics, including the election of Lyndon B. Johnson to the U.S. Senate. Explores how the Parr family was able to use its power and influence to avoid jail terms and justice until its regime ended in the 1970s.
University of Oklahoma Press, 2017. 427 pages.
976.4 C237D 2017



6. Tejano Leadership in Mexican and Revolutionary Texas
By Jesus F. de la Teja, ed.
Presents a collection of essays on the lives and careers of prominent as well as lesser-known but historically significant Tejano leaders and their role in the formation of Texas. Features José Antonio Navarro, Juan Seguín, and Plácido Benavides along with their little-known counterparts, including Father Refugio de la Garza, Juan Martín Veramendi, José Antonio Saucedo, Raphael Manchola, and Carlos de la Garza.
Texas A&M University Press, 2010. 252 pages.
976.4 T235T 2010



7. Tainted Breeze: The Great Hanging at Gainesville, Texas, 1862
By Richard B. McCaslin
Recounts the hanging of more than 42 alleged Unionist prisoners by the Citizens Court in Gainesville and the lynching of more prisoners in surrounding communities during the Civil War. Attributes a tradition of violence and vigilantism in North Texas, along with economic conditions and family relationships, as contributing factors to this dramatic event. Explores why those responsible for the Great Hanging were never prosecuted and why violence against families accused of Unionism continued long after the war ended.
Louisiana State University Press, 1994. 234 pages.
976.4 M128T 1994



8. New, Renamed, and Abolished State Government Entities: 85th Legislature
By Texas Legislative Council
Reports on state government agencies, interagency panels, advisory committees, and other state governmental entities created, restructured, or eliminated by legislation enacted in the 85th Legislature. Provides information about each entity, including the bill number and specific bill sections that contain provisions pertaining to the entity, effective dates, powers and duties of the entity or whether certain functions were transferred to another entity, membership information, and Sunset or expiration dates.
Texas Legislative Council, 2017. 41 pages.
Online at:
L1400.8 N42 2017

New & Noteworthy List for November 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the six titles from our November 2017 New & Noteworthy list

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.


1. Final Results of Sunset Reviews, 2016-2017
By Sunset Advisory Commission
Summarizes actions taken by the 85th Legislature on the 24 entities recently reviewed by the Sunset Commission including, for the first time, river authorities. Reports 80 percent of the Commission's 252 statutory recommendations were enacted, which will result in $5.8 million in savings over the next five years. Includes a chart that lists the Sunset bill number, bill author, fiscal impact, and final action taken on the entities reviewed.
Sunset Advisory Commission, 2017. 52 pages.
Online at:
S1500.8 AN79 2017



2. Procedures Manual for Joint Committees
By Texas Legislative Council
Outlines procedures for joint committees relating to budget and account administration, committee and staffing contracts, administrative support, and committee proceedings. Includes sample forms.
Texas Legislative Council, 2017. 24 pages.
Online at:
L1400.5 P758 2017



3. The House Will Come to Order: How the Texas Speaker Became a Power in State and National Politics
By Patrick Cox
Documents the development of the office of the Speaker of the Texas House of Representative into one of power and prestige. Uses material from interviews with twelve former Speakers. Traces the office of the Speaker from 1846 through 2009.
University of Texas Press, 2010. 254 pages.
328.764 C839H 2010



4. Through Many Dangers, Toils and Snares: Black Leadership in Texas, 1868-1898
By Merline Pitre
Presents a third edition of Merlene Pitre's in-depth examination of African-American legislators in Texas after the Civil War, with an updated preface and extended appendices. Profiles Matthew Gaines, George T. Ruby, Richard Allen, Robert Lloyd Smith, and Norris Wright Cuney in particular, and includes rosters of black legislators of Texas, black legislators' committee assignments, black legislators who were delegates at Republican national conventions, a summary of the background of Texas black politicians (1868-1900), a roster of 20th century black legislators, and a 30-year comparison of 19th and 20th century legislators.
Texas A&M University Press, 2016. 296 pages.
976.4 P931T 2016



5. Free Speech on Campus
By Sigal R. Ben-Porath
Explores the precarious balancing act that U.S. college campuses and universities face concerning free speech. Investigates how campuses respond to protests of controversial speakers and the implications of suppressing free speech and expression. Suggests that academic institutions have a responsibility to allow for inclusive freedoms such as freedom of speech, as well as maintaining its mission to educate a diverse student body.
University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017. 128 pages.
371.104 B441F 2017



6. Liberty and Union: The Civil War Era and American Constitutionalism
By Timothy Huebner
Discusses the Civil War as not only a crisis for the country, but also a crisis of the Constitution. Examines how the War revolutionized slavery and sovereignty, both issues the United States had grappled with since its founding. Explores African American advocacy for a culture of constitutionalism throughout the Civil War era.
University Press of Kansas, 2016. 530 pages.
342.73029 H87L 2016



7. Lone Star Unionism, Dissent, and Resistance: Other Sides of Civil War Texas
By Jesus de la Teja
Collects essays on Unionism in Texas during the Civil War, telling the stories of enslaved people, freedmen and freedwomen, Tejanos, German immigrants, and women, whose roles and views on the War have been historically marginalized. Includes a chapter on the development of Confederate memory in Texas through monument building and scholarship.
University of Oklahoma Press, 2016. 258 pages.
976.405 T235L 2016



8. The Midnight Assassin: The Hunt for America's First Serial Killer
By Skip Hollandsworth
Explores the hunt for a serial killer who stalked Austin from 1884 to 1885, describing in vivid detail the city and leading personalities of that time. Explains the cases were never solved but discusses the suspects who came under scrutiny, including a state official and candidate for governor.
Picador, 2017. 321 pages.
364.152 H719M 2015



New & Noteworthy List for October 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the six titles from our October 2017 New & Noteworthy list. We are highlighting ghost stories, mysteries, legends, and the unexplained for Halloween.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.


1. Ghosts of Austin, Texas: Who They Are and Where to Find Them
By Fiona Broome
Provides a ghost hunting guide to Austin's haunted landmarks and cemeteries, famous "strong-willed" spirits, and advice on the top ten places to find ghosts and how to get the perfect ghastly photo. Includes the Texas Capitol, Texas Governor's Mansion, Driskill Hotel, the Shoal Creek "curse," and Austin's nightly display of 1.5 million bats under Congress Avenue from March to November, as well as haunted sites near Austin in Burnet, Gonzales, and La Grange.
Schiffer Pub. Ltd., 2007. 255 pages.
976.43 B791G 2007



2. Haunted Texas: Ghosts and Strange Phenomena of the Lone Star State
By Alan Brown
Compiles a treasure trove of ghostly and mystifying tales from all parts of Texas. Highlights eerie stories of supernatural guests at the Governor's Mansion, a fiddle playing library ghost, phantom cattle, UFO sightings, the Lake Worth monster, and spirits of the Alamo.
Stackpole Books, 2008. 122 pages.
976.43 B812H 2008



3. Texas Unexplained: Strange Tales and Mysteries from the Lone Star State
By Jay Sharp
Examines some of the more colorful mysteries in Texas that have never been solved. Includes stories of ghosts, apparitions, strange lights, and eerie sounds, and discusses Texas places where one can go to observe these phenomena first hand.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Press, 1999. 134 pages.
P400.8 UN2ST



4. Austin Murder & Mayhem
By Richard Zelade
Presents an anthology of over a dozen stories revolving around murder and other tales of vengeance in Texas. Details many events with excerpts from the newspapers of the time in sometimes graphic detail. Includes the 1903 shooting death of State Comptroller Robert Marshall Love at his desk in the state capitol by a former employee.
The History Press, 2015. 142 pages.
364.1523 Z49A 2015



5. Legends & Lore of the Texas Capitol
By Mike Cox
Highlights the tales and personalities that have been part of the Texas Capitol’s storied past, including ghost sightings and an unsolved murder. Sorts truth from legend and presents little known tidbits that enrich and preserve the historical record.
The History Press, 2017. 223 pages.
976.4 C877L 2017



6. Texas Obscurities: Stories of the Peculiar, Exceptional & Nefarious
By E.R. Bill
Recounts events not often included in Texas history classes. Ranges from firsts, like America's first all-female Supreme Court and first female sheriff; to the unusual, like weaponizing bats, the Aurora "spaceman," and Japanese balloon bombs; to the shameful, like the Slocum and Porvenir Massacres
The History Press, 2013. 158 pages.
976.4 B498T 2013

New & Noteworthy List for September 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the six titles from our September 2017 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.


1. Exonerated: A History of the Innocence Movement
By Robert J. Norris
Focuses on the exoneration of innocent individuals who have been wrongfully convicted. Defines what the "innocence movement" is and offers a descriptive, chronological narrative that considers how and why this movement developed. Highlights some of the people, organizations, decisions, and events involved. Questions and examines innocence as a social movement. Concludes by discussing critiques from both within and outside of the movement.
New York University Press, 2017. 289 pages.
345.73 N797E 2017



2. Doughnut Economics: Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist
By Kate Raworth
Argues a different way of thinking is needed to address the current economic landscape and its many social and ecological challenges. Proposes a new economic model, which is presented visually in the shape of a doughnut, that challenges the concept that growth is the fundamental ideal in any economy. Outlines seven key ideas to reframe what the economy is and how it works and allows humankind to prosper.
Chelsea Green Publishing, 2017. 309 pages.
330 R199D 2017



3. Violated: Exposing Rape at Baylor University Amid College Football's Sexual Assault Crisis
By Paula Lavigne and Mark Schlabach
Provides a narrative of the sexual crimes committed against women by Baylor University football players over the past decade. Argues the Baylor allegations stand out because as the world's largest Baptist university, it was assumed such violence couldn’t occur there. Traces the escalation in violence to the increase in prominence of the football team and the failure of university officials to help the victims and discipline the assailants. Discusses lawsuits that led to the firing of the university president, the athletic director, and the football coach and to at least one football player being sent to prison.
Center Street, 2017. 355 pages.
371.782 L392V 2017



4. The Three Languages of Politics
By Arnold Kling
Examines the three tribal coalitions of political discussions - progressive, conservative, and libertarian - with a goal of moving towards healthier political discussions. Promotes less polarization and more mutual respect and reasoned deliberations. Provides explanations, examples, and tests of the author's "three-axes" model and a bibliography for further reading.
Cato Institute, 2017. 131 pages.
320.014 K686T 2017



5. Debating Religious Liberty and Discrimination
By John Corvino, Ryan T. Anderson, and Sherif Girgis
Presents arguments on religious liberty, tolerance, and discrimination in a point-counterpoint format. Examines the historical, philosophical, and legal dimensions of religious liberty. Addresses many difficult questions that have arisen in response to the legalization of same-sex marriages. Provides a model for debate that allows for the articulation of strong differences in a civil and respectful manner.
Oxford University Press, 2017. 343 pages.
323.44 C819D 2017



6. Framing the Solid South: The State Constitutional Conventions of Secession, Reconstruction, and Redemption, 1860-1902
By Paul E. Herron
Explains how a series of constitutional conventions framed the southern states' political identity and served to unify the region. Notes southern delegates gathered forty-four times from 1860 to 1902, a rate more than four times that in the rest of the nation during the same period. Offers insights from a close reading of state constitutional convention debates to illustrate the southern states' distinctive constitutional and political development.
University Press of Kansas, 2017. 360 pages.
342.75502 H436F 2017

New & Noteworthy List for August 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the six titles from our August 2017 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.


1. We Were Not Orphans: Stories from the Waco State Home
By Sherry Matthews
Investigates the treatment of thousands of children who resided at the Waco State Home, an institution that was established by the 36th Texas Legislature in 1919 for dependent and neglected children and operated from the 1920s through the 1970s. Shares the personal narratives from nearly sixty former residents, many of whom experienced terrible abuse. Discusses the harmful effects of a government-run facility that had inadequate public oversight and what it took to shut down the institution, which was meant to house and educate some of the most vulnerable children in Texas.
University of Texas Press, 2011. 220 pages.
362.732 M432W 2011



2. No Apparent Distress: A Doctor's Coming-of-Age on the Front Lines of American Medicine
By Rachel Pearson
Narrates the author's experience training to be a doctor at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston shortly after Hurricane Ike. Weaves personal anecdotes with clinical episodes and observations about the shortcomings of health care and physician training in Texas and in the United States.
W.W. Norton & Company, 2017. 260 pages.
362.1 P318N 2017



3. Going to Texas: Five Centuries of Texas Maps
By Center for Texas Studies at TCU
Traces Texas history through color plates of 64 historic Texas maps ranging from the earliest sixteenth-century maps of New Spain, the Republic and statehood, and into the twenty-first century. Includes ten essays by noted historians that provide the historical context in which the maps should be viewed. Aims to promote the beauty of maps and to share the history presented by them with all those who seek a better understanding of the settlement and development of the State of Texas.
TCU Press, 2007. 120 pages.
911.764 T312G 2007



4. Historic Texas from the Air
By David Buisseret
Highlights through aerial photographs how the varied geography of Texas shaped the state's development and its people. Presents 73 historic sites as seen from the sky, accompanied by a description of each sites' historical background and significance. Complements with contemporary and historic photographs, vintage postcards, and maps.
University of Texas Press, 2009. 206 pages.
700 B868H 2009



5. Ten Years in Texas
By Jack White
Tells the story through historical fiction of the struggle leading up to the birth of the Republic of Texas and the ten years that followed until the Lone Star flag was replaced with the Union Stars and Stripes. Features such historical figures as General Sam Houston, Baron de Bastrop, David Crockett, and Santa Anna. Notes the author, Jack White, is also an Official Texas State Artist whose portrait of Sam Houston graces the book's cover.
BookSurge Publishing, 2007. 411 pages.
700 W584T 2007



6. The Blood of Heroes: The 13-Day Struggle for The Alamo -- and the Sacrifice that Forged a Nation
By James Donovan
Provides historical context, sketches of central characters, and an impressively researched re-telling of the 13-day Alamo siege, drawing on fresh primary sources. Examines contradictions in sources and provides the author's interpretation of whether Travis drew a line in the sand and whether David Crockett died in battle or was killed later. Includes a detailed notes section and an extensive bibliography.
Little, Brown and Co., 2012. 500 pages.
976.403 D719B 2012



New & Noteworthy List for July 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the five titles from our July 2017 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.


1. Locked In: The True Causes of Mass Incarceration--and How to Achieve Real Reform
By John F. Pfaff
Investigates the root causes of mass incarceration in the United States. Argues that the reigning consensus or the "Standard Story" for the surge in incarceration rates is misguided and has many shortcomings. Presents alternative factors for increased rates of imprisonment including: shifts in prosecutor behavior, public spending, public-sector union lobbying, and politicians with prisons in their districts. Provides concrete solutions for reforming the criminal justice system and reducing incarceration rates.
Basic Books, 2017. 311 pages.
365.973 P47L 2017



2. The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
By Tom Nichols
Contends that American culture has moved toward embracing ignorance rather than expertise. Analyzes various factors contributing to this distrust of experts in historical and contemporary contexts. Explores how this viewpoint is detrimental to decision-making in political, health, and other spheres, providing examples ranging from vaccination to foreign aid spending. Suggests ways to balance thoughtful discourse with trust in vetted research.
Oxford University Press, 2017. 252 pages.
303.4833 N518D 2017



3. The Color Of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America
By Richard Rothstein
Presents a case for how local, state, and federal government’s laws and policies are the cause of American cities remaining primarily segregated to this day, rather than the commonly held belief that it was due to personal prejudices, income differences, or banks. Examines the flawed urban planning of the 1950s along with the suburbanization of American life after WWII, that led to officially segregated public housing and the demolition of previously integrated neighborhoods. Argues that while the Fair Housing Act of 1968 prohibited future discrimination, it did nothing to reverse the deeply embedded residential patterns in cities across the country.
Liveright Publishing, 2017. 345 pages.
305.800973 R746C 2017



4. Goodbye to a River: A Narrative
By John Graves
Narrates the author's contemplative canoe journey down the Brazos River in 1957, a trip inspired by a proposed series of flood-control dams that would have altered the river and the surrounding landscape. Weaves his experience and observations on the trip with historical accounts of the Native Americans and pioneers who lived in the area around the river and in North Central Texas. Muses on the relationship between people, place, and nature.
Knopf, 1960. 306 pages.
917.641 G785G 1959



5. Lone Star Nation: The Epic Story of The Battle for Texas Independence
By H.W. Brands
Explores the Texas journey from early colonization in the 1820s to statehood and beyond. Presents a chronological review of development and settlement, with the bulk of the book covering 1820 to 1836. Concludes by highlighting the period of 1836-1865, with a focus on Sam Houston's service in Congress and as the Governor who refused to follow his beloved state into secession from the union.
Anchor Books, 2005. 582 pages.
976.403 B734L 2004



New & Noteworthy List for June 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the six titles from our June 2017 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.


1. Shared State Legislation
By Council of State Governments’ Shared State Legislation Committee
Compiles draft legislation based on bills recently adopted in states on topics that address issues of national or regional significance. Highlights innovative state policies on a variety of topics including: birth certificates for transgender persons, regulation of vapor products, Convention of the States/faithful delegates, public access to body camera recordings, and accommodations for students certified for medical use marijuana. Addresses legislation from Texas that enacted the Border Prosecution Unit in 2015.
Council of State Governments, 2017. 168 pages.
Online at:
340.072 C382S 2017



2. Tejano Tiger: Jose De Los Santos Benavides and the Texas-Mexico Borderlands, 1823-1891
By Jerry Thompson
Presents an in-depth study of Jose de los Santos Benavides, considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of Laredo, Texas. Traces his military and political career with the Republic of Mexico, the Republic of Texas, and finally in the State of Texas, where he became the highest ranking Tejano in the confederate army and later a member of the Texas Legislature. Describes his devotion to the Texas border (as the only Tejano in the Texas Legislature in 1879) and his tireless work to raise the economic and political status of the region. Concludes that with his unique status as a friend and confidant of two Mexican presidents, and his influence in the Texas Legislature, he was one of the single most influential individuals in the history of the border.
TCU Press, 2017. 412 pages.
976.4 T374T 2017



3. A Colony in a Nation
By Chris Hayes
Analyzes the realities of racial inequality in the justice system that still exist in America, even after the ostensible successes of the civil rights movement in the 1960s. Contends that American criminal justice consists of two distinct systems: the Nation, where policing is practiced as expected in a democracy, and the Colony, where policing is practiced as one finds in an occupied land. Places police shootings and the ensuing protests in historical context with colonial America and its injustices that sparked the American Revolution. Asserts that mutual fear perpetuates separation between citizens of the Nation and the Colony. Discusses the possible models of a criminal justice system that considers not only victimization but also the costs of overly punitive policing and prosecution.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2017. 256 pages.
364.3 H326C 2017



4. Impeached: The Removal of Texas Governor James E. Ferguson
By Jessica Brannon-Wranosky and Bruce A. Glasrud, editors.
Reexamines Governor James E. "Pa" Ferguson's impeachment, conviction, and removal from office, one hundred years after the events. Discusses the various forces leading to impeachment, including Ferguson's relationships with The University of Texas, women's suffrage, prohibition, and the Texas press. Describes the impact of the Ferguson impeachment on Texas and United States politics, and gathers contextualized primary source documents such as Ferguson's Texas Farm Tenant Law, annotated by scholars to allow a better understanding of the ideas and groups surrounding the impeachment of Ferguson.
Texas A & M University Press, 2017. 202 pages.
342.764 B735I 2017



5. Ten Dollars to Hate: The Texas Man Who Fought the Klan
By Patricia Bernstein
Explores the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920s and the first prosecutor in the nation to successfully convict and jail Klan members, Texas district attorney Dan Moody. Describes the Georgetown case—a Klan assault on Ralph Burleson for a supposed illicit affair—and sets it in the national context of the Klan's crimes and power. Details Moody's rise following the trials to become Texas' youngest governor. Argues that the Georgetown trials were the beginning of the end for the Second Ku Klux Klan.
Texas A & M University Press, 2017. 368 pages.
322.4 B458T 2017



6. Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors
By George W. Bush
Highlights 66 service men and women who have served in the U.S. military since Sept. 11, 2001, through portraits painted by President George W. Bush. Chronicles these individuals' life stories, their paths that led to military service, and sacrifices weathered in providing that service.
Crown Publishers, 2017. 191 pages.
759.13 B963P 2017



New & Noteworthy List for May 2017

The Library is continually adding new books to its collection. Below are the six titles from our May 2017 New & Noteworthy list.

Check out and delivery of New & Noteworthy titles is available to legislative staff in Capitol and District offices. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, you can submit an online request through the New & Noteworthy page on our website, contact the library at 512-463-1252, or use our PDF request form.


1. The Framers' Coup: The Making of the United States Constitution
By Michael J. Klarman
Presents a comprehensive accounting of the founding of the U.S. Constitution from the precursor Articles of Confederation to the enactment of the Bill of Rights. Suggests the framers were practicing ordinary interest group politics and reviews primary sources to show their reasoning, prejudices, and moral blind spots. Concludes the Constitution was a coup for expanded powers of the federal government and a significant departure from the more democratic state constitutions of the time.
Oxford University Press, 2016. 865 pages.
342.7302 K665F 2016



2. From the War on Poverty to the War on Crime: The Making of Mass Incarceration in America
By Elizabeth Hinton
Argues that America's mass incarceration rates originate not with the Reagan administration's War on Drugs, as popularly perceived, but with the Johnson administration's Great Society social welfare programs. Traces the trajectory of Johnson's War on Poverty and War on Crime policies, illustrating how Nixon and later presidents pulled away from welfare efforts and devoted increasing resources to anticrime programs that ultimately criminalized poverty. Demonstrates how flawed statistical data overstated the problem of crime in African American communities and produced a distorted view of American crime as a whole.
Harvard University Press, 2016. 449 pages.
364.973 H596F 2016



3. We Wanted Workers: Unraveling the Immigration Narrative
By George J. Borjas
Analyzes the impact that immigration has on the United States economy. Questions whether the analytical models used by both proponents and detractors of unrestricted immigration policies are flawed based on their assumptions and data. Concludes that many of the arguments for and against certain immigration policies, supported by statistical evidence, have been corrupted to support a particular stance on immigration.
W. W. Norton & Company, 2016. 238 pages.
331.10973 B644W 2016



4. Moderates: The Vital Center of American Politics, from the Founding to Today
By David S. Brown
Charts the progress of centrism in American politics, emphasizing the critical role that moderate politicians, ideas, and collaborations have played since the United States was established. Examines the contributions of pragmatic, centrist leaders within their historical contexts, including John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, the Bushes, and Bill Clinton.
University of North Carolina Press, 2016. 335 pages.
306.20973 B812M 2016



5. Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
By J.D. Vance
Examines the family, economic, and social challenges of America's poor, white working class in Kentucky's Appalachian region and small-town Ohio. Addresses policy issues of child abuse, alcoholism, poverty, welfare, and family trauma through a gripping and poignant memoir.
Harper, 2016. 264 pages.
305.5 V277H 2016



6. Shaming the Constitution: The Detrimental Results of Sexual Violent Predator Legislation
By Michael L. Perlin and Heather Ellis Cucolo
Presents a comprehensive overview of sex offenders and current sexual predator legislation in America. Analyzes in depth not only the laws, but also the social attitudes that have effectively blocked many constitutional protections that these offenders should have available to them. Argues public policy often has been the result of knee-jerk legislation and posits that as a result, society has neglected issues that matter - risk prediction, effective treatment, and curbing media misrepresentation.
Temple University Press, 2017. 309 pages.
345.73 P421S 2017



New & Noteworthy List for April 2017

New & Noteworthy List for April 2017 Request Form (PDF)

In honor of National Poetry Month, we are highlighting books by Texas Poets Laureate from our collection. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, please contact the library at 463-1252. 


1. A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying By Laurie Ann Guerrero
Laurie Ann Guerrero, the 2016 Texas Poet Laureate, is also the 2014 San Antonio Poet Laureate. Her poetry has been described as startling and visceral - full of imagination and empathy but also sharp as knives. Among her numerous awards are the 2012 Andres Montoya Poetry Prize and the Helen C. Smith Award from the Texas Institute of Letters. A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying has been identified as a must-read work of Chicano literature. It explores the histories of South Texas, its people, and their ability to speak out.
University of Notre Dame Press, 2013. 66 pages.
811.6 G937T 2013



2. Sonnets and Salsa By Carmen Tafolla
Dr. Carmen Tafolla, the 2015 Texas Poet Laureate, is a writer, a performance artist, and a professor of Bicultural Bilingual Studies at the University of Texas - San Antonio. She has authored several books of poetry along with short stories, historical nonfiction, and children's books. She is recognized as one of the madrinas of contemporary Chicana literature and a master at code-switching. Her works have appeared in textbooks, newspapers, journals, and magazines. She has been honored with several awards including being named the 2012 San Antonio Poet Laureate. Sonnets and Salsa is a collection of poems/sonnets in English and in Spanish that capture the joys and struggles of Latina women.
Wings Press, 2001. 107 pages.
811.54 T125S 2001



3. Shock by Shock By Dean Young
Dean Young, the 2014 Texas Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, has been a prolific author of poetry for the past thirty-years. He has received awards and support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. In 2011 he underwent a heart transplant after living with congestive heart failure for a decade. Hints of his condition can be found throughout his poetry. He is currently the William Livingston Chair of Poetry with the James A. Michener Center for Writers and a professor with the University of Texas Department of English in Austin. Shock By Shock, his first collection of poems since his brush with death, celebrates his joy for life with a mixture of surrealism and humor.
Copper Canyon Press, 2015. 81 pages.
811.54 Y84S 2015



4. Again for the First Time By Rosemary Catacalos
Rosemary Catacalos, the 2013 Texas Poet Laureate, is of Greek and Mexican heritage and a San Antonio native. Her work is deeply rooted in the classical myths, folklore, and history of both cultures. She has been a tireless advocate for literacy, creative education, and underheard voices. Again for the First Time, which was awarded the Texas Institute of Letters Poetry Prize, blends Greek mythological characters with contemporary settings and addresses a variety of issues, including San Antonio street life and racism.
Wings Press, 2013. 79 pages.
811.54 C28A 2013



5. Jan Seale: New and Selected Poems By Jan Seale
Jan Seale, the 2012 Texas Poet Laureate, began writing poetry at the age of six. She is an award winning author of poetry, short stories, nonfiction and children’s books. The former teacher’s works often reflects on nature, aging, spirituality, and the lives of women. Jan Seale: New and Selected Poems, the eighth volume of the Texas Poets Laureate series, is a collection of some of her best poetry published between 1974-2012.
TCU Press, 2012. 88 pages.
811 T312PL 12



6. David M. Parsons: New and Selected Poems By David M. Parsons
Dave Parsons, the 2011 Texas Poet Laureate, is a man of many contrasts - from serving in the U.S. Marine Corps to owning a haberdashery, from coaching sports to teaching creative writing at Lone Star College. He began writing poetry in college and has been published in several journals and anthologies. He is the recipient of numerous awards and was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2009. David M. Parsons: New and Selected Poems, the seventh installment of the TCU Texas Poets Laureate Series, is a collection of some of his most celebrated works, including poems inspired by the city of Austin.
TCU Press, 2012. 86 pages.
811 T312PL 11



7. Redefining Beauty By Karla K. Morton
Karla K. Morton, the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, is a celebrated poet who has authored numerous books of poetry that span many subjects and forms. In her role as Texas Poet Laureate, she established the Little Town, Texas Tour to bring poetry to young people across Texas, focusing on small towns underserved by the arts. Redefining Beauty is a collection of powerful poems that chronicle her journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery - offering hope but also unfiltered honesty - on the brutality of cancer.
Dos Gatos Press, 2009. 63 pages.
811.6 M846R 2009



8. Paul Ruffin: New and Selected Poems By Paul Ruffin
Paul Ruffin, the 2009 Texas Poet Laureate, was an award winning writer who passed away in 2016. He was a Texas State University System Regents' Professor and a Distinguished Professor of English at Sam Houston State University. He was also the founder of the Texas Review and of Texas Review Press. He published over 1500 poems along with a multitude of stories and essays. Paul Ruffin: New and Selected Poems, the fifth installment of the TCU Texas Poets Laureate Series, highlights some of his finest poetry and extraordinary storytelling.
TCU Press, 2010. 85 pages.
811.54 R838N 2010



New & Noteworthy List for March 2017

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In honor of Women's History Month, we are highlighting books by or about Texas women from our collection. To arrange check out and delivery of any of these items, please contact the library at 463-1252. 

1. Black Texas Women: 150 Years of Trial and Triumph By Ruthe Winegarten
Examines the lives of black Texas women, going as far back as the Spanish colonial period, when women of color were not only free, but owned land and worked in Texas under the anti-slavery Mexican laws. Describes the pro-slavery Republic of Texas era in which white society took everything from black citizens – not only their freedom and land, but their civil rights, dignity, and self-respect. Paints a vivid picture of the lives of these inspiring women through their stories and photographs.
University of Texas Press, 1995. 427.
325.26 W725



2. Las Tejanas: 300 Years of History By Teresa Palomo Acosta and Ruthe Winegarten
Celebrates the contributions made by women of Spanish/Mexican origin to Texas from the 1700s to 2000. Provides a historical account of Tejanas in all aspects of life, focusing on their struggles and triumphs in politics, education, the arts, and business. Profiles notable Tejanas including former and current members of the Texas Legislature. Supplements this history of achievements with a selection of photographs and artwork.
University of Texas Press, 2003. 436 pages.
301.45 AC72T 2003



3. The Latina Advantage: Gender, Race, and Political Success By Christina E. Bejarano
Examines empirical evidence and statistics in Texas and California to argue that Latina women could hold a strategic advantage in the "intersectionality of gender and ethnicity." Argues that racial/ethnic minority women make up a greater percentage of other minority representatives than "white" women do among "white" elected officials. Investigates the history of the Texas Legislature and how Latina candidates are appealing to a wider, more diverse population based on qualities and political/community experience.
University of Texas Press, 2013. 183 pages.
305.868 B397L 2013



4. "Let Me Tell You What I've Learned": Texas Wisewomen Speak By PJ Pierce
Presents a collection of interviews of twenty-five women who have led extraordinary lives and shaped Texas in significant ways. Shares the wisdom and life lessons of women who have broken barriers and challenged stereotypes. Features risk-takers from a variety of backgrounds, including former and current lawmakers, who offer insights into topics such as career challenges, being a minority, families, faith, adversity, perseverance, and success.
University of Texas Press, 2002. 302 pages.
920.7209764 P611L 2002



5. A Love Letter to Texas Women By Sarah Bird
Describes key traits of many Texas women, including friendliness, sense of humor, and fearlessness, in this short, humorous tribute. Highlights Lady Bird Johnson, Laura Bush, Molly Ivins, Ann Richards, and Barbara Jordan as examples of inspirational women.
University of Texas Press, 2016. 72 pages.
813.54 B532L 2016



6. Citizens at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas By A. Elizabeth Taylor
Highlights the role of Texas women in the suffrage movement, particularly Minnie Fisher Cunningham in her leadership role as president of the Texas Equal Suffrage Association, and Jane Y. McCallum, a public relations dynamo at keeping this topic in the public spotlight. Includes the groundbreaking 1951 article by Dr. A. Elizabeth Taylor, “The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas.” Presents a variety of documents, including Texas legislative materials, beginning with the 1868-1869 Reconstruction Convention consideration of woman’s suffrage to the 1919 ratification of the 19th Amendment.
Ellen C. Temple, 1987. 242 pages.
324 T213



7. Texas Dames: Sassy and Savvy Women Throughout Lone Star History By Carmen Goldthwaite
Highlights the stories of fifty-three Texas women and their accomplishments from early Tejas to the mid-twentieth century. Details how these courageous "Dames" broke both gender and racial barriers in education, ministry, business, entertainment, athletics, medicine, and politics. Profiles women who achieved "firsts" as doctors, scientists, bankers, attorneys, religious leaders, and state lawmakers.
The History Press, 2012. 157 pages.
976.4 G58T 2012



8. Women in Civil War Texas: Diversity and Dissidence in the Trans-Mississippi By Deborah M. Liles and Angela Boswell, editors.
Documents the experiences of Texas women during the Civil War through essays that establish the historical context and complexity of the war and its effects. Delves into issues related to secession, slavery, and ethnicity as African Americans, Germans, and Tejanos diversified the state's population. [Winner of the Liz Carpenter Award for Research in the History of Women, Texas State Historical Association, 2016]
University of North Texas Press, 2016. 297 pages.
305.409764 L627W 2016



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