Books about Texas history and culture to gift in 2022

"Beasley's Vaqueros" By Andres Tejerina Brings farm life in South Texas to life in a stunning way.

I live in a house of books.

No wonder my first impulse during the holidays is to give fans new books.

For thoughtful, Texas readers, I’ve selected 10 titles about our state, almost all published in 2022.

Some are big picture books. Others are historical or fictional. All well written.

I reviewed the last five books on this gift list as part of previous columns. I continue to treasure these volumes and quote from my past admirers.

Beasley’s Vaqueros: Memoirs, Art, and Poetry of Ricardo Beasley by Andres Tijerina (Texas State Historical Society)

When one of the state’s major historians meets a perfect subject, you pay attention. Since the 1970s, Tejerina, who recently retired as a professor at Austin Community College, has documented the Tejanos of South Texas—as well as the origins of American democracy, among other subjects—in book after book. done He is not lazy.


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