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In a New Memoir, Attorney Offers a Glimpse Inside Texas’ Death Penalty Machinenew

A law professor at the University of Houston and a death penalty lawyer with the nonprofit Texas Defender Service, David Dow has for two decades represented inmates facing execution. His memoir, The Autobiography of an Execution, is a revelation, even for people who follow criminal justice issues.
The Texas Observer  |  Dave Mann  |  04-21-2010  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Johnny Rico's Second Book Uses the Border Reality as its Shticknew

Border Crosser is the account of Rico's attempt to illegally cross from Mexico into the United States in the summer of 2007. Physically and mentally, Rico is woefully unprepared for the task he has assigned himself. Nevertheless, he sets out with testosterone-fueled arrogance and a naive, fetishized view of the border­-crossing experience.
The Texas Observer  |  Kirk Forrester  |  10-14-2009  |  Nonfiction

'Cheap' Tackles the Fraught Practice of Buying and Selling Cheap Goodsnew

For its catchy title and relatively few pages, Cheap is a weighty book. Shell reveals the dizzying connections between price and poverty, using statistics, historical accounts, and scientific and sociological explanations. She spent two years doing research, traveling to Sweden, the birthplace of IKEA, and China, "factory to the world."
The Texas Observer  |  C.B. Evans  |  09-23-2009  |  Nonfiction

The Unexpected Angles and Concluding Twists in 'Mirrors' Keep Readers Hookednew

Galeano regales us with tales from our shared history in an inclusive manner, from cultural creation myths to major historical figures and inventions to significant current events. It is a truism that history is written by the victors; what if, Galeano seems to ask, history were told instead by the vanquished, the oppressed and the ­downtrodden of all cultures and times?
The Texas Observer  |  Liliana Valenzuela  |  08-26-2009  |  Nonfiction

'All My Bones Shake' Explains Robert Jensen's Personal, Alternative Theologynew

Jensen would redefine Christian religion to help himself lead a good life as a socially and politically aware human who believes and practices Jensenist Christianity. But it is difficult to call what he is doing "religion."
The Texas Observer  |  Tom Palaima  |  08-26-2009  |  Nonfiction

'A Saint on Death Row' is an Intervention in Public Memorynew

Thomas Cahill catalogs every disgraceful aspect of Dominique Green's experience with the justice system. His larger mission, though, is to examine the changes Green underwent after receiving his death sentence -- his transformation from a troubled teenager into what Cahill calls "a fully achieved human being."
The Texas Observer  |  Todd Moye  |  08-12-2009  |  Nonfiction

'That Infernal Little Cuban Republic' Dissects the Shared History of Cuba and Americanew

Lar Schoultz focuses on the Castro years, which he reconstructs in impressive detail, fleshing out such well-known events as the doomed 1961 Bay of Pigs invasion with eye-opening depth. Better yet, often-glossed questions are aired with the fullness of Schoultz's four decades of wrestling with the Cuba question. Still, there's something missing.
The Texas Observer  |  Mike Kanin  |  08-12-2009  |  Nonfiction

Three Recents Books Tackle Iran From the Inside Outnew

Books about Iran have been recently proliferating. The last year in particular has delivered three notable titles: Hooman Majd's The Ayatollah Begs to Differ, Azar Nafisi's Things I've Been Silent About: Memories and Azadeh Moaveni's Honeymoon in Tehran.
The Texas Observer  |  Azita Osanloo  |  07-15-2009  |  Books

'Catching Fire' Can Be Boldly Essentialist ... Perhaps Too Boldly Essentialistnew

Since the 1950s, scientists have hypothesized that the key factor bringing our ancestors down from the trees was the decision to eat meat. In this persuasively argued book, Richard Wrangham disagrees. Instead, he writes, it was the decision to cook with fire that literally made us human.
The Texas Observer  |  James E. McWilliams  |  07-15-2009  |  Nonfiction

Two New Books Try to Explain How We Lost a Truly Productive Economynew

The Great Financial Crisis: Causes and Consequences by John Bellamy Foster and Fred Magdoff, and Alan Beattie's False Economy: A Surprising Economic History of the World try to explain how we got here.
The Texas Observer  |  Anis Shivani  |  06-17-2009  |  Books

New Barthelme Biography Casts Light on a 'Hiding Man'new

Tracy Daugherty has dug deeply into the work and life of Donald Barthelme, and returned from his excavations with bright nuggets of insight into just how precisely Barthelme's life does illuminate his art.
The Texas Observer  |  David Theis  |  06-03-2009  |  Nonfiction

For John Gibler, the Conquest of Mexico Never Ended and Neither Did the Revoltsnew

Part journalistic travelogue, part political manifesto, Mexico Unconquered recounts some of the more bewildering revolts and upheavals that have roiled Southern Mexico from the turn of the 20th century through contemporary times.
The Texas Observer  |  Liliana Valenzuela  |  05-13-2009  |  Nonfiction

One Day in Dallasnew

Adam Braver’s book deserves to be known; it ranks first among novels focused on the death of JFK.
The Texas Observer  |  Don Graham  |  03-12-2009  |  Fiction

You Have the Right to Sue. Right?new

The American citizen’s access to trial by jury—taken for granted as it is—plays a salutary role in curbing corporate abuse. It should be no surprise that such access is under attack, or that the battle reached a fever pitch during the Bush years.
The Texas Observer  |  Dave Richards  |  03-12-2009  |  Nonfiction

'Dynamite Club' Revisits the Bomb Heard 'round the Worldnew

John Merriman examines how an 1894 anarchist bombing in Paris kicked off the age of modern terrorism, and what we stand to learn from the bomber.
The Texas Observer  |  Tom Palaima  |  01-16-2009  |  Nonfiction

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