Four New Books From the Longhorn Universe

Mercados

By David Sterling

Following the success of his James Beard Award-winning cookbook Yucatán, chef David Sterling returns with
Mercados—a love letter to the diversity of Mexican cuisine. Published posthumously following Sterling’s death in 2016, the book from UT Press weaves together the country’s history and culture with recipes inspired by Mexico’s different regional markets. Alongside colorful photos, Sterling brings to life the delicacies of mercados from Guadalajara to Chiapas in mouth-watering detail.

 

Last Woman Standing

By Amy Gentry, BA ’01

Austin-based author Amy Gentry returns to the world of thrillers with her second novel, Last Woman Standing. In the suspense-ridden book, stand-up comedian Dana Diaz and computer programmer Amanda Dorn come from different worlds, but bond over their careers as women in male-dominated fields. The two grow closer after sharing their experiences with sexual harassment and assault, and join forces to teach their aggressors a lesson in a Thelma and Louise-style journey. Soon, their quest for revenge turns into a tale of betrayal and paranoia.

 

The Field Guide to the North American Teenager

By Ben Philippe

In this young adult novel, Ben Philippe follows black French Canadian teen Norris Kaplan after moving from Canada to a new high school in Austin. The cynical teenager navigates his new world by labeling and his fellow classmates from the “jocks” to the “loners,” until his new friends and love interest Aarti begin to be more than the categories he’s tried to fit them in. The heartfelt and funny debut novel combines humor and a bit of Philippe’s experience moving from Canada to the Lone Star State.

 

Texas Made/Texas Modern: The House and the Land

By Helen Thompson, BA ’71, MA ’73,
Photographs by Casey Dunn

Writing and photography team Helen Thompson and Casey Dunn, the creators of 2016’s Marfa Modern, team up once again with this coffee-table book of modern architecture across the state of Texas. Thompson’s breakdown of the architectural details of each home are brought to life by Dunn’s photos of houses from Dallas to El Paso. With a foreword by UT professor and former School of Architecture dean Larry Speck, the book takes a look at how the state’s history, culture, and local materials have seeped into the style of some of its most beautiful homes.

 
 
 

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