Good Reads: 4 New Books from the Longhorn Universe to Read This November

Ask Baba Yaga: Otherworldy Advice for Everyday Troubles
By Taisia Kitaiskaia, MFA ’15

For years, Kitaiskaia ran an advice column for The Hairpin titled “Ask Baba Yaga,” offering answers to strangers’ yearning questions about love, family, and bad habits from the perspective of a “sometimes cruel, sometimes generous, always dangerous” Slavic witch. In her new book, the Russian-born Kitaiskaia compiles her best exchanges. Whether you’re wondering “How do I survive the dating world?” or “How can I make peace with death?” Baba Yaga has all the answers.


Weather in Texas: The Essential Handbook
By George W. Bomar

After nearly half a century of following Texas’ unruly weather, meteorologist George W. Bomar is one of the state’s foremost experts on the subject. His latest book is an essential guide on how to weather the Texas weather with lively accounts of his favorite climate phenomena, be it a snowstorm in the Panhandle or a tropical cyclone in the Gulf.



Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud: The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman
By Anne Helen Petersen, PhD ’11

Is Serena Williams “too strong?” Is Nicki Minaj “too slutty?” Is Lena Dunham “too naked?” These are some of the criticisms that Petersen, a Buzzfeed culture writer and celebrity gossip expert, answers through a series of essays in her book Too Fat, Too Slutty, Too Loud. She examines the way some of today’s biggest female celebrities are characterized and how they’re pushing the limits on what it means to be an “acceptable” woman.

Adventures of a Ballad Hunter

By John A. Lomax
Foreword by John Lomax III, John Nova Lomax, and Anna Lomax Wood

In 1947, American folklorist John A. Lomax wrote a memoir of his life on the road and the people he met—like blues musician Lead Belly—while on his way to recording more than 5,000 American songs. Now, the story of this music legend, known for discovering the song “Home on the Range,” gets a reprint in Adventures of a Ballad Hunter, complete with photographs and a foreword from his family.


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