Father’s Day Gift Guide

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Father’s Day is just around the corner. Out of gift ideas?  Don’t worry, we’ve put together your shopping guide!  These 2014 Texas Book Festival author titles are sure to satisfy the dads on your list.


Dean Fearing cookbookFor the dad who thinks his top-secret BBQ rub recipe is the best:

He hasn’t tried Dean Fearing’s yet.

Fearing is known as the “Father of Southwestern Cuisine” and has crafted some of the best menus around, earning him the James Beard Award. The Texas Food Bible: From Legendary Dishes to New Classics takes readers on a culinary journey from chili, to barbecue, to tacos and enchiladas.




20342538For the dad who can’t miss his favorite crime/detective show:

This dad will hush everyone else in the room. He needs complete focus and quiet while he, along with his favorite fictional P.I., theorize who done it. Dad, introducing your new partner in solving crimes, Private Investigator Easy Rawlins.

In Walter Mosley’s Rose Gold: An Easy Rawlins Mystery, the LAPD and FBI turn to the only P.I. that can solve the case of the kidnapped Rosemary Goldsmith.




The-Devils-Snake-CurveFor the dad who uses sports metaphors for life situations:

When giving advice, this dad somehow manages to relate it to Nolan Ryan’s pitching career. Eloquently put, Dad, Josh Ostergaard might agree.

The Devil’s Snake Curve: A Fan’s Notes from Left Field by Josh Ostergaard offers an alternative lens in looking at America’s complex history with colonialism, capitalism, and faith, represented by baseball.




rebel yellFor the history buff:

This is for the guy who just can’t get enough American history. You passed American History tests thanks to the endless Saturdays you spent helping him set up yet another historical battlefield diorama.

Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson will look great next to his civil war dioramas. Author S.C. Gwynne explores the truth behind the legend Stonewall Jackson.




bulletproof vestFor the storyteller dad:

This is for the guy that loves to tell you stories about his youth. He goes above and beyond the “back in my day” guy in his storytelling.

Maria Venegas’ Bulletproof Vest: The Ballad of an Outlaw and His Daughter is sure to please this dad. In her debut memoir, Venegas makes the trek to Mexico to visit her estranged father.  As they herd cattle and repair fences at the hacienda where Maria was born, her father shares tales of his dramatic past that includes moments of love and extreme violence.