Rebekah Josefy '13 April 9, 2015 9:00 AM updated: July 18, 2018 4:15 PM
Among the more than 400,000 former students of Texas A&M are a lot of authors, as well as plenty of Aggies who have been the subjects of books. This page is where we compile a running list of these books by Aggies, about Aggies or about Texas A&M.
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Marketing advice for authors: PR by the Book is a literary publicity firm in Austin that is owned by two Aggies, Doug Flatt '95 and Marika Flatt '97. The firm maintains a blog that includes advice for authors on how to use print advertising, social media and more. The blog is at www.prbythebook.com/blog/ and marketing-specific posts can be found at www.prbythebook.com/category/advice-for-authors/.
Overall: Forrest M. Mims III '66, "the Country Scientist," has written more than 60 books, mostly technical tomes on electronics, some in various editions and in two or more languages. His total sales exceed 7 million copies. He is probably best known for his hand-lettered and illustrated Getting Started in Electronics, published by Radio Shack in 1983, which has sold more than 1.3 million copies and is still in print. He is working on a new memoir.
Fiction: Kathleen Miller Y'Barbo-Turner '80 with 52 books written and 1.6 million copies sold, which to our knowledge is the most of any Aggie author other than Mims and the most of any Aggie fiction author.
Nonfiction: Michael Lee Lanning '68 with 1.1 million copies sold across 18 books, the most (to our knowledge) of any Aggie nonfiction author other than Mims.
We believe the highest-selling Aggie-themed title of all time is the modern version of the Directory of Former Students, published by us, The Association of Former Students. The modern Directory of Former Students was first published in 1949, with new editions following periodically, including the latest two editions in 2016 and 2012. Total sales of the various editions over the past 67 years are in the hundreds of thousands. As of the end of 2015, the 2016 edition had already sold more than 5,000 advance copies.
The books about which we were most recently notified, not necessarily the most recently published.
New titles added 07/2018.
No Motive in Murdoch by Jan Zuehlke '98 and Lara Zuehlke '97
After a sudden rise to the limelight with her bestselling novel, acclaimed New York writer Julia Jarvis just as quickly finds herself in the middle of a mid-life crisis. Her career and six-year relationship are on the rocks—not to mention being haunted by the gut-wrenching tragedies from a past she’s desperately tried to forget. Now Julia wonders if she can piece together what really happened in Murdoch, Mississippi, the hometown of her late husband, Seth Dixon, decades ago to write her next book—and save her own life. J.L. Bass Books, 2018. Amazon.
"HERE" The Muster Speeches at Texas A&M University by Jerry Cooper '63
Rudder. Gill. Gates. Slocum. Eisenhower. Their words are preserved among 73 speeches delivered at the student Muster on A&M’s campus from 1946 to 2017, collected in a new book edited by Jerry Cooper ’63, former editor of Texas Aggie magazine. 2018, Texas A&M University Press as part of the Centennial Series of The Association of Former Students. TAMUPress.com.
Here's the Score: The Story of a Rural Colorado School's Rise to Basketball Fame by Ronald James Newton '72
In 1939, a family of 12 siblings coming out of the depths of Great Depression poverty finds itself living in an abandoned town hall that once served as a basketball gymnasium in the small Colorado town of Mead. There, with basketball hoops hanging over their heads, an all-male set of triplets is born, marking the beginning of their destined journey toward leading Mead High School to basketball prominence. In 1956, the brothers participate in a historic event in the nations basketball history when they form and play as the starting five for Mead High. This story, told through the eyes of 16th-born and triplet Ronald James Newton, recounts his struggles in the classroom and on the basketball court and portrays his striving toward development of meaningful and satisfying relationships with classmates, family, and friends. 2018, Xlibris US. Amazon.
Also, Light of Her Children. 2015, Xlibris US. Amazon.
Away from the Nest: More Than Just a Guide to a Successful College Career by Timothy M. Lucik '19
For first time college students, the constant change, new environment, and freedom makes the transition overwhelming. Due to these factors, it often takes students a few semesters to get their bearings and set themselves up for success. But what if they didn’t have to take all that time to learn the best practices? This book serves as the guide for any incoming freshman who wants college to be a fruitful time from the beginning. It contains the wisdom and practices of mentors, teachers, students, and parents who have gone before. 2017, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Amazon.
Also, Please, Don't Call On Me: A Collegial Guide to Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication. 2017, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Amazon.
Danger 79er: The Life and Times of Lt. General James F. Hollingsworth by James H. Willbanks '69
In Danger 79er, historian James H. Willbanks '69 tells the remarkable story of Lt. Gen. James F. Hollingsworth '40, a three-time recipient of the Distinguished Service Cross along with four Silver Stars, six Purple Hearts, and a host of additional medals and commendations. His career spanned wars both cold and hot, and throughout, “Holly” was a hard-charging, hands-on soldier who could be irreverent and brash but always “led from the front." 2018, Texas A&M University Press. Amazon.
A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform from Fifty Years of Public Service by Robert M. Gates
Gates is president emeritus of Texas A&M University. Having led change successfully at three monumental organizations—the CIA, Texas A&M University, and the Department of Defense—he offers us the ultimate insider’s look at how major bureaus, organizations, and companies can be transformed, which is by turns heartening and inspiring and always instructive. 2016, Deckle Edge. Amazon.
The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Aggieland by Rusty Burson
A book unlike any other Aggie-related publication, The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Aggieland details the insightful, fascinating and inspirational stories of 12 Aggies who’ve chased their entrepreneurial dreams, conquered obstacles and succeeded beyond their wildest imaginations. Their stories will serve as a roadmap to success for current and former Texas A&M students with their own entrepreneurial dreams, as each first-person narrative features advice to aspiring entrepreneurs. All proceeds from book sales will be donated to Startup Aggieland. 2017, Hip Phoenix (for ebooks) and Auspicisous Apparatus Press (for paperback). Entspirit.com
From Midland to Mindanao: Reminiscences of the War in the Pacific by James W. Mims '45
"When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor in December 1941, the citizens—both men and women—of the United States found their plans drastically altered. Many citizens responded by joining the armed forces, going to work to make munitions, or as in the case of fresh-faced high-school graduate and Texas A&M student and aspiring cartoonist, James W. Mims, being drafted into the Army. Appointed to the Reserve Officers program, Mims saw America as he traveled from base to base, learning to soldier, before crossing the Pacific to help liberate the Philippine Islands as an intelligence officer specializing in photo interpretation." 2016, State House/McWhiney Foundation Press. Barnes and Noble.
The Chronicles of Martin by Martin R. Adams '57
This book is about living life to it's fullest; rising to the summits and falling to the bottom; faith and its healing power; and discovering an entirely new way to live. Martin's memoirs cover his upbringing in East Texas and his Aggie years and post graduate years; his rise in the world of oil and Wall Street money and politics; his calamitous fall driven by alcoholism; his recovery which led him into a new, more successful way of living than ever before. 2014, Virtual Bookworm. Amazon.
A Coaching Life by Gary Blair, head women's basketball coach at Texas A&M (with Rusty Burson)
In A Coaching Life, Coach Blair offers readers a “freeze-frame” view of a storied career. He serves up more than a few of his favorite memories with wit, grace, and humility. In the process, he invites readers to reflect on life’s wins and losses and, most importantly, what both have to teach us. 2017, Texas A&M University Press.
To Bataan and Back: The World War II Diary of Maj. Thomas Dooley transcribed and edited by Jerry C. Cooper '63
"His journals reveal the inside story of the battles of Bataan and Corregidor and with it the capture, imprisonment, and struggle for survival of tens of thousands of American prisoners of war. Dooley’s journals—dutifully maintained even as he was a prisoner—are at once witty, articulate, stark, and often reflective." 2016, Texas A&M University Press.
Over at College: A Texas A&M Campus Kid in the 1930s by James Knox Walker, Jr. '51
"A delightful memoir that described the culture and everyday life of the faculty and staff families living on campus during the Great Depression… viewed through the eyes of a young boy growing up on campus, with these memories later buttressed by careful research in the Texas A&M University archives to provide necessary details." 2016, Texas A&M University Press.
Inside the Texas Chicken Ranch: The Definitive Account of the Best Little Whorehouse by Jayme Lyn Blaschke '92
Many people think they know the story of the infamous Chicken Ranch, but the reality is more complex, lying somewhere between heartbreaking and absurd. Through exclusive interviews with
Summer Camp to Survival Show Winner - a Scout's Story by Terry Fossum '86
Summer Camp to Survival Show tells the story, in his own words, of how Scouting affected Terry’s life every step of the way. From becoming the Officer of the Year for Fairchild Air Force Base and Humanitarian of the Year for all of Strategic Air Command, to a multimillion dollar earner in direct sales, to a global philanthropist, to representing all of Boy Scouts of America on a survival reality show, Kicking and Screaming, on Fox. TerryLFossum.com.
Pushing to the Peak by Shelly Templin '87
Glen House ’91 was a typical 20-year-old, college student when he suffered a skiing accident that paralyzed him. But he never pitied himself, he was never angry and he never wavered in his faith. Instead, he pushed forward—with often nothing but sheer determination to sustain and motivate him—and went on to become a doctor, inventor, businessman, husband and father who now daily touches the lives of others facing physical difficulties. This is not a story of his disability; this is a story of Glen’s success-ability. 2016, WestBowPress. Amazon.
Randolph Field (Images of America) by Lt. Col. Michael P. Hoffman '68
Named for A&M graduate Capt. William Millican Randolph and once touted as the “West Point of the air” in the pre–Air Force Academy years, Randolph Field/Air Force Base is famous for its Spanish Colonial Revival architecture, its iconic Administration Building (nicknamed the “Taj Mahal”), and its rectangular layout. on Fox. When the Corps of Engineers built the base, working from 1928 to 1931, it was its biggest project since the Panama Canal. Randolph has been a popular assignment location for Air Force members for over 80 years. 2014, Arcadia Publishing. Amazon.
The Propeller Under the Bed by Eileen Bjorkman
Arnold Ebneter ’60 landed at A&M in 1958. For his senior project to complete his degree in aeronautical engineering, he designed an airplane. More than 50 years later, at the age of 82, he built that plane and flew it across the country, setting an aviation world record. In this book, his daughter documents his project in detail, along with the history of homebuilt aircraft. 2017, University of Washington Press. Amazon.
Live from Aggieland by Rob Clark '95
Believe it or not, Aggieland has witnessed a parade of musical icons over the years, each with an intriguing story attached. Picture a young Elvis Presley entertaining the Corps of Cadets at G. Rollie White Coliseum. Flash forward to the “Committee for Johnny Cash,” originated by students after the country singer’s post-Bonfire concert was canceled by the A&M administration amid controversy; despite official disapproval, the students brought him to perform off-campus. 2017, Texas A&M University Press. TAMUpress.com.
The Fightin' Texas Aggie Defenders of Bataan & Corregidor by John A. Adams Jr. '73
"While many words have been written on Bataan and Corregidor, none have taken the approach of collective biography as The Fightin’ Texas Aggie Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor does here. As a result, this book is not only a new contribution to the history of World War II but also stands to be a landmark publication on the history of Texas A&M University." 2016, tamupress.com.
Gathering Courage by T.A. "Terry" McMullin '82
"Gathering Courage illustrates how perseverance conquered adversity, heartache, and a disability. Terry’s journey of overcoming struggles of adoption, rejection, and foster home loneliness to a life as a distinguished educator inspires hope. The victory of graduating from Texas A&M will bring a cheer and whoop to the reader." 2015. Gathering Courage Media.
A Treasure to Keep: An Aggie Book for All Ages by Susan B. Goldberg '87
"A treasure to keep is a story about a young boy, his Aggie
I Bleed Maroon by Frank W. Cox III '65
"'I Bleed Maroon' encompasses the life, traditions,
Champion of the Barrio: The Legacy of Coach Buryl Baty by R. Gaines Baty
"This poignant memoir by son R. Gaines Baty is an account of an extraordinary man and a son's personal journey to know the father who was gone too soon. Coach Baty's life story is portrayed from the perspectives of nearly 100 individuals who knew him, documented facts, and news reports." TAMU Press, 2015.
Kyle Tough: The Saga of Texas A&M's Rise to Power in Athletics and Agriculture, 1902-1956 by Barbara Donalson Althaus (Foreword written by Dr. Mark Hussey '79, interim president of TAMU)
"KYLE TOUGH is the story of Texas A&M and Edwin J. Kyle from the 'family perspective.' This biography of Edwin J. Kyle reflects how Texas A&M history and culture have influenced, interfaced with, and connected students, families, and friends since it opened its doors in 1876." www.kyletough.com
All the Best, George Bush: My Life in Letters and Other Writings by President Geroge H.W. Bush
The revised edition now includes letters, emails, diary entries, and photographs from the past 15 years, covering George W. Bush’s presidency, 9/11, his unlikely friendship with Bill Clinton and ruminations on life, friendship and family. Scribner, originally published in 2000; revised and released in 2014. museumstore.com, amazon.com, bn.com.
Marooned in Aggieland: A Bumbling Brit Discovers College Football, Guns N' Waffles by Josh Perry
A remarkably unsuccessful British sports-comedy writer trekked across the pond to live through a heavy chunk of the 2013 college football season. The destination? During this expedition into Aggieland's spirited maroon seas, he humorously embraces the traditions, pageantry and stark cultural differences that encompass Texas A&M University and college football. Throw in 450 pints of beer, gun-wielding Houston gang members and a polarizing Heisman Trophy winner, and you're still barely scratching the surface of an oblivious Brit's truly unique story. Dog Ear Publishing, 2014. Barnes and Noble.
A Sword for All Seasons: General O.P. "Opie" Weyland and the Emergence of Tactical Air Command by Charles B McFarland '91 and Otto P. "Opie" Weyland, Class of 1923
"General Otto P. "Opie" Weyland, despite having almost no combat experience as a young aviator, emerged as one of the most combat-experienced air leaders in the Air Force by the time he began a five-year stint as Commander, Tactical Air Command (TAC) in 1954. BiblioScholar, 2012. Amazon.
Highways to the World: the Engineer, the Teacher, and the Dangerous 20th Century by Carolyn Calvin Kneese and John
Written about Aggie Elmer B. Calvin '24. "Highways to the World is one daughter’s personal journey into history. Here are striking portraits of events, from small-town Texas childhoods to life as a cadet at Texas A&M after World War I, from the family’s rescue by the US Navy during the Suez Crisis in 1956 to overseas 'aid'” assignments invariably tied to our nation’s anticommunist foreign policy" Bright Sky press, 2013. Amazon.
Infantry Lieutenant by Gid B. Adkisson '67
"An earnest West Texas farm boy attending Texas A&M so he could be a better independent farmer, Gid Jr. found himself vying for a lieutenant’s commission a full year before he was scheduled to graduate, and fighting in France, Luxembourg, and Germany." Pacifica Military History, 2013. Amazon.
Dutchman on the Brazos by Caesar "Dutch" Hohn,' Class of 1912
"Most Texans remember Dutch Hohn primarily as one of the first great gridiron heroes of Texas A&M, but his intensely purposeful life has been a record of social accomplishments that dwarf in importance his exploits in "primitive football." Hohn was president of his Senior Class, captain of the football team and earned the very first master's degree awarded by Texas A&M. University of Texas Press; First Edition edition, 1963. Amazon.
The Spirit Within by Dan Quinn '81
"A true story of the spirit and camaraderie of life at Texas A&M University." Insite Pub Co, 1993. Amazon .
Also: But For A Season: "Finding peace after a
Forty Years at Aggieland by Edwin Cooper '53
"In his 40 years at Texas A&M as a student and
Roy Story by Roy Bucek '42 with Rusty Burson
"The amazing and true rags-to-riches account of an Aggie legend, WWII hero and entrepreneur extraordinaire. Author
Covers Red's rise to prominence in the NFL; many sportswriters described him as the most well-known official in NFL history. "An inspiring, captivating story that accentuates the power of a positive attitude. Cashion also recounts fascinating stories about some of the NFL's biggest personalities." Author House, 2012. Website.
Me and Fish Jones by Dennis Davenport '01
Davenport worked for Corps Housing for 17 years, and the book is about his reflections on his time with the Corps. Corps of Cadets
Game of My Life: 25 Stories of Aggie Football by Brent Zwerneman
"The Game of My Life describes, in colorful detail, the single favorite game of 25 Texas A&M football legends, including photos of that particular legend in his favorite game. While each of these 25 Aggie legends has different memories, they certainly all have a place in Texas A&M's football history." Sports Publishing LLC, 2003. Amazon.
Rudder: From Leader to Legend by Thomas M. Hatfield
The definitive biography of the legendary Texas A&M president and World War II hero. TAMU Press, 2011.
Texas Aggie Medals of Honor by James R. Woodall '50
"Scintillating story of seven innocent young Texas Aggies who went off to war and became heroes of the highest order." TAMU Press, 2010.
Softly Call the Muster: The Evolution of A Texas Aggie Tradition by John A. Adams, Jr. '73
"This book traces the evolution of Aggie Muster from its early roots to the modern-day observance." TAMU Press, 1994.
Also by Adams: We Are The Aggies: The Texas A&M University Association of Former Students: "Heavily illustrated review of the hundred+ year interaction of former students with their alma mater shows how the stability and growth of Texas A&M are a direct function of the students it has produced." TAMU Press, 2000.
Texas Aggies Go To War: In Service of Their Country by Henry C. Dethloff
"Since the university's founding in 1876, Texas Aggies have provided exemplary leadership and service to their state and their country in peace and in war. ... Texas Aggies Go To War: In Service of Their Country is a remarkable story, one that makes me value and
Viper Pilot: A Memoir of Air Combat by Dan Hampton '86
"Memoir of one of the most decorated F-16 pilots in American history: U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel Dan Hampton, who served for twenty years, flying missions in the Iraq War, the Kosovo conflict, and the first Gulf War." William Morrow Paperbacks, 2013. Amazon.
Becoming A Noble Man Of Kyle: 92 Life Lessons I Learned From The Fightin' Texas Aggie Band by Paul G. Middleton '92
"The book is a collection of humorous, inspirational, and entertaining anecdotes and adventures that the author experienced as a member of the Fightin' Texas Aggie Band. He has related each of these stories to a 'pearl' of wisdom that he has found to be useful for living successfully. Furthermore, the author also paints a portrait of everyday life in the Corps of Cadets and the Texas Aggie Band from 1988 until 1992. Self-published, 2012. Available on iTunes and Amazon.
Ambassadors of the Aggie Spirit: The History of the Texas A&M Yell Leaders by Rusty Burson
“From the earliest documented yell leader—Tom Armstrong Adams in 1907-08—to now, the Aggie yell leaders have played an instrumental role in defining, refining, building, maintaining and showcasing the Aggie Spirit. Then and now, the yell leaders are revered on campus and recognized as the true ‘Ambassadors of the Aggie Spirit.’ This is their authorized story.” Dog Ear Publishing, 2013.
Proceeds benefit current yell leaders via Association of Former Yell Leaders. Available at yellleaderbook.com, as well as on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. We’re told more money goes back to the yell leaders if it's bought at the website than at Amazon or B&N.
Also by Burson: 100 Things Texas A&M Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die. "Describing the personalities, events, and facts that any and every Aggies fan should know, this work stands as a complete guide to one of the most accomplished and unique histories in college football. Triumph
Fellow Students: A Collection of Aggie Poetry by Glenn Allen Phillips '01
A book of poetry about Texas A&M; poem titles include “College Station sunset,” “Bonfire villanelle”, “Echo Taps,” and “Passing the torch.” Profits fund an Aggie Ring Scholarship in honor of Jeffrey Wetuski '91, Phillips’s cousin who passed away while a student at A&M. Available at MSC Bookstore or email Glenn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tales of Tummy—Stories of O. G. Tumlinson—Pure Texan, Pure Aggie by Richard R. (Dick) Tumlinson '51
O.G. Tumlinson was Class of 1918. Purchase by emailing email@example.com.
Also by Tumlinson: Magarkin: The Original Ol’ Sarge, a compilation of the artwork of the late Pete Tumlinson '42 from 1938-42 issues of The Battalion Humor Magazine. Compiled from the original proofs by his brother, Dick.
The Vietnam Trilogy, including The Only War
The author is a former infantry platoon leader and rifle company commander in Vietnam who has written 18 books on military history that have sold about 1.1 million copies in all. We think that puts him in second place for copies sold by an Aggie author, behind only Kathleen Miller Y'Barbo-Turner '80 (see below), and at the top for non-fiction. TAMU Press, 2007.
Aggie Savvy: Practical Wisdom from Texas A&M by Glenn Dromgoole '66
Dromgoole is one of the more
Colonel Haydon L. Boatner and His Texas Aggies by W. Pat Kerr '53
A recollection by Kerr, known to many as “Blackjack,” of life at Texas A&M in the late 1940s and early 1950s under legendary commandant Haydon “Bull” Boatner. For information on the book, email Kerr at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Life in Bronze: Lawrence M. Ludtke, Sculptor by Amy L. Bacon ’91
Ludtke, after playing professional baseball for the Brooklyn Dodgers, became a Fellow
Also by Bacon: MSC, Building Leaders, Living Traditions: the Memorial Student Center at Texas A&M University. TAMU
The Power of 2: Johnny Manziel's Career at Texas A&M, pictures by Stuart Villanueva 02, edited by Rob Clark 95
Published in 2014. Find it here.
Nonfiction books about A&M or about Aggies are listed in the section below.
Before Journalism Schools: How Gilded Aged Reporters Learned Rules by Randall S. Sumpter
Sumpter questions the dominant notion that reporters entering the field in the late 19th century relied on an informal apprenticeship system to learn the rules of journalism. Drawing from the experiences of more than 50 reporters, he argues that cub reporters could and did access multiple sources of instruction, including autobiographies and memoirs of journalists, fiction, guidebooks, and trade magazines. 2018, The University of Missouri Press. Upress.Missouri.edu.
Digital Resilience: Is Your Company Ready for the Next Cyber Threat by Ray A. Rothrock '77
The book opens with a review of the infamous 2013 Target attack, which compromised the credit card information of 40 million customers. This insightful guide provides the resilience-building your company needs to survive a cyberattack. 2018, Gilden Media. Amazon.
When Life Grabs you by the Baseballs: Finding Happiness in Life's Changeups by Jon Peters '94
Jon Peters had it all: record-breaking high school baseball pitcher, on the cover of Sports Illustrated, a beautiful girlfriend. He was going to play professional baseball. He was going to have everything he'd ever wanted. Until a shoulder injury and four surgeries changed his life. With dreams shattered, Jon struggled to find value and happiness. In the worst place of his life, he reached out and found help and hope. In When Life Grabs You by the Baseballs, Jon shares the secrets he’s learned to living a happy life. 2018, Author Academy Elite. Amazon.
The Baby in Mommy's Tummy by Michelle Cole '14
Expecting? Know someone who is? Help big brother or big sister learn about the unborn baby’s growth throughout the pregnancy, bond with their new sibling before the birth, and see God’s creating hand in this illustrated children’s book. 2017, ACTA Publications. Amazon.
Barbed Wire, Windmills, & Sixguins: A book of Trivia, Fact, And Folklore About Westerns & The American West by Donald K. Kirk '70
This illustrated Old West trivia book is a must-have reference for western writers, re-enactors, and diehard fans that love westerns and want to relax in their favorite chair and discover hundreds of interesting lists, fascinating stories, historical events, unusual people, and special places relating to the American West. This book will entertain and educate in the ways of the Wild West and in Hollywood’s interpretation of it. 2010, Sweetwater Stagelines. Lulu.com
Building Your Home: A Simple Guide to Making Good Decisions by Kristina Leigh Wiggins '01
In this smart and witty guide to building a home while keeping your sanity, architect Kristina Leigh Wiggins shares knowledge accumulated from years of experience as a project manager and explains how to stay organized when creating or remodeling your home. 2017, Brown Books Dallas Texas. Amazon.
Church of the Small Things: A Million Little Things That Make Up a Life by Melanie Shankle '93
Is my ordinary, everyday life actually significant? Is it okay to be fulfilled by the simple acts of raising kids, working in an office, and cooking chicken for dinner? Melanie Shankle, New York Times bestselling author and writer at The Big Mama Blog tackles these questions in her fourth book, Church of the Small Things. Easygoing and relatable, she speaks directly to the heart of women of all ages who are longing to find significance and meaning in the normal, sometimes mundane world of driving carpool to soccer practice, attending class on their college campus, cooking meals for their family, or taking care of a sick loved one. 2017, Harper Collins Publishers. Amazon.
Katie Earns Her Ears by Katie Hudson '17
In the book, this young alumna shows all parts of her internship with the Disney College Program at Walt Disney World, from the application to the job to the friendships that she formed. It is designed for people who are interested in doing the internship themselves or for anyone who would like an inside look on what it is like to work at Disney World. 2015, Theme Park Press. Amazon.
Mockingbird Moments by Sharon Brown Keith '85
On Oct. 20, 1992, life for one East Texas family changed forever. Following the devastating sudden death of her father, Sharon Brown Keith embarked on a journey of grief and healing, of acceptance and personal growth and transformation. In this memoir about love, loss and letting go, Keith shares her recollections about growing up and coming of age under the tender and steadfast guidance of her father and her hero. 2017, Dor Ear Publishing Company. Amazon.
The SIMPLE Guide to Public Speaking by Terry Fossum '86
This widely-acclaimed book is PERFECT for those too afraid to stand up in front of three people to professional speakers who want to hone their skills and speak in front of thousands. Not your normal boring how-to book, Terry’s style will keep you engaged and
Passion to Move Mountains - the Oxcart Technique by Terry Fossum '86
Secrets of a Network Marketing Millionaire by Terry Fossum '86
Network Marketing done right can be a dream come true. Having the right information from someone who has experienced both and made over a million dollars in MLM can mean the difference for you. ‘Secrets’ is written as a story that will make you laugh, inspire you, and propel you to success. TerryLFossum.com.
Aggie Spirit 101: Greater Love by Barry W. Bauerschlag '70 (with cover art by Benjamin Knox '90)
"If you have ever visited Aggieland you may have fallen in love with the Aggie Spirit, the unique traditions which promote it, and the Aggie family which embodies it. You might want to better understand the role of their somewhat strange rituals, and access the blessings of their devotion. Aggie Spirit 101: Greater Love is a contribution to this dialogue. In reading, reflection, and discussion discover a clearer path in this pilgrimage toward spiritual maturity and significant service. Develop the deeper joys of shared encouragement, and the blessings of a leadership of integrity and excellence, compassion and accountability, hospitality and hard work, courage and cooperation, loyalty and greater love!" 2016, Xlibris. Amazon.
Unlock Your Ukulele: The Keys to Better Playing and More Fun by Mark S. Wellington (Mark W. Swarthout '80)
"I joined the wonderful world of ukuleles with very little musical knowledge. My new book, Unlock Your Ukulele, provides the keys to the secrets I wish I had at the beginning of my journey. This collection of terms, techniques, and information comes from dozens of workshops I’ve attended and the resources I’ve discovered over the past seven years. Get ready to jump start your own ukulele adventure!" 2016, self-published. The Ukelele Dude.
The Eighth Wonder of the World: The Life of Houston's Iconic Astrodome by Robert C. Trumpbour and Kenneth Womack '90.
This book "tears back the facade and details the Astrodome’s role in transforming Houston as a city while also chronicling the building’s pivotal fifty years in existence and the ongoing debate about its preservation." Co-author Womack is an A&M graduate and also the grandson of Kenneth Zimmerman '34, the structural engineer behind the Astrodome. 2016, University of Nebraska Press.
Innovating Lean Six Sigma by Kristine Nissen Bradley '91
Coauthors Kimberly Watson-Hemphill and Kristine Nissen Bradley '91 draw on two decades of Lean Six Sigma deployments to share strategic tools and success stories. 2016, McGraw Hill. More info at innovatingleansixsigma.com.
Babes in Christ: A Handbook for Motivational Enlightenment by Kimberly Burgess-Taylor '15
A personal account of the author’s experiences from becoming a Christian through her life as she faced searching for a church home, marriage, childbirth, and general life experiences. The chapters reflect her deep, personal experiences and the areas of life which are fundamental for learning and growth. 2007, Red Lead Press. Amazon.
Tree of Justice? by Carroll M. Sinclair '59
Tree of Justice? is a true-to-life story of everyday rural life in 1919 Leon County, Texas; at least until resentment,
Building Your Home: A Simple Guide to Making Good Decisions by Kristina Leigh Wiggins '01
Architect Kristina Leigh Wiggins shares knowledge accumulated from years of experience as a project manager and explains how to stay organized when creating or remodeling your home. 2017, Brown Books Publishing Group. SimplyKristinaLeigh.com.
Lawyer X: A True Story by Jake Banks '95
True story. A bright, young Texas lawyer determined to make it on his own leaves the DA's Office to pursue a career as a criminal defense attorney. Just months later, he finds himself at the center of an international Ecstasy drug trafficking ring. 2016, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Amazon.
Where Did My Sweet Grandma Go?: A Preschooler’s Guide to Losing a Loved One by Lauren Flake '06
This "book gently leads little ones and their parents into meaningful conversations about death, grief, and eternal love. Activities and resources in the included Parents’ Guide reinforce the book’s comforting message of legacy and hope." 2016.
Also, Where Did My Sweet Grandpa Go?: A Preschooler's Guide to Losing a Loved One. 2017. For the Love of Dixie LLC.
B!RTHF!T eBook: The Real Deal by Dr. Lindsey Mathews '06
The Old School Advantage by J.N. Whiddon '82
"In his book, J. N. Whiddon teaches readers how to use 15 power words for success to leave a favorable impression and optimize interaction among peers, employees, and everyone in the workplace. He also developed the TOSA curriculum designed for college students ready to embark upon their first careers." Brown Books Publishing Group, http://www.theoldschooladvantage.com
It's Not Your House: How to Simplify Your Own Design-From-Scratch Dream House by Tad G.I. Vaughn '76
"...unless you birth it from a mental mustard seed and follow it throughout realization; this reading might just be the kick start your engine needs to make you free of the rat race and finally fully enjoy paradise at home." 2015, TGIV. Amazon.
Maneuver and Battle in the Mexican Revolution: Rise of the Praetorians by Joe Lee Janssens '86
"The only monograph that holistically addresses military tactics operations, logistics, and strategy during the Mexican Revolution, this book is the first in a series of three." 2015, Self-published. CreateSpace.com.
"No marriage is perfect and many will find defeat and hardships at some point in life... readers will learn how selfishness is the main issue in a relationship and how Jesus Christ is the solution." 2015, WestBowPress. Amazon.
Swinging Faster: Lessons on Love,
This autobiography tells how the author overcame his debilitating stroke. "It has lessons on how to use situations to your advantage in business and how you can communicate on a personal level for a stronger friendship or marriage." 2015, Amazon.
Seeds of Empire: Cotton, Slavery, and the Transformation of the Texas Borderlands, 1800-1850 by Andrew J. Torget '00
"The remarkable story of how the cotton revolution of the early 19th century transformed northeastern Mexico into the western edge of the United States, and how the rise and spectacular collapse of the Republic of Texas...proved to be a blueprint for the Confederacy of the 1860s." The University of North Carolina Press. 2015. uncpress.unc.edu
Forks in the Trail: A Conservationist's Trek to the Pinnacles of Natural Resource Leadership by Jack Ward Thomas '57
"When Jack Ward Thomas was named chief of the U.S. Forest Service in 1993, only 12 men had ever known the staggering responsibility, political pressure—and extraordinary opportunities to influence the future of America’s natural resources—that came with the job." Also: Wilderness Journals and Hunting Around the World. Trilogy available at boone-crockett.org.
Communicating User Experience: Applying Local Strategies Research to Digital Media Design by Trudy Milburn '92
"Communicating User Experience includes seven case studies that illustrate the ways in which Local Strategies Research (LSR) can help us better understand diverse user experiences with digital media." Lexington Press, 2015. Amazon.
Stand Up! Speak Out!: The Social Action Curriculum for Building 21st Century Skills by David Sebek '93 (along with Troy Drayton and Joe Bernhart)
This book "is a guide to developing social consciousness in students by blending literary thematic explorations, historical investigations, and 21st-century research and evaluation skills." Prufrock Press. 2015. Amazon.com.
30 Years Through the News/Lens by Mike Probst '81
"Mike Probst has been the editor and publisher of The Rockport Pilot newspaper since 1984...With this book, he captures the highlights of 30 years at the helm. " Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014. Amazon.com.
Chamberology: The Art of Running a Chamber of Commerce by Diane Probst '82
"In Chamberology, an all-in-one guide to maximizing your own and your chamber’s potential, Probst taps into this deep well of enthusiasm to share her insights into the unique functioning and challenges of a chamber of commerce, discussing fifteen key elements for success." Createspace Independent Publishing Platform. 2014. Amazon.com.
Cyber Warfare: A Reference Handbook by Paul J. Springer '97
"This work, like Military Robots and Drones, is designed to provide an overview and introduction to a key form of inter-state conflict in the
Squirrely Over Nuts by Angela T. Baron (Angela T. Leone ’94)
A children’s fiction about a squirrel with a peanut allergy? "Find out what she does in this delightful story to help children deal with food allergies."
My Prayer Chair by Carla McDougal (Carla Ann Williams McDougal '85)
"A living, walking, breathing relationship with Jesus. Encourages the leader to engage in ongoing conversations with God - 7 days, 24 hours per day." RLM Publishing. 2013,
Moroni and the Swastika by David Conley Nelson '00
How some 14,000 Mormons not only survived but thrived in Nazi Germany is a story little known, rarely told, and occasionally rewritten within the confines of the Church’s history." University of Oklahoma Press. 2015,
Three Witnesses: A Painter, A Prisoner, A Peasant by George
"Newly translated Italian war diaries and memoirs; word-for-word accounts presented to the reader in two languages – English and Italian. This is not a history book presentation. It is real life at war." The Design Group Press. ThreeWitnessesBook.com.
God's Workmanship...the new creation in Christ... by Frank E. Lasater, Jr. '74
"Bible based daily devotions,
The Kerr Construction Company by Larry Lee Farmer '70
"Dalhart McIlhenny is restless after finishing college. With old school values from his rural upbringing in Texas and a chip on his shoulder from being a Marine during the Age of Aquarius, he sets off on a quest." 2014. Wild Rose Press. Also: I Will Be The One. "Following his stint as a Marine during the Vietnam war, James needs something beyond the mundane conformity of his life in Vicksburg, Mississippi." 2015. Wild Rose Press. larryfarmerwrites.com.
Disaster Man-Made by David White '82 & Anton Riecher
"On an October afternoon in 1989, industrial fire expert David White was conducting a safety presentation at a plant in Pasadena, Texas. That presentation was cut short by a tremendous explosion. One mile away, a mushroom cloud rose from a neighboring chemical complex that, moments before, had been responsible for one-third of the world's polyethylene production. The Pasadena explosion is only one of 30 such incidents explored in Disasters Man-Made." Fire World
Langley Field Tested Tackle by Colby Sorrells '79
"The most extensive work on Langley Corporation fishing tackle ever produced...With over 300 full color, high quality photographs, a rarity and value scale and more, this is the definitive work on the subject." 2014, When available, find at ebay.com. Also: Flyfisher's Guide to the Texas Gulf Coast. "Fishing guide to the Texas Gulf Coast including both flyfishing and light tackle. Detail information covering tackle, locations, places to eat, motels, maps, seasons and hundreds of photographs." Wilderness Adventures Press, Amazon.
Entrepreneurship for Millennials (Vol. 1): Conversations That Take You Beyond the Business Plan by Tamara Bell '86
Are you prepared to profit when the entrepreneurial idea strikes? There’s a lot that goes into being an entrepreneur. Tamara Bell, Ph.D., speaks with seasoned experts who bring their unique knowledge to topics that you need to consider before starting, or in the early stages of, your venture. Two Bells Media, 2014. Amazon.com.
A Raid Too Far: Operation Lam Son 719 and Vietnamization in Laos by James H. Willbanks '69
In February 1971, the Army of the Republic of Vietnam launched an incursion into Laos in an attempt to cut the Ho Chi Minh Trail and destroy North Vietnamese Army base areas along the border. This book is an in-depth study of the planning, execution, and aftermath of that operation. TAMU Press, 2014. Amazon.
Crowded in the Middle of Nowhere by Dr. Bo Brock '88
"Together, these quick, grin-worthy writings promise a smile a day for months to come. Whether learning to rope a sick calf or learning the ropes at a fancy French restaurant, each essay goes down easy, while also reminding us all how great common life can be." #5 on the Amazon Best Selling Humor List. 2014, Rare Bird Publishing,
Bright Side Christmas by Chris Boleman '96
"Bright side Christmas is about feeling great! ... The premise is that people seem to be so happy around Christmas. There is a message of hope and energy in homes all around the world... My point is why not have that type of hope and energy twelve months out of the year?" 2013, Boleman
Riding Shotgun: Empowering Students To Lead Change by Sarah Ambrus '08 and Christine Simpson
"Profoundly inspired by students' efforts for change on their own campus, Ambrus and Simpson offer collaborative models, practical tools, and firsthand accounts from students, parents, and teachers." 2012, lulu.com,
"The authors expose phony heroes who have become the object of award winning documentaries on national television, liars and fabricators who have become best-selling authors, and others who have based their careers on non-existent Vietnam service." 1998, Verity PR,
There's a Bug in my Blossom by J.C. (John C.) Donaho '71
"There’s a Bug in My Blossom is a delightful children’s book about the world’s most overlooked critters—the bugs lurking just beneath our noses." 2014, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform. Amazon.
Oil and Water: Media Lessons from Hurricane Katrina and the Deepwater Horizon Disaster by Andrea Miller '90, Shearon Roberts, Victoria LaPoe
"Oil and Water analyzes and compares the media experiences of Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill–two tragedies to hit the Gulf Coast just five years apart. Surveys, content analysis, in-depth interviews are all included." University Press of Mississippi.
Prepare to Defend Yourself... How to Navigate the Healthcare System and Escape with Your Life by Matthew Minson, M.D., (professor at the Health Science Center)
"Dr. Minson explains the healthcare system, especially for patients who may not be nearly as knowledgeable of the ins and outs of medical care. The book covers medical professionals, ambulances, hospital admissions, drugs, the business of medicine, and other topics." 2014, Amazon.
How to Screw Up Your Kids (Blended Families, Blendered Style) by Pamela Fagan Hutchins '89
"Married couples with children divorce 40 percent of the time...The single most explosive and divisive issue in those marriages? Stepparenting." SkipJack Publishing, 2013. Amazon .
Also: What Kind of Loser Indie Publishes, and How Can I Be One, Too? Amazon. Finding Harmony, Amazon. Leaving Annalise, Amazon. Saving Grace, Amazon.
WordPress For Web Developers by Stephanie Leary '00
"Technical guides to building websites with the WordPress software." Apress, 2013. Author's website.
Also: Beginning WordPress. Author's
The Antelope in the Living Room: The Real Story of Two People Sharing One Life by Melanie Marino Shankle '93
Pile Driving by Pile Buck by Don C. Warrington '77
"Nearly six years in the making, Pile Driving by Pile Buck is a comprehensive reference book on the history of pile driving and driven piles, the various types of piles, the equipment used to install them, the design of driven pile foundations, the installation of driven piles and the capacity verification of driven piles." Pile Buck International, 2013. Lulu.
Also: Sheet Pile Design By Pile Buck, written by Washington and Harry A. Lindahl. Lulu. The Ten
I. Love. You by Drew Chambers IV '13
"What does love mean? Learn what it is and how to experience it like never before!" Chambers publishing, 2014. Website.
The Gospel According to Saint John, an Illuminated Manuscript by James Pepper '88
"James Pepper has made, by hand, an illuminated manuscript of the Gospels, a separate and complete New Testament and several books of the Old Testament." Bowden Group, LLC, 2013. Amazon.
The Story of My Thinking: Expository Writing Activities for 13 Teaching Situations by Dottie Hall (Dorothy Hall Nunnelly '80)
"The Story of My Thinking helps teachers take kids through the various stages of the writing process in a way that breaks down the barrier between "academic" and "creative" writing and helps kids produce vibrant nonfiction with voice and conviction." Heinemann.
Space Nutrition by Lisa Neasbitt (Lisa Ann Stockton '83)
"Food and nutrition are of particular interest, given the obvious commonality with those of us remaining on earth...Beyond food itself, understanding the nutritional requirements for spaceflight presents another challenge." Trafford Publishers and NASA, 2012. Amazon.
NSTA Guide to Planning School Science Facilities by Sandra West Moody '90, LaMoine L. Motz, James T. Biehle
"Science-learning spaces are different from general-purpose classrooms. It’s the definitive resource for every K-12 school that seeks safe, effective science space without costly, time-consuming mistakes." National Science Teachers Association, 2007. Website.
War Front to Store Front: Americans Rebuilding Trust And Hope In Nations Under Fire by Paul A. Brinkley '90 & '91
"As the top-ranking official at the U.S. Department of Defense in charge of economic rebuilding, Brinkley and his organization of hundreds of business volunteers struggled against bureaucratic policies to revolutionize foreign aid by leveraging America's strength—its private sector." Book events were held at the Bush Foundation in College Station on Feb. 18, and in Houston on Feb. 19. Two more events will be held in Dallas on Feb. 24-25. Wiley, 2014. Website.
The Cattlemen by Winfield R. “Russ” McAfee '64
"The story of two Davis Mountain cattlemen - Wade and Roy Reid." Davis Mountain Press/Texas Tech University Press, 1989. Website.
Plugger: A History of Wade Fishing the Gulf Coast by Rudy Grigar and Winfield R. “Russ” McAfee '64
"From a pioneer in catch-and-release and a legend in
A Practitioner's Guide To Business Analytics by Randy Barlett '90 & '93
"A Practitioner’s Guide To Business
Blessed Adventure, The Beatitudes and the Journey toward God by Dean Duncan '57
"The Beatitudes from Jesus' sermon Mount are built on the basis of living God's way. IUniverse, Inc., Bloomington, 2011. Website.
Windows Azure and ASP.NET MVC Migration by Benjamin Perkins '95
"Discusses different aspects of performance and scalability such as pipeline optimization, process model configuration, caching, minification, and bundling." Wrox
Also: Working with NHibernate 3.0, Wrox
Author of Sound-Rage by Judith T.
"The book describes a
New Fun for Old Favorites by Wayne Jacobs '94
"These are games which have all been played or watched since youth. Most of the rules are familiar and easy to share with others. But, when teaching a sport to groups, it is essential to teach the fundamental skills needed for the sport." Lambert Publishing, 2012. Amazon.
Marketing Scales Handbook: A Compilation of Multi-Item Measures (Volume 1) by Gordon Bruner '76
"These are not simplistic survey questions but rather sophisticated scaled measures created by academics and used by all sorts of market researchers (faculty, students, and practitioners)." American Marketing Association, 1992. Amazon.
Also: Marketing Scales Handbook: A Compilation of Multi-Item Measures has volumes from one to seven. Find other volumes at
Flying Alligators and Silver Spurs by Chuck Oualline '61
"The dangers, tragedies, and comradeship of the Vietnam War, in a helicopter pilot's own words." Self-published in 2004. Website.
Something from Nothing - Joe B. Foster and the People Who Built Newfield Exploration Company by Joe B. Foster '56
"Inspired by the drive and determination of Joe B. Foster and guided by a bedrock of straightforward business principles, the independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company has grown from a $9 million." Bright Sky Press, 2011. Amazon.
Also: Built From Scratch - The Energy Companies of Tenneco, a Memoir By Some Who Were There. Amazon.
Living Through The Pain by Cathy A. Kurtz '80
"Memoir of Spiritual and Emotional Pain and Empowers Women to Find Solace through Sharing Stories." Healing Heart Publishing, 2014. Author's website.
Giraffes of Technology: The Making of the 21st Century Leader by Hubert Glover '82, Ph.D. and John Curry, MFA
Manual of Equine Dentistry by Tom Allen '69
Sea of Mud: The Retreat of the Mexican Army after San Jacinto, an Archeological Investigation by Gregg Dimmick '74
"The history and
Taylor's Gift by Tara '91 and Todd '91 Storch
"In March 2010, thirteen-year-old Taylor Storch's life was tragically cut short by a skiing accident. With only a few minutes to consider their options, her grieving family made a life-changing decision to donate her organs." #1 on Nook 2014 Finalist for the Books for A Better Life Award. Revell, 2013. Author's
Investigating Employee Conduct by Will Hartsfield '73
"The underlying theme of Investigating Employee Conduct is balancing respect for the personal dignity of an employee with the employer's need to investigate employee conduct." West Group, 1988. Legal
Scanning the Skies: A History of Tornado Forecasting by Marlene Bradford '98
"Traces the history of today’s tornado warning system, a unique program that integrates federal, state, and local governments." University of Oklahoma Press, 2013. Author page on
Also: Texas Tornadoes: The Lone Star State's Deadliest Twisters: "Details Texas tornadoes that have claimed more than ten lives or are historically significant such as achieving a rare F5 rating." Amazon
PR Writer's Toolbox: Blueprints for Success by Randy Hines '90 and Joe Basso
"The book is both a textbook for college students and a handy resource for PR practitioners." Kendall Hunt, 2013. Website.
Hawaii’s Mauna Loa Observatory: Fifty Years of Monitoring the Atmosphere by Forrest M. Mims III '66
University of Hawaii Press, 2012. Mims, "the Country Scientist," has written more than 60 books, mostly technical tomes on electronics, some in various editions and in two or more languages, with total sales exceeding 7 million copies. That makes him the top-selling Aggie author, as far as we know. He is working on a new memoir. A full list of his books is on his website.
The OSS in Burma: Jungle War Against the Japanese by Dr. Troy J. Sacquety '08
"OSS in Burma analyzes how Detachment 101 of the WWII Office of Strategic Forces evolved from
Once Upon a War, The Diary of a Waiting Wife by Joan Diehl
Diehl is the wife of Glen L. Diehl '68. "Once Upon a War: The Diary of a Waiting Wife is a heartfelt memoir that relates how the author's family and many others survived separation from loved ones during the Vietnam War. Together, they awaited their husbands' return in Schilling Manor, a residence designated especially for the families, located in Salina, Kansas." Hell Gate Press, 2013.
America's Weather Warriors, 1814-1985 by Dr. Charles C. Bates '53 and John F. Fuller
"America's military weather forecasters have played a crucial role in the success or failure of military operations, such as the Normandy invasion of World War II and the aborted Iranian hostage rescue mission of
"Adventures in the Discomfort Zone" by Tami Cannizzaro '80
"Changing jobs or careers–either due to layoff or on our own–forces us to be uncomfortable. Yes, it’s painful and sometimes unpleasant. The good news is it’s only temporary, and if we press through the 'Discomfort Zone,' we will usually come out just fine on the other side." 2013 ebook. Author's
Also by Cannizzaro: Tales of the Terminated, A Humorous Look at Life After a Layoff, Pink Dog Press, 2012.
Out of the Box and Into His Presence by Charles A. Kalkomey '74
"An inspirational collection of devotionals and poetry by Pastor Charles A. Kalkomey penned with the guidance of the Holy Spirit. This easy-reading collection will stir your thoughts about who you are in God’s eyes." Website.
Change Agents by Mark Rafail '05 and Brian Tracy
"I started my insurance agency in 2009 and now have one of the top agencies in the country. I was asked to co-author a book about business and insurance with Brian Tracy. It can be found on Amazon and is a 'best seller' as of last year." CelebrityPress, 2013.
A Soldier's General: The Civil War Letters of Major General Lafayette McLaws, edited by John C. Oeffinger '75
"A Soldier's General gathers ninety-five letters written by McLaws to his family between 1858 and 1865. The letters, painstakingly transcribed from McLaws's notoriously poor handwriting, contain a wealth of opinion and information about life and morale in the Confederate army, Civil War-era politics, the Southern press, and the impact of war on the Confederate home front. UNC
Hip-Hop in Houston: The Origin and Legacy by Maco L. Faniel '02
"He uses personal interviews, vintage images, dynamic lyrics and fresh research to explore Houston’s hip-hop scene." History Press, 2013. Author's website.
Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates
Gates is president emeritus of Texas A&M University. His memoir recounts his tenure as Secretary of Defense for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, from the wars abroad to his political battles at home. Random House, 2014. Available from all major booksellers.
1001 Things Everyone Should Know About WWII by Frank E. Vandiver
Vandiver (now deceased) is another former president of Texas A&M. His Amazon author page shows 14 books of military history.
Through the Grief—A Mother’s Journey by Dayton Williams '91
The story of her oldest son’s return from his third tour in Iraq, only to be killed in a hit-and-run accident 83 days later. Half the proceeds go to Marines Helping Marines. Website.
Stephen F. Austin by Gregg Cantrell '79
The definitive bio on one of our state’s founding fathers. Yale University Press, 2001. Amazon.
Passion, Art, Community: Denton, Texas in Word and Image by Karla K. Morton ’86
The 2013 North Texas Book Festival Award winner in the category of adult non-fiction. Morton was the 2010 Texas Poet Laureate. Website.
The Echo Killing: A Mystery by Christi Daugherty '87
When a murder echoing a fifteen-year-old cold case rocks the Southern town of Savannah, crime reporter Harper McClain risks everything to find the identity of this calculated killer in Christi Daugherty's new novel The Echo Killing, her first adult novel. 2018, Minotour Books. Amazon.
THE LAST SUPPERS by Mandy Mikulencak '88
Set in 1950s Louisiana, Mandy Mikulencak’s novel evokes both "The Help" and "Dead Man Walking" with the story of an unforgettable woman whose quest to provide meaningful meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own past. Although it takes place decades ago, THE LAST SUPPERS raises issues that are all-too timely — racism, poverty, capital punishment and prisoners’ rights. 2017, Kensington Publishing Corp. Amazon.
The General and Monaville, Texas by Joe G. Bax '01 (Pen name Keith Hazlewood)
While the strife of the Civil War is over, the conflict in Monaville, Texas, is just beginning--and John Ross Wilhite seems to be in the middle of it all. The General and Monaville, Texas, won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction. 2009, River Grove Books. Amazon.
Hole in the Day: A Novel by Steven A. Carr '72
Follow the story of two Vietnam veterans, searching for a treasure of epic proportions hidden in the wilderness of Minnesota. The treasure, a fortune in US gold Liberty coins, has been missing since 1868, and rightfully belongs to an Ojibwa tribe, and many have tried to find it over the years. But of those who have tried, all have disappeared. 2016, Outskirts Press. Amazon.com.
Exit Strategy by Lauren Allbright '03
EXIT STRATEGY is the story of a 12-year-old boy trying to discover the formula for being funny in an attempt get his new classmates to like him. 2017, Simon & Schuster. LaurenAllbright.com.
Lies, Art, and Chocolate: Texas Style by Kimberly Burgess-Taylor '15
Hard-working and independent Piper Bates craves three things: being in love, art, and gourmet chocolate. Lies, Art, and Chocolate
Time After Time: Tales of Temporal Dichotomy by Kimberly Burgess-Taylor '15
In her third novel, Kimberly Burgess-Taylor transports you through time and space to remote galaxies where big trouble is brewing. Our heroes Mica and Kix are soldiers with the Coalition of Planets and experience space battles, hand-to-hand combat, collapsing wormholes, and the rise of a destructive race of aliens. With their minds the demolish starships, merely by channeling energy. Their weapons are the cutting edge technology and training which includes: telekinesis, genetic channeling, and divination. 2011, Red Lead Press. Amazon.
Miss Terri of the Roller Derby by Mark S. Wellington (Mark W. Swarthout '80)
"When some skaters are put out of commission by an unknown cause, an acquaintance asks Mike to use his sleuthing skills to resolve the incident and put everyone's minds to rest. He's pulled into the whirling circle of roller derby as he works through the possibilities before finding the answer to the mystery." 2014, self-published. Amazon.
Mystery on Woodward: Dream Cruise Weekend by Mark S. Wellington (Mark W. Swarthout '80)
"Woodward Avenue is a central thoroughfare cutting through the suburbs connecting Detroit with Pontiac. Dream Cruise weekend is a time to revel in the classic cars and hot rods. But Mike's enjoyment of the weekend is interrupted by a puzzling mystery in this novella. Includes a brief description and history of Woodward Avenue." 2012, self-published. Amazon.
The Email Murder by Mark S. Wellington (Mark W. Swarthout '80)
"When a classmate from law school ends up on the wrong side of a murder investigation, Mike and his partners go to work to help find out what really happened. Mike Blackwood lives and works in the Detroit Metropolitan area at some point in the near future. He makes his primary living working disaster recovery for computer technology. He is also a lawyer and a licensed Private Investigator and gets drawn into various mysteries on a regular basis. Set
The Soul Mender, Book One of The Soul Mender Trilogy by R.S. Dabney (Robyn S. Dabney Gold '10)
"To avoid becoming the next victim of the Rocky Mountain Murderer, 22-year-old Riley Dale finds herself flung into a parallel universe where good and evil seem to have switched places." 2016, Red Pen Warriors Publishing. Amazon.
Zella: Curses and Conquerorsby Deborah Hall '14
Joseph Daniels stepfather has died and left him over 500 acres of private Colorado mountain property. "Only to find a young girl living on the land, along with hauntings, spirited
Tails of the Apocalypse by Chris Pourteau (James C. Pourteau '89)
"The Walking Dead meets The Incredible Journey in 14 incredible tales of nobility, self-sacrifice, and unconditional love as told by today’s most talented independent authors." $1 from every book sold benefits Pets for
Enoch's Vision by Jimmy J. Huffman '64
"Novel depicting Enoch's life and experiences as he travels throughout the universe. In
Caught in PRISM's Web: A James Alan Spy Thriller by Derek A. Leist '12
"When a young college graduate is swept up in a vast money-laundering ring that reaches from the corridors of Wall Street to the highest levels of the US government, there are few he can trust–and fewer still who want to see him make it out alive." #1 in Financial Thrillers and #2 in Political Thrillers during a Kindle Free Promotion giveaway. 2015, Amazon.
The Sleepy Bear Club by Jennifer Grantham '03
"How to take a nap! Look no further for the perfect bedside companion." 2003,
Hearts and Spades: A Madison Rush and Frank Stone Adventure by Mark O. Keen (Jose de Jesus Marroquin '93)
"Set in the Interbellum and with the clouds of WW2 looming on the horizon,
The Accidental Texan by Sandra L. Pirtle
"In this first novel, we meet Alexis Archie, who is growing up in a small East Texas town...We follow the story of the Archie family while they try to continue on with their lives... The second book will be published in 2016 and will follow Alexis as she becomes a cadet at Texas A&M." Author, Pirtle, graduated as one of the first women in the U.S. to be licensed as a Merchant Marine Officer. 2015. Amazon.
Leap of Faith: Book One, La Flor Seriesby ML Rodriguez (Maribel L. "Mari" (Perez) Rodriguez '09)
"My forever lasted six years, nine months, and five days. At twenty-five, I
Penny the Palomino Quarter Horse and Her New Shoes by Gary Scogin '01
"Shoes for horses! Why would horses need shoes? What kind of shoes would they be? These are the questions galloping through the mind of Penny the Palomino Quarter Horse." Sarah Book Publishing, 2015. Amazon.
Is Lena Pretty? by Liza Dora (Liza B Crozier '07)
What if our girls formed their personal identities around characteristics like intelligence, bravery, and kindness-instead of around a word like pretty?" Self-published. 2015. Amazon.com.
Roll Over Play Dead by Dan Milton '60
"A physically challenged young man flees his small rural village... they struggle across Siberia and the North Pacific attempting to reach a small Alaskan village on Lake Iliamna. But fate, waiting just around the bend, interrupts their journey." 2015.
"The planet has been decimated. Nations have fallen. Technology has been eradicated. Those who survived have begun rebuilding, but all will be destroyed if evil forces, led by Leibus, win. One girl, unaware of her own power, may determine the fate of the planet and of humanity." The Next Chapter Publishing. 2015,
I Became A Shadow by Joe Shine '02
"Fourteen-year-old Ren Sharpe’s life ended when she was plucked to become a Shadow: the unstoppable guardian of
The Peanut Butter Theory by Maureen Maillet '90
The Peanut Butter Theory gives the reader a peek into the workings of a law firm and the sacrifices these flawed and damaged individuals make for what they perceive to be
The Long Return by M.S. Renfro (Matthew S. Renfro '15)
The story of a young
Waiting Hearts by Beth Ann (Patalik) Stifflemire '04
"Living with a rare heart condition, Kayla Parker, a 26-year old elementary school teacher, chooses to keep things simple, never yearning for love or the drama that inevitably comes with it...until the charismatic, easy-on-the eyes musician Gabe Sanderson falls into her life." 2014, Waldorf Press,
#hashtagged by Kimberly H. Hix Trant '85
"#hashtagged is a #chilling new #scifi novel about a daughter's journey through her father's past and into a #frighteningfuture." 2014, Tate Publishing,
The Adventure of Abby The Androsian Tabby by Sherrie Bain '04
Abby, tabby and her barnyard friends are leading carefree lives on the island of Androsia. All of this changes... They end up embarking on an amazing adventure through the mangrove swamps of Androsia." 2014, self-published via CreateSpace,
Camelot Fallen, Book One:
"While drawing on classic aspects and influences throughout the Arthurian canon, CAMELOT FALLEN returns the tale to its medieval Christian legacy, full of theology and allegory, telling an epic story of love, faith, despair, and redemption." 2014,
Tracks by K. M. Tolan (married to Victoria Tolan '80)
"Vincent's sister is swept away by a steam locomotive riding rails that vanish along with her. Ten years later he rediscovers those tracks, and heads down them to bring them back." Burst Books, 2014. Amazon.
Return to Middleton Wood: Katherine's Redemption by Keith R.
"Dr. Alan Cramer’s special investigation of the haunted Middleton Wood would end in tragedy. Katherine, possessed by the house, died in a car accident. Decades later, students from Texas A&M continue the original project." 2013,
Space in the Heart by Rodney Walther '83
"Former astronaut (and Aggie grad) Garrison Sterling still struggles to deal with the long-ago senseless murder of his wife, while trying to protect the only thing important to him: his wheelchair-bound teenage daughter." Publishers Weekly called it “sweetly uplifting". Redstone Ranch Press, 2013. Amazon.
A Mike Blackwood Mystery (series) by Mark S. Wellington (Mark W. Swarthout '80)
"Dream Cruise weekend is a time to revel in the classic cars and hot rods. But Mike's enjoyment of the weekend is interrupted by a puzzling mystery in this novella." CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Miracle Road by Emily March (Geralyn Dawson Williams '79)
"After tragedy strikes his team, college basketball coach Lucca Romano arrives in the haven of Eternity Springs to reassess his life." #13 on the New York Times mass market paperback
Also: Dreamweaver Trail.
Howlin’ Beasts by Rusty Etheredge (Robert Sherrill Etheredge '75)
"This is a love story: love between a man and a woman; love between a family and their way of life; love between a people and their country; set in action packed historical perspective in the great State of Texas." 2013. Amazon.
Also: Unchained Melody,
She Cries by Alexandra Allred '91
"When Kali Jorgenson is left to raise her three daughters alone after her husband is killed in the war in Afghanistan, she moves to Horse Canyon, Utah with the intent of escaping unbearable memories." TWCS PublishingHouse, 2014. Author's website.
Also: Anniversary Killer, Sweetbreath, Roadkill, and six other books. To find a complete list of Allred's books, visit the author's website.
Ransomed Earth: An Eco-Thriller by Lester Coalson '70
"Environmental activists unleash a plan to kidnap prominent Americans and force governments of China,
Also: Color of Blood and Sever the Darkness, Author's website.
Personal Assets by Kelsey Browning (Gwendolyn Brown Lucas '91)
The first book in the Texas Nights series. Genre: Fiction – Romantic Comedy, Contemporary.
Carina Press, 2013. Amazon.
Also: Running the Red Light, the second book in the series. Amazon.
Debits and Credits by Lyn (Adlyn) Fraser '73
"The main character, Grace Edna Edge, has a lot of business savvy, but her personal life is a mess. She gets involved in murder when the body of her aunt's best friend is found face down in the stacks of the Austin Public Library." Mainly Murder Press, 2014. Amazon.
Cerveza, Texas by Steve Banister '71
Also: The Devil's Due, the first book in the series. Virtual Bookworm, 1999. Amazon. The Saint Charles House,
The Rise of Aredor by Claire Banschbach '14
Lost in a foreign land and separated from his family, Corin does his best to survive as a slave in the household of a
Sharing Hailey by Samantha Ann King (Julie Anderson '82)
"Nominated for RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Award and has been translated into Italian and Hungarian." Carina Press, 2012. Author's website. Book 2 in the series, Waiting for Ty, was released in 2013, and Book 3, Tempting Meredith, comes out in 2014.
Broken Laces by Rodney Walther '83
"Jack 'The Cannon' Kennedy thinks he's living the American Dream. In one horrific instant, he loses his wife. Then his job. Then his hope. And that just leaves Kellen, the young son Jack hardly knows or understands. Desperate to reach Kellen, he turns to baseball, the game he once loved. With Jack, a win-at-all-costs former star pitcher, coaching his son's Little League team, what could possibly go wrong?" Redstone Ranch Press, 2010. Amazon.
Recognition by Marc Moore '88
"The worst possibilities faced by western civilization have come to pass. In the midst of chaos, who will govern, by what rules of law, and to what ends? Civilization requires some state control, but where must the goal of improving the human condition yield to individual rights?" Black Shards
Scandalous Virtue by Brenda Hiatt (Brenda Barber ’81)
Recently premiered at #4 on the New York Times Bestseller combined fiction list (#2 for ebooks in that category) and #12 on the USA Today list as one of four books in Scandalous Brides, a collaborative effort between four veteran romance novelists. Springleaf, 2014. Author's website.
Also: Starstruck, young adult fantasy.
The True Blue Scouts of Sugar Man Swamp by Kathi Appelt '79
"Meet Bingo and J’miah, raccoon brothers on a mission to save Sugar Man Swamp in this National Book Award finalist from Newbery Honoree Kathi Appelt." Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2013. Amazon. Appelt has written more than 40 books for children and young adults and won a Newbery Honor Medal, the PEN USA Award and other honors.
Uninvited by Sophie Jordan (Sharie Kohler '99)
Jordan writes young adult fiction and romance novels. She is a New York Times bestseller, USA Today bestseller and international bestseller. She’s been translated into over 25 languages with a film option in the works. She has written 24 books since 2006 and has four books releasing this year. Jordan is also a published urban fantasy novelist under her real name. Website.
Eurostorm by Payne Harrison '71
Harrison served with the U.S. Army in Europe and is a former newspaper reporter. He has written four previous techno-thrillers as well. Variance Publishing, 2010. Author page on
Octiblast by Jacques Carrié '68
"A massive cinematic post-Pynchon’s Gravity’s Rainbow, post-DeLillo’s Underworld type of “literary fantasy” (released as Book 1 of The Octidamned Trilogy) that satirizes Western culture—from politically correct fiction writing to politically correct capitalism to politically correct organized religion to politically correct time travel to politically correct Occupy Wall Street and more." Also by Carrié: Papelitos, The Bridge of Movie Producer Louis King (1981) and Intrepid Visions (1985). Amazon.
The Last of the Warriors: A Rude Awakening by Brawnlyn Blueitt ’13
A fantasy novel of three teens looking to save their world by finding a magical crystal to grant them the power over the evil bent on plunging the world into darkness. outskirtspress.com.
Sadie's Wish by Kathleen Y'Barbo (Kathleen Miller Y'Barbo-Turner '80)
Via Harvest House Publishers, Book 3 in
Also by Y'Barbo: ongoing series with Harlequin’s Love Inspired imprint called the Starting Over series. Aggie characters feature prominently in all three of these books: an Aggie veterinarian in Daddy’s Little Matchmakers, an Aggie fireman in Her Holiday Fireman and an Aggie event planner in Their Unexpected
The Morrigan's Brood series by Heather Poinsett Dunbar '95 and Christopher Dunbar
Vampires in the mid sixth century. Triscelle Publishing, 2011. Amazon.
Blessing by Deborah (Pigg) Bedford '80
Romance; one of 14 books she has written or co-written that are available on
Saving Grace by Pamela Fagan (Hutchins) '89
This novel Won the Writer’s League of Texas Manuscript Competition in the category of
Hot Texas Son by MRichardson (Mark W. Richardson '84)
Action and adventure
Also by Richardson: Cold Texas Rain. Reckless Marks Publishing, 2010. Amazon.
Reboot by Amy Tintera ’05
“Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas.” HarperTeen, 2013. Amazon. She reports film rights were optioned by Fox and it has sold in eight countries so far.
Impulse by Steven Gould '77
Tor Books, 2013. Gould is best known for Jumper, which was made into a film starring Samuel L. Jackson. Impulse is the third novel in the Jumper series. Jumper, his first novel, won second place in the Locus Poll for best first novel of 1992. It was also on the American Library Association Best Book List and the International Teacher's Association's Recommended Reading List. On his website, Gould proudly notes it was also on the American Library Association's list of most banned books in America for 1990 to 1999. "And considering that it wasn't published until the latter half of 1992, it had to work extra hard," he writes. Amazon.
Emilie and the Sky World by Martha Wells ’86
Forthcoming fantasy from Strange Chemistry Books. She has published 16 novels, by our count, and is probably best known for The Element of Fire and The Death of the Necromancer.
Mind Trace by Holly McCaghren ’08
Sci-fi: “What would you do to possess unlimited knowledge and power?” Createspace, 2012. Amazon.
A Texas Destiny, the Saga Begins by Joe Bax ’01
Winner of the 2013 International Book Award for the category of historical fiction. The prequel to The General and Monaville, Texas, which won the 2011 Will Rogers Medallion Award for Western Fiction. River Grove Books, 2012. Amazon.
Let It Be by Chad Gayle ’91
A coming of age novel that