Books to Celebrate Independence

As an independent bookshop, we are always excited to celebrate independence. This July 4th, we celebrate our nation's independence. I think it's a good time to reflect on what it means to be a good citizen of our country. It is also a good time to share stories of people who have worked hard for our country with our children.

Without getting on my personal soapbox (well, maybe just one foot), I am a first generation American. My father's family immigrated here looking for a better life. They came in 1930, when jobs were scarce. But still they came, and I think they made Texas a better place. They became American citizens when they could. And they never took the liberties afforded them and their descendants lightly. I do not take my citizenship lightly. So let's celebrate and make our work count. 

Below are a few of the books I've been thinking about this week. If you happen to pick one up, I'd love to hear what you think.

Wishing you a happy and safe 4th,


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Pie Is for Sharing By Stephanie Parsley Ledyard, Jason Chin (Illustrator) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781626725621
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - May 15th, 2018

A picnic, a beach, a pie cut into pieces and shared with good friends.
Pie is for sharing.
It starts off round, and you can slice it into as many pieces as you want. What else can be shared? A ball, of course. A tree? What about time?

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Her Right Foot (American History Books for Kids, American History for Kids) By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (By (artist)) Cover Image
By Dave Eggers, Shawn Harris (By (artist))
ISBN: 9781452162812
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Published: Chronicle Books - September 19th, 2017

"A friendly reminder of how America can be at its best." – Entertainment Weekly

If you had to name a statue, any statue, odds are good you'd mention the Statue of Liberty.

Have you seen her?

She's in New York.
She's holding a torch.
And she's in mid-stride, moving forward.
But why?

In this fascinating and fun take on no

This Is Our Constitution: Discover America with a Gold Star Father By Khizr Khan Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781524770914
Published: Knopf Books for Young Readers - October 24th, 2017

From Gold Star father and beloved Democratic National Convention speaker Khizr Khan comes a book for young people about the Constitution—what it says and why it matters for everyone.

Revolution Song: A Story of American Freedom By Russell Shorto Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393245547
Availability: Special Order
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - November 7th, 2017

From the author of the acclaimed history The Island at the Center of the World, an intimate new epic of the American Revolution that reinforces its meaning for today.

Russell Shorto’s work has been praised as “first-rate intellectual history” (Wall Street Journal), “literary alchemy” (Chicago Tribune) and simply “astonishing” (New York Times).

The Woman's Hour: The Great Fight to Win the Vote By Elaine Weiss Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780525429722
Published: Viking - March 6th, 2018

"Both a page-turning drama and an inspiration for every reader"--Hillary Rodham Clinton

Soon to Be a Major Television Event

The nail-biting climax of one of the greatest political battles in American history: the ratification of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.