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3 Notable New Books for the New Year

Time to update your TBR list.

By Amarie Gipson Published in the Winter 2022 issue of Houstonia Magazine

“Read more” is usually at the top of everyone’s New Year’s resolution list, so we thought it was a perfect time to add a few of our favorite new releases by or about Houstonians to add to your pile.


The People Eaters by Neil Bockoven 

As part of his Paleolithic book series, Houston-based geologist and author Neil Bockoven continues his exploration of the gruesome idea that ancient humans ate Neanderthals in Europe around 45,000 years ago. Bockoven’s scientific background and skills as a researcher make for a gripping and terrifyingly plausible narrative.

Art/Art History

Jamal Cyrus: The End of My Beginning co-published by Inventory Press and Blaffer Art Museum

The first monograph for Houston-based contemporary artist and educator Jamal Cyrus, The End of My Beginning, chronicles Cyrus’ decades-long engagement with Black liberation movements, music, and artifacts of the African Diaspora. This gorgeously designed coffee table book features a denim textured cover with dozens of colorful images of Cyrus’s multidisciplinary artwork.


City Without Altar by Jasminne Mendez 

Award-winning poet, playwright, and children’s book author Jasminne Mendez explores love and healing through a poetic ode to the survivors of the 1937 Haitian Massacre. This stirring collection of poetry highlights a lesser-known tragedy that has impacted Haitian culture for generations.  

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