What’s better than a good book? A good book written by your neighbor (or former neighbor). Brew up a batch of your favorite cup of tea or coffee and get ready to meet your next read, because we’re talking about locally written books in San Antonio.
- “Valleyesque: Stories” by Fernando A. Flores | Release date: May 3, 2022 | The South Texas author of “Tears of the Trufflepig” weaves surreal border stories in one of The Million’s “Most Anticipated Books of 2022.”
- “More Than You’ll Ever Know” by Katie Gutierrez | Release date: June 7, 2022 | True crime author Cassie Bowman unravels the affairs and murders in the life of Lore Rivera.
- “Nobody’s Pilgrims” by Sergio Troncoso | Release date: May 10, 2022| Three teenagers escape hitmen and their own troubled pasts in this road trip thriller with heart.
- “The Peculiarities” by David Liss | Release date: Sept. 7, 2021 | Unravel supernatural mysteries in Victorian London, complete with secret societies and cloak-and-dagger conspiracies.
- “Beasts of the Earth” by James Wade | Release date: Oct. 11, 2022 | This upcoming release from the Hill Country author of “River, Sing Out” and “All Things Left Wild” features modern Western themes and vivid Texas landscapes.
- “The Queen of the Cicadas” by V. Castro | Release date: June 22, 2021 | Stories from 2018 and the 1950s weave around the urban legend of “La Reina de Las Chicharras” in this paranormal thriller.
- “West Side Love Story” by Priscilla Oliveras | Release Date: June 1, 2022 | Priscilla draws from her father’s ties to San Antonio to tell this “Romeo and Juliet"-inspired love story about competing mariachi bands.
For the family
- “The Turtle of Michigan” by Naomi Shihab Nye | Release date: March 15, 2022 | This standalone sequel to “The Turtle of Oman” focuses on Aref, a boy from Muscat moving to Michigan — perfect for readers 8-12.
- “Camilla la Magica Makes Tamales” by Chef Cariño + Paloma Cortez | Release date: April 6, 2022 | Camilla la Magica and her pup Osito learn to make her Abuela’s magical tamales. Don’t worry, the recipe is included.
- “I Will Always Come Back to You” by Carmen Tafolla | Release date: Feb. 22, 2022 | This picture book, beautifully illustrated by Grace Zong, teaches children 4-8 that distance cannot diminish love.
- “Fifteen Hundred Miles from the Sun” by Jonny Garza Villa | Release date: June 8, 2021 | Julián Luna’s plans for the future are thrown into disarray as he learns to be his real self in this YA story about coming out.
- “This Poison Heart” by Kalynn Bayron | Release date: June 14, 2021 | Myth, mystery, and magic swirl around an abandoned apothecary in this YA contemporary fantasy novel by the author of “Cinderella Is Dead.”
Learn something new
- “Big Wonderful Thing” by Stephen Harrigan | Release date: Oct. 1, 2019 | A master of Texas history, Stephen tells the story of the Lone Star State from 11,000 BC to today.
- “Mommy Lied to God” by Carlos Maestas | Release date: June 30, 2020 | Learn the art of authentic storytelling + how to share your experiences with the world.
- “Eleanor in the Village” by Jan Jarboe Russell | Release date: March 30, 2021 | Eleanor Roosevelt is known as a legendary human rights advocate, and this biography tells the little-known story of her time in New York’s Greenwich Village.
- “West Side Rising” by Char Miller | Release date: Sept. 7, 2021 | Read about how the Flood of 1921 changed San Antonio, and how disasters reveal systems of injustice.
Part of a series
- “Big Red Tequila” by Rick Riordan | Release date: June 28, 2005 | You know Rick Riordan’s all-time classic mythology series — but the award-winning “Tres Navarre” PI series is where it all began.
- “Dead City” by Joe McKinney | Release date: Oct. 1, 2010 | It’s the season of zombie stories, and who better to write the “Deadworld” series than a former San Antonio disaster mitigation specialist.
- “Through the Glass Ceiling to the Stars” by Col. Eileen M. Collins | Release date: Oct. 19, 2021 | The first woman to command an American space mission tells her story in her own words, from training at Lackland to exploring the stars.
- “Broken (in the Best Possible Way)” by Jenny Lawson | Release date: April 6, 2021 | With humor and honesty, Jenny walks readers through her own experiences with depression and anxiety.
- “A House of My Own” by Sandra Cisneros | Release date: Sept. 6, 2016 | The author of “The House on Mango Street” compiles essays from her life into this “jigsaw autobiography,” including the inspiration for her classic works.