Though a collection of columns as "The Rambling Boy" for the Big Bend Sentinel, Lonn Taylor's Texas, My Texas: Musings of the Rambling Boy is far from the usual mashed potatoes newspaper fare. Taylor is a wise and lyrical writer with a background as a professional historian and his mammoth love for Texas is infectious. This is a book to savor in a rocking chair on a hot day with a tall glass of spiked lemonade at your side. Get ready to howl with the one about the in-law aunts's oodles of poodles.
(This one made my top 10 for 2012.)