From the opening passage, it’s clear mystery is at the heart of Beth Moore’s first novel, “The Undoing of Saint Silvanus.” It begins with a gunshot on Christmas Eve in 1921 in a church in New Orleans. Quickly jumping to the present day, that church is now a home of sorts — a collection of apartments and the holder of long-buried secrets waiting to surface.

I love books — those bound pages of the written words that can take a reader on a magic carpet ride to faraway places or to distant times past. Not only do they take me to places I may never get to see in person, they also teach me about cultures and eras so different from my own, but eerily similar. I can’t imagine not being able to read.

Sometimes gardening books are complicated, formulaic or intimidating with lots of data and complex charts. Information overload! But in Cheryl Beesley’s new book, “Landscaping with Edible Plants in Texas,” published by Texas A&M University Press, she takes a natural approach, like she’s …

In her book, “Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World: How One Family Learned that Saying No Can Lead to Life’s Biggest Yes,” published by Tyndale Momentum, Texas author, mom and wife, Kristen Welch, describes the day that she and her husband identified entitlement in their children.

Have you ever wondered about those majestic oak trees you see dotting the Texas landscape? In their book, “Famous Trees of Texas,” celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Texas A&M Forest Service, authors Gretchen Riley and Peter D. Smith take you on a journey across land and time as th…

“Quintessential Style: Cultivate and Communicate Your Signature Look,” by Janna Beatty and Sharon White, goes beyond the how-to of style to discuss the why. Beatty’s aim is to guide women in creating a sense of personal style by delving into who they are as individuals, then teaching them ho…

There are at least two compelling reasons to read a newly released book entitled “In the Governor’s Shadow,” about former Texas governors James and Miriam (aka Ma and Pa) Ferguson. In this account, author Carol Wilson of Temple weaves a lesson in Texas history into the story of this famous n…

Myka Allen-Johnson left her teaching job after she had her life threatened, thumb broken, and hair torn out. But that was just the warm-up routine. Now she's here to talk about how crazy her life has been since then, after she became a real estate professional.