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Discover Houston from A to Z with The Houstorian Dictionary

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Order your copy of The Houstorian Dictionary: An Insider’s Index to Houston – in print or for the Kindle – and discover the story behind Houston landmarks, history-makers, traditions, language, pop culture and more. 

With his brand new book The Houstorian Dictionary: An Insider’s Index to Houston, author and Houston preservationist James Glassman has crafted a handy and entertaining reference guide to help the lifelong Houstonian and fresh newcomer make sense of the city’s names, places, history, successes, missteps and future.

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Formatted like a traditional dictionary, the book features names and concepts both familiar and forgotten.

Entries include The Aeros, Aerosol Warfare, Art Car Parade, Astroworld, the Battle of the Sexes, The Beer Can House, Big Alex, Blue and White Tiles, Bun B, Clutch City, The Cookoff, Enron, “Game of the Century,” Geto Boys, Hermann Park, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Houston Oilers, Hurricane Ike, Leon’s Lounge, Mandola, Marfreless, Market Square, Med Center, Midtown, Petroleum, Queen B, Phylicia Rashad, Rice Village, Ship Channel, Spindletop, West University, White Oak Bayou, Willie D, Marvin Zindler and many, many more.

Cover Description from The Houstorian Dictionary

“Represented by landmarks, dishes and events, the culture of America’s fourth-largest city is celebrated in the literature, movies, songs and memorable quotations credited to its vibrant citizenry. The Houstorian Dictionary is a guide for natives and newcomers alike. Each entry leads into the next to create a tapestry of the Bayou Citys past and present. Discover that story and visit the places where it all happened. Meet the innovators, heroes, hucksters and misfit tinkerers who share the unique Houston DNA. The Houstorian, James Glassman, reveals valuable insights that make this a handy reference as well as an entertaining read.”

Getting Your Copy of The Houstorian Dictionary

You can find The Houstorian Dictionary online at Amazon.com or, if you’re lucky, at local bookstores and shops including Cactus Music, Brazos Bookstore and the Barnes & Noble on West Gray. Copies at local stores go quickly. If you purchase on Amazon via the links on this page, Amazon will pay a portion of the sale to 365 Things to Do in Houston, supporting our efforts to highlight fun things to do across Greater Houston.

About Author James Glassman

A fifth-generation Houstonian, James Glassman received a Bachelor of Arts in History from Kenyon College and Master of Architecture from the University of Houston, Gerald Hines College of Architecture. Professionally, Glassman focuses on historic preservation and adaptive reuse. In late 2006, he founded the group Houstorian, which is committed to telling the story of Houston, preserving its cultural and architectural history, and supporting the landmarks that make Houston fun and unique. He tweets “Today in Houston history” from @Houstorian and has designed a popular line of Houston-themed t-shirts and prints. You can follow Houstorian on Facebook and Twitter.

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