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  • Series: Best Dive Bars
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Gamble Guides (August 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935439162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935439165
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 5 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,542,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Nova Lomax is currently a staff writer at the Houston Press, the city paper of Houston. He is the great nephew of Alan Lomax, the American music folklorist and musicologist.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Creg L. Lovett on November 8, 2010
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Dive Bars of Houston: Drinking and Diving in the Bayou City
By John Nova Lomax
Reviewed by Creg Lovett

John Nova Lomax's hero, the lategreat Sig Byrd, wrote about Houston in a way that made the city feel downright intimate. Tiny, in fact. The city was smaller then, in the 1950's, but as he spent mornings downtown, afternoons in the then-nearer suburbs, and evenings in the bars, his man-on-the-street journaling shrunk the town to villagelike proportions. Just a bunch of salesmen, mechanics, delivery drivers, and mentally ill unemployed addicts keeping cool with Jax beer, it seems we were back then.

Sometimes I think Galveston might be now what Houston was like then.

Well Houston has grown to a sickening, mind boggling degree since the 50's, but in his book "Houston's Best Dive Bars: Drinking and Diving in the Bayou City" Lomax applies the Sig Byrd treatment to our hellishly hot, humid and inhumanly large Houston of 2010, and the result is a view which renews your faith in our city's livability.

Taking it in small chunks, viewing it as a city of neighborhoods even though no one else really does, he claims a new and deserved cultural look at the town. In its smallest bars, these dives, people who rebuke corporate chains and find comfort in the charm of a smaller perhaps family owned neighborhood bar are more likely to be individuals. After all, most of the characters with speaking roles in the book wouldn't last more than a few beers in a Bakers Street Pub. They'd be suspect. Asked for cash or a credit card authorization first. Then the tightjeaned bitches and bro's would make faces at these smelly bastards until they carried there asses back to the dive they belong in.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ma B. on October 3, 2012
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Well-written, sometimes unexpectedly touching, often hilarious book of anecdotes about the denizens and dive bars of Houston. The subtitle alone was worth the price of the book for me!
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By T. McConathy on November 19, 2013
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Fantastic resource with countless stories tucked into each vivid description. I really liked the author's introduction and how he sorted his listings geographically on account of the Bayou City's enormous footprint. Bought the Kindle edition and would recommend the hardback edition.
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