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Recommendations from 9 articles, Barack Obama, Julie Plec, Susan Orlean and 10 others.
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Goodbye to a River
A Narrative
John Graves - Jul 09, 2002 (first published in 1959)
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In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River in north-central Texas. For John Graves, this project meant that if the stream’s regimen was thus changed, the beautiful and sometimes brutal surrounding countryside would also change, as would the lives of the people whose rugged ancestors had eked out an existence there. Graves th...
The Big Rich
The Rise and Fall of the Greatest Texas Oil Fortunes
Bryan Burrough - Mar 30, 2010 (first published in 2009)
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"What's not to enjoy about a book full of monstrous egos, unimaginable sums of money, and the punishment of greed and shortsightedness?" Phenomenal reviews and sales greeted the hardcover publication of The Big Rich, New York Times bestselling author Bryan Burrough's spellbinding chronicle of Texas oil. Weaving together the multigenerational sagas...
Lonesome Dove
A Novel
Larry McMurtry - Jun 15, 2010 (first published in 1985)
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A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroe...
Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe
Benjamin Alire Sáenz - Apr 01, 2014
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A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz. Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, th...
The Border Trilogy
All the Pretty Horses, the Crossing, Cities of the Plain (Everyman's Library)
Cormac McCarthy - Sep 28, 1999 (first published in 1994)
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Beginning with All the Pretty Horses and continuing through The Crossing and Cities of the Plain, McCarthy chronicles the lives of two young men coming of age in the Southwest and Mexico, poised on the edge of a world about to change forever. Hauntingly beautiful, filled with sorrow and humor, The Border Trilogy is a masterful elegy for the America...
Friday Night Lights
A Town, a Team, and a Dream. H.G. Bassinger [I.E. H.G. Bissinger]
H. G. Bissinger - Aug 11, 2015 (first published in 1988)
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With a new afterword by the authorReturn once again to the timeless account of the Permian Panthers of Odessa--the winningest high-school football team in Texas history. Odessa is not known to be a town big on dreams, but the Panthers help keep the hopes and dreams of this small, dusty town going. Socially and racially divided, its fragile economy ...
The Wake of the Wind
A Novel
J. California Cooper - Dec 28, 1999 (first published in 1998)
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A dramatic and thought-provoking novel of one family's triumph in the face of the hardships and challenges of the post-Civil War South.The Wake of the Wind, J. California Cooper's third novel, is her most penetrating look yet at the challenges that generations of African Americans have had to overcome in order to carve out a home for themselves and...
The Legend of the Bluebonnet
Tomie Depaola - Apr 16, 1996 (first published in 1983)
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When a killing drought threatens the existence of the tribe, a courageous little Comanche girl sacrifices her most beloved possession--and the Great Spirit's answer results not only in much needed rain but a very special gift in return. "An ideal complement to Native American and Texas studies..." Booklist...
Alamo All-Stars
A Texas Tale (Volume 6)
Nathan Hale - Mar 29, 2016
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From Nathan Hale, #1 New York Times bestselling author and Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List maker, comes the definitive graphic novel about the Alamo.   Hale relays the facts, politics, military actions, and prominent personalities that defined the Texas Revolution in factual yet humorous scenes that will capture the attention of reluctant reader...
News of the World
Paulette Jiles - Jun 20, 2017 (first published in 2016)
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In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.In the wake of the Civil...
What Was the Alamo?
Pam Pollack - Oct 03, 2013
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"Remember the Alamo!" is still a rallying cry more than 175 years after the siege in Texas, where a small band of men held off about two thousand soldiers of the Mexican Army for twelve days. The Alamo was a crucial turning point in the Texas Revolution, and led to the creation of the Republic of Texas. With 80 black-and-white illustrations through...
People Knitting by Barbara Levine
For the Love of Texas by Betsy Christian
For the Love of Texas by Betsy Christian
Remember the Alamo by Paul Robert Walker
L Is for Lone Star by Alan Stacy
Four Generations by Courtney J Martin
María, Daughter of Immigrants by María Antonietta Berriozábal
Larry Gets Lost in Texas by John Skewes
Texas History Movies - Collector's Limited Edition by Jack Patton
Recollections of Early Texas by Iii John Holmes Jenkins
State Shapes by Erik Bruun
Telling Tales by Rene Paul Barilleaux
The Color of Being/El Color del Ser by Susie Kalil
The Art of Found Objects by Robert Craig Bunch
Daughters of Dallas by Vivian Anderson Castleberry
Bang by Daniel Pena
Flatbed Press at 25 by Mark Lesly Smith
Mark Flood by Bill Arning
Bluebonnet at the Alamo by Mary Brooke Casad
Texas by James A. Michener
Lone Star by T. R. Fehrenbach
Susanna of the Alamo by John Jakes
How to Walk Away by Katherine Center
Round Up by Carol Crane
Woman Hollering Creek by Sandra Cisneros
God Save Texas by Lawrence Wright
Lone Star Pasts by Gregg Cantrell
Scorpio Rising by R. G. Vliet
All the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
The Son by Philipp Meyer
As Essential as Dreams by Michelle White
A Place of Dreams by Geoff Winningham
An Unreasonable Woman by Diane Wilson
Rainwater by Sandra Brown
Beyond Myths and Legends by Kenneth Wayne Howell
The Last Picture Show by Larry McMurtry
The Gay Place by Billy Lee Brammer
Giant by Don Graham
Pecos Bill by Steven Kellogg
Lot by Bryan Washington
Armadillo Rodeo by Jan Brett
Gone to Texas by Randolph B. "Mike" Campbell
Bluebonnet at the Texas State Capitol by Mary Brooke Casad
The Story of Texas by John Edward Weems
Brownsville by Oscar Casares
Mexican Enough by Stephanie Elizondo Griest