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Notes on Blood Meridian
If you are a fan of 'Blood Meridian' this is a must-read. It's basically the recipe for McCarthy's book, characters and events separated and traced ba ...more
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Nov 25, 2010
Goodbye to a River: A Narrative
To this day, the Brazos is unpredictable, mesmerizing, frustrating and beautiful. It is this work by John Graves that once saved the Brazos from being ...more
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Oct 23, 2008
The Gay Place
I certainly didn't expect a novel based on LBJ's political career in Texas to be chock-full of eroticism and complicated passions. Not that the Johnso ...more
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Dec 16, 2008
The Bottoms
This is from Nacogdoches author Joe Lansdale. He's in the habit of cranking out mysteries, horror, and western stories. Sort of like a modern Robert E ...more
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Oct 21, 2009
No Country for Old Men
It always pleases me to read McCarthy's meticulous descriptions of guns. In a more modern setting, this includes a lot of information. It reminds me o ...more
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Apr 21, 2010
Wild at Heart
You'd think parole-breaking romantic rebels would know by now not to head into Texas. Of course the place is so damn big it is hard to avoid it if you ...more
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Sep 18, 2009
Cold Blue Steel
My father gave me this book. He must have seen her at some cop event or something. The title and cover design are unfortunate, but the content is genu ...more
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Jan 06, 2014
The Old Order: Stories of the South from Flowering Judas, Pale Horse, Pale Rider, and The Leaning Tower
My affair with Katherine Anne Porter has been going on for some time now, and I revisit her stories more than any other author.

This collection is like
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Mar 19, 2014
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
I have to admire Katherine Ann Porter. So many of her loves died and rejected her, ran away, and deceived her. Somehow she ended up writing truthfully ...more
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Jul 30, 2010
Cities of the Plain
My favorite of McCarthy's books, I have yet to read 'The Crossing'.

The epilogue is unfortunate. It's like something Borges would write - on a day he d
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May 02, 2011
The Boy Captives: (Clinton And Jeff Smith)
From the Texas State Historical Association website.

SMITH, CLINTON LAFAYETTE AND JEFFERSON DAVIS. Clint and Jeff Smith were captured on February 26, 1
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Feb 21, 2012
Jesus Out to Sea
The majority of these stories are set on the Texas/Louisiana coast, and I've been tempted to read this author because he writes in that setting a lot. ...more
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Apr 11, 2010
Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History
It's funny how well written history books can get you highly agitated at people who exited the earth many decades ago.

The Isaac of the title is Isaac
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Mar 31, 2010
Brann and the Iconoclast
A book of intense interest for myself, as I was born in the municipality in which the main altercations in this book took place.

I have seen the very p
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Nov 24, 2009
The Counselor: A Screenplay
Read as a drama or a thriller, this script is abysmal and boring.

Read as a comedy, it is riotously funny.

I'm all for anything that presents me with in
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Nov 17, 2013
Blessed McGill
The chief problem with this book is what the author has made of his research. He has taken the facts from thorough readings of Southwestern historical ...more
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Jul 09, 2009
A Swell-Looking Babe
I can't say I particularly enjoyed watching Thompson usher this character into complete oblivion. The final judgment made on the protagonist of this b ...more
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May 04, 2010
All the Pretty Horses (The Border Trilogy, #1)
I do enjoy McCarthy's scrawny troublemakers. Pathetic souls who are more dangerous and sympathetic than they first seem.

A lot of adventure.

Wonderful p
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May 14, 2010
Katherine Anne Porter and Texas: An Uneasy Relationship
There is just sadly very little content here. The same facts are presented again and again, and the details of Porter's adolescence in Texas become ev ...more
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Nov 12, 2013
The Life of John Wesley Hardin: As Written By Himself
Hardin took himself very seriously. This is a very dry recitation of murders and roamings. It may be silly to expect humor or insight in an outlaw's a ...more
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Jun 01, 2010
A John Graves Reader
My only complaint is that there is not more to read.

Hopefully, for Texas' greatest writer we will one day have a multi-volume, well-annotated, complet
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Nov 10, 2011
The Deer Pasture
Gillespie County is a beautiful place. Rick Bass conveys a lot of enthusiasm and passion for the Hill Country. He is so enthusiastic and excited that ...more
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Nov 25, 2008
Horseman, Pass By
I keep buying used books originating from the shelves of someone, someone who writes grammatical corrections in BLUE INK, even when it is OBVIOUS the ...more
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Jun 30, 2010
This is one of the few books that benefits from having the internet nearby as a distraction. I kept stopping to look up the different personalities in ...more
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Feb 15, 2011
A Comprehensive Guide to Outdoor Sculpture in Texas
I'm surprised that this even exists.

Some of these statues I have seen so often that they have become like characters in my life. It is a blessing to b
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Nov 21, 2008
Texas Summer
Nostalgia for aspects of Texan summers that are sad, frightening, and sometimes funny. Southern is especially on the mark with his young boys, who are ...more
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Jul 14, 2009
Roads: Driving America's Great Highways
Here McMurtry is rereading the great roads of America. Zipping across state lines and namechecking local authors that I will have to read one day. The ...more
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Jul 01, 2009
The Indians of Texas: From Prehistoric to Modern Times
After a lot of time down in the brush country I wanted to learn more about the Coahuiltecans - the uncivilized people who lived in that thorny, dry la ...more
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May 04, 2009
Trillin on Texas
In the vein of S.J. Perelman, Ian Frazier, another humorous 'New Yorker' columnist, this book gathering Texas-related columns. Brisket, true-crime, an ...more
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Jul 19, 2012
In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas
The essay on the Astrodome is one of the funniest things I've ever read in my life - he SLAMS Houston.

The topics here are disparate, and some of the e
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Jun 03, 2009
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