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Texas History: A Brief Tour

Posted by Sherry on 4/27/2017 in Children's Fiction, General, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

A couple of homeschool moms asked me to put together a reading list for Texas history so that they could do a (brief) literature-based Texas history unit. Well, the list grew a little longer than the request, but here are a few not-to-be-missed gems for children and adults who are making their way through Texas’s […]

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Up the Trail from Texas by J. Frank Dobie

Posted by Sherry on 1/17/2017 in 1955, General, Nonfiction, Television, Texas |

Texas Tuesday. This book, published in 1955, is one of the Landmark History series from Random House. The publisher had a policy of hiring the best writers, award winning authors and experts in history and in particular historical eras and events, to write these books, and it shows. J. Frank Dobie was a journalist and […]

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Five Things to Make You Smile on March 2nd

Posted by Sherry on 3/2/2015 in Celebrations, General, Picture Book Preschool, Texas |

Texas independence Day. On March 2, 1836, Texas declared its independence from Mexico. Coincidentally, March 2, 1793 happens to be the birthdate of that most famous Texan, Sam Houston. If you haven’t read Jean Fritz’s biography of Mr. Houston (see list below), you should. Read Across America Day. Oh, the Places You’ll Go when you […]

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Christmas in the Davis Mountains, Texas, 1839

Posted by Sherry on 12/3/2014 in Celebrations, Christmas, General, Texas |

On Christmas Day in 1839, frontiersman Kit Carson allegedly carved his name and the date on a huge boulder on Sawtooth Mountain in the Davis Mountains in Texas. Carson was born in 1809 in Kentucky and grew up in Missouri. He ran away to Santa Fe in 1826 and subsequently embarked on an arduous and […]

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The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton

Posted by Sherry on 5/16/2014 in Adult Fiction, General, Texas, Westerns |

If there was ever a piece of fiction that should be adopted as a manifesto and banner for the conservative/libertarian movement in American politics, it’s not any of that nonsense by Ayn Rand. (I never could get through either of her most famous tomes although I tried . . once . . each.) Elmer Kelton’s […]

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Christmas in Gonzales, Texas, 1835

Posted by Sherry on 12/4/2012 in Children's Fiction, History, Texas, Texas Tuesday, Young Adult Fiction |

Friday, December 25 “I awakened before the sun was up and saw that Mama was still by the hearth. I think she stayed up all night. The turkey was roasting on a spit over a low fire. It must have been the wonderful smell that woke me up. I hugged Mama’s waist and said Merry […]

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Texas Tuesday: The Blood of Heroes by James Donovan

Posted by Sherry on 9/11/2012 in General, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

The Blood of Heroes The 13-Day Struggle for the Alamo–and the Sacrifice That Forged a Nation by James Donovan. General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna: “If I were God, I would wish to be more.” “In this war you know that are no prisoners.” Oath Davy Crockett and his men signed on February 12, 1836: […]

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Texas Tuesday: A Personal Country by A.C. Greene

Posted by Sherry on 9/4/2012 in General, Nonfiction, Texas, Texas Tuesday |

I didn’t quite finish this travel homecoming memoir by a Texas author who hails from my neck of the woods, Abilene, Texas, where I went to college. However, I did find some gems in the book before I had to return it to the library, and I’ll probably come back to it and finish the […]

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Texas Tuesday: Goodbye to a River by John Graves

Published in 1959, this nonfiction narrative tells the story of a November 1957 trip down a piece of the Brazos River in central Texas, just before several dams were built along the river to change its course and character forever. Hence, the title: Goodbye to a River. Mr. Graves grew up along the Brazos, in […]

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55 Texas Tales: From Galveston to Amarillo to Brownsville to El Paso

Posted by Sherry on 7/10/2012 in Booklists, General, Summer reading, Texas |

I must admit that I’m a proud Texan with a mild Texas accent and a whiff of Texas braggadocio. And I think reading books by Texan authors or books set deep in the heart of Texas is a great way to spend a summer afternoon. Adams, Andy. The Log of a Cowboy. Semicolon review here. […]

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