The 50+ Best Books on Texas

This personal guide to Texas writing, by the writer/journalist A.C. Greene, has become my touchstone of late. Although I have read many of the books in it, such as Aransas, Lonesome Dove, Goodbye to a River, Hold Autumn in Your Hand, Charles Goodnight, Adventures With a Texas Naturalist, and Six Years With the Texas Rangers, there’s still many more to go. It’s been criticized for what it leaves out, which is to say a lot of cowboy and cattle industry books and history-as-history. Some, like the stark Journal of the Secession Convention of 1861 and The Commanche Barrier to South Plains Settlement, are hard to find–though the former is now available free in pdf on the Web. I’m going to try Love Is a Wild Assault next, a novel of the Texas Republic.

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