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Carol Dromgoole

Texas Star’s physical store is closed, although we are still fulfilling online and phone orders. Please let us know if we can help you. We check our phone and email messages several times each day, and will respond to your questions quickly! In most cases, we are shipping same day and next day on orders received on weekdays (before noon Friday). Orders received over the weekend will usually ship the following Monday.

Y’all take care and we hope to see you soon!

Book signings scheduled for Saturday, March 21, have been postponed indefinitely.

Rick Meyers, author of five tennis manuals, and Les Hammond, author of “The Arms of God,” will be at Texas Star at a later date to sign copies of their books.

Autographed copies of their books are now available at Texas Star, as well as on our website.

Due to decreased traffic and health concerns, Texas Star’s abbreviated hours will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, beginning Thursday, March 19. Shop online anytime, call us during store hours (325-672-9696) or send an email. (info.texasstar@yahoo.com)

We offer shipping, local delivery, and local curb pickup.

First off, we want to thank you for being a customer of Texas Star. In these times of uncertainty, we want to make shopping easy and safe for you. We are taking precautions in-store to keep our customers and employees safe by frequently cleaning our counters, credit card terminals and other often-used items.
If you are unable or uncertain about shopping in our store, we want to help with that, too! Of course, you can shop our website, but we can also take phone orders. We can even bring a purchase to your car at the curb if you call ahead of time, or we can deliver to your home. Need to buy a gift? We’ll gift wrap and deliver or mail it to the recipient for you, too.
Please let us know how we can help.
Thank you,
Glenn and Carol Dromgoole

By Glenn Dromgoolearms of god

             Abilene’s Les Hammond gets the reader’s attention right away in the first sentence of his debut novel, The Arms of God.

            “Mike Wakefield was fourteen years old the year Stella Clement shot Junior Clement dead.”

That was 1956. The Clements’ oldest son, Trace, was 8. Their other two children were sent back to East Texas to live with relatives. Trace was entrusted to the care of Wmearle Franklin, owner of the local machine and tool shop and one of the most respected men in town.

From a distance – always from a distance – Trace’s wealthy grandfather, Fowler Clement, keeps tabs on the youngster without his knowing it.

The story picks up eight years later when Trace is 16 and is part of a secret “gang” of local boys, headed by Mike Wakefield,  who go around helping people in need, all done anonymously.

The novel basically revolves around Trace’s life over the next 12 years, including a Mexican jail and Marine combat duty in Vietnam, and his almost non-existent relationship with his grandfather, which Trace finds hard to understand.

The Arms of God is a well-written, upbeat novel filled with characters you can’t help but like, especially Trace Clement and Wmearle. The title refers to the Brazos River, which flows through the West Texas tale.

Les Hammond, retired financial executive and volunteer prison chaplain, will sign copies of his novel from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at Texas Star Trading Company. Come by and say hello and pick up a copy of his book (Christian Faith Publishing, 295 pages, $19.95 paperback).

If you’d like to order the book, give us a call at 325-672-9696 and we’ll take your order.

 

 By Glenn Dromgoole

       Abilene tennis pro/coach Rick Meyers has produced five new books of tennis lessons and tips for players of all ages and levels, from beginners to champions.
           Three of the books are compilations from the Tennis Corner column he wrote for the Abilene Reporter-News from 1998 to 2016. The columns were always helpful and practical, and Meyers was often encouraged to collect them into easy-to-use book format. Now he has done that, along with two other titles.
           The five books are available at Texas Star Trading Company for $20 each, or in digital format at MeyersTennis.com.
Rick will be featured at a book signing at Texas Star from 10-11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 21. If you can’t make it, let us know and we’ll get a book signed for you — 325-672-9696.
           The five books are:
           The Making of a Champion deals with the physical part of the game as well as commitment to improving.
           The Mindset of a Champion concerns the all-important mental aspects of tennis, or pretty much any other sport.
           The Management of a Champion covers parenting issues, role models, sportsmanship, and other topics.
           Wristy Tennis focuses on developing a strong wrist and using it effectively.
           Finally, Meyers has published the Meyers Tennis Drill Book, a spiral-bound volume for tennis coaches at all levels. It consists of 118 illustrated drills as well as more than 50 practical tips to improve players’ physical and mental approaches to the game.
           Meyers obviously knows tennis, having been a high school (Abilene Cooper) and college (TCU) champion who went on to play on the pro tennis circuit for three years and directed Abilene’s pro tournament for 14 years. He has taught more than 135 players who earned college scholarships, and in recent years has coached tennis at Texas A&M and Hardin-Simmons.
           “As a teaching pro since 1983,” Meyers writes, “I have always wanted to share everything I know about tennis with everyone and anyone who was willing to learn.”
           Now he has done that, in a very big way.
By Glenn Dromgoole
           If you missed the terrific one-man play Amon! The Ultimate Texan at the Paramount Theatre on Feb. 22 – or if you saw it and would like to read more about Amon G. Carter – playwright Dave Lieber has also published a book of vignettes and photos about the colorful Fort Worth/West Texas newspaper publisher, promoter and philanthropist.
           The book, based on the play instead of the other way around, is $24.95 and we have autographed copies at Texas Star Trading. It’s a very entertaining read.
           Carter died in 1955 but his legend, influence and generosity live on through his foundation and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in Fort Worth as well as other prominent institutions and landmarks. He was truly “Mr. Fort Worth,” and his lasting impact on West Texas was profound as well.
       New Elmer Kelton release: Beloved San Angelo western author Elmer Kelton died in 2009, but his publisher continues to reissue his novels in paperback editions. The latest two-in-one edition includes Sons of Texas and The Raiders. Two western novels for the price of one, $9.99
           These books serve two purposes: To introduce a new generation of readers to the wonderful novels of Elmer Kelton, a seven-time Spur Award winner, and to offer the legions of Kelton fans an opportunity to reread some of their favorites. Kelton’s stories are always worth a second (or third) read. They’re that good.sons of texas.the raiders
 turning the pages of texBy Glenn Dromgoole

Lonn Taylor, who lived in Fort Davis and wrote a very literate weekly column for the Marfa newspaper, died last summer, just a few months after his most recent book was published — “Turning the Pages of Texas” ($22.95), one of the best books ever written about Texas books.

           The book is a collection of columns he wrote about Texas books, authors, photographers, cookbooks, and book festivals – basically anything having to do with Texas literature. He wrote about books you might have read – like A.C. Greene’s “A Personal Country” – and many you probably haven’t heard of, covering a wide spectrum of topics and genres. He also included essays on such things as browsing in used bookstores and libraries, collecting cookbooks, and attending a book festival.
           There are 64 pieces in all, each one about three and a half to four pages long. You can pick it up and randomly turn to an essay and spend 10 minutes or so enjoying Taylor’s fine prose and his knowledge of Texas history and literature.
           In fact, while writing this column, I did just that. I opened it randomly to a piece he wrote about the book “My First Thirty Years” by Gertrude Beasley, a teacher and writer who grew up in Coleman and Abilene, attended Simmons College, wrote her controversial book that was published in Paris and was banned in England, and then mysteriously disappeared. Taylor tells how Alice Specht, the longtime Hardin-Simmons library director (now retired), finally discovered the truth: Beasley was committed to a New York mental institution in 1928 and died there from cancer in 1955.
           Bill Wright and Marcia Hatfield Daudistel included an excellent profile of Lonn and Dedie Taylor in their book, “Authentic Texas: People of the Big Bend.” I never had the pleasure of meeting Lonn, but I have enjoyed reading his erudite essays.
There’s another book about Texas books that I modestly recommend: “101 Essential Texas Books,” which I co-authored with Carlton Stowers a few years ago. Each of the 101 books we recommend is covered in a brief one-page article, with notes about other similar books. In addition to the 101, we mention another 250 titles worth considering.
           What we tried to do was offer a list of 101 Texas books, still in print (or at least were in print when we wrote our book), that provide a balanced representation of Texas history, culture, and literature. Obviously, I’m biased, but I think it ought to be in every library in Texas.
 You can get it at Texas Star for just $10. Click here
“There Was an Old Dragon” now a children’s board book; book signing planned
by Glenn Dromgoole
      Best-selling Abilene author Penny Parker Klostermann’s delightful children’s book, There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight, first published in 2015, is coming out in a board book edition (Random House, $8.99).
           The book’s national launch is Tuesday, Feb. 11, and Penny will celebrate by signing books that day at Texas Star Trading Company from 4-5:30 p.m.
           Even though it’s a board book, it’s not a condensed version of the story, which features an old dragon who goes around devouring everything in his path – a steed, a squire, a cook, a lady, even a castle and a moat, until finally he starts to bloat. And then what?
           There Was an Old Dragon Who Swallowed a Knight was a Texas Star best-seller in 2015 and 2016. We know of two very grand children who love the tale and can even recite part of it. The more durable board book (also featuring Ben Mantle’s wonderful illustrations) should give the story renewed life, especially with younger kids. Board books make good baby shower gifts.
           If you would like a personalized/autographed copy and can’t make it to the book signing, call us at (325) 672-9696 and we’ll save however many you want. You can also order online and we can send the book to you after the book signing.
           Penny also is the author of another wonderful children’s book, A Cooked-Up Fairy Tale, published (with illustrator Mantle) by Random House in 2017.

Texas Star is closed today (Wednesday, Feb. 5) due to inclement weather. The roads are covered with a layer of ice, topped with several inches of snow. We expect to re-open Thursday, although it might be a bit later in the day than normal. Safe travels!

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