Book notes: Charlie Russell’s new novel will make you smile

By Glenn Dromgoole Retired school superintendent Charlie Russell, who now lives in Potosi, has published his seventh novel, My Country, God’s Country, featuring characters from his previous novel, When the Cactus Blooms.             Charlie has developed quite a following in Abilene and elsewhere because he creates characters that readers like ...
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Book Notes: Willie Nelson, Sister Bobbie tell their story

By Glenn Dromgoole              If you’re a Willie Nelson fan, you’ll want to read his new book, Me and Sister Bobbie: True Tales of the Family Band ($28 hardcover, with collaborator David Ritz). Willie and big sister Bobbie (she’s two years, three months older) alternate writing chapters about growing up ...
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Extended hours!

Texas Star has extended our hours back to pre-Covid! We are now open 10-5:30 Monday-Friday, and 10-4 on Saturday. We strive to offer a safe shopping environment -- face masks encouraged for customers, employees wear them; hand sanitizer stations at front door and checkout counter; and high-touch areas sanitized frequently ...
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Book Notes: ‘Legacy’ book heads list of new arrivals

By Glenn Dromgoole              Jay Moore tells the story of the Dodge Jones Foundation and the generous family who made it possible in his handsome new coffee-table book, Legacy. It’s already a hot seller at Texas Star Trading Company ($40, with proceeds benefiting the Abilene Heritage Square project), and Jay ...
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Book Notes: Popular Abilene Authors Working On New Books

Popular Abilene authors have new books due this fall  By Glenn Dromgoole Hey, Jay Moore, Sandi Mathur, and Charlie Russell fans: Three of Abilene’s most popular authors have books scheduled to come out this fall. Abilene history virtuoso Jay Moore has written a history/biography of the Dodge Jones Foundation and ...
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Book Notes 8.10.20: History in Haiku, Jodi Thomas’ new novel

By Glenn Dromgoole This is probably the weirdest book on American history I have ever read. And the most creative, too. J.W. Brands, a distinguished author and professor at the University of Texas, has compiled the history of the U.S. three lines – 17 syllables – at a time. He’s ...
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