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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Book Notes 8.6.20: Sharron Ann Sibley tells her rags-to-riches story

By Glenn Dromgoole Sharron Ann Sibley, a high school beauty queen who expected to live a happy life as a wife and mother, pulls no punches in her autobiography titled Men, Money & Gypsy Blood: A Memoir of Love, Survival, and My Rise to Wall Street ($24.95 paperback). Unlike most ...
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Book Notes – Three New Debut Novels

3 excellent debut novels by Abilene writers By Glenn Dromgoole I’ve read three first novels by three Abilene writers this year, and I have to tell you that I have enjoyed – and heartily recommend – all three. Earlier this year I reviewed The Arms of God by Leslie Hammond ...
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Book Notes: Molly Ivins & Stevie Ray (6.25.20)

Molly Ivins quotes, Stevie Ray photos  By Glenn Dromgoole Fans who appreciated – and miss — the witty, irreverent prose of liberal Texas columnist Molly Ivins, who died in 2007, can revisit some of her best lines in a compact little collection, Molly Ivins: She DID Say That (Great Texas Line ...
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Book Notes – Pandemic Reading, Aggie Lists – June 16, 2020

By Glenn Dromgoole As bad as the COVID-19 pandemic has been, it barely compares to the coronavirus outbreak depicted in best-selling Texas author (and former Abilenian) Lawrence Wright’s new novel, The End of October. The principal character, revered epidemiologist Henry Parsons, finds himself on the other side of the world, ...
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Are You Grumpy Staying at Home?

Abilene elementary School teacher and author Matt Roemisch wrote a children’s book while stuck at home during the pandemic, Ask Someone Grumpy to Read You This Book ($7.99 paperback). It’s a rhyming children’s book, but he tells children not to read it by themselves. “You must ask someone grumpy to ...
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