Feb. 24, 2021
By Glenn Dromgoole
March is Texas History Month. Here are some books to consider (available at Texas Star Trading):
- Big Wonderful Thing by Stephen Harrigan is the new quintessential book on Texas history. A much thinner paperback history is titled, simply, History of Texas.
- Sam Houston and the Alamo Avengers by Brian Kilmeade tells about the Texas victory that changed American history. Harrigan’s novel, Gates of the Alamo, is a Texas classic.
- Cult of Glory by Doug J. Swanson is a new, controversial history of the Texas Rangers. Texas Rising by Stephen L. Moore focuses on the early-day Rangers, 1836-46.
- 101 Essential Texas Books offers one-page previews of some of the best Texas books in print in a variety of categories –history, fiction, food, sports, crime, and more.
- Twelve Mighty Orphans by Jim Dent relates the inspiring story of the Masonic Home Mighty Mites who ruled Texas football in the ‘30s. Thursday Night Lights by Michael Hurd tells about black high school football in Texas before integration.
- Interwoven by Sallie Reynolds Matthews is considered one of the best chronicles of pioneer life in West Texas. Several other books on Texas women and ranch life include Texas Ranch Women, Texas Women and Ranching, and I’ll Gather My Geese.
- On Texas Backroads is a collection of Texas stories written by Abilene High grad Carlton Stowers. Other good collections include It Happened in Texas and West Texas Stories.
- For younger readers: Texas History for Kids. What Was the Alamo? Who Was Davy Crockett? Jane Long: Texas Journey. This Is Texas, Y’all!
And that’s just a sampling. Stop by Texas Star and check out other Texas titles.