Listapalooza: top ten books about Texas

Time for the next installment in our much-anticipated series of lists (our first two were on our top ten songs about Texas and our top ten books on the environment)! This time, we thought we’d offer up our ten favorite books, both fiction and nonfiction, about the Lone Star State.

Roy Bedichek, Adventures with a Texas Naturalist
Sarah Bird, The Mommy Club
H. G. Bissinger, Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream
Billy Lee Brammer, The Gay Place
Oscar Casares, Brownsville: Stories
John Graves, Goodbye to a River: A Narrative
Stephen Harrigan, The Gates of the Alamo
Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
Larry McMurtry, Lonesome Dove
Frederick Law Olmsted, A Journey Through Texas; or, a Saddle-Trip on the Southwestern Frontier

All right, all you Lone Star literati, let us have it. What classics have we missed and/or forgotten?

What we’re reading
Shelley Silbert, M. Gay Chanler, and Gary Paul Nabhan (eds.), Five Ways to Value the Working Landscapes of the West
Martin: West Marin Review: A Literary and Visual Arts Journal

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4 Responses to Listapalooza: top ten books about Texas

  1. Anonymous says:

    I would add "Hard Scrabble," by John Graves, "Horseman Pass By," by Larry McMurtry,
    and "The Great Plains" by Walter Prescott Webb (although the latter is not, strickly speaking, "about Texas")…

  2. Sarah Bird says:

    Hey Martin & Heather, Thanks for putting me on this fantastic list. Now we can still be friends. Ha! xoxo, sarah

  3. Catherine Herter says:

    The Gay Place is one of my all-time favorites…great list!

  4. Heather and Martin says:

    Thanks, all – we appreciate the feedback. And, Catherine, Heather wants to know how you have time to be reading blogs, anyway.

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