Texas. By Mary Jo Powell.
Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Publishing, 2005. http://interlinkbooks.com/. 5" x 9", 288 pages, full-color photos, maps, paperback. ISBN 1-56656-564-2; Price: $18.95
This tall, paperback by Austinite Powell is a pleasant collection of past and present – Cabeza de Vaca to Branch Davidians. Over 10% of the pages have photos or graphics, color and b&w. Objectivity and the writer’s liveliness of short narratives and sidebars keep the reader interested. The few final pages devoted to movies, music, and literature make good diving boards for the modestly adventurous. Each title in this “On-the-Road Histories” series should include: maps, famous sons & daughters, tidbits, literary extracts, tourist sites, etc. and a bibliography. For medium and large libraries.