The Bookshelf, The Parlor, The Young Texas Reader, and the Monthly

The Texas Bookshelf is different from the The Texas Parlor, . The Texas Parlor carries "general" bookish information and non-book information and even different Texana news and notes of use to the bibliographically challenged and other nosey folks intersted in historical, literary, and cultural observations. Will's Texana Monthly may carry material from either blog, but extends itself beyond those, especially for longer compilations or treatments. The Monthly, the Bookshelf and the Parlor are all companions. So, is the Young Texas Reader which specialized on books and such things for the youngest to the teenagers.

Friday, June 6, 2008

First of All, A Wife: Sketches of America’s First Ladies.

By Anne Adams.

Batavia, NY: PC Publications, 2007. e-book 194 pages. $9.99.
Houstonian Anne Adams brings our attention to America’s First Ladies, several pages each of actually interesting reading. But our focus here is Texana. While Julia Dent was secretly engaged to Ulysses Grant, he was sent off to the Texas border, not by Julia but by the military. Mamie Dowd’s family had a winter home at San Antonio a hundred years ago. In 1915 while in that city Mamie met Ike, a lieutenant at the time. Later began the Texas dynasty Claudia Taylor, Barbara Pierce, and Laura Welch. But, if you are wishing to inspire the little girls of your neighborhood, don’t forget that Lou Henry Hoover was an astonishing person; I’ve read her … and she was no Texan.

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