Ranchers, Ranchos & Rumors of the South Texas Brush Country.
Text and photos captured or collected by Dian L. Malouf.
Preface by Lady Bird Johnson; foreword by Liz Carpenter.
Hillsboro, Oregon: Beyond Words Pub., 2005. Hbk, 196 pages, many b&w photos, map, bibliog. ISBN 978-1-5827-0130-1 Price $39.95 Hardcover, $125.00 Signed with Slipcase First Edition, $250.00 Leather bound Limited Edition http://www.beyondword.com/ Dian Malouf gracefully shares a portion of the South Texas Brush Country that she loves – the ranchers, the roundups, the land. In 26 chapterlettes the authenticity, dignity, and even the humor of the folks inform the reader to turn the pages slowly.
These photos and words are worth your time. The happiest photos are of Bob Reagan, an occasional horse and daughter trainer. The horses crossing the Colorado River to Matagorda are a wonderful visual spread. Malouf’s text is simple, elegant, and attractive, drawing at times on conversation, knowledge, and memory. Mainly Malouf gives you a way of life distant from modern superficiality and closer to life worth living.
Mary Katy Withers, had, at publication, been ranching for 76 years; she’s withstood any discouraging word.