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Thursday, July 3, 2008

Texas Curiosities - John Kelso

 Texas Curiosities:  Quirky Characters, Roadside Oddities & Other Offbeat Stuff, 3rd ed.  By John Kelson.  Guilford, Conn.:  Insiders Guide / Globe Pequot Press, 2007.  pbk  ISBN 0-7627-4109-0  $13.95
The Austin Statesman humor columnist, John Kelso is an oddball specialist and he holds forth on odd-to-pleasant special things across the state's eight regions.  Learn about Dallas' Cow Goddess, Beaumont's Big Bopper, Eldorado's polygamy, Groom's 2nd tallest cross in the Western Hemisphere, and Houston's Funeral Museum.  Ponder the connections in Kelsoland.  As a gesture to normalcy, Kelso adds sidebars of history to the 200 important things.

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