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.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

TEXAS by Mary Jo Powell

Texas. By Mary Jo Powell.

Northampton, Mass.: Interlink Publishing, 2005. 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.

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