Reading the States: Texas

Friday, November 2, 2012


State: TEXAS 

Fiction:
- Lonesome Dove* by Larry McMurtry
- Holes* by Louis Sacher
- That Old Ace in the Hole by Annie Proulx
- No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
- The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly
- Old Yeller by Fred Gipson
- 11/22/63* by Stephen King
- Giant by Edna Ferber
- Corpus Christi by Bret Anthony Johnston
- The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton
- You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
- Texas by James A. Michener
- The Killer Inside Me by Jim Thompson 
- Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories by Sandra Cisneros

Nonfiction:
- The Liar's Club* by Mary Karr
- Places Left Unfinished at the Time of Creation by John Phillip Santos
- Isaac's Storm* by Erik Larson
- Let’s Pretend This Never Happened* by Jenny Lawson
- Half Broke Horses* by Jeannette Walls
- Lone Star: A History of Texas and the Texans by T. R. Fehrenbach
- A Line in the Sand: The Alamo in Blood and Memory by Randy Roberts
- Goodbye to a River by John Graves
- The Path to Power by Robert A. Caro
- Borderlands/La Frontera by Gloria E. AnzaldĂșa

Authors Known for Writing in or about the State:
- James Michener
- Cormac McCarthy

Authors Who Lived Here:
- Larry McMurtry
- Lisa Tuttle
- Philipp Meyer
- William Humphrey

Great Bookstores:
River Oaks Bookstore
Booked Up
The Tattered Jacket
Blue Willow Bookshop
BookPeople

*Books I've Read
Photo by moi.

9 comments:

Sandy Nawrot said...

Texas is one of those states that exudes a certain atmosphere. No Country For Old Men is the perfect example of using this dusty, bleak landscape to make the reader feel dusty and bleak!

annieb said...

I was especially interested in Larry McMurtry's bookstore in Archer City, Texas. That must be an amazing place. I read his Books: A Memoir, but I think I liked it more than you did. He talks about the bookstore in the book. That would be a great place to visit but I doubt I ever will--too off the beaten path.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Sandy - It really is. There are other states that blend together, but Texas is in a class of its own.

annieb - I would love to visit that bookstore too!

Trish said...

TEXAS is the BEST of the Fifty Nifty United States...

And yes, that atmosphere is very prevalent down here, too. Not a day goes by that I don't see a bumper sticker that says "SECEDE" or "I wasn't born in Texas but got here as fast as I could" or...

But you forgot to add "Texas" by Michener to your list! ;)

I SO want to read the Fallon book, especially as I have some friends and family members stationed at Fort Hood.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Trish - Thanks! I added it in. I really want to read the Fallon book too. I keep hearing great things.

Nikki Steele said...

I had to send this to my mother-in-law immediately -- she's been in Arizona for 7 years now but is still Texas at heart. Such an amazing collection of books to showcase that big honkin' state.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Nikki - Pass it along, I'd love to hear if she has books I should add!

Karen K. said...

Texas is also home to BookPeople in Austin, probably THE best independent bookstore in the world. You should definitely visit if you ever visit!!

And I agree with Trish, there is a lot of Texas pride down here.

Melissa (Avid Reader) said...

Karen - Thanks! I definitely added that into the list of bookstores. I have a lot of family in Texas and so I need to make a trip there in the next few years to check out all the bookish awesomeness.