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Lone Star Stories: The 10 Best Books About Texas

Though I grew up in Oklahoma and Texas, writing and researching my new novel forced me to read shelves of books about the region: novels, histories, dictionaries, almanacs; books on architecture, flora and fauna; biographies of Texas’s notables and deplorables—founders, soldiers, sinners, and the nearly forgotten. To my thinking, a great book about Texas should not only contain historical fact, it should give readers an impression of the Lone Star state—its scents, sights, and sensations—as well as what it feels like to be a human being of fragile flesh and blood

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