Reviews and Blog Posts: Texas

Midnight crossroad

by Charlaine Harris

DPL Rating:
3

There’s a town in Texas called Midnight that has a lot of secrets and a lot of slightly askew inhabitants.  There’s a new neighbor, Manfred Bernardo, he runs a number of physic hotlines for a living – using psychology and psychic ability. The book is about him meeting the rest...

Teaching the cat to sit : a memoir

by Michelle Theall

DPL Rating:
4

Colorado author Theall's memoir alternates between her early years in a strict Catholic family in Texas and her dealing with her son's Catholic school's decision to expel children of same sex parents in 2010. Theall's story of isolation, yearning for acceptance by her mother and the church, and hiding the...

The son

by Philipp Meyer

DPL Rating:
5

This epic Western relates the violent history of Texas through the story of one powerful family. That story begins when 13-year-old Eli McCullough is captured by the Comanche in 1849 and traces his survivor’s spirit of resilience and ruthlessness through his progeny over the next 160 years, told in alternating...

The son

by Philipp Meyer

DPL Rating:
5

I do not give five stars lightly, but I'd rank this book up there with Larry Mc Murtry's Lonesome Dove. Let me start off by saying that I made an initial attempt to read the print book without much success. The first few pages left me a bit befuddled....

The lights from the chemical plant

by Robert Ellis

DPL Rating:
4

Finally after 3 long years, we have new music from Robert Ellis.  His last album, Photographs, rejuvenated my love of honky tonk and folk.  Lights from the Chemical Plant has Ellis reaching further out from his Texas roots to mixed results.  Some of the songs have fallen to prey to the likes of...

Have you seen Marie?

by Sandra Cisneros

DPL Rating:
4

This short, beautifully illustrated (by Ester Hernandez) fable for grownups is not merely about the lost black and white cat of the title. Sandra is feeling lost and wonders at her 53-year-old orphan status when a friend comes to visit her in San Antonio, and the friend's cat runs off....

Flag of Chile

"Flag of Chile." Image. CultureGrams Online Edition. ProQuest, 2010. Web. 13 Oct

When I tuned in to the rescue of the Chilean miners, I wondered why the Texas flag was everywhere. It didn't take me long to realize that it was the flag of Chile. The flag of Chile is very similar to the Texas flag. CultureGrams helped me see that I wasn't completely off my rocker.

CultureGrams is a great resource to learn about countries of the world and also about the states of our Union (and, for that matter, the provinces of Canada.) 

Learn more about Chile. See the flag and maps, listen to the national anthem and read about the history, the people, the customs, the lifestyle and even a few recipes that those miners can enjoy again now that they're back above ground.

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can't Lose

Friday Night Lights

I discovered the Friday Night Lights series recently and was immediately hooked. Despite the unifying narrative of high school football, a subject for which I have little interest, the great writing and interesting story lines kept me moving through the episodes quickly. And yes, after awhile I even started rooting for the Dillon Panthers to win their games! 

With its fourth season beginning Friday, May 7 on NBC, you'll have to work hard to catch up, but you can get started by placing holds on season one, season two (the weakest link in the series, due in part to the writer's strike) and season three.

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