MEMBERS REVIEW: 2014 Book Award Winners

As we open submissions for the 2015 Writers’ League of Texas Book Awards, we’re still celebrating our 2014 honorees. This year, in addition to our toast at the Texas Book Festival, we’re honoring this year’s winners with a special review written by a Writers’ League member. Thunderstruck & Other Stories by award-winning

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LBJ’S NEGLECTED LEGACY: HOW LYNDON JOHNSON RESHAPED DOMESTIC POLICY & GOVERNMENT Edited by Robert H. Wilson, Norman J. Glickman, and Laurence E. Lynn, Jr. Published in 2015 by University of Texas.                       Reviewed by Trilla Pando. All the way, with

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THE MASK By Taylor Stevens Published in 2015 by Crown.                     Reviewed by K.L. Romo. Taylor Stevens does it again with the fifth book in her Vanessa Michael Munroe series – The Mask. At the end of her last assignment, Munroe is weary

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HOLLOW MAN by Mark Pryor Published in 2015 by Seventh Street Books.                       Reviewed by Manning Wolfe. Creepy-good crime noir! Mark Pryor spins a smart and suspenseful tale through his character’s twisted mind in Hollow Man. “It’s like I’m hollow.

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THE OUTSKIRTS OF HOPE by Jo Ivester Published in 2015 by She Writes Press.                   Reviewed by Christine Baleshta. “If not us, who? If not now, when?” This quote by Robert Kennedy could well be the mantra of Jo Ivestor’s idealistic father

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DEATH ON BASE: THE FORT HOOD MASSACRE  By Anita Belles Porterfield and John Porterfield  Published in 2015 by University of North Texas Press.                   Reviewed by Ron Hunka. From the title of this book, one might conclude that it concerns itself only

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LEAF AND BEAK: SONNETS By Scott Wiggerman Published in 2015 by Purple Flag.   Reviewed by Trilla Pando. Open the door, take a step, take another. Day begins with my morning walk. Look for squirrel, greet the usual dogs, compose my mental to-do list. Not an exciting two miles by

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THE COURTHOUSES OF CENTRAL TEXAS By Brantley Hightower Published in 2015 by University of Texas Press. Reviewed by Manning Wolfe. The Courthouses of Central Texas by Brantley Hightower is a beautiful book that proudly portrays the distinctive architecture and history of 50 Central Texas courthouses. It is Volume 20 of the

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REAGAN: THE LIFE By H.W. Brands Published in 2015 by Doubleday. Reviewed by Trilla Pando. “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!” Ronald Reagan flung out these defiant words as he stood in front of the Brandenburg Gate in June of 1987. They rang not only in the ears of Mikhail

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IT’S A LONG STORY: MY LIFE By Willie Nelson with David Ruiz Published in 2015 by Little Brown. Reviewed by Tony Burnett. Willie Nelson’s new autobiography, A Long Story, My Life, is a must read for Willieophiles. The iconic Texas minstrel digs deep, spending a large portion of the journal exploring

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