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THE CONTEST by Bennett Easton Published in 2015 by CreateSpace Independent Publishing. Reviewed by Kirsche Romo. If you had billions of dollars at your disposal, what would you buy? Minerva Bennett is head of a non-profit foundation which grants billions of dollars each year to worthy organizations. But after years

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HAPPINESS FOR BEGINNERS By Katherine Center Published in 2015 by St. Martin’s Griffin. Reviewed by Victoria Williams. With five novels under her belt, Contemporary American Fiction Author Katherine Center is something of a literary expert when it comes to writing about love of family. And she doesn’t miss a beat

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PLEASANTVILLE By Attica Locke Published in 2015 by HarperCollins. Reviewed by Manning Wolfe. What’s fascinating about Pleasantville, Attica Locke’s latest thriller involving her series character, attorney Jay Porter, is that while it’s set in Houston in 1996, and the reader knows the history to come, we are dropped into the

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HER TEXAS: STORY, IMAGE, POEM & SONG Edited by Donna Walker-Nixon, Cassy Burleson, Rachel Crawford, and Ashley Palmer Reviewed by Trilla Pando. Texas writers cast their eyes across the Lone Star State from city streets to windblown prairies. The women writers collected in this extensive and inclusive anthology are among

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THE PRICE OF VALOR: THE LIFE OF AUDIE MURPHY, AMERICA’S MOST DECORATED HERO OF WORLD WAR II By David A. Smith Published in 2015 by Regnery History. Reviewed by Ron Hunka. When I was growing up in the fifties, almost every boy knew the name “Audie Murphy.” After all, he

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TEXAS TOUGH By Janet Dailey Published in 2015 by Kensington. Reviewed by Victoria Williams.  When author Janet Dailey penned her debut novel in the mid-1970s on something of a dare, according to The New York Times, I’m sure she never expected it would spark a decades-long career as an accomplished

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JOE, THE SLAVE WHO BECAME AN ALAMO LEGEND By Ron R. Jackson Jr. and Lee Spencer White Published in 2015 by University of Oklahoma Press. Reviewed by Joyce Boatright. The story of the Alamo is legendary. Every Texas school child knows the names and life stories of Jim Bowie, Davy

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TEXAS: THE GREAT THEFT By Carmen Boullosa Translated from the Spanish by Samantha Schnee Published in 2014 by Deep Vellum Publishing.   Reviewed by David Eric Tomlinson. In the first pages of Carmen Boullosa’s powerful yet whimsical novel Texas: The Great Theft, we are introduced to dozens of characters –

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BAREFOOT DOGS: STORIES By Antonio Ruiz–Camacho Published in 2015 by Scribner. Reviewed by Tony Burnett. The nine stories of Ruiz-Camacho’s Barefoot Dogs seemed only loosely connected after the first reading. The settings range from Mexico City to Austin to Oklahoma and Madrid. What you immediately notice is Ruiz-Camacho’s unconventional language and viewpoint. You

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THE MEMORY PAINTER by Gwendolyn Womack  Published in 2015 by Picador. Reviewed by K.L. Romo.  The Memory Painter By Gwendolyn Womack Have you ever looked into a person’s eyes, and felt a shock of familiarity that shouldn’t be there? Have you ever had dreams so realistic that you could swear you’d

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