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THE TRAIN TO CRYSTAL CITY By Jan Jarboe Russell Published in 2015 by Scribner. Reviewed by Ron Hunka. The regrettable history of the WWII Crystal City Internment Camp in South Texas has been addressed before in commendable books such as Nazis and Good Neighbors by Max Paul Friedman, but not

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THE CITY IN TEXAS: A HISTORY by David G. McComb Published in 2015 by University of Texas Press. Reviewed by Manning Wolfe. David G. McComb’s The City in Texas: A History, is an insightful overview of the rise of Texas cities from the time of the Spanish Conquest to modern

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MIGRATORY ANIMALS By Mary Helen Specht Published in 2015 by Harper Perennial.  Reviewed by K.L. Romo. What is family? What are family obligations? Where is home? How does love fit into the mix?  These are some of the questions Mary Helen Specht explores in her novel Migratory Animals. Specht tells

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PRIDE V. PREJUDICE  by Joan Hess April 2015 by Minotaur Books. Reviewed by Tony Burnett. With three dozen titles to her name, Joan Hess has found a comfortable niche in the cozy mystery genre. Pride v. Prejudice is her latest installment in the Claire Malloy mystery series. The story is

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ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE BRIDGE By Ray Villarreal Published in 2014 by Arte Publico Press. Reviewed by Debi Christensen. Seventh grader Lonnie Rodriguez faces horrors greater than those he and his father enjoy watching in old movies. Named after horror film star actor Lon Chaney, Lonnie’s life is

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SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN by Tony Burnett Published November 2014 by Kallisto Gaia Press. Reviewed by Michael Sirois. One of the first clues that this was going to be an unusual book was the cover art. A photographic bust of a bearded man, possibly Civil War era, in near profile, occupies the

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WINK OF AN EYE By Lynn Chandler Willis Published in 2014 by Minotaur Books. Reviewed by Retha Fielding. I selected this Texas mystery because the story sounded good. It did not occur to me that a writer from North Carolina would set her story in Wink, Texas. Did she come

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CREPUSCULE W/NELLIE By Joe Milazzo  Published in 2014 by Jaded Ibis Press. Reviewed by David Eric Tomlinson. Dallas native Joe Milazzo’s new novel Crepuscule w/Nellie is an inspired work of art, a “speculative historical fiction” twenty years in the making, and the book deserves a wider audience than it will

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AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: A HISTORY By Tracey E. W. Laird Published in 2014 by Oxford University Press. Reviewed by Laura D. Sanders. Austin City Limits (or “ACL” as it’s known to many) crossed, and crosses, borders of all types.  So does Dr. Tracey E. W. Laird, in her 2014 book Austin

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RED STATE: AN INSIDER’S STORY OF HOW THE GOP CAME TO DOMINATE TEXAS POLITICS By Wayne Thorburn Published in 2014 by University of Texas Press. Reviewed by Trilla Pando. Some of us long-time Texans pick up the newspaper and ask “How did that happen?” Republican Governor, Republican Lt. Governor, Republican

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