This is a collection of stories written for Texas Highways magazine about locations west of Interstate New introductions give insight about everything from the author's writing process to his feelings about doughnuts.
Outrageous Texans: Tales of the Rich and Infamous, by Mona D. Sizer (2008). "Many larger-than-life personalities [are] profiled in [this book] ... [The author] brings all of these colorful Lone Star State characters to life." (Back Cover)
Close Calls: Jan Reid's Texas, by Jan Reid "[This book] collects some of the best of [the author's] prolific writings into a volume that provides a uniquely personal cross-section of life - the dangerous and the daily - in Texas.
Cedar Whacker: Stories of the Texas Hill Country, by C. compiled and edited by Dorothy W. Kerbow "The cedarwhacker was a reckless, careless rogue. Using any ax he could find, he tackled his job with wild abandon.
Old Ranches of the Texas Plains, paintings by Mondel Rogers [Texas State Artist, 1990-91]; foreword by Mitchell A. Wilder (1976). “Mondel found in his heritage and love of the high plains a source of personal expression in architectural doodlings of ranch houses, dugouts, windmills, and bunkhouses. From such studies began his experiments in various media, working to hold onto the sense of light and space as well as to record architecture.” (Foreword)
Texas Wild: The Land, Plants, and Animals of the Lone Star State, by Richard Phelan; photographs by Jim Bones (1976). "Creosote bushes, kangaroo rats, road runners, rock paintings, and bat caves - everything ordinary and everything strange that can be found in the wild country of Texas is here." (Front Flap)
Texas - A Roadside View, by Lady Bird Johnson (1980). "As I think back about my life, the things that surface are those which have given me pleasure and moments of quiet delight. This great bounty of wildflowers and trees and grasses we have here in Texas has to be one of my great treasures." (Back Cover)
Growing Old at Willie Nelson's Picnic: And Other Sketches of Life in the Southwest, edited by Ronald B. Querry "In this collection, twenty contributors celebrate a common theme - the land and people of the Southwest.
Flash Floods in Texas, by Jonathan Burnett (2008). "[The author] chose twenty-eight floods from around the state to create this narrative of a century of disastrous events ... Dramatic photographs of each event reveal some of the harrowing accounts of danger spawned by nature on a rampage." (Back Cover)
Lago Vista: Its Story and Its People, a project of the Lago Vista Historical Society; edited by Bruce Vernier and JoAnn Siefken (2000). "[This document] is the result of the effort of a group of volunteers who saw a need to record our community's past so it would not be lost." (Introduction)
This Stubborn Soil: A Frontier Boyhood, by William A. Owens; introduction by John Graves (1986). "[The author's] story is not simply the magnificent story of one man's insatiable desire for an education; it is also a rich chapter in the history of Texas." (Front Flap)