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1, 2, 3, Sí!: Numbers in English y Español

Madeleine Budnick (author), San Antonio Museum of Art (artwork)

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With ArteKids, children discover the world of art and learn English and Spanish at the same time. Introduce your child to the fundamentals of numbers and counting while connecting them to the world of art in a unique, fun, and colorful way. The book incorporates artwork found in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, along with phrases and words in English and Spanish, to make bilingual learning and art...

The bold, bilingual 10-page board book (suitable for chewing for the toothless set as well) should make teaching numbers to kids a little easier—and a lot more fun.San Antonio Express-News

Alamo to Espada: A Vintage Postcard Profile of San Antonio’s Spanish Missions

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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San Antonio's five Spanish missions, including the Alamo, were being pulled from the brink of destruction at the start of the twentieth century, just as picture postcards were coming into vogue. Alamo to Espada profiles the dramatic transformation with more than 150 illustrations and a chapter for each mission. A special section features postcard images showing the variety of ways the Alamo has been remembered—in...

American Venice: The Epic Story of San Antonio’s River

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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In American Venice, Lewis Fisher uncovers the evolution of San Antonio’s beloved River Walk. He shares how San Antonians refused to give up on the vital water source that provided for them from before the city’s beginnings. In 1941 neglect, civic uprisings, and bursts of creativity culminated in the completion of a Works Project Administration undertaking designed by Robert H. H. Hugman. The resulting River Walk...

Lewis Fisher has made a lifestyle and a living writing about San Antonio history, and in particular, its river. — Texas Public Radio

Animal Amigos!: Artsy Creatures in English y Español

Madeleine Budnick (author), San Antonio Museum of Art (artwork)

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With ArteKids, children discover the world of art and learn English and Spanish at the same time. Introduce your child to the fundamentals of animal life by connecting them to the world of art in a unique, fun, and colorful way. The book incorporates artwork found in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art with phrases and words in English and Spanish to make bilingual learning and art exciting for eager...

The Architectural Legacy of Alfred Giles: Selected Restorations

Mary Carolyn Hollers George (author), W. Eugene George (photographs)

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The Architectural Legacy of Alfred Giles focuses on architect Alfred Giles’s work in Texas and northern Mexico. Giles, who practiced from the 1870s to the 1920s after emigrating from England, designed buildings reflecting a great variety of styles derived from architectural forms of the past, combining them in original ways. Giles produced designs for unpretentious domestic residences and showy mansions, county...

Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists

Nan Cuba (editor), Riley Robinson (editor)

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Art at Our Doorstep: San Antonio Writers and Artists pays tribute to the city’s vibrant creative community. A gathering of literary and visual art, the book features poetry, fiction, and nonfiction from the city’s writers, as well as images of painting, sculpture, photography, and installations from the city’s artists. All gathered here are closely associated with the city or have been in years past, and together they...

Hailed as a much-needed cultural encyclopedia for San Antonio. — San Antonio Current

Balcones Heights: A Crossroads of San Antonio

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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Residents of suburban Balcones Heights (an enclave of San Antonio, Texas) were incorporated in 1948 to gain zoning protection, only to find themselves relying heavily on revenue from traffic fines to run the city. A few decades later, two interstate highways intersected at Balcones Heights, drawing a regional shopping mall yielding sales tax revenues that could suddenly fund new municipal services. Its isolated,...

Call it a suburban rags-to-riches story. The miniscule municipality of Balcones Heights was once in such desperate straits that it initiated a draft for street repairs. It... — San Antonio Express-News

Baseball in the Lone Star State: The Texas League’s Greatest Hits

Tom Kayser (author), David King (author)

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In vivid episodic chapters, Tom Kayser and David King create an entertaining history of the Texas League, providing a broad picture of the shifting character of baseball operations in this century-old minor league. Portrayed are the many varied and often colorful owners, managers, and players who did so much to give this league a powerful place in Texas culture. Accompanying the text are dozens of black-and-white...

The book is a treasure of baseball stories that often cross the line as downright freakish records. — Pecan Park Eagle

Beer across Texas: A Guide to the Brews and Brewmasters of the Lone Star State

Paul W. Hightower (author), Travis E. Poling (author)

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Beer across Texas guides readers through nearly three dozen breweries, microbreweries, and brewpubs throughout the Lone Star State, from El Paso and Houston to Lubbock to South Padre Island. Meet brewers, discover their top labels, and find out what to look for at each brewery. Learn how to identify the distinctive tastes of the five basic styles of lagers and the seventeen major styles of ales. This unique book...

The Texas craft-brewing scene has finally reached a benchmark: It's gotten big enough to have a book written about it. . . . We've arrived.Austin Chronicle

The Biker’s Guide to Texas: 25 Great Motorcycle Rides in the Lone Star State

Dorothy Waldman (author)

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This is the book Texas bikers have been waiting for. There’s plenty about what to see and do along the way, but the focus is on the rides: where to go, what signs to look for, how far the next turnoff is, when to be especially alert for what’s around a sharp bend, when you can expect to relax a bit and just cruise. These twenty-five great rides have been scouted by Dorothy Waldman, who became a "Biker Babe" in her...

Dorothy traipses the state, traveling the open road from the Oklahoma border to the silvery Rio Grande, and she shares tidbits of history and riding tips along the way.Texas Highways

Black & Blanco!: Engaging Art in English y Español

Madeleine Budnick (author), San Antonio Museum of Art (artwork)

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With ArteKids, children discover the world of art and learn English and Spanish at the same time. Introduce your child to the fundamentals of contrasting colors while connecting them to the world of art in a unique, fun, and colorful way. The book incorporates artwork found in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art with phrases and words in English and Spanish to make bilingual learning and art exciting for...

Children and adults will find much to savor in these titles—so much, in fact, that they may even be inspired to connect with their inner Picassos.  Kirkus Reviews

Bob and Helen Kleberg of King Ranch

Helen Kleberg Groves (author), Anne and Tobin Armstrong (foreword), Bill Benson (contributor)

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King Ranch. The name is embroidered in the tapestry of Texas, rising from the sunbaked coastal plains in the infancy of the state itself. King Ranch is the inspiration of legends and speculation, tradition and history. Rawhide-tough through drought, Indian attacks, Civil War, and the Great Depression, among other trials, King Ranch is the star of Texas. Now the memoirs of Helen King Kleberg Alexander-Groves, the only...

Groves tells a compelling story of one of the most famous ranches in America.Fauquier Times-Democrat

Bronchos to Spurs: Sports in San Antonio since 1888

Chris Foltz (author)

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Bronchos to Spurs is a historical guide to sports in San Antonio and includes the dramatic early story of the Spursfive-time National Basketball Association championscomplete with team rosters, scoring records, and a wealth of other important facts and figures. Then there’s baseball, which launched San Antonio’s big league sports in 1888. The Texas League champion Missions are likewise recounted in story and...

The Burning Island: Myth and History in Volcano Country, Hawai‘i

Pamela Frierson (author)

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Westerners—from early missionaries to explorers to present-day artists, scientists, and tourists—have always found volcanoes fascinating and disturbing. Native Hawaiians, in contrast, revere volcanoes as a source of spiritual energy and see the volcano goddess Pele as part of the natural cycle of a continuously procreative cosmos. Volcanoes hold a special place in our curiosity about nature. The Burning Island is an...

An extraordinary book. . . . Frierson has tackled one of the most profund issues in Hawai‘i. — Honolulu Star Bulletin

C. H. Guenther & Son at 150 Years: The Legacy of a Texas Milling Pioneer

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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San Antonio-based C. H. Guenther & Son, founded by a young German immigrant in 1851, is the oldest family-owned business in Texas and the oldest continually operated family-owned milling company in the United States. Evolution from waterwheels to computers and from plain flour to mixes and frozen foods form the backdrop to this lavishly illustrated story of a company whose Pioneer and White Wings brands approach...

Classic Tex-Mex Cooking

Jim Peyton (author)

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Tex-Mex, barbecue, and chili are important aspects of a culinary culture in Texas that has developed organically over many years of trial and error by thousands of remarkable cooks on both sides of the border. Tex-Mex cuisine, a melding of regional American and interior Mexican cooking, has become enormously popular not just in the Lone Star State but nationwide and, increasingly, throughout the world. Although...

How to cook Tex-Mex right.Texas Monthly

Clowns and Rats Scare Me

Cary Clack (author), Naomi Shihab Nye (foreword)

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Cary Clack is beloved in San Antonio, and for good reason. He brings wit and wisdom to his writings, making his columns the first thing people turn to in the morning paper. It’s fair to say that Clack speaks to people beyond his local fans, using his heartfelt, probing, and powerful approach to cover national issues such as terrorism, racism, and child abuse. After 9/11 he spent weeks in New York City, observing...

Cary’s witty, often poignant columns cut to the heart of social and political matters, offering the homespun wisdom he earned growing up on the East Side, studying life... — San Antonio Magazine

Colores Everywhere!: Colors in English y Español

Madeleine Budnick (author), San Antonio Museum of Art (artwork)

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With ArteKids, children discover the world of art and learn English and Spanish at the same time. Introduce your child to the fundamentals of colors by connecting them to the world of art in a unique, fun, and colorful way. The book incorporates artwork found in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, along with phrases and words in English and Spanish, to make bilingual learning and art exciting for eager...

As did the earlier publication 1, 2, 3, Sí! (2011), these two bilingual concept books bring works of art from the San Antonio Museum of Art’s collection to a young...Horn Book

Colors on Clay: The San José Tile Workshops of San Antonio

Susan Toomey Frost (author)

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Colors on Clay brings to life the rich artistry, designers, and styles that brought the colorful tiles, bowls, plates, and other wares produced by the San José Workshops in San Antonio, Texas, into prominence nationally. Intertwining art, personality profiles, and history, Susan Toomey Frost presents the first definitive account of this intriguing story. Against the backdrop of the Arts and Crafts Movement and the...

For four decades, beginning just before the Great Depression, Ramos' depictions of South Texas and Central Mexican life—from chile queens on Alamo Plaza to vaqueros on... — San Antonio Express-News

Cornyation: San Antonio’s Outrageous Fiesta Tradition

Amy L. Stone (author)

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Fiesta San Antonio began in 1891 with a parade, Battle of the Flowers, in honor of the memory of the battles of the Alamo and San Jacinto. Similar in many ways to Mardi Gras, the parade has evolved into a ten-day, annual festival in April with more than 100 colorful and cultural events raising money for nonprofit organizations in San Antonio. Cornyation has played an important role in the transformation of Fiesta....

Though Fiesta is famed throughout Texas (and perhaps beyond) for its parades, concerts, and block parties, one of its most lively events is known to few outside the city... — Texas Monthly

Deep in the Heart of San Antonio: Land and Life in South Texas

Char Miller (author)

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Char Miller combines the savvy of a historian and the street smarts of an urban observer as he delves into the special qualities of San Antonio and the larger issues characterizing South Texas. Writing with a lively and intimate style, Miller provides an overview of the region’s natural and environmental history; water issues; urban development; politics; and the Alamo City’s future. He subtly and successfully...

Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex

Chris Waters Dunn (author), Cappy Lawton (author)

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The enchilada is more than an everyday Mexican food. It is a history of Mexico—rolled, folded, and flat—that embodies thousands of years of Mexican life. The evolving ingredients in enchiladas from pre-Columbian to modern times reveal the internal and external forces that have shaped Mexico’s cuisine and culture.  Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex is a comprehensive exploration of one of Mexico’s most historic and popular...

Enchiladas: Aztec to Tex-Mex has legs — it could essentially help spread the gospel of enchiladas callejeras, or Tex-Mex, across the country.San Antonio Current

Eyes Right!: A Vintage Postcard Profile of San Antonio’s Military

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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As the nation undertook the business of winning two world wars, tens of thousands of soldiers and airmen served tours of duty at San Antonio’s major bases. Those times coincided with a surge in picture postcards, which uniquely document the scene. Eyes Right! includes rare photography from the Army’s chase of Pancho Villa along the Mexican border, which San Antonio’s military played an important role in. San Antonio,...

Fifty Years of the Texas Observer

Char Miller (editor), Molly Ivins (foreword)

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For the past five decades the Texas Observer has been an essential voice in Texas culture and politics, championing honest government, civil rights, labor, and the environment, providing a platform for many of the state’s most passionate and progressive voices. Included here are ninety-one selections, including Roy Bedichek, Lou Dubose, Ronnie Dugger, Dagoberto Gilb, Jim Hightower, Molly Ivins, Larry McMurtry, Maury...

The Texas Observer tells it like it is—and tells it the way most newspapers can’t, or won’t. Fifty Years of the Texas Observer delivers stories that will make you laugh... — Ann Richards, former governor of Texas

Fort Sam: The Story of Fort Sam Houston, Texas

Eldon Cagle Jr. (author)

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Fort Sam profiles one of America's most historic military posts, established in San Antonio in 1876 and named a National Historic Landmark in 1975. At the beginning of the twentieth century, Fort Sam was the nation's largest Army post. The text and the more than 175 illustrations outlineFort Sam's transformation from an assortment of installations, including the Alamo, into today's sprawling 3,000-acre complex. Its...

Well crafted and chock full if information, this volume is history at its best. — Military Images

Hello, Círculos!: Shapes in English y Español

Madeleine Budnick (author), San Antonio Museum of Art (artwork)

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With ArteKids, children discover the world of art and learn English and Spanish at the same time. Introduce your child to the fundamentals of shapes by connecting them to the world of art in a unique, fun, and colorful way. The book incorporates artwork found in the collections of the San Antonio Museum of Art, along with phrases and words in English and Spanish, to make bilingual learning and art exciting for eager...

"The art choices are really quite stunning and will engage young readers. . . . The breathtaking works of art give youngsters much to pore over." Kirkus Reviews

HemisFair ’68 and the Transformation of San Antonio

Sterlin Holmesly (author)

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In 1968, a world’s fair sparked a transformation in San Antonio. A monolithic Old Guard overcame four decades of post-Depression lethargy to put on the event, only to find itself overthrown by populist forces unleashed by the new energy. As change rippled outward, rising minority political groups gained a decisive voice in economic developments. In Hemisfair ’68, Holmesly records the HemisFair and post-HemisFair...

For anyone with even a casual interest in local history, this book is an invaluable resource, and some of it is fun to read as well. — San Antonio Express-News

Hi Mom, Send Sheep!: My Life as the Coyote and After

Tim Derk (author), David Robinson (foreword)

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At the age of forty-seven, Tim Derk’s career as mascot for the San Antonio Spurs was soaring as the team headed toward their third NBA Championship. That career ended abruptly when he suffered a massive stroke. Despite remarkable success in regaining speech and movement, Derk knew there was no going back. Hi Mom, Send Sheep! is his fond look at his years as the Coyote. Beginning with his recruitment from a community...

Tim’s life is his best act. Picking up the house key can be more heroic than a back flip basket dunk in a furry costume. It’s heart we’re talking about, and Tim’s heart... — Phil Hardberger, former mayor of San Antonio

The Horse That Fell through the Stage: and Other Tales of a Texas Veterinarian

Mason L. Matthews (author)

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One evening Mason Matthews got a phone call. As a singer at San Antonio's Alameda Theater was about to mount a horse backstage and ride out in front of the audience, her horse had fallen through the floor. Would Dr. Matthews come over and figure out what to do? This was one of many dilemmas the veterinarian faced during his nearly half-century career. Texas ranchers had emergencies as they began to stock African...

Immigrant Miller Picks Texas: The Letters of Carl Hilmar Guenther

Carl Hilmar Guenther (author)

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The letters in Immigrant Miller Picks Texas describe the odyssey of Carl Hilmar Guenther, who sailed from Germany in 1848 at the age of twenty-two to seek his fortune in America. For two years he tried his hand at construction and factory work in New York, farming and milling in Wisconsin and Ohio, and carpentry on a plantation in Louisiana. Then he learned of opportunities in Texas. In 1851 Guenther built the only...

In the Country of Empty Crosses: The Story of a Hispano Protestant Family in Catholic New Mexico

Arturo Madrid (author), Miguel Gandert (photographs)

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In the Country of Empty Crosses is Arturo Madrid’s complex yet affirming memoir about northern New Mexico—places such as Tierra Amarilla, San Augustín, and Los Fuertes that were once among the most remote in the nation. This is Madrid's homeland, a place in which his ancestors predate those who landed at Plymouth Rock. Madrid grew up in a family that was doubly removed from the community: as Hispanic Protestants,...

In the Country of Empty Crosses arrives as an event in the literary annals of America’s epic pageant of anathematized New World identities, prophetically remembered. Read... — John Phillip Santos

In the Sun’s House: My Year Teaching on the Navajo Reservation

Kurt Caswell (author), Rex Lee Jim (afterword)

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In the Sun's House chronicles one academic year of Caswell’s life during which he taught at a small elementary and middle school at Borrego Pass, a remote Navajo community in northwest New Mexico. Caswell struggles all year to earn respect in the classroom, as his students know that he is an interloper, just one white teacher in a long string of white teachers who come to the reservation with no intention of staying....

Teaching language arts to middle school students on a Navajo reservation is not for the fainthearted, as Kurt Caswell demonstrates in this probing memoir.the Rumpus

Inside South Austin: A Guide

Diane Barnet (author)

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South Austin is a quirky part of town, sort of the Texas answer to Greenwich Village in New York or the Left Bank in Paris. Big business and government stay on the far side of Lady Bird Lake. There may be glittering vistas across to the Texas capitol, but the main goal over here seems to be to keep Austin weird. Inside South Austin guides readers to vacant lots sprouting gourmet kitchens in Airstream trailers and...

Juan O'Gorman: A Confluence of Civilizations

Catherine Nixon Cooke (author)

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Juan O'Gorman: A Confluence of Civilizations follows O'Gorman's life and the creation of his mural Confluence of Civilizations in the Americas, a spectacular piece of midcentury public art that stands the test of time as one of the Mexican artist's most influential works. O'Gorman was a muralist, painter, mosaic artist, critic, and professor, as well as an architect. He is possibly best known for his close friendship...

Land and Light in the American West

Becky Duval Reese (foreword), William R. Thompson (introduction), John Ward (photographs)

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Ranging in scale from tree bark to the vast emptiness of the desert Southwest, the photographs in Land and Light in the American West provide a visual integration of landscape and ruin, transcendence and decay, that speaks to the powerful forces of nature and culture at work in the West. Inspired by the photography of Eliot Porter and Ansel Adams and their dedication to the natural world, John Ward has been...

It is an inspiration from cover to cover!Apogee

The Last Atoll: Exploring Hawai‘i’s Endangered Ecosystems

Pamela Frierson (author)

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The Last Atoll is Pamela Frierson’s decade-long exploration of the least known part of Hawai‘i—the islands, atolls, and reefs at the far northwestern end of the archipelago. In travels that span over 1,200 miles, Frierson chronicles natural wonders and a troubled history, ending up at Kure Atoll, the most ancient Hawaiian landfall and the northernmost atoll on earth. Hers is an adventurous journey across the geology,...

The Last Atoll draws a vivid portrait of what might just be my favorite place on Earth (and that’s saying something), the secret islands Northwest of Hawaii. It’s a place...Carl Safina

Literary Charleston and the Lowcountry

Curtis Worthington (editor), Louis D. Rubin, Jr. (foreword)

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The different faces of Charleston, South Carolina, have created curiosity and wonder among writers for centuries. In Literary Charleston and the Lowcountry, Curtis Worthington compiles this intriguing and surprising collection of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry selections by thirty-four local and internationally acclaimed authors. It provides a rich tapestry of one of the most popular tourist destinations worldwide....

Worthington has compiled an astonishing number and kind of writings about our romantic, mysterious and much-loved city.Charleston Today

Literary Nashville

Patrick Allen (editor), Madison Jones (foreword)

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From honky tonk to high art, from Printer’s Alley to the Parthenon, Nashville is a writer’s town.There are many accents in Nashville, from the twang of country music and rockabilly to the well-bred tones of Belle Meade society. From Davy Crockett tales and the Agrarians to the BillBoard Top 100 and Goo-Goo Clusters, Nashville is known around the world. Yet the city’s true identity is best realized through its fiction,...

Literary Savannah

Patrick Allen (editor)

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The statues of Savannah’s Monument Square are silent. The status of the solemn girl in Bonaventure Cemetery—made famous in John Berendt’s now legendary book, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil—cannot speak. Only Savannah’s literary monuments can give voice to the rich and diverse history of one of America’s greatest and most visited cities. Many have written about Savannah, but few have captured the true spirit...

Literary Washington, D.C.

Patrick Allen (editor), Alan Cheuse (foreword)

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The public face of Washington—the gridiron of L’Enfant’s avenues, the buttoned-down demeanor of Sloan Wilson’s archetypal “Man in the Grey Flannel Suit,” the monumental buildings of the Triangle—rarely gives up the secrets of this city’s rich life. But beneath the surface there are countless stories to be told. From the early swamp days to the Civil War, the Gilded Age to the New Deal and McCarthy eras, as the center...

Literary Washington, D.C. gathers the writings of 35 local and internationally renowned authors—from Emily Dickinson to Gore Vidal—on topics as divergent as the comings...National Geographic Traveler

Lou: From Brooklyn to Broadway, the University of the Incarnate Word’s 25 Years with Dr. Louis J. Agnese Jr.

Patricia A. Watkins (author)

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When Lou Agnese was hired as the eighth president of Incarnate Word College in 1985, he was one of the youngest university presidents in the United States. At thirty-three, the Brooklyn native faced the daunting challenge of reviving an institution with a shrinking enrollment and an uncertain future whose student demographics were out of step with San Antonio. Having served more than three decades as president of the...

Lou Agnese has an indomitable personality. I only hope to become as successful at accomplishing my dreams as he has been at his.  — David Robinson, NBA Hall of Fame member

Maximilian and Carlota: Europe’s Last Empire in Mexico

M. M. McAllen (author)

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In this new telling of Mexico’s Second Empire and Louis Napoléon’s installation of Maximilian von Habsburg and his wife, Carlota of Belgium, as the emperor and empress of Mexico, Maximilian and Carlota brings the dramatic and tragic story of this six-year-siege to life. 

Authoritative, detailed, and engrossing... McAllen ably demonstrates how the Second Empire’s collapse was one of the most spectacular personal tragedies and political...Publishers Weekly

Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick: A Journal of Early Texas

Mary A. Maverick (author), Maverick Fairchild Fisher (editor), Rena Maverick Green (editor), Paula Mitchell Marks (foreword), George Madison Maverick (contributor)

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This new edition of the Memoirs of Mary A. Maverick—until now unchanged since the first in 1921—is carefully reedited with new illustrations and, for the first time, an index and extensive annotations to put the leading characters and subjects into perspective.As the young wife of Samuel A. Maverick, a Yale-educated landholder whose name has entered the English language, Mary Adams Maverick came to Texas less than two...

A vivid picture of life on the Texas frontier. — New Handbook of Texas

No Cause of Offence: A Virginia family of Union Loyalists Confronts the Civil War

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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Despite the common image of a “Solid South,” many southerners stayed loyal to the Union during the Civil War and coexisted uneasily with their Confederate neighbors. No Cause of Offence is the story of how in Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, Samuel Hance Lewis’s family remained convinced of the Founding Fathers’ wisdom in establishing a single nation. A vast majority of Rockingham County neighbors disagreed. The Lewises...

Lewis Fisher has latched onto a very good story. This book helps paint a modern and more broadly based understanding of what happened in Virginia in the 1860s. — Richard Lowe, author of Republicans and Reconstruction in Virginia, 1856–70

Not So Golden State: Sustainability vs. the California Dream

Char Miller (author)

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In Not So Golden State, environmental historian Char Miller looks below the surface of California’s ecological history to expose some of its less glittering conundrums. In this necessary book, Miller asks tough questions as we stand on the edge of a human-induced natural disaster in the region and beyond. He details policy steps and missteps in public land management, examines recreation's impact on national forests,...

One of the environmental history profession's most thoughtful and astute observers.Environmental History

A Novel Approach to Life

Coleen Grissom (author)

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A Novel Approach to Life gathers a selection of the many noteworthy speeches Coleen Grissom has delivered over the years, entertaining and enlightening San Antonio audiences. On the page, these speeches read like the carefully crafted essays they are and, among other things, provide an intimate view of five decades on an American university campus—Trinity University. Grissom celebrates her love of literature and...

Coleen Grissom is a superb example of Dear Reader—the intelligent, passionate, fully engaged, gets-all-the-jokes audience. And she’s not exactly shy about sharing her...Margaret Atwood

On the Border: An Environmental History of San Antonio

Char Miller (editor)

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This collection of eleven essays examines the environmental history of San Antonio, drawing on an interdisciplinary array of authors and insights to highlight the evolving relationship between the city’s residents and the South Texas landscape and showing how the human community and the natural environment have shaped each other. The border of the title refers to San Antonio’s location at the edge of the Great Plains...

Scholars interested in regional, environmental, and urban history will appreciate the book. So will thoughtful residents of San Antonio, if they hope that their city will...American Historical Review

On the Edge: Water, Immigration, and Politics in the Southwest

Char Miller (author)

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On the Edge grew out of a lifetime spent living and traveling across the American Southwest, from San Antonio to Los Angeles. Internal to the various U.S. states and Mexico's northern tier, there are struggles over water, debates over undocumented immigrants, the criminalizing of the border, and the region's evolution into a no-man's land. The book investigates how we live on this contested land—how we make our place...

Miller’s advocacy of protecting the environment and creating livable cities has inspired public officials to invest in the central city and enhance our natural world. — Nelson Wolff, Bexar Country Judge

Painters in Prehistory: Archaeology and Art of the Lower Pecos Canyonlands

Harry J. Shafer (editor)

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The people who inhabited what is now Texas left a unique series of narratives that provide information about almost 12,000 years of existence. Originally published by the Witte Museum (a preeminent museum on southwestern U.S. history) in 1986, Painters in Prehistory is the result of years of dedication to the story of the ancient Rio Grande canyon dwellers. This updated edition features significantly revised research...

Painters in Prehistory makes the case for protection and preservation in the strongest possible way. — American Archeology

Photography on the South Texas Frontier: Images from the Witte Museum Collection

Bruce M. Shackelford (author)

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The images in Photography on the South Texas Frontier catch South Texans through more than 150 years of formal and informal moments in studios, at home, at work, and at play. The photographs, most published for the first time, are from the top-ranked collection of the Witte Museum in San Antonio, Texas.  The illustrations were scanned in color, yielding a range of tones that otherwise disappear when historic images...

These rare photographs, edited with such great affection, insight, and skill, provide a unique window into our region’s past and deserve an honored place on the bookshelf... — San Antonio Express-News

Place Names of San Antonio: plus Bexar and Surrounding Counties

David P. Green (author)

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We deal with dozens of place names in the course of everyday life—of streets, schools, parks, towns, natural features. Do the names mean anything beyond just labeling where we live, the routes we drive or the places we’re going? This enlarged edition of Place Names of San Antonio identifies the origins of nearly 1,000 familiar place names in the San Antonio region. Naming sleuth Dr. David P. Green cracks mysteries...

Places for the Spirit: Traditional African American Gardens

Hilton Als (foreword), Lowry Pei (introduction), Vaughn Sills (photographs)

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Places for the Spirit is a stunning collection of more than eighty fine art photographs of African American folk gardens—and their creators—in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Through her patient search up and down small-town streets and dusty rural roads, award-winning photographer Vaughn Sills has unearthed an important element of American landscape that is quickly...

Every once in a while, a unique and wonderful book appears. [This] is one of those extraordinary books.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Plan for New Haven

Cass Gilbert (author), Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. (author), Vincent J. Scully (preface), Alan J. Plattus (introduction), Douglas W. Rae (afterword)

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Long before cities were going green and eco-conscious residents began debating ideas of sustainability, New Haven, Connecticut, was envisioning a plan for its growth taken from the challenging ideas of the City Beautiful movement and its call for civic monumentality. In a 1910 plan commissioned to legendary landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and prominent architect Cass Gilbert, New Haven leaders charted...

The Plazas of New Mexico

Stefanos Polyzoides (editor), Chris Wilson (editor), Miguel Gandert (photographs)

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The Plazas of New Mexico documents the rich heritage of New Mexico’s public plazas and the everyday life and community celebrations that help sustain them. It traces three distinct design traditions—the Native American center place with kiva and terraced residential blocks, the Hispanic plaza with church and courtyard houses, and the Anglo square with courthouse and business areas. New Mexico’s plazas, like urban...

Meant as a both record of how New Mexican cities developed and as a resource for city planners and architects, The Plazas of New Mexico describes plazas as holders of...Santa Fe Reporter

The Railroads of San Antonio and South Central Texas

Hugh Hemphill (author)

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As Toyota scouted the nation in 2002 for a new plant location, a San Antonio site’s proximity to two rail lines clinched the decision. It was the city’s greatest economic breakthrough in recent years. Of even greater effect was the arrival of the first railroad 125 years earlier, launching the region’s growth. These landmark events and others are outlined in The Railroads of San Antonio and South Central Texas, the...

Rainy Days and Starry Nights: Growing Up in the South Texas Brush Country

Lois Zook Wauson (author)

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Depression and the worst drought in Texas history did not make life easy for a large family on a small South Texas farm in the mid-twentieth century. Lawrence Zook tried growing cotton, corn, peanuts, even black-eyed peas on his 100 sandy acres thirty miles southeast of San Antonio, near Floresville, known today as the Peanut Capital of Texas. His family survived, though he tended to be disagreeable when it didn’t...

The South Texas brush country appears to the alien visitor a desolate landscape that is far removed from the beaten path of urban society. To those who call the region...Journal of South Texas

Ranch Gates of the Southwest

Lucy R. Lippard (introduction), Daniel M. Olsen (photographs), Henk van Assen (photographs), Kenneth I. Helphand (contributor)

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In the wide open landscapes of the Southwest, ranch gates stand out as singular icons of a way of life common to the region. Not only symbols of ranching culture, they also offer insight into the design, landscape, and cultural history of the Southwest. Ranch Gates of the Southwest explores in images and text how these entryways lead to an understanding of the people and the land across a territory that covers...

Ranch Gates is consummate myth-making, implying a kind of lost-Eden sense of abandonment, a quixotic relationship between people and the place they’ve settled. — Su Casa Magazine

The Ranch That Was Us

Becky Crouch Patterson (author), Willie Nelson (foreword)

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Braiding strands of earthen insight with uproarious storytelling, legendary Texas Hill Country author Becky Patterson recreates the history of the Stieler Hill Ranch in twenty-four anecdotal chapters interspersed with original artwork. The result is a mixture of memoir and montage, treasure chest and tableau vivant of a world that’s beautiful, brash, and wonderfully heartbreaking. Patterson, the daughter of Texas folk...

For us non-native Texans it would be impossible to understand the Nachfolge of Hondo’s Texas without the tales of our old schoolmate from St. Stephen’s Episcopal School....Alexandra and Terrence Malick

Reagan’s Comeback: Four Weeks in Texas That Changed American Politics Forever

Gilbert Garcia (author)

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Reagan's Comeback is the surprising story of a pivotal point in Ronald Reagan’s career: a single dramatic month during the 1976 presidential election in which he found his footing on the national stage and turned American politics upside down. Never before has anyone told the story of how Reagan fi nally found his voice as a presidential contender and overcame the powerful Republican establishment to forever change...

Gilbert Garcia has written an excellent account of the 1976 Texas presidential primary campaign between President Gerald Ford and challenger Ronald Reagan that was crucial...Dallas Morning News

River of Traps: A New Mexico Mountain Life

Alex Harris (author), William deBuys (author)

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River of Traps combines words and photographs to tell the story of Jacobo Romero, an oldtime northern New Mexico villager who befriends the authors and initiates them into knowledge of land, water, and a way of life long rooted in the mountain valley that became their common home. Critically acclaimed and widely admired, River of Traps has been justifiably called a western classic.

Anyone who wishes to know [northern New Mexico] can skip the galleries full of pink howling coyotes, stay home and read an exceptional documentary book, River of Traps.New York Times Book Review

River Walk: The Epic Story of San Antonio's River

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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River Walk untangles the story of the evolution of San Antonio's river into a travel destination for 5 million visitors each year. Of the 230 illustrations, many in color, dozens are historical images never before published. They help document how the river was revived from the sluggish trickle of a century ago to a world-renowned model for river development. Included is the most complete account—dramatically...

Lewis Fisher gets it right . . . a solidly researched text eloquently presented with detailed footnotes and illustrated with historic photographs and architectural drawings.Texas Architect

The River Spectacular: Light, Sound, Color & Craft on the San Antonio River

Wendy Weil Atwell (author)

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Few projects have galvanized the imagination of San Antonians like the nine spectacular works of public art highlighting the "art reach" of the San Antonio River Walk. The River Spectacular features dramatic color photographs by Mark Menjivar exploring the array of painting, sculpture, sound and light along the 1.3 mile Urban Segment of the winding Museum Reach north of downtown. The artworks, completed in 2009, were...

Rosita’s Bridge

Mary McMillan Fisher (author), Barbara M. Whitehead (illustrations)

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This is the true story of Carla Maria presenting flowers to her grandmother, singer Rosita Fernandez, when the bridge at San Antonio’s open air Arneson River Theater was named Rosita’s Bridge—not just a bridge across a river but a bridge between cultures.  Rosita tells Carla Maria of immigrating from Mexico in a family of sixteen children, of her father and uncles helping to build the River Walk in the late 1930s,...

Based on a true story . . . this tale focuses on Rosita Fernandez who became known as “San Antonio’s First Lady of Song” during a career that spanned more than 50 years.... — Publishers Weekly

Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church: 150 Years of Ministry in Downtown San Antonio, 1858–2008

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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How a new congregation of forty Episcopalians struggling against general rowdiness in an isolated frontier outpost of 8,000 inhabitants had the daring to commission Richard Upjohn, the nation’s leading church architect, to design their church—and then to build it. This the start of one of the stories that makes San Antonio such an unusual place. As various denominations worked to establish churches in San Antonio,...

Fisher succeeds in painting a colorful historical mural of the St. Marks community and in profiling its people as actors in an ongoing drama of service and devotion. — San Antonio Express-News

San Antonio: Our Story of 150 Years in the Alamo City

Staff of the San Antonio Express-News (author)

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On Sept. 27, 1865, the San Antonio Express-News made its debut. And from the beginning, there was plenty to write about. The Civil War had just concluded, and it was only twenty-nine years after the fall of the Alamo. The Chisholm Trail, the high road of the Cattle Kingdom, began in San Antonio, which was the largest and among the most diverse cities in Texas. Spanish, German, and English were commonly spoken. The...

San Antonio Architecture: Traditions and Visions

American Institute of Architecture San Antonio (author)

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With a history more than 290 years old, San Antonio boasts a diverse, eclectic, and important architectural inventory. From the Spanish missions of the seventeenth century to invigorating adaptation and restoration of historic buildings and landmark new construction, a wide array of culturally significant assets reflect Anglo and Hispanic traditions alongside regional variations of southern and southwestern American...

San Antonio in Color

W. B. Thompson (illustrations)

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San Antonio in Color captures the city’s historic sites, including the old Catholic missions, the Paseo del Rio, and the Spanish Governor’s Palace, as well as cultural institutions, such as the McNay Art Museum, the Carver Community Cultural Center, and the San Antonio Public Library. Completing the visual tour are scenes from San Antonio’s neighborhoods, festivals, and popular haunts—a west side ice house, King...

San Antonio Uncovered: Fun Facts and Hidden Histories

Mark Louis Rybczyk (author), Robert Rivard (foreword)

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San Antonio is one of the fastest growing and most dynamic cities in America. The Alamo City's charm, colorful surroundings, and diverse culture combine to make it one of the most interesting places in Texas and the nation. In San Antonio Uncovered, Mark Rybczyk examines some of the city's internationally known legends and lore (including ghost stories) and takes a nostalgic look at landmarks that have disappeared....

If  you’re new in town, this book is a no-brainer and will give you a leg up on local history, famous places, and notable characters. If you consider yourself a San...Rivard Report

San Antonio’s Monte Vista: Architecture and Society in a Gilded Age 1890–1930

Donald E. Everett (author)

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The 100-block Monte Vista National Historic District survives nearly intact from San Antonio’s Gilded Age, when newly prosperous residents built the finest neighborhood of the era. Here architects drawn to the burgeoning city from across the country designed homes both elaborate and modest in an unusual variety of styles, from Queen Anne to Prairie to Tudor to Spanish Colonial Revival. In San Antonio's Monte Vista

Saving San Antonio: The Preservation of a Heritage

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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Few American cities enjoy the likes of San Antonio's visual links with its dramatic past. The Alamo and four other Spanish missions, recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, are the most obvious, but there are countless other landmarks and folkways that lend San Antonio an "odd and antiquated foreignness." Adding to the charm of the nation's seventh largest city is the San Antonio River, saved to become a...

A superb read.Maury Maverick Jr.

School by the River: Ursuline Academy to Southwest School of Art & Craft, 1851-2001

Maria Watson Pfeiffer (author)

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When seven women of the Order of Saint Ursula and one priest arrived in frontier San Antonio, Texas in 1851 to establish a school for girls, none could predict the dramatic future facing the tranquil campus that rose on the banks of the San Antonio River. By 1970, the Ursuline Academy had moved away. Then two other groups of determined women--the San Antonio Conservation Society and the Southwest Craft Center--closed...

The Sound of Sunshine: The Story of Sunshine Cottage School for Deaf Children

Mary McMillan Fisher (author)

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There were few options for educating deaf children when Dela White discovered in 1945 that her infant daughter, Tuleta, could not hear. Mrs. White took her to Los Angeles to enroll at the John Tracy Clinic, founded by the wife of actor Spencer Tracy and named for their deaf son. Mrs. Tracy was adamant that her son was not going to sign but would hear and speak, recalled Mrs. White. That’s what she wanted for...

The Spanish Missions of San Antonio

Lewis F. Fisher (author)

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San Antonio's five Spanish missions are a national treasure. Built by Franciscan friars on the far frontier of New Spain, they stand today as the largest cluster of Spanish missions in the United States. One is preserved as the Alamo. The others form San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, and the system of all five has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. More than 130 archival and present-day...

A fresh approach to a theme that has been visited often but not always this well. . . . This book is well worth the getting for those interested in mission history and for... — Southwestern Historical Quarterly

Spurs Nation: Major Moments in San Antonio Basketball

Staff of the San Antonio Express-News (author), Jim Lefko (introduction)

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From the Memorial Day Miracle to coach Gregg Popovich’s legendary leadership to winning five NBA championships, the San Antonio Spurs have brought excitement to the Alamo City and the greater NBA family since 1976. Celebrating the team with the most rabid and loyal fan base in basketball history, Spurs Nation captures the Spurs’ unforgettable plays and crucial junctures from the past thirty years. Spurs Nation is the...

As the younger generation watches the new crop of players filter in, this chronicle will fill them in on who they have to thank for the caliber of basketball they are...Rivard Report

Transforming San Antonio

Nelson W. Wolff (author), Henry Cisneros (foreword)

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San Antonio boasts one of the country’s fastest-growing metropolitan regions, thanks to visionary personalities, key politicians, a vibrant citizenry, and a bit of luck. In this lively behind-the-scenes account, Bexar County judge and former San Antonio mayor Nelson Wolff conveys the complexity of the characters and the events—who said what to whom when and how that affected further developments. Wolff focuses on four...

Trinity University: A Tale of Three Cities

R. Douglas Brackenridge (author)

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Since its founding in 1869 by the Cumberland Presbyterian Church, Trinity University has been engaged in realizing the dreams of its founders to become “a University of the highest order.” R. Douglas Brackenridge, professor emeritus of religion at Trinity University, brings a wealth of scholarship and knowledge to this institutional history. Brackenridge traces Trinity’s unique heritage from its founding in Tehuacana...

The Walk

William deBuys (author)

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From Pulitzer Prize finalist William deBuys comes an uncommonly beautiful book—a testament to a particular place and to the horses that inhabit it, all of which help him rediscover hope after the end of a long marriage and the death of a friend. Set, like deBuys’s book River of Traps, on the small farm in a New Mexico mountain valley that the author has tended since 1977, The Walk explores the illuminating ways in...

DeBuys’ pensive and quiet book offers a way out of despair and toward hope.San Francisco Chronicle

Walking Hill Country Towns: 41 Unique Walks in the Texas Hill Country

Diane Capito (author)

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Walking Hill Country Towns is the classic guidebook that takes you deep into the hearts of picturesque towns that dot the Texas Hill Country between San Antonio and Austin, from Bandera to Buda, Kerrville to Kyle, Grapetown to Gruene. For those without enough time to slow down, the author keeps the routes on public streets that can be driven or bicycled. You’ll find precise directions plus the locations of convenient...

The most fun was learning about small towns that I had always just whizzed by without a thought or second glance. . . . I find myself putting the book in the car every... — San Antonio Current

West of the Creek: Murder, Mayhem, and Vice in Old San Antonio

David Bowser (author)

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Desperados made San Antonio a roaring Old West town just as they put their stamp on Tombstone, Deadwood, and Dodge City. But like Denver and San Francisco, San Antonio shed its raucous frontier image as it grew into a modern metropolis. Most books on this colorful phase of San Antonio’s history are long out of print.  West of the Creek fills this void, reminding readers that gamblers like Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson...

This little book is a gem for those drawn to reading about the fast life of the frontier, and it has a remarkable bibliography with many primary sources.Journal of South Texas

The Wine Roads of Texas: An Essential Guide to Texas Wines and Wineries

Wes Marshall (author)

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The Wine Roads of Texas is the premier guide to wines made in the nation’s fifth-largest wine-producing state. It is the inspiration for the three-part PBS series with the same name. For this second edition, Austin wine writer Wes Marshall scouted new wineries from Big Bend’s Davis Mountains to the bayous of East Texas, from Dallas to Del Rio, Galveston to Lubbock. Marshall met the vintners, listened to their stories...

Makes it easy for the reader who may not be familiar with the myriad wine grape varietals, winemaking techniques, etc. . . . A good read.Houston Chronicle

The World According to Coleen

Coleen Grissom (author)

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In a collection of musings that is as much historical record as it is memoir, Coleen Grissom provides a unique view of life on and off an American university campus. As an administrator and faculty member at Trinity University in San Antonio for over five decades, Grissom has seen the feminist movement take hold, the sexual revolution take off, and the tragic deaths of students, friends, and family. Her honest, witty,...

Coleen Grissom is a superb example of Dear Reader—the intelligent, passionate, fully engaged, gets-all-the-jokes audience. And she’s not exactly shy about sharing her...Margaret Atwood, author of Moral Disorder and Other Stories

WPA Guide to Alabama: The Camellia State

Federal Writers' Project (contributor)

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Alaska: The Last Frontier State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Arizona: The Grand Canyon State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Arkansas: The Natural State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to California: The Golden State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Colorado: The Highest State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Connecticut : The Constitution State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Delaware: The First State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Florida: The Sunshine State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Georgia: The Peach State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Idaho: The Gem State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Illinois: The Prairie State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Iowa: The Hawkeye State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Kansas: The Sunflower State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Kentucky: The Bluegrass State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Louisiana: The Pelican State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Maine: The Pine Tree State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Maryland: The Old Line State

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WPA Guide to Massachusetts: The Bay State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Michigan: The Great Lakes State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Minnesota: The North Star State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Mississippi: The Magnolia State

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WPA Guide to Missouri: The Show-Me State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Montana: The Big Sky State

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WPA Guide to Nebraska: The Cornhusker State

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WPA Guide to Nevada: The Silver State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to New Hampshire: The Granite State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to New Jersey: The Garden State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to New Mexico: The Colorful State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to New York: The Empire State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to North Carolina: The Tar Heel State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to North Dakota: The Northern Prairie State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Ohio: The Buckeye State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Oklahoma: The Sooner State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Oregon: The Beaver State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Pennsylvania: The Keystone State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Rhode Island: The Ocean State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to South Carolina: The Palmetto State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to South Dakota: The Prarie State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Tennessee: The Volunteer State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Texas: The Lone Star State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Utah: The Beehive State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Vermont: The Green Mountain State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Virginia: The Old Dominion State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Washington: The Evergreen State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to West Virginia: The Mountain State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Wisconsin: The Badger State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

WPA Guide to Wyoming: The Cowboy State

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During the 1930s in the United States, the Works Progress Administration developed the Federal Writers’ Project to support writers and artists while making a national effort to document the country’s shared history and culture. The WPA Guides to America series consists of individual guides to each of the states. Little-known authors—many of whom later became celebrated literary figures—were commissioned to write these...

Yosemite in Time: Ice Ages, Tree Clocks, Ghost Rivers

Rebecca Solnit (author), Mark Klett (photographs), Byron Wolfe (photographs)

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Yosemite is a world-famous location that has attracted photographic greats like Eadweard Muybridge, Edward Weston, and Ansel Adams, along with environmentalists, mountaineers, and countless tourists. Yosemite in Time puts this landscape and its history in a new perspective, with Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe’s original photographs and panoramas, together with rephotographs of some of the most enduring images taken at...

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