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NONFICTION / HISTORY / TEXANA / TRAVEL

Click to Buy6 Feet Under Texas: Unique, Famous, & Historic Graves in the Lone Star State

By Tui Snider

Castle Azle Press

August 7, 2020

260 pages

Available in paperback and eBook

 

Cemeteries become open-air museums when Tui Snider takes you on a playful-but-informative tour of historic Texas burial grounds. Along the way you will learn about forgotten history, (including gold buried under a cemetery tree), meet unusual characters (such as the oilman with a telephone in his mausoleum), ponder unsolved mysteries (including a space alien’s grave), and admire uniquely Texan monuments (such as the Jesus in cowboy boots), and much more! Although this book is perfect for armchair travel, photos accompany each of the 50 chapters, and addresses are included for readers who wish to plan road trips.

 

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NONFICTION / FOLKLORE

Click to BuyA Biscuit for Your Shoe: A Memoir of County Line, a Texas Freedom Colony

 

By Beatrice Upshaw; introduction and photographs by Richard Orton

Texas Folklore Society Extra Book

University of North Texas Press

November, 2020

288 pages; 40 b&w illustrations, index.

Available in hardcover

 

The book captures the lore of a community which began as a freedom colony west of Nacogdoches through the eyes of Beatrice Upshaw who lives in the community and serves as one of the County Line Baptist Church musicians. The memoir shares beliefs, home remedies, folk games, and customs, as well as the importance of religion and education to this community. The narrative is a rich source of colloquial language and proverbial sayings that help define a group of people. Photographer Richard Orton was first introduced to County Line by F. E. "Ab" Abernethy, the Secretary-Editor of the Texas Folklore society for nearly four decades.

 

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NONFICTION / INSPIRATION / GIFT BOOK / SELF HELP

A Delightful Little Book On Aging

By Stephanie Raffelock

She Writes Press

April 28, 2021

118 pages

Available in hardcover, audio book, and eBook

 

“I did more than a few things right and more than a few things wrong,” Raffelock writes in her slim nonfiction debut. “Now I get to stand in the light of my truth and share my lessons with the world around me.” This well-designed book presents these lessons as a series of thoughts and vignettes from the author’s life. . .” ~Kirkus Reviews

Grace and compassion wrapped up in a bow, A Delightful Little Book On Aging, is the perfect Christmas gift for a loved one. 

 

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NONFICTION / SOCIAL MEDIA / HOW-TO / SELF-HELP

A Social Media Survival Guide: How to Use the Most Popular Platforms and Protect Your Privacy

By Melody Karle

Rowman & Littlefield Publishers

(30% discount using code RLFANDF30 on publisher's website)

February 2020

184 pages

Available in hardcover and eBook

 

Are you trying to figure out how to safely use social media but finding yourself struggling? Here’s a book specifically designed to help regular people figure out social media. Chapter one covers the basics: how they work, why people use them, and general safety tips. Then each major network has its own chapter: Facebook, Snapchat, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Reddit & Tumblr.

 

Each chapter gives a summary of the platform and tells the reader why people use it. Each also has a glossary of terms to explain language and slang like subreddits, retweets, and more. If readers decide to use the platform (or already use it and want to learn more), each chapter guides users through how to start. 30% discount if you use code RLFANDF30 and buy directly from the publisher!

 

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NONFICTION / SELF-HELP / PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION / PERSONAL FINANCE

At Close Range: A Memoir of Tragedy and AdClick to Buyvocacy

By Leesa Ross

Texas Tech University Press

April 15, 2020

192 pages

Available in hardcover and eBook

 

Leesa Ross did not expect to write a book. Neither did she expect the tragedy that her family endured, a horrific and sudden death that led her to write At Close Range.

 

Her debut memoir is the story of what happened after her son Jon died in a freak gun accident at a party. Ross unsparingly shares the complexities of grief as it ripples through the generations of her family, then chronicles how the loss of Jon has sparked a new life for her as a prominent advocate for gun safety. Before the accident, Ross never had a motivation to consider the role that guns played in her life. Now, she revisits ways in which guns became a part of everyday life for her three sons and their friends. Ross’s attitude towards guns is thorny. She has collectors and hunters in her family. To balance her advocacy, she joined both Moms Demand Action and the NRA. Through At Close Range, the national conversation about gun control plays out in one family’s catalyzing moment and its aftermath. However, At Close Range ultimately shows one mother’s effort to create meaning from tragedy and find a universally reasonable position and focal point: gun safety and responsible ownership.

 

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NONFICTION / SELF-HELP / PERSONAL TRANSFORMATION / PERSONAL FINANCE

Click to BuyBe the Hero and Rescue Yourself: Creating the Inner Courage to Wear Your Own Cape

By Kelly Fuhlman

Clovercroft Publishing

August 4, 2020

128 pages

Available in paperback and eBook

 

Have you ever wished a superhero would come down and rescue you in those chaotic life moments of life? The easiest thing to do is wait for someone more qualified to come along and fix what has been broken for so long. What if I told you that hero was you?

 

From dyslexia, drug addiction, and trauma, there were many times when author, Kelly Fuhlman didn’t think she would make it. Even in times of great success, she still felt lost. The truth is the only person who can save each of us is ourselves. 

 

Through her journey, Kelly shares how to seize back your life from waiting for the hero to becoming your own. No matter what the condition of your life, or your heart, we will journey together to see proof that no matter how far you fall, you can get back up. You can be courageous and Be the Hero and Rescue Yourself! It’s time to dust off your cape, and step into your purpose and healing as your own hero.
 

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NONFICTION / SPORTS & ADVENTURE / TRAVEL & LEISURE / MILITARY

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Ely Air Lines: Select Stories from 10 Years of a Weekly Column, Volumes 1 & 2

By Mike Ely and Linda Street-Ely

Paper Airplane Publishing

Volume 1 published January 29, 2020; 350 pages.

Volume 2 published January 29, 2020, 330 pages. 

Available in paperback and eBook

 

The Ely Air Lines series is a two-volume collection of 100 short, aviation-themed stories culled from the first ten years of a weekly newspaper column by the same name. An easy read that will relax the mind and leave the reader wishing for their own blue-sky adventures. Now you can step aboard to enjoy outstanding storytelling that explores the vast realm of the flyer’s world with captivating stories that inspire and educate.

 

Written by pilots Mike Ely and Linda Street-Ely. Buckle up and fly with Mike and Linda to discover amazing people, interesting places, and the conquest of flight.

 

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NONFICTION / INTERIOR DESIGN / HOME DESIGN / GUIDE

Click to BuyExpressive Interiors: Designing an Inviting Home

By Sarah Eilers and Sandra Lucas

Rizzoli

September 15, 2020

239 pages

Available in hardcover

 

From the Third Coast, comes an inspirational book by award-winning interior designers, Sandra Lucas and Sarah Eilers, who reveal the magic behind inviting homes that are stylish and versatile for modern living. Native Houstonians, Lucas and Eilers’ aesthetic marries the entrepreneurial spirit of the West with Southern grace.

 

The duo shares their insight on topics like scale and proportion, color and light, and pattern and texture, as they explore their approach to creating expressive living spaces in projects from coast to coast. They then tour you through several homes, including a family ski compound in Utah, a Houston shot-gun home rich with patina, and a Gulf Coast beach house. The rooms they create are timeless and an inspired study for anyone passionate about interior design.

 

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NONFICTION / SELF-HELP / DATING / RELATIONSHIPS

Click to BuyThe Friendship Diet: Clean Out Your Fridge, Get Real With Yourself, and Fill Your Life With Meaningful Relationships That Last

By Sheri Jacobs

Archangel Ink

June 1, 2020

134 pages

Available in paperback and eBook

 

Is your relationship lackluster? What can you do about relationships that are simply unfulfilling? For starters, look at your intimate relationships as a diet. What kind of a meal plan are you on? If it’s mostly junk and empty calories, then you can be sure there is an emotional void.

 

Fortunately, you can achieve proper care and feeding of your intimate relationships through deep introspection. If you know yourself and are well acquainted with your own soul first, then this becomes second nature. Sheri Jacobs will help you learn how to love and take care of yourself with witty analogies, never-ending encouragement, and practical advice. Your most important relationship is the one you have with yourself, and you’ll never starve on The Friendship Diet!

 

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NONFICTION / HUMOR / CHRISTIAN / MEMOIR

Click to BuyGulag P-Pa Diaries, The: A Bittersweet Memoir of Grand-Parenting

By Preston Lewis

CKN Christian Publishing

April 2020

268 pages

Available in paperback and eBook

 

As new empty-nesters Harriet and Preston next looked forward to becoming grandparents. Their journey to assuming the names of Mema and P-Pa, however, took a tragic and unexpected turn. 

 

The Gulag P-Pa Diaries tells a bittersweet story of anticipation, loss and sorrow counterbalanced with hope, faith and a butterfly on the path to grandparenthood. Told with poignancy and humor, the narrative triumphs over tragedy by chronicling The Grands’ misadventures each summer at Camp Mema/Gulag P-Pa. 

 

The Gulag P-Pa Diaries will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone.

 

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NONFICTION / AUTOBIOGRAPHY / LOVES AND TRIAL / FINANCE

Click to BuyMen, Money and Gypsy Blood

By Sharron Ann Sibley

May 14, 2020

424 pages

Available in hardcover, paperback, audio book, and eBook

 

Men, Money and Gypsy Blood is a coming-of-age story expressed as only a West Texan girl can tell it. This is a true story of what determination and gypsy blood can do!

 

 

 

 

 

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NONFICTION / PERSONAL MEMOIRS / TEXAS HISTORY / TEXAS TRAVEL

Out There: Essays from the Lower Big Bend

By Ben English

Creative Texts Publishers

October 28, 2020

480 pages

Available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook

 

When one opens these pages they step into another world and place, and on occasions, another time. No matter what you may know about the lower Big Bend or think you know, here are thoughts, maps and photographs forming a memorable mosaic of this rugged, lonesome land.

 

Whether you are a first-time visitor or have made many a journey into its more remote environs, there is so much here to see as well as savor. This is a book meant not for sitting on a shelf and gathering dust, but to be read and re-read time and again.

 

If home is where the heart is, even the first few paragraphs leave no doubt as to where the author’s resides.

 

And that is only the beginning…

 

 

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NONFICTION / BIOGRAPHY / HISTORY

Click to BuyRidin' Ropin' & Jumpin' Over Cars: The Biography of Virginia Reger - A True Rodeo Star

By Elaine Fields Smith

Blazing Star Books

May 22, 2017

183 pages

Available in paperback

 

This pictorial and narrative biography traces the amazing life of Virginia Reger, who grew up in a rodeo family and became a top trick rider and roper in the 1950s. She demonstrates how drive and determination can make dreams come true. Virginia was ahead of her time with an independence and self-confidence rarely seen in women before the 1970s. A scrap booker before scrapbooking was cool, she collected news clippings, rodeo programs, publicity photographs, and much more dating from the 1930s and will continue to do so into 2017 and beyond. This treasured memorabilia should not be lost, therefore it is presented here and tells her story in Ridin’ Ropin’ and Jumpin’ Over Cars.

 

 

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NONFICTION / TEXANA / TRUE CRIME / HISTORY

Click to BuySanta Claus Bank Robbery: A True Crime Saga in Texas

By Tui Snider

Castle Azle Press

November 15, 2019

152 pages

Available in paperback and eBook

 

Marshall Ratliff thought robbing a bank dressed like Santa at Christmastime would be easy. He didn't expect the citizens of Cisco to come at him with guns blazing! But in 1927, a $5000 bounty was offered to any citizen who killed a bandit while the crime was in progress. Tui Snider's book follows the true-crime action from this wild shootout with vigilantes to its tragic conclusion.

 

Read Santa Claus Bank Robbery by Tui Snider to learn the true tale behind the infamous West Texas bank robbery that led to the biggest manhunt the Lone Star State had ever seen. Only then can you decide whether or not a mysterious blonde was involved - and if so, did she get away with murder?

 

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NONFICTION / TRAVEL / MEMOIR / HIKING

Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It's the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike

By Julie Gianelloni Connor, Author; Mary Connor, Illustrator

Bayou City Press

2019, 2020

276 pages

Available in hardcover, paperback, audio book, and eBook

 

An award-winning memoir and guidebook about the Camino de Santiago, with tales of kings, saints, sinners, and the author herself—all walking a fabled pilgrimage path, the Camino de Santiago in Spain.

 

Savoring the Camino de Santiago: It’s the Pilgrimage, Not the Hike recounts the pilgrimage the author made in 2016 via the French route from Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port in France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, a journey of some 500 miles. Her book incorporates a blog and travel journal she kept during that pilgrimage. The book is also a memoir, with Ms. Connor explaining how and why she decided to make the pilgrimage. After completing the pilgrimage, the author journeyed on to Madrid and Toledo, and there are chapters in the book covering those visits.

 

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NONFICTION / HISTORY

The Second Battle of the Alamo: How TwClick to Buyo Women Saved Texas's Most Famous Landmark

By Judy Alter

TwoDot Books

March 12, 2020

184 pages

Available in hardcover and eBook

 

By 1900, the tale of the 300 Texians who died in the 1836 battle of the Alamo had already become legend. But to corporate interests in the growing City of San Antonio, the land where that blood was shed was merely a desirable plot of land across the street from new restaurants and hotels, with only a few remaining crumbling buildings to tell the tale. When two women, Adina Emilia De Zavala, the granddaughter of the first vice-president of the Texas Republic, and Clara Driscoll, the daughter of one of Texas’s most prominent ranch families and first bankers, learned of the plans, they hatched a plan to preserve the site—and in doing so, they reinvigorated both the legend and lore of the Alamo and cemented the site’s status as hallowed ground. These two strong-willed, pioneering women were very different, but the story of how they banded together and how the Alamo became what it is today despite those differences, is compelling reading for those interested in Texas history and Texas’s larger-than-life personality.

 

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NONFICTION / HISTORY / GENEALOGY

Click to BuyUnderstanding Cemetery Symbols: A Field Guide for Historic Graveyards

By Tui Snider

Castle Azle Press

August 19, 2017

232 pages

Available in paperback and eBook

 

Understanding Cemetery Symbols by Tui Snider is a reference book for genealogists, history buffs, ghost hunters and others seeking to learn the forgotten meanings of cemetery symbols in historic graveyards. In this book you will find out why garden cemeteries were America’s first public parks and why symbols matter. You will also learn about the different types of American cemeteries, the history of grave-robbing, the meaning of common tombstone symbols, as well as how to identify saints, angels, secret society symbols, and the symbolic meanings of plants, flowers, and trees.

 

 

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NONFICTION / MEMOIR / CELEBRITY AUTOBIOGRAPHY / HUMOR

Click to BuyWhat? And Give Up Show Business?

By James Hampton

Texas Christian University Press

December 17, 2020

150 pages

Available in hardcover

 

What? And Give Up Show Business? is the hilarious autobiography of James Hampton, who for over fifty years has been one of the most familiar faces in television and film. A wonderful slice of life in Hollywood told through the personal stories of one of its most prolific actors, this book will appeal to nostalgia buffs, classic film and television aficionados, fans of celebrity autobiographies and biographies, and people who just enjoy a good laugh and great storytelling.

 

This enchanting memoir also includes some of the author’s favorite recipes, which are woven into stories about such show business icons as Doris Day, Clint Eastwood, and Michael J. Fox. Never-before-seen photographs of Hampton and his friends, who happen to be some of the world’s favorite entertainers, pepper this jewel of a tale chronicling life in La-La Land. Everyone who loves classic television and films will enjoy What? And Give Up Show Business?

 

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NONFICTION / MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL BIOGRAPHY / PATIENT CARE / MEDICAL EDUCATION

Click to BuyWhen to Act and When to Refrain: A Lifetime of Learning the Science and Art of Medicine

By Marvin J. Stone, MD, MACP, FRCP

Revised and Updated Edition

October 9, 2020

284 pages

Available in hardcover and paperback

 

"No profession is like medicine. Looking back over my career, I've had the wonderful opportunity to teach, do research, and care for patients while continuing to learn the science and art of medicine"

 

Dr. Marvin Stone describes his fascinating journey through the last half-century in medicine: becoming a physician, acquiring intense training in patient care and research, and teaching at all levels. Along the way, he introduces us to some of exceptional leaders in the field through noteworthy first-hand accounts. This medical memoir focuses on how clinical perspective and judgment develop as one travels through an exciting career. It will be of interest to students, young doctors, experienced physicians, and lay persons with interest in medical science and health care. 

 

The future of medicine is exciting. Advances in medicine are moving at dizzying speed. What will not be altered is the need for physicians to adhere to the Core Values: to cure sometimes, to relieve often, and to comfort always.

 

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NONFICTION / SPORTS / GIRLS' BASKETBALL

Where Girls' Basketball Rules: The Panhandle and South Plains

By Dr. Rickey L. Harman

HISPublishing Group

November, 2020

212 pages

Available in hardcover, paperback, and eBook

 

For nearly a century the Panhandle & South Plains of Texas has ruled girls’ basketball in the state of Texas. This part of the state with nine percent of the high schools has won forty percent of the UIL state championships and played in the state finals nearly sixty percent of the time. The four universities (Lubbock Christian, Texas Tech, Wayland Baptist, & West Texas A&M) have been just as dominating. These four universities have won ten AAU national championships and nine national runners-up, one NCAA DI national championship, two NCAA DII national championships and two NCAA DII national runners-up, and three NAIA DI national runners-up. The book spotlights the great coaches, players, and teams that achieved all of these championships.

 

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