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11.15.15   New series focuses on women in Texas history

Texas A&M University Press has announced a new book series, Women in Texas History, sponsored by the Ruthe Winegarten Memorial Foundation.

“Books in the series,” write editors Nancy Baker Jones and Cynthia Beeman, “will focus on individual lives, events, and eras, as well as aspects of gender, race, class, and culture.”

The first book in the series is a biography, Allie Victoria Tennant and the Visual Arts in Dallas by Austin College history professor Light Townsend Cummins ($35 hardcover).

Tennant (1892–1971), Cummins notes, was “one of the best-known sculptors in Texas during her lifetime,” especially for the “Tejas Warrior” sculpture in Dallas’s Fair Park. “Her historical importance,” he adds, “stemmed not only from her art but also from her contributions to the development of cultural life in Dallas.”

And, he adds, she “played an important role in improving the status of women in Texas” from the 1920s to the 1960s.

As part of the Women in Texas History series, two previously published books are being reissued in new paperback editions this fall:

A Texas Suffragist: Diaries and Writings of Jane Y. McCallum (1878–1957), edited by Janet G. Humphrey ($22.95)

Citizen at Last: The Woman Suffrage Movement in Texas, edited by Ruthe Winegarten and Judith N. McArthur ($24.95)

Read more about all three titles on the A&M Press webstie, www.tamupress.com.

Legendary Texas Ranger: “I’m Frank Hamer”: The Life of a Texas Peace Officer by John H. Jenkins and Gordon Frost, originally published in 1968, has been reissued in a new paperback edition by State House Press ($24.95).

The 264 page biography includes about 75 pages of old photos, including more than 30 pages from the Clyde Barrow–Bonnie Parker case, for which Hamer would become best known.

“It will be a long time,” someone wrote after Hamer’s death, “before another officer as picturesque and as blunt, as stubborn and as fearless, will pass this way again.” Hamer “participated in probably more gunfights than any other Ranger of his times,” wrote longtime Department of Public Safety Director Homer Garrison, “was wounded 17 times, left for dead four times, and never once backed away from a fight.”

Texas ABC: I Love Texas: An ABC Adventure by author/artist/entrepreneur Sandra Magsamen (Sourcebooks, $12.99 hardcover) isn’t written by a Texan, but she’s on target with her clever rhyming text and appealing illustrations about armadillos, bluebonnets, cowboys, dude ranches, El Paso, football, Galveston, and so on.

“W is for West Texas, the birthplace of cowboy hats and boots,” she writes, while “X is for XOXO because we love having Texas roots.”

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Glenn Dromgoole, is co-author, with Carlton Stowers, of 101 Essential Texas Books Contact him at g.dromgoole@suddenlink.net.

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Books received, Nov. 15

The following books have been received in the Lone Star Literary Life offices from the publishers during October and November:


Aptowicz, Christin O'Keefe

Dr. Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine

Gotham Books

Paperback, 978-1-592-40925-0, 378 pages, $17.00

September 1, 2015

Texas history

Bailey, Chuck, with historical text by Patrick Cox and introduction by John Anderson

Picturing Texas Politics: A Photographic History from Sam Houston to Rick Perry

University of Texas Press

Hardcover, 978-1-4773-0254-5, 240 pgs., 268 b/w photos, $45.00

October 1, 2015

Historical fiction

Burke, James Lee

House of the Rising Sun

Simon & Schuster

Hardcover, 978-1-5011-0710-8, 438 pages, $27.99

December 1, 2015

Science fiction

Cline, Ernest



Hardcover, 978-0-8041-3725-6, 368 pages, $26.00

July 14, 2015


Dameron, Chip

Waiting for an Etcher

Lamar University Press

Paperback, 978-0-9915321-8-6, 112 pages, $15.00

February 25, 2015


Davis, Rod

South, America: A Jack Prine Novel

New South Books

Paperback, 978-1-60306-315-9, 258 pages, $24.95

October 1, 2014


DeCarlo, Melissa

The Art of Crash Landing: A Novel


Paperback, 978-0-06-239054-7, 415 pages, $15.99

Sept. 8, 2015


Farrar, Diana Finfrock

The Door of the Heart


Paperback, 978-1-4918-7124-9

July 1, 2014

420 pages



Flores, Carlos Nicolás

Sex As a Political Condition: A Border Novel

Texas Tech University Press

Paperback, 978-0-896729308, 406 pages, $34.95

July 1, 2015

Music history

Garrett, Danny

Weird Yet Strange: Notes from an Austin Music Artist

Texas Christian University Press

Paperback with flaps, 978-0-87565-616-8, 240 pgs., 40 color images, $29.95

October 1, 2015


Griffin, Connie, ed.

Crooked Letter i: Coming Out in the South

New South Books

Paperback with flaps, 978-1-58838-313-6, 208 pages, $25.95

September 1, 2015


Hoover, Colleen

November Nine


Paperback, 978-1-5011-1034-4, 320 pages, $16.00

November 10, 2015

Paranormal YA fiction

Hunter, C. C.

Unspoken (Shadow Falls: After Dark Series)

St. Martin's Griffin

Paperback, 978-1-250-06709-8, 412 pages, $9.99

October 1, 2015

Historical fiction

Kerr, John C.

The Silent Shore of Memory: A Novel

Texas Christian University Press

Paperback, 978-0-87565-619-9, 312 pages, $22.95

Nov. 25, 2015


Lenhardt, Melissa

Stillwater: A Jack McBride Mystery

Skyhorse Publishing

Hardcover, 978-1-63450-226-9, 304 pages, $24.99

October 6, 2015


Mabry, Richard L., M.D.

Miracle Drug

Abingdon Press

Paperback, 978-1-6308-8188-4, 296 pages, $14.99

October 1, 2015


McComb, David

The City in Texas: A History

University of Texas Press

Hardcover, 978-0-292-76746-1, 350 pages, $35.00

July 1, 2015

Historical fiction

Perez, Ashley Hope

Out of Darkness

Carolrhoda LAB

Hardcover, 978-1-4677-4202-3, 400 pages, $18.99

September 1, 2015

Women's history

Porter, Amy M.

Their Lives, Their Wills: Women in the Borderlands, 1950–1846

Texas Tech University Press

Paperback, 978-0-89672-932-2, 256 pages, $39.95

June 1, 2015


Riley, Reba

Post-Traumatic Church Syndrome

Howard Books

Hardcover, 978-1-5011-2403-7, 358 pages, $24.99

October 1, 2015


Sandlin, Lisa

The Do-Right

Cinco Puntos Press

Paperback, 978-1-941026-19-9 (ebook also available), 322 pages, $16.95

October 1, 2015


Shuler, Linda Lucretia

Hidden Shadows

Twilight Times

Paperback, 978-1-60619-009-8, 376 pages, $19.95

December 25, 2015

Texas cooking

Vick, Frances Brannen, ed.

Tales of Texas Cooking: Stories and Recipes from the Trans-Pecos to the Piney Woods and High Plains to the Gulf Prairies

University of North Texas Press

Hardcover, 978-1-57441-618-3, 352 pgs.; 60 b/w illus.; notes; index; $34.95

December 1, 2015

Contemporary romance

Wade, Becky

A Love Like Ours: A Novel

Bethany House

Paperback, 978-0-7642-1109-6, 368 pages, $13.99

May 1, 2015

YA mystery

Winn, Catherine A.

Beyond Suspicion

Poisoned Pencil

Paperback, 978-1929345106, 230 page, $10.95

Historical romance

Witemeyer, Karen

A Worthy Pursuit

Bethany House

Paperback, 978-0-7642-1280-2, 352 pages, $14.99

June 1, 2015

Romance, humor

Witemeyer, Karen; Connealy, Mary; Jennings, Regina; Jaegers, Melissa

With This Ring?: A Novella Collection of Proposals Gone Awry

Bethany House

Paperback, 978-0-7642-1772-2, 368 pages, $14.99

January 1, 2016

Texas sports

Yousse, Bower, and Thomas J. Cryan

Freddie Steinmark: Faith, Family, Football

University of Texas Press

Hardcover, 978-1-4773-0821-9, 266 pages, $24.95

September 1, 2015