Tales of Texas

On this day in 1836, Texas declared it’s independence from Mexico while Travis and Bowie and the other defenders were besieged at the Alamo, which would fall 4 days later.  They were less than 2 months from securing the independence they declared.  While Texans tend to talk slow (well, depending on the region), the story of Texas is rather fast paced.

Texans love a good yarn, especially one about themselves. And so, in honor of our Independence Day, I give you tales of Texas.

My favorite college class was a folklore class. In my research for my final paper, I stumbled upon this gem by Charlie Eckhart: Texas Tales Your Teacher Never Told You, a collection of exciting stories including the true number of flags flown over Texas (far more than 6!) to buried treasure, ghost stories, and tales of Indian raids.

Tomie dePaola, a favorite children’s author, has written The Legend of the Bluebonnet (and The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush, which I did not know about.)

Of course, there’s Texas a novel by James Michener.  Which I haven’t read. *hangs head in shame*
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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry. While I’ve not read the novel, I’ve seen the miniseries (or parts of it) and read other McMurtry books.

True Women by Janice Woods Windle, historical fiction of some great Texas ladies (whom you do not want to mess with.)

And… man my library of Texas literature is sadly lacking.  So help me out. What are some great books about Texas or Texans? Add you recommendations in the comments.

Then kick back with some pecan pie and a tall glass of ice tea and enjoy some great Texas Tales.

7 responses to “Tales of Texas”

  1. anne Avatar

    A Texas friend recommended this one to me years ago, and I really enjoyed it:

    Love is a Wild Assault by Elithe Hamilton Kirkland


    1. April Avatar

      Excellent! Thanks for the contribution.

  2. Wayne Cockfield Avatar
    Wayne Cockfield

    “The Boy in the Alamo” by Margaret Cousins is a great book for kids to about 16. I read it in grammer school and bought it for my nephews.

    “A time to Stand” by Walter Lord is also a very good book about the Alamo

    1. April Avatar

      I’ll have to get that for when we get to the Texas Revolution in a couple of months.

  3. Texasollie Avatar

    Lone Star Nation by HW Brands

  4. Texasollie Avatar

    Empire of the Summer Moon

    1. April Avatar

      Thanks for the recommendations!

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