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Life in Bronze: Lawrence M. Ludtke, Sculptor

by Amy L. Bacon, H. Ross Perot & James R. Reynolds

A disciple of Classical sculpture in a time of pervasive abstract modernism, Lawrence M. Ludtke (1929–2007) of Houston imbued his creations with a sense of movement and realism through his attention to detail,...


Missionary Bishop: Jean-Marie Odin in Galveston and New Orleans

by Patrick Foley & Gilbert R. Cruz

In 1822 a young French missionary priest arrived in America, where he would devote the rest of his life to the mission field on behalf of the Catholic Church. Jean-Marie Odin served first in Missouri and Arkansas,...


Jane's Window: My Spirited Life in West Texas and Austin

by Jim Comer, Jane Dunn Sibley & James L. Haley

On the southern portion of what was known as the Sibley’s Pezuna del Caballo (Horse’s Hoof) Ranch in West Texas’ Culberson County are two mountains that nearly meet, forming a gap that frames a salt flat...


Rock On: An Office Power Ballad

by Dan Kennedy

How do you land a sweet six-figure marketing gig at the hallowed record label known for having signed everyone from Led Zeppelin to Stone Temple Pilots? You start with a resume like Dan Kennedy's:

• Dressed...


Diary of an Alcoholic Housewife

by Brenda Wilhelmson

Brenda Wilhelmson was like a lot of women in her neighborhood. She had a husband and two children. She was educated and made a good living as a writer. She had a vibrant social life with a tight circle of friends....


This Burning Land: Lessons from the Front Lines of the Transformed Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

by Greg Myre & Jennifer Griffin

A profoundly different way of looking the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

Reporting from Jerusalem for The New York Times and Fox News respectively, Greg Myre and Jennifer Griffin, witnessed a decades-old conflict...


Commander and Builder of Western Forts: The Life and Times of Major General Henry C. Merriam, 1862-1901

by Jack S. Ballard

  During his thirty-eight-year career as a military officer, Henry Clay Merriam received the Medal of Honor for his service in the Civil War, rose to prominence in the Western army, and exerted significant...


Everyday Music: Exploring Sounds and Cultures

by Alan B. Govenar

Native American drumming and chant; Czech and German polka; country fiddling; African American spirituals, blues and jazz; cowboy songs; Mexican corridos; zydeco; and the sounds of a Cambodian New Year’s celebration...


Harsh Country, Hard Times: Clayton Wheat Williams and the Transformation of the Trans-Pecos

by Janet Williams Pollard

Clayton Wheat Williams—West Texas oilman, rancher, civic leader, veteran of the Great War, and avocational historian—was a risk taker, who both reflected and molded the history of his region. His life spanned...


Pioneer Jewish Texans

by Natalie Ornish

With more than 400 photographs, extensive interviews with the descendants of pioneer Jewish Texan families, and reproductions of rare historical documents, Natalie Ornish’s Pioneer Jewish Texans quickly became...


Together We Can: Pathways to Collective Leadership in Agriculture at Texas A&M

by Edward A. Hiler

Together We Can recounts effective strategies for institutional change and focuses on collective leadership within the land-grant university system, with reflections on Hiler’s long and successful career in...


A Girl Called Nettie: A Memoir of Fate, Friendship, and Love

by Netica Symonette

This the story of a Bahamian Out Island girl who dared to reach beyond her circumstances and persisted in moving forward, against all odds and the prejudices of mankind, to experiences and successes never imagined....


Overweight Sensation: The Life and Comedy of Allan Sherman

by Mark Cohen

A groundbreaking biography of the song parodist and Jewish humorist


Fanny & Joshua: The Enigmatic Lives of Frances Caroline Adams and Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain

by Diane Monroe Smith

The intimate history of Civil War hero Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain and his wife, Frances Caroline Adams


World on a String: A Musical Memoir

by John Pizzarelli & Joseph Cosgriff

Behind the scenes in the life of a musician-an exuberant, entertaining memoir from jazz guitarist, singer, and raconteur John Pizzarelli

John Pizzarelli, the son of jazz guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli, is a connoisseur...


Rasputin: The Untold Story

by Joseph T. Fuhrmann

Based on new sources-the definitive biography of Rasputin, with revelations about his life, death, and involvement with the Romanovs

A century after his death, Grigory Rasputin remains fascinating: the Russian...


Lilly: Palm Beach, Tropical Glamour, and the Birth of a Fashion Legend

by Kathryn Livingston

The real story behind a very private American fashion icon?Lilly Pulitzer

Today, Lilly Pulitzer's iconic brand of clean-cut, vibrantly printed clothes called "Lillys" can be spotted everywhere. What began decades...


In Africa with Schweitzer: A Remarkable Memoir by the U.S. Surgeon Who Worked with Schweitzer

by Edgar Berman

Dr. Edgar Berman was In Africa with Schweitzer as a member of the venerated doctor's surgical team in Lambarene. There, he was about to delve into Schweitzer's psyche, his personality, his rationale. He would...


Size Matters Not: The Extraordinary Life and Career of Warwick Davis

by Warwick Davis

The life and times of Warwick Davis, star of Ricky Gervais's forthcoming sitcom, Life's Too Short

Actors work their entire careers hoping to achieve the kind of cult movie hero status that Davis achieved at the...


Cronkite's War: His World War II Letters Home

by Maurice Isserman, Walter Iv Cronkite & Tom Brokaw

A giant in American journalism in the vanguard of "The Greatest Generation" reveals his World War II experiences in this National Geographic book. Walter Cronkite, an obscure 23-year-old United Press wire service...