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Big Bend Books

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Offline wthurman

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #45 on: October 23, 2010, 08:45:16 AM »
I think this one is worth a look:  God's Country or Devil's Playground: An Anthology of Nature Writing from the Big Bend of Texas.  It's available on Amazon but I got a peek on Google Books.  Edward Abbey's writing is in it; an author I enjoy quite a bit.

Wendy

Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #46 on: October 27, 2010, 03:56:51 PM »
It is an excellent book, and it is edited by a professor from Alpine (she teaches at Sul Ross).

It is also available from BBNHA, us, Marfa Book Co. and other local independent bookstores (mostly in Texas).

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Offline Collared Lizard

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #47 on: December 27, 2010, 10:12:22 AM »
All great books listed so far.  If you want to get away from non-fiction; I would add "Red Sky In Mourning" by Glenn Willeford.  A historical novel, based on facts of the time with fictional characters of the area during the late 1800's - early 1900's.  Frequently brutal events to read about but a great book. 

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #48 on: April 12, 2012, 10:53:05 PM »
Just finished reading Rawles Williams, Boquillas Crossing.  Set  in and around what is now the national park back in the days of Poncho Villa and told with a perspective that could only have been gained from his years of living in Boquillas and the Big Bend of Texas. It took only a few chapters to have me looking forward to when there was time for the next read.

Recommended!

Al
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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #49 on: April 14, 2012, 01:42:47 PM »
WTH is Poncho ?.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #50 on: April 14, 2012, 04:37:09 PM »
WTH is Poncho ?.

Homero, you don't know Poncho Villa?  A waterproof House!

Al

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #51 on: April 15, 2012, 09:56:24 AM »
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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #52 on: April 15, 2012, 10:34:44 AM »
Holmes: I'm reminded of the curious case of the Manchurian Mambo...

Watson: Holmes, could I have a word?

Holmes: Yes, what is it?

Watson: I believe that was the Manchurian Mamba.

Holmes: Mambo, mamba. What's the difference?

Watson: Well, very little, except that one is a deadly, poisonous snake, while the other is a rather festive Carribean dance.

Holmes: It was a night like any other, when suddenly a knock came at the door. I opened it, and there were these Manchurians, doing a rather festive Carribean dance...

Al

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #53 on: April 15, 2012, 06:37:33 PM »
So give us an insight on the book, Al.
Stay thirsty, my friends.

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Offline Geezer

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #54 on: April 15, 2012, 09:42:40 PM »
If no one has mentioned the following, it's a great book:

The River Has Never Divided Us by Jefferson Morgenthaler

Geezer

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #55 on: April 15, 2012, 11:58:16 PM »
So give us an insight on the book, Al.

Homero, I do not have the writing skills to do it justice.  It will take you back to a time when the river was an artificial barrier to a common desert; in some ways much like now. 

Intrigue, greed, mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, bosses, workers, warriors, lovers and more.  A well told story of history and fiction in which the author shares an intimate knowledge of Big Bend.

Al
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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #56 on: August 07, 2012, 09:41:44 AM »
Newish books that I'm not sure if anyone wrote about:

Memoirs & Biographies:

"Tied Hard & Fast: Apache Adams - Big Bend Cowboy"

"Self-Portrait of a Texas Cowboy: Ass Over Teakettle"

"Letters from the Big Bend: Legacy of a Pioneer"

I know there are more to add, let me get around to ketchin'up!

(We have all of these on our bookstore website if you don't find them at the park!)

Have heard good reviews from customers about Rawles' fiction book.




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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #57 on: November 04, 2013, 07:33:09 PM »
Which would y'all suggest for 5, 9, and 13 year old boys as a way to introduce them to Big Bend and get them excited about our trip?  The 5 yo doesn't read but loves to be read to.

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #58 on: November 04, 2013, 09:52:17 PM »
Don't Call Me Pig! A Javelina Story by Conrad J. Storad

That's the only general book I would recommend. It's for the youngest. Anything else depends on interests. What do your boys like and what kind of reading do they like to do? Rocks, dinos, history, ecosystems, cultures, birds, conservation, astronomy, etc.

http://bigbendbookstore.org/store/index.php?cPath=48&main_page=index

Find the Constellations by H. A. Rey
Zoo in the Sky by Christina Balit
Hold Up the Sky: And Other Native American Tales from Texas and the Southern Plains by Jane Louise Curry
Turn Left at Orion: Hundreds of Night Sky Objects to See in a Home Telescope - and How to Find Them by Guy Consolmagno and Dan M. Davis

Based on a recommendation here, mine really enjoyed Kingfisher Highway (edit) Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder by Kenn Kaufman
I also got a book on the Apaches but found it to not be age-appropriate.
We have several memoirs, but I need to re-read for appropriateness before being able to recommend them.

Mine is asking for field guides of the plants, birds, butterflies, and animals for the region.
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Offline CubScoutMom

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Re: Big Bend Books
« Reply #59 on: November 05, 2013, 07:49:48 AM »
Mine is asking for field guides of the plants, birds, butterflies, and animals for the region.

I think both my 13 and 8 year old would enjoy those.  The 5 year old can tag along and be read to.  Maybe a history of the area for the 8 year old and a biography for the 13 year old?  I think the 13 year old might even enjoy historical fiction set in the area (he is my avid reader). 

Oh and Beatrice, I think you are my new BFF!  :)

 


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