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Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: BigBendHiker on October 10, 2006, 05:01:43 PM
DavidL's reply to the post on "A Most Singular Country" about reading the various books on Big Bend got me to thinking which is a dangerous thing...

I wonder if we could setup a sticky that has a list of the books and authors about Big Bend and the region? And, include a link to the Big Bend Natural History Association webpage where many, if not all, could be purchased.

I found the link from the Big Bend book thread that was posted earlier this year and copied the titles and authors of the books that were in the thread (alphabetized by title; I may have missed some and if so, please add to the thread):

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=112.0&highlight=books


1. A Homesteader's Story by J. O. Langford
2.  A Most Singular Country by Arthur R. Gomez
3.  Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas by James R. Dixon
4.  Beneath the Window by Patricia Wilson Clothier
5.  Big Bend Country by Ross A. Maxwell  
6.  Big Bend Country, Land of the Unexpected by Kenneth B. Ragsdale
7.  Big Bend of the Rio Grande: A Guide to the Rocks, Landscape, Geologic History, and Settlers of the Area of Big Bend National Park by Ross A. Maxwell
8.  Big Bend Panorama (not what you think it is)
9.  Big Bend Vistas by MacLeod
10.  Big Bend:  Three Steps to the Sky by Deckert
11.  Chronicles of the Big Bend by WD Smithers
12.  Circuit Riders of the Big Bend by WD Smithers
13.  Contrabando: Confessions of a Drug-Smuggling Texas Cowboy" by Don Henry Ford, Jr
14.  Drug Lord by Terrace Poppa
15.  Early Trail Drives of the Big Bend by WD Smithers
16.  Geology of Big Bend National Park, Texas  by Maxwell, Lonsdale, Hazzard and Wilson
17.  God's Country or Devils Playground by Nelson
18.  Hiking Big Bend, by Laurence Parent
19.  How Come It's Called That by Hallie Stilwell
20.  I'll Gather My Geese by Hallie Stilwell
21.  Land of the Desert Sun by D. Gentry Steele (Tom Alex pictured on the back cover)
22.  Life Along the Border by C. A. Hawley
23.  Little known history of the Texas Big Bend by Glenn Justice
24.  Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door by Etta Koch
25.  More Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
26.  My Goose is Cooked by Hallie Stilwell
27.  My Name is Frederick Rice and I Was Born Here by Stanley Ewald
28.  Naturalist's Big Bend by Roland H. Wauer & Carl M. Fleming
29.  One Ranger by Jauquin Jackson
30.  Portraits From the Desert by Bill Wright's Big Bend
31.  Quicksilver: Terlingua and the Chisos Mining Company by Kenneth Ragsdale
32.  Rio Grande an excellent hardback full of short stories
33.  Story of Big Bend National Park by Jameson
34.  Stray Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
35.  Tales from the Terlingua Porch by Blair Pittman.
36.  Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
37.  Texas Big Bend Country by Wuerthner
38.  Texas Camel Tales by Chris Emmett (1932)
39.  The Big Bend Country by Virginia Madison
40.  The Big Bend Country of Texas by Madison
41.  The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier by Ronnie C. Tyler
42.  The Pelican Guide to the Big Bend Country by McCarty
43.  The Texas Outback by Caleb Pirtle
44.  The Way I Heard It by Fulcher
45.  Wildflowers of the Big Bend by Warnock and Koch
46.  Wings Over the Mexican Border by Kenneth Ragsdale

Some new additions:
"Big Bend Landscapes" by Dennis Blagg, TX A&M Univ Press, 2002
"Big Bend National Park", Univ of TX Press, 2006
"Exploring the Big Bend Country" by Peter Koch and June Cooper Price, Univ of TX Press, 2007
"Texas Bird Adventures in the Chisos Mountains and on the Northern Plains" by Herbert Brandt, published in 1940.



BBH
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: bdann on October 10, 2006, 05:55:02 PM
I've been trying to buy a book every trip to the park for abour four years now.  I've gotten a few off Ebay and a couple of Half Price Books as well.  Chronicles of the Big Bend by WD Smithers is one of my favorites, I love all the old photography.  I have a first edition of that one.

Also really enjoyed the Etta Koch book and the Patricia Wilson Clothier book.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: BigBendHiker on October 10, 2006, 05:57:19 PM
Great comments, there bdann.

That is how we have started our collection.  Visit the PJ Bookstore when we first get to BIBE to purchase a book or two.  Without TVs and the other technology, our evenings at BIBE are free to read and relax.


BBH
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: Lemming_of_the_BDA on October 10, 2006, 06:02:02 PM
This one should be on the list as well:

"My Name is Frederick Rice and I Was Born Here" by Stanley Ewald.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: BigBendHiker on October 10, 2006, 06:05:35 PM
Thanks.

I had not heard of that one.  I edited the list in my original post and added it.


Thanks,
BBH
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Lemming_of_the_BDA on October 10, 2006, 06:07:20 PM
Quote from: "BigBendHiker"
DavidL's reply to the post on "A Most Singular Country" about reading the various books on Big Bend got me to thinking which is a dangerous thing...

I wonder if we could setup a sticky that has a list of the books and authors about Big Bend and the region? And, include a link to the Big Bend Natural History Association webpage where many, if not all, could be purchased.


26.  Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles[/i]


IIRC, Elton Miles published two more books in this vein. The second was "More Tales of the Big Bend". I forget the title to the third, but it was along the same lines as the first two. I'll look for it when I get home. Hopefully, my beautiful, young, Big-Bend hatin' bride hasn't sold it to Half-Price Books.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: BigBendHiker on October 10, 2006, 06:41:34 PM
They are up there:
18.  More Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
25.  Stray Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
27.  Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles

Yes...hopefully, it has not been sold.  But, if it has, you can probably buy another copy of it.  That keeps the economy going. :?


Thanks,
BBH
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Casa Grande on October 10, 2006, 06:43:30 PM
Quote from: "BigBendHiker"
DavidL's reply to the post on "A Most Singular Country" about reading the various books on Big Bend got me to thinking which is a dangerous thing...

I wonder if we could setup a sticky that has a list of the books and authors about Big Bend and the region? And, include a link to the Big Bend Natural History Association webpage where many, if not all, could be purchased.

I found the link from the Big Bend book thread that was posted earlier this year and copied the titles and authors of the books that were in the thread (alphabetized by title; I may have missed some and if so, please add to the thread):

http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php?topic=112.0&highlight=books



1.  A Homesteader's Story by J. O. Langford
2.  A Most Singular Country by Arthur R. Gomez
3.  Amphibians and Reptiles of Texas by James R. Dixon
4.  Beneath the Window by Patricia Wilson Clothier
5.  Big Bend Country by Ross A. Maxwell  
6.  Big Bend Country, Land of the Unexpected by Kenneth B. Ragsdale
7.  Big Bend of the Rio Grande: A Guide to the Rocks, Landscape, Geologic History, and Settlers of the Area of Big Bend National Park by Ross A. Maxwell
8.  Big Bend Panorama (not what you think it is)
9.  Chronicles of the Big Bend by WD Smithers
10.  Contrabando: Confessions of a Drug-Smuggling Texas Cowboy" by Don Henry Ford, Jr
11.  Drug Lord by Terrace Poppa
12.  Hiking Big Bend, by Laurence Parent
13.  How Come It's Called That by Hallie Stilwell
14.  I'll Gather My Geese by Hallie Stilwell
15.  Life Along the Border by C. A. Hawley
16.  Little known history of the Texas Big Bend by Glenn Justice
17.  Lizards on the Mantel, Burros at the Door by Etta Koch
18.  More Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
19.  My Goose is Cooked by Hallie Stilwell
20.  My Name is Frederick Rice and I Was Born Here by Stanley Ewald
21.  Naturalist's Big Bend by Roland H. Wauer & Carl M. Fleming
22.  One Ranger by Jauquin Jackson
23.  Quicksilver: Terlingua and the Chisos Mining Company by Kenneth Ragsdale
24.  Rio Grande an excellent hardback full of short stories
25.  Stray Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
26.  Tales from the Terlingua Porch by Blair Pittman.
27.  Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
28.  Texas Camel Tales by Chris Emmett (1932)
29.  The Big Bend: A History of the Last Texas Frontier by Ronnie C. Tyler


BBH


great minds think alike ;)

What about a Big Bend Book of the month Club?  Ok, now we're getting too "Oprahesque"  :lol:
Title: Books about Big Bend
Post by: BEN AND GENA on October 10, 2006, 09:42:40 PM
Another terrific book is "Wings Over the Mexican Border" by Kenneth Ragsdale. It's the story of Elmo Johnson's ranch and the airfield on the River Road which he ran for the Army Air Corps during the 1920's - 1930's. We used some of the pictures in the book to locate the old runways at the site... found a lot of what looked like 30 cal. casings along the runways. Always wondered if the pilots practiced their gunnery along them.
Have a hanky ready when you read in the last chapter about Mr. Johnson's last visit to the site with his daughter in the 1970's.

Highly Recommended !
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: bdann on October 10, 2006, 10:38:14 PM
Here are some others:

1. Potraits From the Desert, Bill Wright's Big Bend

2. The Texas Outback by Caleb Pirtle

3. The Big Bend Country by Virginia Madison

4. Land of the Desert Sun by D. Gentry Steele (Tom Alex pictured on the back cover 8)  )

Also a few that aren't specific to Big Bend, but worth mentioning:

Mountain Islands and Desert Seas, A Natural History of the US-Mexican Borderlands by Frederick R. Gehlback

and

Rio Grande, The People and Politics of One of America's Greatest Rivers by Mike Leggett.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: Hayduke on October 10, 2006, 11:15:13 PM
Here's a few more from my bookshelf. (I didn't list ones that were simply guidebooks or very specialized.) Some of these are out of print (OP)

Deckert, Big Bend: Three Steps to the Sky
Fulcher, The Way I Heard It   -great stories!
Jameson, Story of Big Bend National Park
Langford & Gipson, Big Bend: A Homesteader's Story - a classic!
MacLeod, Big Bend Vistas - great geology book
Madison, The Big Bend Country of Texas -OP, by a friend of Hallie Stiilwell
Maxwell, Lonsdale, Hazzard & Wilson, Geology of Big Bend National Park, Texas
McCarty, The Pelican Guide to the Big Bend Country - unintentionally humorous, OP
Nelson, God's Country or Devils Playground - excellent anthology, highly recommended
Smithers, Early Trail Drives of the Big Bend - ~30 page monograph, OP
Smithers, Circuit Riders of the Big Bend - ~40 page monograph, OP
Wuerthner, Texas Big Bend Country - good overall intro
Warnock & Koch, Wildflowers of the Big Bend
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: Lemming_of_the_BDA on October 11, 2006, 08:32:49 AM
Quote from: "BigBendHiker"
They are up there:
18.  More Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
25.  Stray Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles
27.  Tales of the Big Bend by Elton Miles


You are correct, sir. Don't know how I missed that.

Quote from: "BigBendHiker"

Yes...hopefully, it has not been sold.  But, if it has, you can probably buy another copy of it.  That keeps the economy going. :?


Thanks,
BBH


I'm in luck. All 3 of my Miles books are intact. I probably "over stimulate" the economy. Don't wanna spend anymore than I have to.  :wink:
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Lemming_of_the_BDA on October 11, 2006, 08:37:01 AM
Quote from: "David Locke"


What about a Big Bend Book of the month Club?  Ok, now we're getting too "Oprahesque"  :lol:


Not a bad idea. I'm sure there are plenty of benders like bdann and I. I buy one or two books on every trip as well, and I'm sure I've seen other members mention that too.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: bdann on October 11, 2006, 11:56:03 AM
Also,

Big Bend - James Evans.  Don't have this one yet, it's expensive, but I've looked through it more than once at the PJ bookstore.  

There's also an older book called "The Way I Heard It - Tales of the Big Bend" by Walter Fulcher and edited by Elton Miles. ....don't have this one yet either.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: bdann on October 11, 2006, 12:04:24 PM
also....
Big Bend National Park by Joe Nick Patoski and Laurence Parent.  It's just out and will be on my bookshelf soon.

I have their book "Texas Mountains", and it's really good.  Joe does the writing.  I think he's the one that let the cat out of the bag about Cattail Falls in Texas Monthly a few years ago (as if it wasn't already "out of the bag")
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: Casa Grande on October 11, 2006, 12:38:18 PM
Quote from: "bdann"
Also,

Big Bend - James Evans.  Don't have this one yet, it's expensive, but I've looked through it more than once at the PJ bookstore.  


pictures are good, but not much in the way of the park in that book if I recall.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: BigBendHiker on October 11, 2006, 12:43:01 PM
List is updated with the latest suggestions to the list at the beginning of the thread...

46 books!  WOW!!


BBH
Title: Re: Books about Big Bend
Post by: bdann on October 11, 2006, 04:25:08 PM
Quote from: "BEN AND GENA"
Another terrific book is "Wings Over the Mexican Border" by Kenneth Ragsdale. It's the story of Elmo Johnson's ranch and the airfield on the River Road which he ran for the Army Air Corps during the 1920's - 1930's. We used some of the pictures in the book to locate the old runways at the site... found a lot of what looked like 30 cal. casings along the runways. Always wondered if the pilots practiced their gunnery along them.
Have a hanky ready when you read in the last chapter about Mr. Johnson's last visit to the site with his daughter in the 1970's.

Highly Recommended !


Thanks for this mention, hadn't heard of this one.  There are some cool photos of the airfield in Smithers' book, "Chronicles of the Big Bend".  Smithers had an underground darkroom at Johnson's Ranch.

Wings over the Mexican Border is out of print from what I can tell, but several used copies are available from amazon.com.  (one less now)
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: randell on October 12, 2006, 09:23:57 AM
I have read close to 20 of these books.  I don't think I have read one yet that I didn't like.  The one exception is the "Tales of the Big Bend" series.  Too much lore and legend and not enough history.  I like the true history stuff.

The Big Bend Pictures book is a good coffee table book.  The pictures are great but a lot of them are not "Big Bend".  My favorite "coffee table book" is Texas Mountains.  It has photos and a little history of all of the mountains in West Texas.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: BigBendHiker on October 12, 2006, 09:32:53 AM
Quote from: "randell"
I have read close to 20 of these books.  I don't think I have read one yet that I didn't like.  The one exception is the "Tales of the Big Bend" series.  Too much lore and legend and not enough history.  I like the true history stuff.

The Big Bend Pictures book is a good coffee table book.  The pictures are great but a lot of them are not "Big Bend".  My favorite "coffee table book" is Texas Mountains.  It has photos and a little history of all of the mountains in West Texas.


Good going.  

Agree...the tales series are entertaining, but can be a stretch, kinda like Coronado's Children (the one on treasure and gold in Texas).  It is a good read, but every gold/silver story has a common thread -- they find the gold/silver, go back to tell people about it, and then can never quite find the spot where the gold/silver was...hmmmmm...


BBH
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: bdann on October 12, 2006, 11:30:44 AM
Quote from: "randell"
My favorite "coffee table book" is Texas Mountains.  It has photos and a little history of all of the mountains in West Texas.


Whenever someone tells me "there aren't any mountains in Texas"....that book comes in quite handy.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: randell on October 12, 2006, 11:50:08 AM
Quote from: "bdann"
Quote from: "randell"
My favorite "coffee table book" is Texas Mountains.  It has photos and a little history of all of the mountains in West Texas.


Whenever someone tells me "there aren't any mountains in Texas"....that book comes in quite handy.


Those are the same people who think San Antonio is West Texas.  I am still annoyed by people saying they are from West Texas when they say they are from Amarillo...but I guess technically, it's true.  Following the logic that Amarillo was in West Texas, I guess Laredo is in East Texas.

(http://zerr.net/temp/boardpics/texas.jpg)
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: homerboy2u on October 12, 2006, 01:07:35 PM
So according to your map....I?m from West Coahuila :?:  :shock:  :?:

 Never, even gave it a thought  :!:  :!: ...You always learn something on this board.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: randell on October 12, 2006, 01:37:11 PM
I should note that I drew the lines on that  map.  I drew the horizontal line in the widest part of the state, then drew a vertical line through the center point of the horizontal line.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: Hayduke on October 12, 2006, 03:46:49 PM
Back to books....

Clifford B. Casey, Mirages, Mysteries and Reality Brewster County Texas of the Big Bend of the Rio Grande
Carlyle Graham Raht, Romance of the Davis Mountains and Big Bend Country

These are mainly human histories - both are out of print but show up on Ebay from time to time.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: Lemming_of_the_BDA on October 12, 2006, 05:28:03 PM
I'm re-reading John Jameson's book (#33). I thought it was interesting that the ceremony to cede control of park lands to the Federal Gumint was scheduled for June 6, 1944. Turns out there was something BIG going on that day, so the ceremony was pushed back to June 12th.
Title: D-Day
Post by: BIBE Webmaster on October 12, 2006, 07:53:49 PM
Jameson got it wrong; the ceremony did take place in the Oval Office around lunchtime on June 6.

E

Moderator note:
(http://www.nps.gov/imr/customcf/apps/CMS_HandF/Pictures/BIBE_dyk_dday.jpg) Did You Know?
President Franklin Roosevelt received the deed to the property of the Big Bend on D-Day (June 6, 1944). The park was formally established six days later, and officially opened to visitors in July 1944.
more... (http://www.nps.gov/bibe/historyculture/tgttn.htm)
Title: Re: D-Day
Post by: BigBendHiker on October 12, 2006, 09:40:46 PM
Quote from: "BIBE Webmaster"
Jameson got it wrong; the ceremony did take place in the Oval Office around lunchtime on June 6.

E


Wow.  I had never heard that.  Thanks for sharing that.


BBH
Title: Children's book
Post by: Goldilocks on October 20, 2006, 11:53:50 AM
Since people in my church know I went to Big Bend recently, several people stop to talk to me about it.  A woman stopped me in the hall and told me she had written a book about Big Bend.  At the time, I didn't realize she wrote children's books.  She talked about the border closing and the problems it has caused for U.S. security as the Mexican Mafia and the Middle Eastern terrorists have taken over the border towns.  She told me Big Bend was a prime spot for terrorists to enter this country, since "they look just like the Mexicans." :shock:  :shock:  (She really said that.)

Not really being able to respond as I would have liked to that comment, I decided to check out her book.  It is a children's book called Dragonfly Pin by Jacqueline Stem.  It is about a third grade reading level and is a mystery.  Those of you with elementary age kids might enjoy having them read it.  It is mildly entertaining.  Other than the facts that the Boquillas Canyon trail starts at Rio Grande Village, Mariscal Mine is a good place for secret agents to meet to exchange information, and families with young children go running up and down the trail from the basin to their remote campsite several times a day it was fine.  :D

Seriously, the premise is weak, but it isn't too bad. There seem to be only a small number of books for elementary age children about Big Bend so if you have kids you can check it out.
Title: Re: Children's book
Post by: presidio on October 22, 2006, 11:33:34 AM
Quote from: "Goldilocks"
She talked about the border closing and the problems it has caused for U.S. security as the Mexican Mafia and the Middle Eastern terrorists have taken over the border towns.  She told me Big Bend was a prime spot for terrorists to enter this country, since "they look just like the Mexicans." :shock:  :shock:  (She really said that.)


Well, let's hope her views and attitudes don't corrupt young minds. She sounds like the perfect voter many politicians would like to see: uninformed and afraid, not to mention apparently at least a little biased culturally.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: Goldilocks on October 22, 2006, 04:16:13 PM
Yes Presidio, but she was only stating to me what I think a lot of people believe.  If you watch the media, especially here in North Texas, and that is the only exposure you have to the border issue you can see where her views came from.  I felt that a two minute conversation in the hallway wasn't going to change her mind.  However, I could, and probably should get with her another time and give her some "alternative" viewpoints to consider.  

If I had said what I was thinking at the time, the possibility of further conversation would be over.  I admit I was shocked by the thought that all people with brown skin look alike, but I am hoping I misjudged her comment and she doesn't really believe that.  If she does, there is more understanding and sensitivity to other cultures that needs to be taught.  

I might get on my soapbox here but I believe that our churches should be teaching tolarance and acceptance (maybe like Christ did) instead of intolerance and judgmentalism.  But the process of change is slow, and it is done one person at a time.  

BUT one has to be accepting to teach acceptance.   I have to accept her
where she is before I can lead her to another place.

Anyway, there is a sermon for the day, at least it's SUnday  :D
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: chisos_muse on October 22, 2006, 04:38:24 PM
Quote from: "Goldilocks"
Yes Presidio, but she was only stating to me what I think a lot of people believe.  If you watch the media, especially here in North Texas, and that is the only exposure you have to the border issue you can see where her views came from.  I felt that a two minute conversation in the hallway wasn't going to change her mind.  However, I could, and probably should get with her another time and give her some "alternative" viewpoints to consider.  

If I had said what I was thinking at the time, the possibility of further conversation would be over.  I admit I was shocked by the thought that all people with brown skin look alike, but I am hoping I misjudged her comment and she doesn't really believe that.  If she does, there is more understanding and sensitivity to other cultures that needs to be taught.  

I might get on my soapbox here but I believe that our churches should be teaching tolarance and acceptance (maybe like Christ did) instead of intolerance and judgmentalism.  But the process of change is slow, and it is done one person at a time.  

BUT one has to be accepting to teach acceptance.   I have to accept her
where she is before I can lead her to another place.

Anyway, there is a sermon for the day, at least it's SUnday  :D


And a great sermon it was....... TY Lisa :D
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: BigBendHiker on October 22, 2006, 05:22:27 PM
Quote from: "Goldilocks"
Yes Presidio, but she was only stating to me what I think a lot of people believe.  If you watch the media, especially here in North Texas, and that is the only exposure you have to the border issue you can see where her views came from.  I felt that a two minute conversation in the hallway wasn't going to change her mind.  However, I could, and probably should get with her another time and give her some "alternative" viewpoints to consider.  

If I had said what I was thinking at the time, the possibility of further conversation would be over.  I admit I was shocked by the thought that all people with brown skin look alike, but I am hoping I misjudged her comment and she doesn't really believe that.  If she does, there is more understanding and sensitivity to other cultures that needs to be taught.  

I might get on my soapbox here but I believe that our churches should be teaching tolarance and acceptance (maybe like Christ did) instead of intolerance and judgmentalism.  But the process of change is slow, and it is done one person at a time.  

BUT one has to be accepting to teach acceptance.   I have to accept her
where she is before I can lead her to another place.

Anyway, there is a sermon for the day, at least it's SUnday  :D


Very well stated.  Your words ring true.  Thank you.


BBH
Title: Re: D-Day
Post by: Lemming_of_the_BDA on January 09, 2007, 06:42:37 PM
Quote from: "BIBE Webmaster"
Jameson got it wrong; the ceremony did take place in the Oval Office around lunchtime on June 6.

E


So where do you suppose Jameson got the idea? Here (http://www.nps.gov/bibe/historyculture/tgttn.htm), perhaps?
Title: Beneath the Window
Post by: Goldilocks on February 17, 2007, 10:26:55 PM
Beneath the Window; Early Ranch Life in the Big Bend Country

I just finished this book by Patricia Wilson Clothier today.  It was a great read.  It was a little sad, though.  It gives the perspective of the ranchers who lost their land to the Park.  I wish that the Park Service hadn't destroyed so many of their homes and buildings but I suppose it made sense at the time. Keeping them up would have been an expensive nightmare.  

Patricia would be about 75 years old now.  She lived her first 15 years on the ranch that eventually became part of the park.  The book was copyrighted in 2003.  Does anyone know if she is still alive?
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: bdann on February 18, 2007, 08:19:28 PM
not 100% sure, but I think she's still alive.
Title: Re: Beneath the Window
Post by: BigBendHiker on February 18, 2007, 08:35:12 PM
Quote from: "Goldilocks"
I wish that the Park Service hadn't destroyed so many of their homes and buildings but I suppose it made sense at the time. Keeping them up would have been an expensive nightmare.  


So true!  Wouldn't it have been fascinating to see the old buildings and homes from the early pioneers?  


BBH
Title: more Big Bend book suggestions
Post by: astrofizz on February 19, 2007, 10:44:14 AM
Four suggestions re Big Bend books that I haven't seen mentioned:
 
(1) An extraordinary art book done in an interesting and personal style.

"Big Bend Landscapes" by Dennis Blagg, TX A&M Univ Press, 2002

I've seen a small number of the originals and/or preparatory sketches for these artworks. Wonderful.
 
 
(2) A recent Laurence Parent / Joe Nick Patoski collaboration that is also visually interesting:
 
"Big Bend National Park", Univ of TX Press, 2006

 
(3) "Exploring the Big Bend Country"
 
by Peter Koch and June Cooper Price, Univ of TX Press, 2007

Esp interesting for Koch's photos and chapter 1, which describes the century plant stalk and bailing wire "raft" that Koch took thru Santa Elena Canyon in 1945. Wow. I have a hard time imaging the Rock Slide in that contraption. But he made it, with camera gear.


(4) And a bird-oriented book with significant Big Bend content:
 
"Texas Bird Adventures in the Chisos Mountains and on the Northern Plains" by Herbert Brandt, published in 1940.
 
As you would likely guess from the title, about half of this 192 page book is about Brandt's visit to the Big Bend in the 1930s.  Brandt was an ornithologist, and this book chronicles one of the first ornithology expeditions to the region. So if you aren't a bird-watcher, this book will probably not be among your favorites. But if you are a Big Bend bird-watcher, you should give it a read. Brandt et al spent time at numerous locations around the Big Bend, including Pine Canyon and Glenn Springs, and they got up into the Chisos (Boot Canyon etc.) via Juniper Canyon and horses. The book was illustrated by the talented George Miksch Sutton.
Title: searching for a book
Post by: astrofizz on February 19, 2007, 11:07:19 AM
Some time ago (5 - 6 years, mas o menos), I came across a description of a book that compared Big Bend region photos taken by the 1899 Robert Hill expedition with contemporary photos that matched Hill's photos in composition, field-of-view, etc. When I read about this book, I said to myself "I'd like to buy that" but then I got distracted (as one often does) and by the time I thought of it again, I could not relocate the description of the book or recall its title. Massively irritating. More recently, I have tried to resurrect this book using the power of Google, abebooks.com, and the like. No luck.
 
Does this ring a bell with any of you? Maybe it was a magazine article I saw? I recall it as being very interesting and sure wish I could find it again. I don't think I was dreaming!  :-)
 
Thanks in advance.
 
BTW, Eric Leonard has placed a nice selection of the Hill expedition photos on the BBNP website at:

http://www.nps.gov/bibe/photosmultimedia/rthill.htm

and Eric has provided a link to many others.
Title: Big Bend Books
Post by: BigBendHiker on February 19, 2007, 09:31:12 PM
Thanks, astrofizz, for the suggestions.  I edited my original post and added them to the list.  I now have more reading to do! :D

BBH
Title: Big Bend Book List
Post by: BigBendHiker on March 27, 2009, 07:22:52 AM
Seeing the recent posts on Big Bend books made me think of this old topic that we had up on the board that listed an almost complete list of books to read about Big Bend and the area.

Enjoy...

Moderator note: I've bumped this topic to the top of the index.
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Alpine Montessori School on April 10, 2009, 06:36:13 PM
I might have missed them, but a couple I didn't see on the list (newer titles) - "Ghost Schools of the Big Bend" by Albert Briggs Tucker (deceased), "Federico Villalba's Texas" by Juan Manuel Casas, and I think anyone who is a cactiphile has to love "Cacti of the TransPecos", or at LEAST it's cheaper nephew "Cacti of Texas" (both by Michael Powell and co.).

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Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Alpine Montessori School on April 10, 2009, 06:42:51 PM
And I almost forgot! "Trans-Pecos Texas: A Study of Exploration" by J.P. Burnett. This one was his Master's Thesis, very concise and has some great information on the general history of the entire Trans-Pecos area. Granted, it isn't Big Bend-centric, but (like many of the books on the list) it has information on the region and it's immediate surrounding areas, complete with a nice bibliography for history buffs. Has gone over great with our local history people.

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Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: gjmokcb on September 04, 2009, 12:55:10 PM
I hope it's not just vanity that prompts me to suggest "The River Has Never Divided Us" (winner, SMU's Clements Center Award for Best Book of 2004 about the Southwest) and "La Junta de los Rios" (winner, Best Book 2008, Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association), both by yours truly, Jefferson Morgenthaler. Both are available at Front Street Books.
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Alpine Montessori School on September 29, 2009, 06:53:36 PM
I hope it's not just vanity that prompts me to suggest "The River Has Never Divided Us" (winner, SMU's Clements Center Award for Best Book of 2004 about the Southwest) and "La Junta de los Rios" (winner, Best Book 2008, Texas Old Missions and Forts Restoration Association), both by yours truly, Jefferson Morgenthaler. Both are available at Front Street Books.

Hey! Email us, we need more books and I don't think you got my last order!
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: wthurman 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
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Alpine Montessori School 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).
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Collared Lizard 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. 
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Al 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
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: homerboy2u on April 14, 2012, 01:42:47 PM
WTH is Poncho ?.
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Al on April 14, 2012, 04:37:09 PM
WTH is Poncho ?.

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

Al
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: homerboy2u on April 15, 2012, 09:56:24 AM
 :smiley_confused1:
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Al 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
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: homerboy2u on April 15, 2012, 06:37:33 PM
So give us an insight on the book, Al.
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Geezer 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
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Al 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
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Alpine Montessori School 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.



Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: CubScoutMom 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.
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Beatrice 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.
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: CubScoutMom 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!  :)
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: RichardM on November 05, 2013, 08:37:38 AM
There's always Who Pooped in the Park? (http://bigbendbookstore.org/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=533)
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: TexasAggieHiker on November 05, 2013, 09:14:55 AM
Richard beat me to my suggestion.   :icon_smile:

And Mom, you would enjoy "Beneath the Window" and "A Homesteader's Story"
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: kevint on November 05, 2013, 12:24:46 PM
It is set a little further north and west but Hondo is a great read.  I always assumed it was hokey due to the 3-D John Wayne movie, but this spring we listened to the audio book while driving some of the flats and canyons of New Mexico.  I half expected to spot Apaches along some of the bluffs.  And, it was very well written.
Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: CubScoutMom on November 06, 2013, 10:36:38 AM
I just ordered a WIDE variety of books.  Given all the ages/interests in my house, I'm sure this will read as rather odd.  But one good thing about a Spring Break trip is that the Christmas Gift possibilities are endless!

The Story of Big Bend National Park, Jameson
Who Pooped in the Park - Big Bend edition (Almost got Yellowstone by ignorance!) 
Tales of Big Bend, Miles 
101 Questions About Desert Life, Jablonsky 
The Big Bend Guide, Kimball
Hiking Big Bend 2nd edition, Parent
Don't Call Me a Pig, Storad
I'll Gather My Geese, Stillwell 
Big Bend National Park (Wright Photography Series) 


When it gets closer, I'm going to buy Beneath the Window and A Homesteader's Story.  If I buy them now, I'll read them now.  And I think I'd rather read them while I'm there or right before we go.

Title: Re: Big Bend Books
Post by: Imre on November 17, 2013, 08:12:05 PM
Two days ago I received my copy of "Texas Bird Adventures in the Chisos Mountains and on the Northern Plains" by Herbert Brandt. [1940. ] Thank you for the excellent recommendation. As someone who has hiked to Boot Spring since 1985 in search of Colima Warbler (among other species) to me this is a fascinating account of another era  - in the 1930's, documentation of bird species was still by "collecting" i.e., along the barrel of a shotgun!