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Frederico Villalba's Texas

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Frederico Villalba's Texas
« on: January 21, 2009, 09:40:00 AM »
I just finished reading Frederico Villalba's Texas by Juan Manuel Casas. I think that if you enjoyed reading Beneath the Window, you'll probably enjoy this book.

Frederico Villalba's Texas is a collection memoirs about the Villalba family's life in the Big Bend area in the late 1800's and early 1900's. Frederico came to Big Bend to establish a ranch, earn a living, and start a family. He succeeded but their life was full of challenges brought on by the harsh land and racial prejudices.

The book takes a close look at the family life and the events that took place. The Villalbas knew the area was beautiful and they enjoyed it, but the author does not really describe specific locations or provide any really descriptive narrative about the desert, mountains, canyons, etc. I was a little disappointed in that, but the stories are interesting and worth reading.

One thing is quite clear: life was not easy for anyone living in that area at that time.

The book gives a good sense of what ranching and mining life was like during that time. It also goes into great detail about the racial tensions between whites and Mexicans. It's easy reading and quite entertaining in parts, especially the trial of one of Frederico's sons accused of murder.

I'm not sure if you can order this online. Just do a Google search. I received the book for Christmas from my mother-in-law. She picked it up from the author himself when he made an appearance at the Del Rio library (he signed the book too :icon_biggrin:).

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Re: Frederico Villalba's Texas
« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2009, 11:12:52 AM »
WATER, It does a body good.

Re: Frederico Villalba's Texas
« Reply #2 on: February 09, 2009, 01:08:33 PM »
I'm not sure if you can order this online. Just do a Google search. I received the book for Christmas from my mother-in-law. She picked it up from the author himself when he made an appearance at the Del Rio library (he signed the book too :icon_biggrin:).

Hi there! We've sold this book both online and at our store (we take phone and email orders also) since it was released. We often have signed copies! Front Street Books in Alpine, Texas - reachable by email at amazons@fsbooks.com, you can shop our catalog (which I am currently updating and expanding) at www.fsbooks.com, you can also call us at 432-837-3360. We usually have most Big Bend related books, including a selection of out of print books.

 


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