Legendary Texas ranches, politicians, and criminals come to life in this offering of Texas titles newly available on BARD.
Enjoy an unvarnished portrait of LBJ and survey the greatest ranch in the world, while separating the mythical Bonnie and Clyde from the cold reality.
Texas now has over 1,800 locally produced titles on BARD, by far the most of any regional library!
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BIG DADDY OF THE PEDERNALES: LYNDON BAINES JOHNSON by Paul Keith Conkin (DBC 26773)
An exceptionally clear and fair biography of the President who has been called “America’s last frontier President.” LBJ’s essentially paternalistic views of politics and of himself (Big Daddy) and the stamp of his Hill Country upbringing (from the Pedernales) provide historian Conkin with keys to the life of this difficult, tempestuous and brilliant President.
CABALLERO: A HISTORICAL NOVEL by Jovita Gonzalez Mireles (DBC 26785)
A significant contribution to Mexican-American and Texas literature, this novel, written in the 1930s and 1940s, was recently discovered in a collection of private papers. The story opens in 1846. A wealthy Mexican landowner and his family living in the heart of South Texas learn with shock that their homeland is about to be annexed by the powerful giant to the north, the United States. The patriarch struggles to maintain his family traditions, no matter what the cost to the individual members of his family.
COURAGEOUS: 10 STRATEGIES FOR THRIVING IN A HOSTILE WORLD by Robert Jeffress (DBC 26716)
Christians face relentless attacks from an ungodly culture, a formidable adversary, and our own fallen natures. Yet we cannot afford to surrender to these very real enemies. Just as survivalists use ten specific strategies to overcome threatening situations, Courageous explains ten biblical strategies for surviving-and thriving-in a world that is hostile to our faith. As A. W. Tozer said, ‘A scared world needs a fearless church.’ Courageous is a clarion call for Christians to boldly live out their faith. If you’ve felt your faith is under attack, if you’re struggling with the temptation to follow the crowd despite biblical teaching to the contrary, or if you’re just feeling weary, the ten strategies in Courageous will provide fresh fire and new hope. Commercial audiobook. 2020.
DOG TACOS by Terry McChesney (DBC 18402)
It’s Friday and Mike wakes up brutalized from a 50/50 grind on a handrail gone awry the night before. Despite his cuts, bruises and sore muscles, Mike can’t wait to skateboard tonight. He, David and Cedric have planned to skate in the forbidden zone downtown and go to a party afterwards. Cedric has an added surprise for his buddies—dinner across the border in Mexico at a suspicious looking little hole in the wall he calls Dog Tacos. Before the night is over, the friends will come face-to-face with the most notorious gang in town, be detained and interrogated at the U.S. border and be hailed as heroes on the local news. Mike’s heart and loyalty will also be tested. This night will challenge the friends like no other. The unexpected rewards far outweigh the night’s events.
DEAD WRECKONING by Sylvia Dickey Smith (DBC 18411)
Sidra Smart’s search for an elusive schooner stirs up a bayou bonanza of treasure hunters, smugglers, and the spirits of the infamous Jean Lafitte and his pirate queen, Mary Anne Radcliff. Strong language. 2012.
GIVE ME ONE SUMMER by Emilie Baker Loring (DBC 18371)
In one thrilling summer in Maine, lovely young Melissa Barclay finds mystery, danger and glowing romance. Beautiful and impetuous, Melissa had grown up in an atmosphere of security and ease. But now suddenly that life had ended, and she found herself totally alone. To whom could she turn? Whom could she trust? Johnny Grant, the wealthy playboy she’d known since childhood? Or Lex Carson, the mysterious, handsome stranger who asked for her love, yet remained so strangely distant? At first Lissa thought she had the whole summer to decide. But then, amid feverishly mounting intrigue and danger, she knew she would have to make the right choice soon—or lose her chances of happiness forever.
HOMEFRONT MURDERS by D.R. Meredith (DBC 18827)
When the mummified remains of a World War II GI are unearthed in the sub-basement of the Crawford County Courthouse, the residents, well-known for their nonstop gossip, are suddenly as quiet as the soldier’s grave. Sheriff Charles Matthews is frustrated by the town’s silence. He isn’t planning to arrest anyone for a murder more than 50 years old, but he does want to bury the soldier’s remains with a name other than John Doe. One of the local oldsters must know that name, but no one, not even his spinster dispatcher, Miss Poole, will talk. Whoever John Doe was, he still frightens Crawford County’s senior citizens 50 years after his death. Commercial audiobook. Strong language. 1995.
INTO THIN AIR by Thomas Zigal (DBC 26791)
When Kurt Miller, ex-hippie sheriff of Aspen, Colorado, finds a body in the Roaring Fork River, he plunges into a complex case involving Argentinian terrorists, local politics, his own marital problems, and doubts about his suitability for the job. Descriptions of sex, strong language and violence.
INTRODUCING THE BIBLE by William Barclay (DBC 26776)
The author was a Bible scholar and teacher at the University of Glasgow. Chapters include: “The Ancient Book,” “The Making of the Old Testament,” “The Making of the New Testament,” “The Apocrypha,” “How to Study the Bible,” and “The Inspired Book.” A structured approach to bible study for the serious student.
KING RANCH by Tom Lea (DBC 26783)
The hundred year story of the greatest ranch in the world and the man who built it from scratch.
LIVES AND TIMES OF BONNIE AND CLYDE by E.R. Milner (DBC 26781)
The author cuts through myth and legend to reveal the truth about the infamous criminal duo Bonnie and Clyde. He traces their backgrounds, noting the events that bring the two outlaws together, and follows their violent path until their death in an ambush. Violence. For adult readers.
READ MY LIPS: CLASSIC TEXAS POLITICAL QUOTES by Kirk Dooley (DBC 26794):
Texans such as Sam Houston, Lyndon Johnson, Ross Perot, and Molly Ivins.
TEXAS COWBOY: THE ORAL MEMOIRS OF ROLAND A. WARNOCK AND HIS LIFE ON THE TEXAS FRONTIER by Roland A. Warnock (DBC 26784)
Born in 1896, Roland Warnock was a working cowboy on the huge Guadalupe Ranch in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas at the age of 12. He took part in trail drives, fought Mexican banditos and saw his father killed on the streets of Mission. His memoirs show the old west the way it really was. Violence.
THOUSAND TEXAS LONGHORNS by JOHNNY D. Boggs (DBC 26714)
The Civil War is over. The future of the American West is up for grabs. Any man crazy enough to lead a herd of Texas longhorns to the north stands to make a fortune—and make history. That man would be Nelson Story. A bold entrepreneur and miner, he knows a golden opportunity when he sees one. But it won’t be easy. Cowboys and bandits got guns, farmers got sick livestock, and the Army’s got their own reasons to stop the drive. Even worse, Story’s top hand is an ornery Confederate veteran who used to be his enemy. But all that is nothing compared to the punishing weather, the deadly stampedes—and the bloodthirsty wrath of the Sioux. Commercial audiobook. Violence and strong language. 2020. Spur Awards: Best Western Mass Market Paperback Novel, 2020.
WEAVER TAKES A WIFE by SHERI COBB SOUTH (DBC 18397)
Haughty Lady Helen Radney is one of London’s most beautiful women and the daughter of a duke, but her sharp tongue has frightened away most of her suitors. When her father gambles away his fortune, the duke’s only chance for recouping his losses lies in marrying off Lady Helen to any man wealthy enough to take a bride with nothing to recommend her but a lovely face and an eight-hundred-year-old pedigree. Enter Mr. Ethan Brundy, once an illegitimate workhouse orphan, now owner of a Lancashire textile mill and one of England’s richest men. When he glimpses Lady Helen at Covent Garden Theatre, he is instantly smitten and vows to marry her. But this commonest of commoners will have his work cut out for him if he hopes to win the heart of his aristocratic bride. 2014.