Big Wonderful Thing

Big Wonderful Thing
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 944
ISBN: 9780292759510
Available:
Release: 2019-10-01
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. It is a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and of the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world. “I couldn’t believe Texas was real,” the painter Georgia O’Keeffe remembered of her first encounter with the Lone Star State. It was, for her, “the same big wonderful thing that oceans and the highest mountains are.” Big Wonderful Thing invites us to walk in the footsteps of ancient as well as modern people along the path of Texas’s evolution. Blending action and atmosphere with impeccable research, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan brings to life with novelistic immediacy the generations of driven men and women who shaped Texas, including Spanish explorers, American filibusters, Comanche warriors, wildcatters, Tejano activists, and spellbinding artists—all of them taking their part in the creation of a place that became not just a nation, not just a state, but an indelible idea. Written in fast-paced prose, rich with personal observation and a passionate sense of place, Big Wonderful Thing calls to mind the literary spirit of Robert Hughes writing about Australia or Shelby Foote about the Civil War. Like those volumes it is a big book about a big subject, a book that dares to tell the whole glorious, gruesome, epically sprawling story of Texas.

Big Wonderful Thing

Big Wonderful Thing
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 944
ISBN: 9781477320044
Available:
Release: 2019-10-01
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. It is a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and of the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world. “I couldn’t believe Texas was real,” the painter Georgia O’Keeffe remembered of her first encounter with the Lone Star State. It was, for her, “the same big wonderful thing that oceans and the highest mountains are.” Big Wonderful Thing invites us to walk in the footsteps of ancient as well as modern people along the path of Texas’s evolution. Blending action and atmosphere with impeccable research, New York Times best-selling author Stephen Harrigan brings to life with novelistic immediacy the generations of driven men and women who shaped Texas, including Spanish explorers, American filibusters, Comanche warriors, wildcatters, Tejano activists, and spellbinding artists—all of them taking their part in the creation of a place that became not just a nation, not just a state, but an indelible idea. Written in fast-paced prose, rich with personal observation and a passionate sense of place, Big Wonderful Thing calls to mind the literary spirit of Robert Hughes writing about Australia or Shelby Foote about the Civil War. Like those volumes it is a big book about a big subject, a book that dares to tell the whole glorious, gruesome, epically sprawling story of Texas.

Big Wonderful Thing

Big Wonderful Thing
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 944
ISBN: 1477320032
Available:
Release: 2019
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The story of Texas is the story of struggle and triumph in a land of extremes. It is a story of drought and flood, invasion and war, boom and bust, and the myriad peoples who, over centuries of conflict, gave rise to a place that has helped shape the identity of the United States and the destiny of the world.

The Wonderful Things You Will Be Deluxe Edition

The Wonderful Things You Will Be  Deluxe Edition
Author: Emily Winfield Martin
Pages: 44
ISBN: 9781984848819
Available:
Release: 2019-03-26
Editor: Random House Books for Young Readers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A gorgeous slipcased edition of the essential New York Times bestseller--perfect as a gift for anyone beginning something new! This gorgeous gift edition of Emily Winfield Martin's modern classic poem will elevate any special occasion! With extra pages designed to be personalized with notes from friends and family, this volume is sure to be treasured and revisited often. From brave and bold to creative and clever, Emily Winfield Martin celebrates all personalities and their potential. With a beautiful gatefold, gorgeous and moving illustrations, and a rhyming text, this is a book that parents will love reading over and over to their kids--both younger and older. It's a great gift for any occasion, but a standout for birthdays, baby showers, and graduation with its loving and inspiring message: Then I'll look at you, And you'll look at me, And I'll love you, Whoever you've grown up to be.

The Gates of the Alamo

The Gates of the Alamo
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 580
ISBN: 9780525431817
Available:
Release: 2017
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A full-scale fictional chronicle centered around the fall of the Alamo bristles with historical figures, including Jim Bowie, Santa Anna, and Davy Crockett, among others, as it provides a dramatic re-creation of an event that shaped the history and identity of Texas.

What a Wonderful World

What a Wonderful World
Author: Marcus Chown
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9780571278428
Available:
Release: 2013-10-01
Editor: Faber & Faber
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

With wit, colour and clarity, What A Wonderful World quickly and painlessly brings us up to speed on how the world of the 21st century works. From economics to physics and biology to philosophy, Marcus Chown explains the complex forces that shape our universe. Why do we breathe? What is money? How does the brain work? Why did life invent sex? Does time really exist? How does capitalism work - or not, as the case may be? Where do mountains come from? How do computers work? How did humans get to dominate the Earth? Why is there something rather than nothing? In What a Wonderful World, Marcus Chown, bestselling author of Quantum Theory Cannot Hurt You and the Solar System app, uses his vast scientific knowledge and deep understanding of extremely complex processes to answer simple questions about the workings of our everyday lives. Lucid, witty and hugely entertaining, it explains the basics of our essential existence, stopping along the way to show us why the Atlantic is widening by a thumbs' length each year, how money permits trade to time travel why the crucial advantage humans had over Neanderthals was sewing and why we are all living in a giant hologram.

Comanche Midnight

Comanche Midnight
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 243
ISBN: 9780292749320
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Release: 2012-11-12
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Writing timeless essays that capture vanished worlds and elusive perceptions, Stephen Harrigan is emerging as a national voice with an ever-expanding circle of enthusiastic readers. For those who have already experienced the pleasures of his writing—and especially for those who haven't—Comanche Midnight collects fifteen pieces that originally appeared in the pages of Texas Monthly, Travel Holiday, and Audubon magazines. The worlds Harrigan describes in these essays may be vanishing, but his writing invests them with an enduring reality. He ranges over topics from the past glories and modern-day travails of America's most legendary Indian tribe to the poisoning of Austin's beloved Treaty Oak, from the return-to-the-past realism of the movie set of Lonesome Dove to the intimate, off-season languor of Monte Carlo. If the personal essay can be described as journalism about that which is timeless, then Stephen Harrigan is a reporter of people, events, and places that will be as newsworthy years from now as they are today. Read Comanche Midnight and see if you don't agree.

Jacob s Well

Jacob s Well
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 292
ISBN: 9780292760752
Available:
Release: 2014-07-01
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Originally published in 1984, Stephen Harrigan's passionate, emotionally intense second novel takes readers deep into the mysterious passageways of a Central Texas aquifer—and of the human heart. This edition includes a new afterword by the author.

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things

All the Ugly and Wonderful Things
Author: Bryn Greenwood
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781925995435
Available:
Release: 2019-11-17
Editor: Booktopia Editions
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

As the daughter of a drug dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents. It's safer to keep her mouth shut and stay out of sight. Struggling to raise her little brother, Donal, eight-year-old Wavy is the only responsible adult around. Obsessed with the constellations, she finds peace in the starry night sky above the fields behind her house, until one night her star gazing causes an accident. After witnessing his motorcycle wreck, she forms an unusual friendship with one of her father's thugs, Kellen, a tattooed ex-con with a heart of gold. By the time Wavy is a teenager, her relationship with Kellen is the only tender thing in a brutal world of addicts and debauchery. When tragedy rips Wavy's family apart, a well-meaning aunt steps in, and what is beautiful to Wavy looks ugly under the scrutiny of the outside world. Kellen may not be innocent, but he is the fixed point in Wavy and Donal's chaotic universe. Instead of playing it safe, Wavy has to learn to fight for Kellen, for her brother, and for herself. About the Author Bryn Greenwood is a fourth-generation Kansan, one of seven sisters, and the daughter of a mostly reformed drug dealer. She earned a MA in Creative Writing from Kansas State University. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Reckless Oath We Made, All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Last Will, and Lie Lay Lain. She lives in Lawrence, Kansas. Industry Reviews New York Times bestseller USA Today bestseller

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing
Author: Hank Green
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9781524743451
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Release: 2018-09-25
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

THE INSTANT #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER “Sparkling with mystery, humor and the uncanny, this is a fun read. But beneath its effervescent tone, more complex themes are at play.” —San Francisco Chronicle In his wildly entertaining debut novel, Hank Green—cocreator of Crash Course, Vlogbrothers, and SciShow—spins a sweeping, cinematic tale about a young woman who becomes an overnight celebrity before realizing she's part of something bigger, and stranger, than anyone could have possibly imagined. The Carls just appeared. Roaming through New York City at three a.m., twenty-three-year-old April May stumbles across a giant sculpture. Delighted by its appearance and craftsmanship—like a ten-foot-tall Transformer wearing a suit of samurai armor—April and her best friend, Andy, make a video with it, which Andy uploads to YouTube. The next day, April wakes up to a viral video and a new life. News quickly spreads that there are Carls in dozens of cities around the world—from Beijing to Buenos Aires—and April, as their first documentarian, finds herself at the center of an intense international media spotlight. Seizing the opportunity to make her mark on the world, April now has to deal with the consequences her new particular brand of fame has on her relationships, her safety, and her own identity. And all eyes are on April to figure out not just what the Carls are, but what they want from us. Compulsively entertaining and powerfully relevant, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing grapples with big themes, including how the social internet is changing fame, rhetoric, and radicalization; how our culture deals with fear and uncertainty; and how vilification and adoration spring for the same dehumanization that follows a life in the public eye. The beginning of an exciting fiction career, An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a bold and insightful novel of now.

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World

The Most Wonderful Thing in the World
Author: Vivian French
Pages: 32
ISBN: 1406365726
Available:
Release: 2016-06-01
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

From the author of the Tiara Club series comes a gently satirical fairy story for our times, illustrated by one of today's finest artists, Angela Barrett. When a king and a queen promise to marry their daughter Lucia to the man who can show them the most wonderful thing in the world, suitors descend on the palace bearing gifts. Roses, jewels and exotic birds; dancing girls, wind machines and mythical beasts - but nothing feels quite right. As the last suitor leaves, his weapons of mass destruction rejected, the king and queen are exhausted. But when a shy, young man, who isn't a suitor at all, steps forward, they finally understand what the most wonderful thing in the world really is. Vivian French's masterful retelling of a forgotten story is both funny and heart-warming, and Angela Barrett's breathtaking illustrations give life to an enchanting and romantic fairytale city.

A Friend of Mr Lincoln

A Friend of Mr  Lincoln
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 415
ISBN: 9780307745330
Available:
Release: 2016
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

"The novel opens in 1832 in the Black Hawk War, when Micajah (Cage) Weatherby--an imaginary character--and Lincoln meet. Afterwards Cage musters out to Springfield, Illinois, where he becomes part of the group of ambitious young men, which includes Lincoln, in this frontier town on the make. And it is through Cage that we come to know his friend Lincoln in his twenties and early thirties, the Lincoln who is already a circuit-riding lawyer and a member of the state legislature, filled with an almost ungovernable ambition. But to Cage and to others with big dreams in this group--which includes Joshua Speed, Billy Herndon, Ninian Edwards, Stephen Douglas, Jim Reed--he is also a beloved, hypnotic figure, physically powerful, by turns charmingly awkward and mesmerizingly self-possesed, and a supremely gifted story teller, a man of whom they expect big things. Cage, a poet, both admires and clashes with Lincoln, as Lincoln's legal ethics allow him to take a murderer's case, or clients on both sides of the slavery issue. And Cage, himself engaged in a long affair with an independent young widow, charts Lincoln's never easy path, from his high spirits and earthy jokes to his soul-hollowing sadness and bouts with the hypo (depression), from his disastrous courtship of another Mary to finally marriage with beautiful, capricious, politically savvy, Mary Todd, who at the close of the novel in 1847 has presented him one son and some stability, although it leads to conflict with Cage, and sends the two men on very different paths into the future"--

Laughter is a Wonderful Thing

Laughter is a Wonderful Thing
Author: Joe E. Brown,Ralph Hancock
Pages: 300
ISBN: 9781789122930
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Release: 2019-12-01
Editor: Pickle Partners Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

HOW ONE MAN FOUND A WAY OF LAUGHTER AND GAVE IT TO THE WORLD Every American has at one time or another known the pleasure of watching Joe E. Brown. Mirth-maker Joe, clown-prince of movies, radio and TV, however, is more than just a dispenser of gaiety and laughter. Ralph Hancock, famed foreign correspondent, has drawn a most accurate picture of one of the country’s outstanding citizens. You’ll laugh with, and feel sympathy for comedian Joe—the grease-painted Pagliacci of the footlights—as you read of a lifetime of all the human emotions. Joe E. Brown was born to bring laughter into the world. From the first day he realized people enjoyed him, he knew he was meant to continue in his role as self-appointed Ambassador of goodwill. Joe’s formula was simple and refreshing: Always leave ‘em laughing, even before you say goodbye. Co-author Hancock skilfully weaves a heart-warming tale of a humourist but—more important—a humanitarian who has never hesitated to cooperate with a cause which is pledged to the advancement of the human race. Laughter may be a wonderful thing, but it is also the tender tale of a father who knows the pleasures and sorrows of raising a family. The story of Joe E. Brown is a lifelike portrait of one of America’s most beloved personalities.

Aransas

Aransas
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 274
ISBN: 9780292760738
Available:
Release: 2014-07-01
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A critically acclaimed debut novel first published in 1980, Aransas recounts a young man’s attempt to find his place in the world as he navigates the moral dilemma of training an “exquisitely conscious being” to perform in a seaside dolphin circus.

Remember Ben Clayton

Remember Ben Clayton
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 353
ISBN: 9780307948793
Available:
Release: 2012-05
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Sculptor Frances "Gil" Gilheaney is commissioned to create a statue in honor of a client's son who was killed in World War I, but Gil and his daughter learn the client guards a secret that still haunts his memory of his child.

A Beautiful Terrible Thing

A Beautiful  Terrible Thing
Author: Jen Waite
Pages: 272
ISBN: 9780735216501
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Release: 2017-07-11
Editor: Penguin
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A woman discovers her marriage is built on an illusion in this harrowing and ultimately inspiring memoir. “Be forewarned: You won’t sleep until you finish the last page.”—Caroline Leavitt, author of Cruel Beautiful World One night. One email. Two realities... Before: Jen Waite has met the partner of her dreams. A handsome, loving man who becomes part of her family, evolving into her husband, her best friend, and the father of her infant daughter. After: A disturbing email sparks suspicion, leading to an investigation of who this man really is and what was really happening in their marriage. In alternating Before and After chapters, Waite obsessively analyzes her relationship, trying to find a single moment form the past five years that isn't part of the long con of lies and manipulation. Instead, she finds more lies, infidelity, and betrayal than she could have imagined. With the pacing and twists of a psychological thriller, A Beautiful, Terrible Thing looks at how a fairy tale can become a nightmare and what happens when “it could never happen to me” actually does.

They Came from the Sky

They Came from the Sky
Author: Stephen Harrigan
Pages: 96
ISBN: 1477312943
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Release: 2017-04-18
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the fall of 2018, the University of Texas Press will publish the inaugural volume of the Texas Bookshelf, a major new history of Texas by Stephen Harrigan, the New York Times best-selling author. The Texas Bookshelf promises to be the most ambitious and comprehensive publishing endeavor about the culture and history of one state ever undertaken. Comprised of in-depth general-interest histories of a range of Texas subjects—politics, music, film, business, architecture, and sports, among many others—the Bookshelf volumes will be written by the state's brightest authors, scholars, and intellectuals, all affiliated with the University of Texas at Austin. Published in a signed edition, They Came from the Sky offers an exciting preview of Harrigan's sweeping, full-length history. This tantalizing "short" begins with the earliest native inhabitants over ten thousand years ago and continues through the ill-fated Spanish explorations of the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. In its pages, we encounter the prehistoric flint producers and traders who were Texas's first entrepreneurs; Spanish castaways and would-be conquerors; the Karankawas, Querechos (Apaches), and Caddos, whose lifeways were forever changed by contact with Europeans; and the "Lady in Blue," an abbess who mysteriously claimed to have visited the "Quivira and the Jumanas" in Texas while remaining within her Spanish cloister. Bringing Stephen Harrigan's formidable narrative talent to the founding story of Texas, They Came from the Sky constitutes the vanguard of a major publishing event.

Texas Blood

Texas Blood
Author: Roger D. Hodge
Pages: 368
ISBN: 9780307961419
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Release: 2017-10-10
Editor: Vintage
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In the tradition of Ian Frazier's Great Plains, and as vivid as the work of Cormac McCarthy, an intoxicating, singularly illuminating history of the Texas borderlands from their settlement through seven generations of Roger D. Hodge's ranching family. What brought the author's family to Texas? What is it about Texas that for centuries has exerted a powerful allure for adventurers and scoundrels, dreamers and desperate souls, outlaws and outliers? In search of answers, Hodge travels across his home state--which he loves and hates in shifting measure--tracing the wanderings of his ancestors into forgotten histories along vanished roads. Here is an unsentimental, keenly insightful attempt to grapple with all that makes Texas so magical, punishing, and polarizing. Here is a spellbindingly evocative portrait of the borderlands--with its brutal history of colonization, conquest, and genocide; where stories of death and drugs and desperation play out daily. And here is a contemplation of what it means that the ranching industry that has sustained families like Hodge's for almost two centuries is quickly fading away, taking with it a part of our larger, deep-rooted cultural inheritance. A wholly original fusion of memoir and history--as piercing as it is elegiac--Texas Blood is a triumph.

The Most Magnificent Thing

The Most Magnificent Thing
Author: Ashley Spires
Pages: 32
ISBN: 9781771381741
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Release: 2014-04-01
Editor: Kids Can Press Ltd
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A little girl and her canine assistant set out to make the most magnificent thing. But after much hard work, the end result is not what the girl had in mind. Frustrated, she quits. Her assistant suggests a long walk, and as they walk, it slowly becomes clear what the girl needs to do to succeed. A charming story that will give kids the most magnificent thing: perspective!

Growing Up in the Lone Star State

Growing Up in the Lone Star State
Author: Gaylon Finklea Hecker,Marianne Odom
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780999731840
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Release: 2021-04-06
Editor: University of Texas Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

A fascinating collection of oral history interviews details Texas in the early twentieth century and how life in the Lone Star State helped the interviewees achieve success.