by Glenn Dromgoole & Carlton Stowers
This list of 101 important Texas books, all still in print, provides a balanced representation of Texas history, culture, and literature, covering a wide range of genres and classifications: fiction and non-fiction, classic and contemporary, cookbooks, children's books, books on sports, crime, personalities, and nature.
Rather than ranking these books, 101 Essential Texas Books calls the reader's attention to the wealth of good books about Texas, most of which are written by Texas writers. For readers who are interested in building a modern library of Texas books or who just want to read some books they might not know about, this list suggests a place to begin.
Each book on the list is described in a one-page summary testifying to the reason for its inclusion. In addition to the 101 books that head the listing, another 250 or so Texas books worthy of attention are mentioned and indexed.
Glenn Dromgoole, former newspaper editor and founder of the West Texas Book Festival, has written a column on Texas books for twelve years, and owns a Texas book and gift store. He is the author of twenty-seven books, many centered on the rich history of Texas.
Carlton Stowers is a member of the Texas Institute of Letters and the Texas Literary Hall of Fame, and has received numerous literary accolades, including the A. C. Greene Literary Award given to a distinguished Texas author.
Dimensions (inches): 8.25 x 5.5
Weight (pounds): 0.85