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Jul 31, 2007, 4:42am

I moved back to Texas after several years abroad when I was in 9th grade and just narrowly missed the Texas History classes in school. I've always been fascinated with the stories and history surrounding Texas, and I was wondering whether anyone had any recommendations of good overview history books or historical novels set in Texas.
I'm also very interested in many of the Native American tribes, pirates, and explorers who came through Texas, so anything about those would be great too!

Edited: Aug 11, 2007, 1:13am

I think that T. R. Fehrenbach's LONE STAR provides a good introduction to the state's history .... although my favorite remains the trusty TEXAS: THE LONE STAR STATE (Richardson et al, fourth edition, 1981) from long-ago college days.

How about Benjamin Capps' A WOMAN OF THE PEOPLE as a choice for historical fiction relating both to nineteenth-century Texas and our Native American heritage?

Jan 11, 2010, 9:53pm

It's fiction, but I loved True Women...it is based on the author's ancestors lives.

Jan 17, 2010, 12:14pm

Love Is A Wild Assault by Elithe Hamilton Kirkland is a great book that I would like to read again. It's about Harriet Potter Ames the "Bravest Woman In Texas" during the early days of the Texas Republic.

May 18, 2010, 10:19pm

A Paradise Called Texas
By Janice Jordan Shefelman.

Texas - A Novel
By James A. Michener

Moon Dance ~ a novel
By Susan K. Earl

Jul 21, 2010, 11:27pm

Just seconding the recommendation for A Paradise Called Texas. It's a children's/YA book, but it's great--it's about German settlers coming to Texas in the early 1800s. I think it's pretty realistic as far as their living conditions and general situation.

Sep 26, 2010, 4:31pm

My favorites Texas history books concern the Texas Rangers. The History of Texas is so strongly entwined with the history of the Rangers that you get two great stories in one. I especially love Six Years with the Texas Rangers. I also like Wearing the Cinco Peso volumes one and two. For a more modern history, read One Ranger by Joaquin Jackson and Glenn Elliott. If you like cowboy tales, read anything by Dobson or Ben K. Green.

Edited: Sep 5, 2011, 4:22pm

"It's fiction, but I loved True Women...it is based on the author's ancestors lives."

I have a copy of this, and I can't wait to read it! I have the DVD of the two-part miniseries adaptation, and it's fantastic - as soon as I saw that it was based on a book, I looked for it every time I was at a bookstore. I'm sure there is a lot in the novel that wasn't in the show. :)

Sep 5, 2011, 7:42pm

The Complete Story of the Galveston Horror is an excellent book on the hurricane that hit Galveston in 1900.

Sep 6, 2011, 11:11am

Ride the Wind by Lucia St. Clair Robson is an excellent book based on the Cynthia Ann Parker story. It was well researched, and maintains authenticity while being an exciting read.

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