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Let's Hear It: Stories by Texas Women Writers

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2004

    For engineers and Texas women

    Book publisher Bill Shearer once said that books are purchased by Engineers and women over 50. This book is one that is to be kept, read, discussed and enjoyed by not only engineers and women but by everyone. Twenty-two of the best short stories by Texas women writers for the last 140 years have been chosen. The first one really appealed to me as an engineer. In 1865, before the invention of the light bulb or telephone, Mohl has a man waking up 500 years in the future and interacting with GPS devices, FAX machines, television, home entertainment centers, books printed on demand, robot manufacturing, just in time inventory systems, space travel and societal changes that we haven't yet achieved like keeping everyone at age 35 in looks. This is a story to be discussed in social science classes as well as sci-fi. My next best choice is Let's Hear It for the Red Shoes. Written by a writer of children's Sunday school literature, this is a story that needs to be told by a performer and would make a great TV movie. A small town woman marries her boy friend who took her dancing every weekend until they got married. He wants to play on a state competetive softball team and it is the Baptist team. He joins the church and they quit dancing. She goes with a friend to New Orleans to a Tupperware convention and the rest of the story really needs to be onstage. All of the stories are great and would each make a discussion for a book study group. For English teachers, the first part of the book is the result of seven years of research into the critical analysis of Texas literature focusing on women and is a great addition to the literature. Also each short story author has a critical analysis of all of her writing with the story. I have read every word and am only biased because the book is dedicated to me, an engineer. Charles A. Rodenberger, PhD, PE

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2004

    For men also

    This is a book for everyone to read. First it is a comprehensive history of women authors with roots in Texas that are nationally published. Not only the ones with short stories, but also those whose stories are not in the book. Each story in the book has a complete biography of the author. Then there are 22 stories that are the best of the 19th and 20th century. The first was written in 1865 before the invention of the light bulb or the telephone and has a man waking up 500 years later to inventions of FAXs, print-on-demand books, robot manufacturing, GPS devices, holographic home entertainment centers, space and supersonic travel plus changes to society that are amazing insights. As a rocket scientist I was intrigued by this story. I liked all of the stories, but the funniest is LET'S HEAR IT FOR THE RED SHOES. About a tupperware saleswoman going to a convention in New Orleans and celebrating in her own way. Read this one and laugh. I am prejudiced because this book is dedicated to me.

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