Baja Oklahoma

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Dan Jenkins' second best-known novel, Baja Oklahoma, features protagonist Juanita Hutchins, who can cuss and politically commentate with the best of Jenkins' male protagonists. Still convincingly female, though in no way dumb and girly, fortyish Juanita serves drinks to the colorful crew patronizing Herb's Cafe in South Fort Worth, worries herself sick over a hot-to-trot daughter proving too fond of drugs and the dealers who sell them, endures a hypochondriac mother whose whinings would justify murder, dates a ...

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Overview

Dan Jenkins' second best-known novel, Baja Oklahoma, features protagonist Juanita Hutchins, who can cuss and politically commentate with the best of Jenkins' male protagonists. Still convincingly female, though in no way dumb and girly, fortyish Juanita serves drinks to the colorful crew patronizing Herb's Cafe in South Fort Worth, worries herself sick over a hot-to-trot daughter proving too fond of drugs and the dealers who sell them, endures a hypochondriac mother whose whinings would justify murder, dates a fellow middle-ager whose connections with the oil industry are limited to dipstick duty at his filling station—and, by the way, she also hopes to become a singer-songwriter in the real country tradition of Bob Wills and Willie Nelson. That Juanita is way too old to remain a kid with a crazy dream doesn't matter much to her. In between handing out longneck beers to customer-acquaintances battling hot flashes and deciding when boyfriend Slick is finally going to get lucky, Juanita keeps jotting down lyrics reflective of hard-won wisdom and setting them to music composed on her beloved Martin guitar. Too many of her early songwriting results are one-dimensional or derivative, but finally she hits on something both original and heartfelt: a tribute to her beloved home state, warts and all.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875653990
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 7/13/2010
  • Series: Texas Tradition Series
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 524,653
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

DAN JENKINS is the author of best-selling novels, non-fiction, and newspaper and magazine pieces. A native of Fort Worth and a TCU graduate, Jenkins was a nationally acclaimed senior writer for Sports Illustrated. He currently writes a column for Golf Digest and is official historian for the National Football Foundation and College Football Hall of Fame.

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  • Posted September 13, 2013

    Not recommended

    Sophomoric--more potty language than plot.

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  • Posted July 13, 2013

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    Being from Texas and familiar with some of the background and hi

    Being from Texas and familiar with some of the background and history of many events referenced in this book, made for a nice reading experience. Brought back many lost and forgotten memories. Note: The movie version left out a lot of what's in the book. In fact, for the most part, the movie is loosely, and I truly mean loosely, based on the book. Good reading.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2004

    Recommended Books, by the same auhor?

    Baja Oaklahoma was so good that I wonder what else is available from the same author. Does anyone care to comment?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    Austinite Bibliophile says...

    I recently read this work over the summer. As an Austinite and long-time Texan (but not exclusively) I truly enjoyed Jenkins ability to speak almost entirely through his characters voices and the atmospheric environment (including weather). It's almost feesible that the main character would fulfill her dream in such a grand way as anyone who lives here knows how accessible persons such as Willie N. can be. Also, I was glad to see nothing that seems southernly sexist was omitted as well, it's just the plain truth and not much has changed...just visit a diner here or construction company...where by the way women generally run things. I enjoyed the strong female characters whom controlled their male counterparts with docile and humorous attitudes...a bat of the eyelash and a flip of the middle digit in the same breath. If nothing else Mr. Jenkins provides a few worthwhile laughs and a pleasant, lazy summer read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2001

    My Favorite Book Ever!

    I read this hysterically funny book when it first came out and have re-read it many times since then. I never tire of it. I can still say this is my favorite book. It's that good!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 17, 2001

    The funniest book I ever read. PERIOD!!!

    Jenkins best work. Funny, funny, funny. Makes you laugh OUTLOUD!

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