Texas Road Trip: Stories from Across the Great State and a Few Personal Reflections

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A compilation of author and journalist Bryan Woolley's The Dallas Morning News columns from 1999 through 2003, Texas Road Trip explores back roads, small towns, and Texas originals. Follow him on his road trips across the Great State as he meets interesting people and hears fascinating, even bizarre, tales. As Woolley says, Texas Road Trip takes us beyond the "super highways spewing diesel smoke and danger to the sparsely traveled farm-to-market roads and the old highways that used to connect the little towns ...
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Overview

A compilation of author and journalist Bryan Woolley's The Dallas Morning News columns from 1999 through 2003, Texas Road Trip explores back roads, small towns, and Texas originals. Follow him on his road trips across the Great State as he meets interesting people and hears fascinating, even bizarre, tales. As Woolley says, Texas Road Trip takes us beyond the "super highways spewing diesel smoke and danger to the sparsely traveled farm-to-market roads and the old highways that used to connect the little towns before the interstates bypassed them."

Tinged with nostalgia for a bygone way of life, the essays acquaint us with the pleasure of drinking a Coca Cola in a bottle that sports ice crystals ("Cold Drink") or a Comanche ceremony in Palo Duro Canyon to re-sanctify the canyon that was once sacred ("Quanah's People"). He also explores more personal terrain in such stories as "Boys," in which he recounts a trip he and his grown sons took in remembrance of their summer vacations in Fort Davis when the boys were young.

Woolley's thoughtful take imbues each essay with a generosity of spirit and a real enthusiasm for his subjects. From the stars of the Davis Mountains to the sophistication of Austin and Dallas, Texas Road Trip is an homage to Texas—its history, people, and culture.


About the Author:
Bryan Woolley is a senior writer on the staff of the The Dallas Morning News. He has won numerous awards for his journalism and has published several collections of his work. He is a past president of the Texas Institute of Letters and is a member of the Texas Folklore Society and the Texas State Historical Association. He and hiswife, poet Isabel Nathaniel, make their home in Dallas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780875652917
  • Publisher: Texas Christian University Press
  • Publication date: 8/15/2004
  • Series: Chisholm Trail Series
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

Rider 3
Charlie 11
Sky-vue 19
Pack rat 25
42 31
Sister 37
Boys 43
Quanah's people 47
Patriot 53
Monster man 57
Mother road 63
Blues 75
Fair 83
Stars at night 87
Audie 95
Balloonist 99
Columbus 103
Wyman 109
Kingdom 117
Cold drink 123
Bronze 127
Barrett world 131
Hotel 137
Digger 143
Columbia 149
Road trip 151
Road trip II 159
Painter 169
Thanks 177
Pioneers 179
Bullet 187
Five-and-dime 193
Art 197
Game 203
Editor 207
Vet 213
Yodeler 219
Matador 225
Captain 231
Cowgirl 237
Execution 243
Letters 247
Moccasins 253
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