You might call W.F. Strong a student of all things Texas. In 2010, he began sharing his 'Stories From Texas' vignettes on public radio stations, most recently on the Texas Standard news show's 30 stations. For this book celebrating his home state, Strong has collected 75 of his broadcasts. You'll hear his inimitably Texan voice in your mind's ear as he weaves stories on subjects ranging from how to ''talk Texan'' to Texas bards and troubadours; from tall Texas tales to Lone Star icons like Charles Goodnight, Tom Landry and Blue Bell ice cream; from legends and unsung heroes of the past to some heartfelt memories of his own. Strong agrees with John Steinbeck that ''Texas is a state of mind . . . a mystique closely approximating a religion,'' and every one of his stories embraces the Texas state of mind.
|Publisher:||Great Texas Line Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.33(d)|
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'Here within these pages you get a sense of the Texas that is and the Texas that once was . . . the accomplishments achieved and dreams sometimes forgotten . . . all of it woven by one of the state s premiere chroniclers of Texas lore.'
'No time to travel through every town in Texas? You're in luck, ain't no better guide than W.F. Strong. His prose is as refreshing as floating down the Brazos River on a summer afternoon: clear, stirring and full of discovery. 'Stories from Texas' will make Texans gush with pride and us foreigners wish we were from the Lone Star State. 'Nuff said.'
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A Book for Anyone Who's Afflicted With Texas Pride — Or Wants To Be True or not, W. F. Strong's stories from Texas never disappoint. Some are wilder than the oversized myths Texans cherish; all are entertaining. Strong claims that "Texans are a distinct ethnicity," and his passion for keeping the Texas storytelling form alive comes through with each tale. Once told in his deep baritone on KUT's Texas Standard and other NPR-affiliate stations, these stories of Texas folklore, Texas icons, and Texas writers are now printed with eye-catching photographs (by noted Texas photographers) in book form. There are lessons in talking Texan, atmospheric recipes for cooking apple pie like his mama did, all-time great quotes about Texas (including Davy Crockett's infamous curse), pointers on early Texas conquerors, outsize tales of bigger-than-life Texans and their even-bigger ranches, an introductory course in Spanish lingo for gringos, even tips for keeping up with changing Texas slang. This is a book for anyone with Texas Pride, and those who've never even set foot here – though they might want to get here quick as they can. The tributes to Strong's family members, past and present, are among the most poignant of the stories. When you dive into this book, you're diving deep into Texas, and you'll never want to leave.
As a long-time ex-pat Texan, I so enjoyed being waltzed through Texas by the stories in this charming book. Much I remembered from growing up there, but I learned quite a bit too and now have a new appreciation of my homeland, so rich in history and diversity. Thank you, Dr. Strong, for making my heart twang a bit in nostalgia and the pleasure of being forever a Texan.
Whoa! Damn, I didn’t know that! I was born and lived my whole life in Texas – well except for that year Uncle Sam just demanded my presence in Nam – and I thought I had heard it all. Turns out I hadn’t. And even the stories I did know are told here by a yarn spinner of the first degree. Sometimes it’s not the facts that matter so much as how well they’re told. Stories from Texas is a gold standard by which other tellers of tales should be measured. I loved it – I laughed a lot – and I felt the power of the people and the times that made Texas the Lone Star universe. Jack R. Stanley, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus The Univ. of Texas Rio Grande Valley