Texas -- fiction

The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate

By Jacqueline Kelly

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In central Texas in 1899, eleven-year-old Callie Vee Tate is instructed to be a lady by her mother, learns about love from the older three of her six brothers, and studies the natural world with her grandfather, the latter of which leads to an important discovery.

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Jericho's Journey

By G. Clifton Wisler

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As his family makes the long and difficult journey from Tennessee to their new home in Texas in 1852, twelve-year-old Jericho Wetherby, teased by his sister and brothers about his size, learns there are many ways to grow.
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The Abernathy Boys

By L. J. Jones

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A fictionalized account of the adventurous 1909 journey of nine-year-old Bud Abernathy and his five-year-old brother, Temp, who traveled alone, mostly on horseback, from their home in Oklahoma to Santa Fe, New Mexico, and back again, crossing the vast, desert-like no-man's-land in the Texas Panhandle known as the caprock.
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Twice Blessed

By Sharon Gillenwater

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When professional gambler Camille Dupree arrives in Willow Grove, Texas, to start a new and respectable life, she is not sure how long she will stay. Then she discovers the goodness of her neighbors, and grows closer to the mayor, Tyler McKinnon. When her past comes back to haunt her, can Tyler forgive her so that they can both find happiness?
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Faith

By Lori Copeland

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When tomboy Faith arrives in Deliverance, Texas, to be a mail-order bride to rancher Nicholas Shepherd, they immediately begin to clash. As they begin to grow closer and closer, a series of misadventures keeps postponing the wedding, threatening to end the marriage before it even begins. Beginning of a series.
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A Certain Hope

By Lenora Worth

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New York career woman April Maxwell returns home to the small town of Paris, Texas, to deal with her father's illness, only to find herself reunited with her first love.

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Biggie and the Poisoned Politician

By Nancy Bell

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Mrs. Fiona "Biggie" Wooten Weatherford is well known for landing five-pound catfish, mowing down mailboxes when she drives, and owning half the county. Now she's mobilizing the local ladies against City Hall's new garbage dump, right next to the graveyard of their forefathers -- especially James Royce Wooten, founder of the town and namesake of Biggie's eleven-year-old grandson, J.R. But when the mayor himself drops facedown in his angel food cake, Biggie smells something worse than a garbage dump.
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Perfect Circle

By Sean Stewart

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William "Dead" Kennedy is in trouble. He's thirty-two, in love with his ex-wife, has lost his job, and has been dreaming about ghost roads again.
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Giant

By Edna Ferber

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This 1952 best-seller is a sweeping tale that captures the essence of Texas on a staggering scale as it chronicles the life and times of cattleman Jordan "Bick" Benedict, his naive young society wife, Leslie, and three generations of land-rich sons. A sensational story of power, love, cattle barons, and oil tycoons, Giant was the basis of the classic film starring James Dean, Elizabeth Taylor, and Rock Hudson.

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Murder Is Art

By Bill Crider

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Dr. Sally Good is head of the English and Fine Arts Department at a community college on the Gulf Coast of Texas. It’s an easy-going place where the faculty is more likely to write articles for music magazines than pompous literary rags. A popular professor dies under suspicious circumstances – rumors veer between sexual hijinks and/or Satanism. Dr. Good must run the department – and find the killer.

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