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Starcke reality
At 86, Walter Starcke says he’s learning to walk his talk

An army of Juan
American identity in Latino war lit

Art crimes
Peter Carey exposes liars and culture burglars

A tribute to Mr. Texas
Bill Witliff saved J. Frank Dobie’s most personal papers for all to see

Free Bird?
Need a little mind-bending? Cuddle up with Daniel Pinchbeck

The high-yellow rose
Making Myth Of Emily: Emily West De Zevala And The Yellow Rose Of Texas Legend

Romance aforethought
Dressed to Keel

Great beauty
Free Gift with Purchase chronicles the career of a magazine fashion maven

Camper van book
Home Away From Home: The World Of Camper Vans And Motorhomes

A river of poetry
An El Paso alchemist turns fire into a river of poetry

Auto-da-fé y’all
Local self-pubs go down in flames, but not without a bright moment or two

Welcome to the second-annual (Mostly) Texas Books Issue, an endeavor begun in the spring of 2005 to encourage you to spend some of your summer-reading time with the Lone Star State’s wide array of literary offerings. What you’ll find in this section is a sampler plate designed to whet your appetite for mysteries that go well with sweet tea and a long nap; historical revisionism in corsets and Army boots; eccentric personalities to rival Tennessee Williams; and DIY writers with more huevos than punctuation. If it isn’t puro Tejano, it carries the Tex-Mex spirit, like Daniel Pinchbeck’s hallucinogenic and transcendent 2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl, and Peter Carey’s unblinkered take on the larceny of the human soul. You won’t find local favorites David Liss and Rick Riordan, who’ve had their share of print in this year’s pages, but you might discover a secret new passion, like driving a motorhome across the continental U.S., collecting makeup samples from high-end department stores, fighting the neo-con plan to steal the next election, or reading J. Frank Dobie’s notebooks. Whatever your literary love, we encourage you to pursue it further with Texas’s many outstanding independent presses, from the local Maverick and Wings, to the University of Texas’s press, and El Paso’s Cinco Puntos. And don’t forget the suntan lotion!

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