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The book group is back!

We hope you all had a wonderful summer!

Our first book of the fall will be Texas Women on the Cattle Trails, edited by the late Sara Massey.


Texas A&M Press has given us a few copies to give away – comment below that you would like a free copy and email your mailing information to Remember, first come, first served!

Welcome back! We will chat with our experts in late September – stay tuned for an official date. Here is a little information about the book:

Texas Women on the Cattle Trails tells the stories of sixteen women who drove cattle up the trail from Texas during the last half of the nineteenth century.
Some were young; some were old (over thirty). Some took to the trails by choice; others, out of necessity. Some went along to look at the stars; others, to work the cattle. Some made money and built ranching empires, but others went broke and lived hard, even desperate lives.
The courage of Margaret Borland and the spunk of Willie Matthews, the pure delight of Cornelia Adair viewing the buffalo, and the joy of Mary Bunton gazing at night constellations on the open range offer new insights into women’s experiences of the West.
For the most part, these were ordinary women doing the best they could in difficult frontier conditions. They did not see themselves as living in unusual times or participating in “romantic” lifestyles, although the women who actually took to the trail were few in number.
Like the cowboys on cattle drives, they faced dust and heat, thirst and exhaustion, rustlers and Indians, stampedes and prairie fires. Drawing heavily on the accounts of the women themselves, the authors of these chapters vividly illustrate the complexity and diversity of women’s experiences on the cattle trails. Their stories of cattle drives and moving cattle to distant pastures add an important chapter to the story of life in the real Old West.
Volume editor Sara R. Massey served as editor of Black Cowboys of Texas. While on the staff of the Institute of Texan Cultures, she was also the supervising editor for five books on Texas ethnic groups, the Texans All series published by Texas A&M University Press. She holds a doctorate from the University of Northern Colorado.

Thank you!

Thank you all for a great chat last night with Dr. Pitre!

We are going to take the summer off, and will revamp in August. Enjoy your summer, keep reading, and stay cool!

Thank you for joining our chat for The Pecan with Dr. McWilliams!

We wanted to thank everyone who participated in our discussion with Dr. McWilliams about his book, The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut! It was informative, entertaining and even funny at times. For those who were unable to join us, please visit our main page to read the archived conversation.

Our next book will be In Struggle Against Jim Crow: Lulu B. White and the NAACP, 1900-1957 by Merline Pitre. The online discussion will take place on Monday, June 2nd at 7:30pm.

Be sure and get your free copy before they run out. To receive a copy, simply comment: “I would like a free copy” below, and send your name and mailing address to

Our next book will be In Struggle Against Jim Crow: Lulu B. White and the NAACP, 1900-1957


In Struggle Against Jim Crow: Lulu B. White and the NAACP, 1900-1957 by Merline Pitre examines the life of this civil rights champion, beginning with her birth in Elmo, Texas, in 1900, her marriage to Houston businessman and activist Julius White and her graduation from Prairie View College.

On Monday, June 2, at 7:30 p.m., Texas PBS will present an online discussion with Pitre, giving readers the chance to learn more about this chapter of our state’s history.

Texas A&M Press, one of our most dedicated partners, has given the group several free copies of the book to give away! Please comment: “I would like a free copy” below, and send your name and mailing address to

All of our free copies of The Pecan are gone!

Thanks for the great response for our April book The Pecan by James McWilliams! Unfortunately, we are out of free copies of this fantastic book. But don’t let that stop you from participating!

Please buy your copy of the book from fine folks at UT Press by going to their website below!

Also, please join us on May 7th at 7:30pm for our online chat with author James McWilliams!

Free copies of The Pecan are still available!

Hey Y’all!

Today we celebrate an American tradition, the Opening Day for Major League Baseball!! If you are as nuts about baseball as we are, why not celebrate something else that is truly American by requesting a free copy of our next book, The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut.

We currently have 8 copies left to give away! To receive one of the free book, comment below, “I would like a free copy,” and be sure to email your name and mailing address to

Remember to email us your address to receive your book!

Thanks for joining us tonight to chat with Dr. Charles David Grear!

Y’all asked a lot of great questions this evening!  If you were unable to join us for our chat on Why Texans Fought in the Civil War you can visit our main page to read the archived conversation.  Thank you for your participation!

We are excited about our next book, The Pecan: A History of America’s Native Nut by Dr. James McWilliams.  Join us to chat about food and history on May 7th!

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