TEXAS IN HER OWN WORDS
Genre: Texas / Texana / General Interest
Publisher: Tejas Publishing
Date of Publication: June 16, 2016
Number of Pages: 336
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Texas in Her Own Words is a peek into the Texas psyche. It explains why Texans are the way they are . . . where all that attitude comes from. This work is the result of a statewide search for what author Tweed Scott calls the “T-Chromosome.” Texans are different but why? Scott went statewide to find the answers to three basic questions. 1) What makes Texas special? 2) Why is this place so different than anywhere else on the planet? 3) If and when it applied, what does it mean to you personally to BE a native Texan?
Scott shares some remarkable answers with you throughout the book. In the end, he learned that all Texans share four traits or attributes. When you finish this book, you will understand why Texans are the way they are. IF you are a native Texan, chances are you will find some of yourself between the covers of this book. It’s a fun read.
Praise for Texas in Her Own Words
“Searching for the soul of Texas, Tweed Scott has done a great service. People and places and the cowboy poetry of the heart — Texas in Her Own Words is chockfull of all of these things. It deserves a special place on your bookshelf. Say right between Larry McMurtry and J. Frank Dobie.” — Kinky Friedman, author and entertainer
“It’s a Texas thing, you either have it, or you don’t. Few people can define such an emotion, a feeling, a pride that is embedded so deep. This book made me cry and smile at the same time. Texas in Her Own Words helps to explain what ‘Lone Star state of mind’ is. . .” — TJ Greaney, Publisher, Countryline Magazine.
“I [Patricia Spork] very highly recommend Texas in Her Own Words (Second Edition) by Tweed Scott to Texas researchers and historians, to any hopeful “wannabe” Texan or to any yee hawin’ boastful Texan, like me (a transplanted didn’t-know-it “wannabe”).”
— Patricia Spork, freelance writer and artist
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Texas in Her Own Words by Tweed Scott is an amazing compilation of Texans telling it like it is: what does it mean to be a Texan, and what makes Texas so special? These questions are harder to answer than most people realize. Many of the interviewees in this book say a lot of the same things, but the overarching themes are Pride and Attitude. Texans are proud of this great state’s history and diversity in people and environment. Other words I gleaned from these accounts include freedom, identity, opportunity, different (from other states), space, and friendly. I can personally relate to several Texans in this book telling people in foreign countries they’re from Texas and then watching their faces light up. Texas has a romantic mystique that’s hard to resist.
Tweed interviewed (in person and by email) many people who were born in Texas and still live here, born in Texas and live elsewhere, or born elsewhere and got to Texas in a big hurry. Texas has always been a land of opportunity and second chances (according to several accounts in this book), and all are welcome to settle here and call Texas home. There’s plenty of room!
Many people interviewed are multi-generation Texans. These people have a deep-rooted pride in Texas, and they are more than happy to give you a bit (or a lot) of their history. The first-generation Texans and the transplants have a lot to be proud of as well, so if you’re from here and love reading about Texas or are simply curious about what makes this state so great and why Texans have a Texas-size attitude about anything and everything Texas, then this book is for you. Settle in with Tweed Scott’s fascinating collection of stories from several everyday Texans (and a few famous ones too). True, this book has a lot of repetition; however, that repetition highlights the commonality among Texans because we all feel the same pride and attitude about Texas. We love our Lone Star flag, and we love the shape of our state!
How can you can spot a true Texan? He or she will be the one who is all choked up and teary eyed after seeing the flags and reading the names inside the Alamo.
A Texas-sized Thank You to Lone Star Book Blog Tours and Tweed Scott for providing me with a copy in exchange for my honest review.
Tweed Scott is a laugh-out-loud funny motivational speaker and corporate entertainer. He retired from broadcasting after 31 years. His broadcasting accomplishments include operating the highest rated FM station in America and later the 5th highest rated AM station in America. Tweed is an award winning speaker and the author of the three-time national award-winning book, Texas in Her Own Words. His book is sold at the Alamo, the state capitol gifts shops in Austin, the San Jacinto Museum & Battleground, and the Sam Houston Statue & Visitor’s Center in Huntsville.
He is the past president of the board for the Writers’ League of Texas serving some 1,300 members. Tweed now writes for several magazines and has built his own writing and speaking company, Tejas Publishing, LLC. He is a graduate of Lamar University and a US Navy veteran. He continues to write and spread what he calls, “The Gospel of Texas.”
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