Texas 2015

What inspired my trip to Texas in 2015?

“Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

My trip to Texas was inspired by ‘The Son,’ a novel by Philipp Meyer.  It’s a multigenerational saga of a Texas family starting in the 1800s with Comanche Indian raids through border disputes in the early 1900s to the oil boom of the 20th century.  The saga maps the legacy of violence in Texas.  It portrays the price of power and passion towards the land. I got fascinated and had to see what is the ‘Texas State of Mind’ is all about. 

My book recommendations

The Gates of the Alamo, by Stephen Harrigan

The Son, by Philipp Meyer

All the Pretty Horses, The Border Trilogy, Book 1, by Cormac McCarthy

No Country for Old Men, by Cormac McCarthy

The Frackers: The Outrageous Inside Story of the New Billionaire Wildcatters, by Gregory Zuckerman

On Juneteenth, by Annette Gordon-Reed