Texas In Her Own Words (ISBN 0-9720293-7-0) by Tweed Scott is a 3-time national award-winning book that includes Foreword by Kinky Friedman.
Texas In Her Own Words is filled with 62 interviews about what makes Texas special to its “natives” and “transplants“. The interviews accumulated because of author Tweed Scott’s search for the “T-chromosome“, which Mr. Scott feels attributes to Texans’ pride for their state. The “as told to Tweed Scott” interviews are contributed by well-known artists, writers and entertainers; high-profile sport and politician personalities; corporate, cemetery and state shrine directors; restaurateurs and “honky-tonk” owners; teachers and historians; and landowners, retired individuals and regular laypersons. What they all hold in common is a love for the great state of Texas!
Tweed Scott, originally a Yankee from the New England area of the United States, transplanted to Texas when stationed in this state while serving in the U.S. Navy. He met and married a native Texan, so wound up making his home in her state, which soon became his state too. He grew to love Texas, with its varied geography and peoples. His own pride in the state appears to have mentally forced him to compile Texas In Her Own Words; thankfully so, for it’s a book that can peak the interest of Texans and non-Texans alike.
Being a Texan, born in Virginia, I was fascinated by all the factoids supplied in Texas In Her Own Words, and enthralled by the familiar pride and attitude that only those residing in Texas can know and feel. Having been confronted in other states about what makes Texans the way they are (bigger and better, braggarts, gun-toting crazies, beef-lovers and cowboy eccentrics), I feel that the interviews in Texas In Her Words can admirably explain a great deal to anyone curious about—in my opinion—the world-famous “Texas attitude“.
Tweed Scott’s light-hearted, humorous, gentle and prideful attitude is apparent in his fine writing style, when writing about himself and for others. The author appears to have spared no expense when preparing Texas In Her Own Words for publication and in showing his pride for Texas. The soft cover book with its French flaps and “‘Lone Star” flag cover (photo by Mr. Scott’s wife “Zee”) is a real attention getter, while two-columns per page makes for easy reading, and the subtle tan tones and sepia graphics give pleasing Texas-style eye appeal during the read.
With all these positive factors, how can I not but very highly recommend Texas In Her Own Words by Tweed Scott, for the book is one I, too, am proud of… being a Texan and all!
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