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Bookshelf

Welcome to the Hill Country Current's Bookshelf. Every month, the Current features books about the Texas Hill Country in our print publication. From this page, you can see which books we've featured as well as order them from Amazon.com.

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Don’t Make Me Go to Town: Ranchwomen of the Texas Hill Country

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By Rhonda Lashley Lopez
Many people dream of “someday buying a small quaint place in the country, to own two cows and watch the birds," in the words of Texas ranchwoman Amanda Spenrath Geistweidt. But only a few are cut out for the unrelenting work that makes a family ranching operation successful. Don’t Make Me Go to Town presents an eloquent photo-documentary of eight women who have chosen to make ranching in the Texas Hill Country their way of life. Ranging from young mothers to elderly grandmothers, these women offer vivid accounts of raising livestock in a rugged land, cut off from amenities and amusements that most people take for granted, and loving the hard lives they’ve chosen.

LBJ State Park

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By Kelly Carper Polden
This book illustrates the significance of LBJ’s heritage and the circle of life represented by what is both a birthplace and a final resting place.

33 Bits

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By Jane Bush (from Comal County, Texas)
A curious charm bracelet came into her possession and now rests in Goldmasters Jewelry’s vault waiting for the owner to claim it. 33 Bits is a fictional novel chronicling how the 33 charms may have come to be assembled on the bracelet. Chapter by chapter, charm by charm, we witness Etta growing into the spotlight, only to recognize a betrayal so deep, she shuts the bracelet out of sight. Clues in the novel will allow us to verify the claimant and bring the treasured artifact home.

Hill Country Chronicles

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By Clay Coppedge
The area’s rich history is filled with quirky and fascinating tales about this landscape and the animals and people who have called it home. Clay Coppedge has been gathering Texas stories for over thirty years. This collection of his favorite columns includes his best Texas-sized stories on Hill Country history. From the legend of Llano’s Enchanted Rock and the true story of Jim Bowie’s famous knife to one rancher’s attempt at bringing reindeer to the hottest area of the country and an oilman’s search for Bigfoot, Hill Country Chronicles has them all and more. — Book description

The Pastry Queen

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By Rebecca Rather with Alison Oresman
This cookbook is full of great recipes from The Rather Sweet Bakery and Café in Fredericksburg. Recipes range from the signature desserts that made the bakery famous to tasty non-dessert selections such as quesadillas, soups, and salads.

The Texas Hill Country: A Food and Wine Lover's Paradise

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By Terry Thompson-Anderson with photographs by Sandy Wilson
The Texas Hill County: A Food and Wine Lover's Paradise takes readers on a gustatory tour of this picturesque Central Texas region of rolling hills, spring-fed streams, and good eats. One of the state's most popular travel destinations, the Hill Country is fast becoming a magnet for agricultural tourism. Visitors come here to follow the lavender trails, pick peaches and apples, buy fresh-pressed olive oil, sample the offerings at award-winning wineries, and have a meal in the unique eateries--from chic restaurants with world-class dishes on the menu to back-country roadhouses famous for barbecue and hamburgers.

Professional chef and cookbook author Terry Thompson-Anderson has explored every corner of the eighteen-county region, with its quaint communities and specialty farms, and discovered more than one hundred establishments that are sure to please the palate. More than a travel guide, the book is also filled with recipes that she has gathered from proprietors or developed using local food products.

Sandy Wilson's stunning full-color photographs capture the diversity of the Hill Country eating experience, with its berry patches and orchards, roadside stands, artisan bakeries, boutique wineries, and vast array of restaurants serving both traditional and haute cuisine. Welcome to the rich bounty of the Hill Country, where you're in for some remarkable food finds. If this is your first visit, we bet it won't be your last!

Who is Mother Neff and Why is She a State Park?

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By Allan C. Kimball
Wimberley author Allan C. Kimball reveals the history behind the names of 116 state parks all around the State of Texas. From the park system’s beginning in 1923 with Mother Neff State Park (named after the govenor’s mother), Kimball covers interesting biographical and historical origins of our parks.

The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming

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By Jeannie Ralston
The true story of Jeannie Ralston’s life, her transformation from Manhattan-based magazine writer to Texas Hill Country lavender farmer, and finding her place in the world.

The Unlikely Lavender Queen: A Memoir of Unexpected Blossoming

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By Susan Wittig Albert
If you’re a lover of mysteries, check out the 18-book series based in the fictional Hill Country town of Pecan Springs, Texas. From the author’s website: “The China Bayles Herbal Mysteries feature herbalist China Bayles, who abandoned her career as a hot-shot Houston criminal attorney to buy an herb shop in a small town located half-way between Austin and San Antonio, Texas. China wants the things that many contemporary women seek: a quieter life, rewarding work, a close relationship, friends, and community. Each of her mysteries has a signature herb that is connected to a major theme, and each is liberally sprinkled with information on growing and using herbs. The China Bayles novels have been praised for their intelligent plots, quirky and appealing characters, interesting settings, and strong writing.”

True Women

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Gun Shy: A Blanco County, Texas, Novel

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By Janice Woods Windle
By Janice Woods Windle
These two books by Janice Woods Windle are inspired by her family’s history in Texas and the Hill Country, from pioneers to politicians. The novels offer fictionalized glimpses into the state’s history, from the 1800s on.

True Women was adapted as a TV movie in 1997 and starred Angelina Jolie.

Gun Shy: A Blanco County, Texas, Novel

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By Ben Rehder
Texas author Ben Rehder continues his series of books set in Blanco County and following the local game warden, John Marlin. Gun Shy, fourth in the series, focuses on the pro-gun lobby and the spokesman for the National Weapons Alliance.

The Devil's Backbone: Ghost Stories from the Texas Hill Country

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By Bert Wall
Folk tales swarm around this paranormal location deep in the heart of Central Texas, and this book documents some of them.

Walking Hill Country Towns: 38 Unique Walks

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By Diane Capito
This guidebook features 38 carefully-mapped walks in 26 towns in the picturesque Hill Country. Itineraries take you along familiar main streets, then down the unbeaten byways that so often define a town’s soul. A wealth of local historical detail available in no other single volume tells of the people behind the landmarks.

Best Hikes With Dogs: Texas Hill Country And Coast

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By Melissa Gaskill
55 dog-friendly hikes throughout the Lonestar State’s Hill Country and Gulf Coast regions. All trails within driving distance of Austin, San Antonio, Houston. Terrain that’s hazard-free and easy on the paws. What to pack for your pooch—the Ten Canine Essentials and the Doggy First-Aid Kit.

A native Texan, Melissa Gaskill has spent more than 20 years hiking and camping with her dogs all over the Lonestar State. In this new guidebook, she shares her favorite hikes in the Hill Country and Coast areas that are sure to delight both you and your pet. The hikes range from short jaunts to longer, challenging trails. Discover everything from rugged hills with limestone cliffs and rolling terrain, to wide-open areas with brush and cactus, to the coastal plain with its grasslands and pine forests.

For each hike, leash regulations and availability of water are noted, along with any trail concerns pertinent for your dog. Advice is given on topics such as proper canine trail etiquette, wildlife encounters, and weather concerns. There’s also a handy Trail Finder chart that lists hikes by length, terrain, difficulty for dogs, and more.

Melissa Gaskill has written for newspapers and magazines for more than 15 years on a variety of topics, including travel, outdoors, parenting, and more. Her two enthusiastic trail companions are Keeper, a Labrador retriever, and Max, a mixed-breed adopted from an animal shelter. She lives in Austin with her husband, three children, and two dogs.

The Texas Hill Country, sun splashed hills rolling into the distance, is home to historic towns bursting with character, personalities, and great things to do.
Looking for a fun weekend with festivals, fairs, shopping, food, sightseeing, and more? The Hill Country Current is full of articles, advertising and special events.
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