First published: 2016
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Length: 80 pages
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A Love Letter
to Texas Women
A purse-sized book that’s more personal essay than novel documents the Texas women who have influenced Bird from her arrival in Austin in 1973 to today, using her own photographs to help tell the story.
What is it that distinguishes Texas women—the famous Yellow Rose and her descendants? Is it that combination of graciousness and grit that we revere in First Ladies Laura Bush and Lady Bird Johnson? The rapier-sharp wit that Ann Richards and Molly Ivins used to skewer the good ole boy establishment? The moral righteousness with which Barbara Jordan defended the U.S. constitution? An unnatural fondness for Dr Pepper and queso?
In her inimitable style, Sarah Bird pays tribute to the Texas Woman in all her glory and all her contradictions. She humorously recalls her own early bewildered attempts to understand Lone Star gals—from the big-haired, perfectly made-up ladies at the Hyde Park Beauty Salon to her intellectual, quinoa-eating roommates at Seneca House Co-op for Graduate Women. After decades of observing Texas women, Bird knows the species as few others do. A Love Letter to Texas Women is a must-have guide for newcomers to the state and the ideal gift to tell any Yellow Rose how special she is.
A Love Letter to Texas Women
“A Love Letter to Texas Women [is] a hoot! A laugh-out-loud 80-page personal history with heart, grit and a galaxy of stars…This four-by-six-inch illustrated valentine to Texas women she has known makes a perfect Mother’s Day gift—provided mom has an open mind, a liberal bent and a battle-tested, take-no-prisoners sense of humor.”