Category Archives: non-fiction

Book Review: Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance

This fascinating biography, Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future by Ashlee Vance, lights up the resilient American spirit in its portrayal of an ambitious visionary, an inspiring dreamer, and a persistent doer and innovator. Elon Musk, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur … Continue reading

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Book Review: On Writing, by Stephen King

On the heels of the spooky thrills of Halloween comes NaNoWriMo – National Novel Writing Month. Coincidentally, one of the masters of the horror genre has written a book that will inform and inspire budding writers. Author Stephen King is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Dig Too Deep, by Amy Allgeyer

What would you do if your life completely and utterly changed? In her debut novel, Dig Too Deep, author Amy Allgeyer tells the story of Liberty, a high school junior whose life is changed when her political activist mother is … Continue reading

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Book Review: Waste, by Brian Thill

What is waste?  The word might immediately conjure images of dumpsters and landfills.  As we run up against the environmental limits of our capacity for creating waste, “Zero Waste” initiatives like those in Dallas are seeking to divert the astonishing amount … Continue reading

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I’m really interested in reading about frontier Texas. Do you have some recommendations for history books that capture the spirit of this time?

Since that covers a lot of territory, it’s hard to choose just a few, but here are some favorites of the staff in the Genealogy and History Division: Randolph B. Campbell’s Gone to Texas: A History of the Lone Star State has … Continue reading

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