Stories from Texas: Some of Them Are True

Editorial Reviews


Ever’ Texan oughta read this book –Glenn Dromgoole, Abilene Reporter-News

‘Stories from Texas’ is stocked with enough information that even seasoned Texana enthusiasts might learn a thing or two. Houston Chronicle

”A remarkable collection that will inform and entertain readers about Texas history, culture, folklore and literature. I figure every Texan will enjoy the 75 stories.” Lone Star Literary Life

”Full of Lone Star lore” San Antonio Express-News

”You might recognize W.F. Strong’s booming, theatrical voice from his ‘Stories from Texas’ segment on the public radio show Texas Standard. And as evidenced in his new book, Stories from Texas: Some of Them Are True, his signature storytelling style translates very well on paper.” —Texas Highways

”Just a few minutes long, WF’s stories are short, digestible nuggets of Texas mythology. It s a glimpse of the long, story-telling tradition of the human race.” Bob Phillips, Texas Country Reporter

”Professor’s book on Texas tales captures hearts around the world” –KVEO-TV Brownsville

‘Here within these pages you get a sense of the Texas that is and the Texas that once was . . . the accomplishments achieved and dreams sometimes forgotten . . . all of it woven by one of the state s premiere chroniclers of Texas lore.’ John McCaa, news anchor for WFAA
, Dallas

‘No time to travel through every town in Texas? You’re in luck, ain’t no better guide than W.F. Strong. His prose is as refreshing as floating down the Brazos River on a summer afternoon: clear, stirring and full of discovery. ‘Stories from Texas’ will make Texans gush with pride and us foreigners wish we were from the Lone Star State. ‘Nuff said.’ –Lauren Silverman, former KERA (Dallas NPR) reporter; now Gimlet Media senior producer

About the Author

W.F. Strong is a Fulbright scholar and professor of communication at the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley. He grew up in South Texas and holds degrees in communication and literature from Abilene Christian University and the University of North Texas, as well as a doctorate in communication and rhetoric from the University of Arizona. His storytelling influences range from Mark Twain, on whom he wrote his doctorate dissertation, to former public-radio host Garrison Keillor. Strong has pursued a lifelong fascination with Texas literature, history and culture, having immersed himself in the classic books of the great Texas novelists and historians, from Walter Prescott Webb’s ”Indians of Texas” to Larry McMurtry’s ”Lonesome Dove” series to Philipp Meyer’s ”The Son.” He grew up working on farms and ranches in South Texas and so has had a long connection with the Texas soil, as did his ancestors, who farmed and ranched in North Texas for more than a century. Two of his distant forebears signed the Texas Declaration of Independence from Mexico. This familial history has nurtured his love for the vibrancy of Texas culture, both historical and modern.

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