Picks and Pans Review: Texas: a Self-Portrait
by Jon Holmes
Any state that gave the world Ernie Banks, Farrah Fawcett, Waylon Jennings and Sam Houston can't be all bad. The Lubbock-born Holmes, a free-lance writer/photographer, has compiled a casual state history that makes exactly that point. While he mentions urban problems and political corruption in passing, he concludes that Texans' "reputation precedes us and, as a tribe, we always seem to do our best to polish it up." Nobody said humility was the Lone Star State's biggest export. (Abrams, $45)
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