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Happiness is a Story

When a Texas Author Produces Pure Gold

When a Texas Author Produces Pure Gold

Those who read the best books about Texas will know this one inherently, with no need of even a title. It’s where I at least would say modern Texas letters began, with McMurtry soon to follow, and a host of others after him. But without John Graves’ marvelous voice, the grace of which catches you from word one, without his narrative using journey as story structure, part memoir, part history, the door for the next Texas authors wouldn’t have been opened nearly so wide. A native Texan who had long since moved around the world, Graves learned in 1957 that the Brazos River would be dammed in several places—a river he had grown up fishing and canoeing and hunting on. So on assignment for Sports Illustrated, he took a 3-week trip down the part of it that had been “his,” ...
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