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Texas Blood Read æ 102 ☆ In the tradition of Ian Frazier's Great Plains and as vivid as the work of Cormac McCarthy an intoxicating singularly illuminating history of the Texas borderlands from their settlement through seven generations of the author's ranching family What brought the author's family to Texas What is it about Texas that for centuries has exIn the tradition of Ian Frazier's Great Plains and as vivid as the work of Cormac McCarthy an intoxicating singularly illuminating history of the Texas borderlands from their settlement through seven generations of the author's ranching family What brought the author's family to Texas What is it about Texas that for centuries has exerted a powerful allure for adventurers and scoundrels dreamers and desperate souls outla. 35 starsA visit to Big Bend National Park last Christmas reached by a long empty drive from Southern California spurred my interest in Texas Blood This was a month after the election of Donald Trump and you do see a lot of places in desperate need places so remote and ramshackle it's hard to understand how or why people are living there Texas Blood takes on some of that uestion by explaining how people got to West Texas and their dedication to staying there Roger D Hodge uses his own family as an example of the kind of people trekked out to this hot empty at times beautiful place; their toughness their passion their nimble way of grabbing the opportunities that were presented It's the stuff of a Western but Texas Blooddid not rope me in There's a lot of good anecdotes and good observations but I was never able to connect with Hodge's family stories The historygenealogypersonal aspect does not feel organic I wanted to put aspects on 3 x 5 cards and move them around the kitchen table until I found the right layout to propel the story A little hard going but if you're hardcore for Texas this book could be a goldmine for youCandace Siegle Greedy Reader

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Ization conuest and genocide; where stories of death and drugs and desperation play out daily And here is a contemplation of what it means that the ranching industry that has sustained families like Hodge's for almost two centuries is uickly fading away taking with it a part of our larger deep rooted cultural inheritance A wholly original fusion of memoir and history as piercing as it is elegiac Texas Blood is a triumph. Though I know this area well having lived two years on the border in Laredo I found this book disappointing I have loved books like Ian Frazier's THE GREAT PLAINS which some reviewers compared this book too as he brought out this wide place in essays and stories but this book with the author's name felt just like a hodgepodge He begins stories that go on for a long time but there seems to be little connections to other parts of the book The book took me far across space time and people but I found little that connected them I wish I had liked it better because it was a landscape I felt like I knew well

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Texas BloodWs and outliers In search of answers Hodge travels across his home state which he loves and hates in shifting measure tracing the wanderings of his ancestors into forgotten histories along vanished roads Here is an unsentimental keenly insightful attempt to grapple with all that makes Texas so magical punishing and polarizing Here is a spellbindingly evocative portrait of the borderlands with its brutal history of colon. This book wasn't what I thought it would be From the title I was expecting the author to explore the generations of his Texas family who preceded him More or less mostly less this did happen but the book was filled with a great deal of non family history much of which can be obtained in better sources elsewhere American Indians So many American Indians There were parts of the book that were very interesting the various looks at the Border Patrol and the parts that WERE about the author's family The vast majority of my family is from Texas and although I have never lived there I have been well schooled in Texas history geography and geneology You come from a line of Texas Rangers and cattle rustlers Many times they were the same person my Uncle John Many of the parts of west Texas the author described are familiar to me and the author must have had a personal connection with much of this book Unfortunately his most heartfelt personal connection seemed to be with Cormac McCarthy rather than his family which detracted from my enjoyment a good deal