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In the 1950s, a series of dams was proposed along the Brazos River in north-central Texas. For John Graves, this project meant that if the stream’s regimen was thus changed, the beautiful and sometimes brutal surrounding countryside would also change, as would the lives of the people whose rugged ancestors had eked out an existence there. Graves therefore decided to visit that stretch of the river, which he had known intimately as a youth. Goodbye to a River is his account of that farewell canoe voyage. As he braves rapids and fatigue and the fickle autumn weather, he muses upon old blood feuds of the region and violent skirmishes with native tribes, and retells wild stories of courage and cowardice and deceit that shaped both the river’s people and the land during frontier times and later. Nearly half a century after its initial publication, Goodbye to a River is a true American classic, a vivid narrative about an exciting journey and a powerful tribute to a vanishing way of life and its ever-changing natural environment. From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Genre: Travel
Author: John Graves
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2010-11-10
File: 320 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780307773357

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"Come with us to learn about a great Texas river ... We will explore ... camp on its banks ... and look for places of excitement, beauty and learning - some of them surprising." From its ancient headwaters on the semiarid plains of eastern New Mexico to its mouth at the Gulf of Mexico, the Brazos River carves a huge and paradoxical crescent through Texas geography and history.

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Genre: Science
Author: Jim Kimmel
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Release: 2011
File: 178 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781603444804

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A keepsake cloth limited edition published on the occasion of the Texas Book Festival 2000 as a tribute to Mr. Graves. This book includes correspondence with Alfred Knopf, Sr., Carl Hertzog, renowned book designer, and J. Frank Dobie covering the period between 1957-1960. Included is a definitive, annotated bibliography prepared by Mr. Graves and a foreword by First Lady of Texas Laura W. Bush.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: John Graves
Publisher: Southern Methodist University Press
Release: 2002-01
File: 105 Pages
ISBN-13: 1589070011

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Explores the history, geography, and culture of the rivers of Texas, accompanied by full-color photographs depicting the rivers.

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Genre: Nature
Author: John Graves
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Release: 2002-10-01
File: 144 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780292701984

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Featuring a previously published author introduction, a personal foreword by his son and a new introduction by his grandson, a definitive edition of the lauded World War I classic collects all 39 of the Nobel Prize-winning author's alternate endings to offer new insights into his creative process. Reprint.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 2014-07-08
File: 352 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781476764528

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Winner, The Grateful American Book Prize Leander and Polly are two teenage Union soldiers who carry deep, dangerous secrets. Leander is underage when he enlists and Polly follows her father into war disguised as his son. The war proves life changing for both as they survive incredible odds. Leander struggles to be accepted as a man and loses his arm as a consequence. Polly mourns the death of her father, endures Andersonville Prison, and narrowly escapes the Sultana steamboat disaster. As the lives of these young, brave soldiers intersect, each finds a wealth of courage and learns about the importance of loyalty, family, and love. Like a River is a lyrical atmospheric first novel told in two voices. Readers will be transported to the homes,waterways, camps, hospitals, and prisons of the Civil-War era. They will also see themselves in the universal themes of dealing with parents, friendships, bullying, failure, and young love.

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Genre: Juvenile Fiction
Author: Kathy Cannon Wiechman
Publisher: Calkins Creek
Release: 2015
File: 336 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781629792095

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WINNER OF THE GOVERNOR GENERAL'S LITERARY AWARD FOR NON-FICTION An eloquent and haunting exploration of suicide in which one of Canada's most gifted writers attempts to understand why his brother took his own life. Which leads him to another powerful question: Why are boomers killing themselves at a far greater rate than the Silent Generation before them or the generations that have followed? In the spring of 2006, Don Gillmor travelled to Whitehorse to reconstruct the last days of his brother, David, whose truck and cowboy hat were found at the edge of the Yukon River just outside of town the previous December. David's family, his second wife, and his friends had different theories about his disappearance. Some thought David had run away; some thought he'd met with foul play; but most believed that David, a talented musician who at the age of 48 was about to give up the night life for a day job, had intentionally walked into the water. Just as Don was about to paddle the river looking for traces, David's body was found, six months after he'd gone into the river. And Don's canoe trip turned into an act of remembrance and mourning. At least David could now be laid to rest. But there was no rest for his survivors. As his brother writes, "When people die of suicide, one of the things they leave behind is suicide itself. It becomes a country. At first I was a visitor, but eventually I became a citizen." In this tender, probing, surprising work, Don Gillmor brings back news from that country for all of us who wonder why people kill themselves. And why, for the first time, it's not the teenaged or the elderly who have the highest suicide rate, but the middle aged. Especially men.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Don Gillmor
Publisher: Random House Canada
Release: 2018-12-31
File: 304 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780345814685

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"A kind of homemade book—imperfect like a handmade thing, a prize. It's a galloping, spontaneous book, on occasion within whooping distance of that greatest and sweetest of country books, Ivan Turgenev's A Sportsman's Notebook." —Edward Hoagland, New York Times Book Review "His subjects are trees and brush, hired help, fences, soil, armadillos and other wildlife, flood and drought, local history, sheep and goats . . . and they come to us reshaped and reenlivened by his agreeably individual (and sometimes cranky) notions." —New Yorker "If Goodbye to a River was in some sense Graves's Odyssey, this book is his [version of Hesiod's] Works and Days. It is partly a book about work, partly a book about nature, but mostly a book about belonging. In the end John Graves has learned to belong to his patch of land so thoroughly that at moments he can sense in himself a unity with medieval peasants and Sumerian farmers, working with their fields by the Tigris." —Larry McMurtry, Washington Post Book World "Hard Scrabble is hard pastoral of the kind we have learned to recognize in Wordsworth, Frost, Hemingway, and Faulkner. It celebrates life in accommodation with a piece of the 'given' creation, a recalcitrant four hundred or so acres of Texas cedar brake, old field, and creek bottom, which will require of any genuine resident all the character he can muster." —Southwest Review

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Genre: Literary Collections
Author: John Graves
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Release: 2016-02-09
File: 288 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781477309605

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Growing up near the Sabine, journalist Wes Ferguson, like most East Texans, steered clear of its murky, debris-filled waters, where alligators lived in the backwater sloughs and an occasional body was pulled from some out-of-the-way crossing. The Sabine held a reputation as a haunt for a handful of hunters and loggers, more than a few water moccasins, swarms of mosquitoes, and the occasional black bear lumbering through swamp oak and cypress knees. But when Ferguson set out to do a series of newspaper stories on the upper portion of the river, he and photographer Jacob Croft Botter were entranced by the river’s subtle beauty and the solitude they found there. They came to admire the self-described “river rats” who hunted, fished, and swapped stories along the muddy water—plain folk who love the Sabine as much as Hill Country vacationers love the clear waters of the Guadalupe. Determined to travel the rest of the river, Ferguson and Botter loaded their gear and launched into the stretch of river that charts the line between the states and ends at the Gulf of Mexico.

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Genre: Nature
Author: Wes Ferguson
Publisher: Texas A&M University Press
Release: 2014-03-05
File: 160 Pages
ISBN-13: 9781623491277

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A River to Goodbye is the story of a young boy's yearning to own his own dog. After reading the book and watching the movie Big Red, he decides an Irish Setter is the dog for him. Once he raids his piggybank to purchase his first Irish Setter, it leads to a lifelong relationship with the breed. You will travel with the author along his life's river from childhood to manhood being introduced to generations of these special creatures. The setters will tug at your heartstrings as they reveal their distinct personalities while imprinting their souls on your heart. Immersed in the unfolding story of a richly blessed life with these delightful animals, your spirit will be touched. This true story about the author's life and the dogs who traveled the journey with him will evoke deep emotion. The reader's eyes will be opened to a special measure of each dog's matchless character, unique abilities, surprise antics, and devoted love. Unlock your heart and meet each dog as the river of life flows carrying you along its many twists and turns of real-life events. Be ready to smile, laugh, and maybe even shed a tear or two. If you are passionate about dogs, the great outdoors, hunting, and God's tapestry on earth, you will love this true story of a life shared with these beautiful companions. A River to Goodbye will give you plenty of reasons to thank God for his glorious creation, life, and His special gift to man, the wonder of dogs.

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Genre: Biography & Autobiography
Author: Tk Canyon
Publisher:
Release: 2020-06-22
File: 232 Pages
ISBN-13: 1098042956

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