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Favre

[Longhorn Review] Favre

Material Type: All, books — Tags: autobiography, favre, football — Posted on December 3, 2008, 11:44 pm

By: Brett Favre and Bonita Favre with Chris Havel

This autobiography of Brett Favre is heartwarming. When you read on what he has
gone through in his life and the challenges he has faced, it's just unreal how
badass of a football player he is. He's played sick, hurt, cold, hot. He's
incredible. My biggest role model in life. I would highly recommend this
book.

Reviewer: Josh

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Pulling a Dragon's Teeth

[Longhorn Review] Pulling a Dragon's Teeth

Material Type: All, books — Posted on November 21, 2008, 1:27 pm

By: Wei, Shao

She is a poet at the UT Michener Center, originally from China and writes
bilingually. Worth reading.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Tales of the Caddo [microform]

[Longhorn Review] Tales of the Caddo [microform]

Material Type: All, books — Posted on November 19, 2008, 10:28 am

By: Tomlyn, John

Just so you know this is not Folklore by any stretch of the imagination.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

[Longhorn Review] Angler: The Cheney Vice Presidency

Material Type: All, books — Tags: Cheney, evil, pirate — Posted on November 17, 2008, 3:26 pm

By: Gellman, Barton

Short of proving beyond a reasonable doubt that Dick Cheney does indeed have the
mark of the beast (666) tattoed on his torso, Barton Gelman lays out an almost
complete argument that Dick Cheney is the most evil being ever to take human form.
Cheney never claimed to be a civil servant after all, instead, since his days as a
Nixon staffer, Cheney has claimed power, as much and as quickly as possible, and
then scurries off into the darkest recesses to wield it. What is most annoyinng is
that Cheney has had great success at turning our democracy into a piratocracy.
Gelman effectively points out all of the mis-deeds, from sanctionaing torture to
undermining any environmental controls that he could get his hands on, to outright
lying to people like Dick Armey in order to secure votes for the Iraq war. Gelman
also points out that this 'perfect storm' of a weak and un-interested President, a
fearful country, and a cabal of ruthless bucaneers is what has damaged our heritage
the most. There is almost always somehting that intervenes between pure evil and
potical success in American politics, but Cheney shrewdly outmaneuvers, hoodwinks
and threatens everyone (including "W" and Codi And Colin Powell!)into handing over
the poltical booty.  Cheney is a pirate and he has brought this country to its
collective knees. Gelman, to his credit, has written a fine book, much better
balanced than this review.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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A Beautiful Blue Death

[Longhorn Review] A Beautiful Blue Death

Material Type: All, books — Tags: detective fiction, fiction, mystery, Victorian — Posted on November 17, 2008, 11:08 am

By: Finch, Charles

Set in London in 1865, it’s true to the language and milieu (as far as I can
tell) and has an amalgam of elements of the classic British detective story and 19th
century novel: an aristocratic amateur detective and his valet, gentlemen’s clubs,
old boys, country houses and town houses, balls and bridge and afternoon tea. The
London winter is palpable and the understated romance between sleuth and lady
sweet.

Reviewer: Janice Duff

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The Courting of Marcus Dupree

[Longhorn Review] The Courting of Marcus Dupree

Material Type: All, books — Tags: athletics, biography, civil rights, football, Mississippi — Posted on November 17, 2008, 11:04 am

By: Morris, Willie

One of many fine books by this quasi-native son, The Courting of Marcus Dupree
chronicles the feverish college recruitment of a promising high school football
player in the early ‘80s. Willie Morris, an editor of the Daily Texan in the 50’s,
after a stint in The Big Apple returned home to Mississippi and found this story
there. It’s more than the story of a high school football star and his family
working their way through the tangle of possibilities and promises offered in the
recruitment process. It’s a look into the soul of this town where twenty years
before three young civil rights workers had been murdered.

Reviewer: Janice Duff

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The Saga of Billy the Kid

[Longhorn Review] The Saga of Billy the Kid

Material Type: All, books — Tags: Billy the Kid, biography, history — Posted on November 17, 2008, 11:02 am

By: Burns, Walter Noble

Billy the Kid is the subject of many books and movies. Bob Dylan, called by one
of our English faculty “the American Homer,” wrote the music for one of movies.
Michael Ondaatje, author of The English Patient, wrote a book of poems and vignettes
in Billy’s stead. I doubt our interest in Billy would have thrived so if not for
Burns’ book, published in 1926 and based on accounts of people living then who had
known Billy. Burns creates such a sympathetic character and tells the story so well,
not wanting to go to sleep with Billy’s end on my mind, I had to stop reading just
before the death scene.

Reviewer: Janice Duff

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The Extra Mile: One Woman’s Personal Journey to Ultra-running Greatness

[Longhorn Review] The Extra Mile: One Woman’s Personal Journey to Ultra-running Greatness

Material Type: All, books — Tags: athletes, athletics, marathons, memoir, running — Posted on November 17, 2008, 10:54 am

By: Reed, Pam

Those who’d rather go for a run before breakfast, or who want to know why anyone
would, can find some insight here. Pam Reed is an ultra-runner, one of those who run
races of 100+ miles. After such a run, in the dessert, she will eat, sleep, wake up
and – yes, you guessed it – go for a little run, a short one with a friend, maybe 4
or 5 miles. Whether you’re a marathoner or a couch potato, you will be amazed by
this woman’s drive.

Reviewer: Janice Duff

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Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days

[Longhorn Review] Life Is Meals: A Food Lover’s Book of Days

Material Type: All, books — Tags: cooking, food, gastronomy — Posted on November 17, 2008, 10:52 am

By: Salter, James

If you’re looking for a gift for the cook, or a good little read with your
morning tea, you can’t do better than this collection of offerings from a couple’s
lifetime of reading and cooking. A portrait of big eater Diamond Jim Brady, the
development of the microwave, pitting an olive, a homily on gleaning – one for every
day of the year, and each entry gives pleasure.

Reviewer: Janice Duff

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Los comerciantes de Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca, 1920-1980

[Longhorn Review] Los comerciantes de Huajuapan de León, Oaxaca, 1920-1980

Material Type: All, books — Tags: history, Mexico — Posted on November 16, 2008, 11:55 am

By: Steffen, Cristina

Interesting book with lots of information about the time period and interpersonal
relationships/dynamics between influential families in a typical Mexican
town.

Reviewer: Longhorn Reviewer

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