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Friday, November 16, 2018

Myra Hargrave McIlvain

Myra Hargrave McIlvain

Myra Hargrave McIlvain is a teller of Texas tales. Whether she is sharing the stories in her books, her lectures, or her blog, she aims to make the Texas story alive. She has free-lanced as a writer of Texas historical markers, written articles for newspapers all over the country and for magazines such as Texas Highways. She has had nine books published—all Texas stories. Her most recent book, THE DOCTOR’S WIFE, is a prequel to her award-winning STEIN HOUSE. McIlvain lives in Austin with her husband Stroud. Her children are grown, and she enjoys the company of a houseful of grands.

Texas Tales

Texas Tales

Non-Fiction, Travel, Texas

These tales trace the Texas story, from Cabeza de Vaca who trekked barefoot across the country recording the first accounts of Indian life, to impresarios like Stephen F. Austin and Don Martín DeLeon who brought settlers into Mexican Texas. There are visionaries like Padre Jose Nicolas Balli, the Singer family, and Sam Robertson, who tried and failed to develop Padre Island into the wonderland that it is today. There are legendary characters like Sally Skull who had five husbands and may have killed some of them, and Josiah Wilbarger who was scalped and lived another ten years to tell about it. Also included are the stories of Shanghai Pierce, cattleman extraordinaire, who had no qualms about rounding up other folks' calves, and Tol Barret who drilled Texas first oil well over thirty years before Spindletop changed the world. The Sanctified Sisters got rich running a commune for women, and millionaire oilman Edgar B. Davis gave away his money as fast as he made it. Sam Houston, Jean Lafitte, Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna, Lucy Kidd-Key, Minnie Fisher Cunningham, all these characters and many more--early-day adventurers, Civil War heroes, and latter-day artists and musicians--created the patchwork called Texas.

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Stein House

Stein House

Fiction, Historical, Women

 

Stein House paints a compelling family saga of German immigrants thrust into the bustling nineteenth century Texas seaport of Indianola. Helga Heinrich and her children arrive in Indianola haunted by the memory of Max's death and determined to start a new life.

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Doctor's Wife, The

The Doctor's Wifet

Fiction, Historical, Women

 

Amelia Anton sails to Texas in 1845, marries the shipboard physician, Joseph Stein, and discovers he is not the husband she expected. They join hundreds of Germans huddled in tents—stranded during the Mexican-American War—waiting for wagons to transport them inland.

The heartache, betrayal, and business success of Amelia and Dr. Stein is woven into the struggle of the Germans who choose to remain on the coast and create the burgeoning seaport of Indianola.

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Legacy

Legacy

Fiction, Historical, Romance

Legacy is set in 1945 as a Texas coastal town and a family are caught in the turmoil of WWII. Miranda, age twelve, struggles to protect the people she loves, to understand the changes in her own body, and to make sense of a world at war.

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