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Tailwind Both Ways: A Cowman's Chronicle
By Laurence M. Lasater. Bright Skyk Press. 304 pp. . $29.95.

A Texan and Princeton graduate, Lasater, who can surely be called a flying cowboy, tells of the people and adventures in a forty year career raising beef cattle and pioneering ways to make money in the difficult business of cattle ranching.
Texas Country Singers
By Phillip L. Fry, James Ward Lee. TCU Press. 87 pp. $8.95.
Here's lots of Texas in this 6 x 4-inch package, just right to keep in a pocket or purse while shopping for country music. It features biographies of 25 singers -- all Texans -- and include such favorites as Gene Autry, Babara Mandell, Buck Owens,Tex Ritter, and Willie Nelson. Sing along with a country song. []

Texas Journey, A: The Centennial Photographs of Polly Smith
By Evelyn Barker. Dallas Historical Society. 216 pp. Index. . $49.95.
The volume contai8ns he photographs that Polly Smith created in honor of the 1936 Texas Centennial Central Exposition. The goal was to make a photographic survey of the state. I would like to have seen more photographs of the Native people, Big Bend country, the Llano Estaado9 and perhaps that wondrous slice in the earth, Palo Duro Canyon. Lack of index is of little help in identifying and finding photographs. []

Texas Rangers, The: Wearing the Cinco Peso, 1821-1900
By Mike Cox. Forge. 478 pp. . $25.95.
The Texas Rangers, according to the author, existed for only one purpose and that was to protect the people of Texas and make the state a safer place to live. In the beginning, that meant ridding the state of the Indian population. These were a tough breed of men and an individual didn't want to be on the other side of the law with a ranger in the neighborhood. At first, this was a volunteer force that transitioned to a parliamentary arm of government in 1835, and ultimately to a law enforcement agency in 1874. Though it reads like fiction, a fine bibliography and numerous endnotes show the result of prodigious research which the author uses to tell his story. Those looking for specific incidents will have trouble finding them since there is no index. []

Texas Rangers: Legendary Lawmen
By Michael P. Spradlin, Roxie Munro. Walker & Co. . $16.95.

Recounts the history of the Texas Rangers from their inception in 1823 to the present, highlighting famous rangers and the process of becoming a ranger today.
Texas Water Atlas
By Richard A. Earl, Lawrence E . Estaville. Texas A&M University Press. 131 pp. Index. $24.95.
Texas has water: 2.1 million surface acres of bays and estuaries, 1.26 million surface acres of freshwater in lakes, and 80,000 miles of rivers and waterways. No wander that it needs an atlas as thorough and graphic as this one, which depicts topics from rainfall to historic droughts, from public aquariums to popular tubing spots, from aquifers to live streams and rivers. This significant volume covers the entire state, not just the Southwest, and it represents a splendid amount of research on one of our most crucial resources: water. []

Through the Grand Canyon from Wyoming to New Mexico
By E. L. Kolb, Emery Clifford Kolb. Grand Canyon Association. 344 pp. Reprint of an old volume. No review.. $16.95.

Tohono O'odham and Pimeria Alta, The
By Allan J. McIntyre. Arcadia. 127 pp. $19.99.

Toquop the Warrior Stallion
By Mike Prince. Cowboy Miner Productions. . $14.95.

On one momentous day, cowboy Flint Pierce encounters Toquop, a wild mustang, and Laura, a rancher's granddaughter. In the story that ensues, Flint competes in a rodeo, falls in love, and ventures out on a dangerous quest to retrieve Laura's filly from Toquop's herd. Ultimately, Flint must choose between his dream of taming Toquop and helping an adversary in need.
Traces of Forgotten Places: An Artist's Thirty-year Exploration and Celebration of Texas, as it Was
By Don Collins, T. Lindsay Baker. TCU Press. 162 pp. . $19.95.
Don Collins’ sketches of old buildings and memorabilia across Texas have appeared on Miller Blueprint calendars. This nostalgic volume presents 70 of them, along with brief essays about the places, such as Fort McKavett ruins, the adobe church at Ruidosa, and the Terlinga mansion. The variety of architecture is astounding.

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Tradition and Heritage: a History of the Parish of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Peña Blanca, New Mexico
By Virginia E Quintana de Ortiz. LPD Press. 78 pp. $30.00.

This history of the multicultural congregational parish in Pena Blanca, NM discusses the area and each Catholic church within the parish. There are many illustrations, some in color.
Trail of the Red Butterfly
By Karl H. Schlesier. Texas Tech University Press. 238 pp. . $27.95.
Schlesier, a retired anthropologist and author of the 1998 novel "Josanie's War," vividly recreates Plains Indian life and culture as he follows a small band of Cheyenne and Kiowa men and women from eastern Colorado in 1807 to rescue one of their tribesmen taken captive during a raid into northern Mexico. Schlesier's grasp of detail and his ability to depict the Spanish Southwest through he protagonists' eyes make this an engrossing and enlightening read. []

Written by an anthropologist knowledgeable about the Cheyenne, this is a historical novel of the adventures of a Cheyenne band that travels from the Black Hills into Mexico to rescue a brother, a faithful and sympathetic depiction of native American life and the interaction with European cultures circa 1807, shortly after the Louisiana Purchase.
Training Ground, The: Grant, Lee, Sherman, and Davis in the Mexican War 1846-1848
By Martin Dugard. Little, Brown and Co.. 446 pp. Index. . $29.99.

Trespass: Living at the Edge of the Promised Land
By Amy Irvine. North Point Press. 361 pp. . $25.00.
Anguished autobiography. Irvine, daughter of a "mixed marriage" (Mormon/non-Mormon) moves to southern Utah (Moab area) not sure if she wants to get away from or attract the man who seems to love her. Heavily involved in the environmental movement, she learns and relearns many of life's lessons about friends and enemies. []

Trincheras Sites in Time, Space and Society
By Paul R. Fish, Suzanne K. Fish, M. Elisa Villalpando. University of Arizona Press. 288 pp. . $55.95.
Never heard of the prehistoric Trincheras Culture? You’re no alone. It has been largely ignored and underreported compared to its Southwestern neighbors, the Hohokam of central Arizona, or even the Patayan of the Lower Colorado River. This book, a compilation of nine expert expositions on specific sites and culture, is a major contribution. Their sites typically are rock-walled terraces contouring along mountain slopes and summits. Aerial color photos by Adriel Heisey help us appreciate the Trincheras, and the chapters each open new doors to appreciating a lost world now being rediscovered. Never been within a thousand miles of the Trincheras? Think again, for Tumamoc Hill just west of downtown Tucson is a major Trincheras site. A fitting and optimistic beginning to the Amerind Series. []

Truth, The
By Geoff Rips. New Issues Press. 196 pp. . $26.00.

Tucson was a Railroad Town: The Days of Steam in the Big Burg on the Main Line
By William D. Kalt III. VTD Rail Publishing. 345 pp. Index. . $54.50.
This profusely illustrated history is more than just another train catalogue; it is a flesh-and-blood book about railroaders themselves. It narrates how the railroad affected the lives of its employees as well as local citizens. For example, the advent of diesel locomotives and of automated wheel bearing oilers eliminated many jobs. Or, several locomotive engineers who had lost vision in one eye could no longer make regular runs, but they were allowed to keep their jobs and work the a spur line that ran from Tucson to Nogales between about 1910 and 1950. The book is filled with human faces and interesting stories about those who proudly served the railroad. To understand Tucson, you must know the railroad, and this book is a fascinating place to start. []

Tucson's River of Words: Youth Poetry and Art Contest 2008
By . Pima COunty Natural Resoueces, Parks and Recreation. 32 pp. .

This volume collects winning poetry and art from the 2008 Tucson's River of Words Youth Poetry and Art Contest, sponsored by Pima County Natural Resources, Parks and Recreation.
Pima County Website