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Bats of Texas
By Loren K. Ammerman, Christine L. Hice, David J. Schmidly. Texas A&M University Press. 305 pp. Index. $35.00.
Bats are fascinating, and even though this book focuses on Texas, it is a wealth of information about Southwest bats in general. Another outstanding edition of the Texas A&M Nature Guides, it covers the latest studies, startling facts, details about bats’ lives, classification keys and the latest nomenclature. Exquisite photos portray each of the 33 species discussed, from nectar eaters to vampires, and maps show their known ranges. A standard reference for years to come. []
Though the book is about bat populations in Texas, some 33 species mapped in all areas of the state, it is useful for general study. In addition to being well organized and illustrated the authors discusses every detail of the bat's history from evolution to the current time when there is a good deal of concern about the effect of climate change on the species. Thousands of sketches, photographs and statistical lists add to the book's interest and usefulness. []

Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove, A
By John Spong. University of Texas Press. 168 pp. $50.00.
Interviews with 40 people, including author Larry McMurtry, tie together dozens of large-format photos and other illustrations. This is a spectacular addition to the literature concerning the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the amazing TV mini-series it spawned. []

Boom, Bust, Boom: A Story about Copper, the Metal that Runs the World
By Bill Carter. Scribner. 288 pp. Index. $26.00.
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Bisbee, AZ, once a copper boomtown, has been quiet (except for tourists) these past 30+ years. Between books (this is his third), journalist and former Bisbee resident Carter decided to plant a garden with his daughter, and nearly died from eating his own vegetables! Arsenic used in copper mining was the culprit, and the experience set him off on a research project to understand the copper industry. An excellent writer, Carter lets us understand both the history of copper extraction and the industry’s worldwide implications. []

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