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Jane's Window: My Spirited Life in West Texas and Austin
By Jane Dunn Sibley. Texas A&M University Press. 375 pp. Index. $35.00.
It’s hard, reading this autobiography of an Austin patroness of the arts, to avoid thinking of Wallis Simpson’s “you can never be too rich or too thin….”
Jane Dunn Sibley was born in Fort Stockton, Texas, in 1924, the only child of a couple with roots back to the Comanche-raiding days. When she married a physician whose family had a little property in the area, they settled down to raise their family there. When, however, that land proved to contain a wealth of natural gas, Dr. Sibley no longer needed to practice medicine, and the family moved to the city. In Austin, Jane Sibley immersed herself in charitable activity, and eventually serving as president of the Austin Symphony, and initiating architectural restoration in the city. This book recounts her experiences as a young, wife, mother, hostess, and patroness. Her friends will enjoy it.
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John Gaw Meem at Acoma: The Restoration of San Esteban Del Rey Mission
By Kate Wingert-Playdon. University of New Mexico Press. 276 pp. Index. $40.00.
This carefully detailed historical analysis reveals not only Meem’s role in the restoration of Acoma but his interaction with the many others who played a part. []

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