Summer readingThe (mostly) Texas Books Issue 

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San Antonian Carlos the Carpenter lounges with a good read in preparation for the dog days of summer, when a book and a swimming hole are the best cure for our oppressive South Texas heat. Inside this issue, some of our picks for Texas' best summer reads, plus a report on alternative political presses.

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Scratching a niche
By Lisa Sorg
Indie, progressive presses target audiences looking for the stories behind the headlines
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Long overdue
By Michael Cary
After two years, SA hires a library director - Ramiro Salazar takes charge of our chronically underfunded public library
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A novel idea
By Elyas Bakhtiari
Library looks at new district to help alleviate funding woes
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By the book
By Elaine Wolff
Frates Seeligson Sr. is reading his way through history ... from the beginning
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Good looks
By Elaine Wolff
Visual culture has text on the ropes from San Diego to San Antone
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Moving target
By Alejandro Pérez
A&M Press releases show that one Mexican-American political gain often means another challenge
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Down and out of his mind
By John Freeman
James Crumley's hard-living PI is back on the case ... and the coke
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Well-read reads
Compiled by John Freeman
Authors from around the world comment on what they are reading
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Adventuring gone awry
By Susan Pagani
Rick Bass imagines a feckless narrator caught in Santa Anna's infamous diezmo
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It's the mummy!
By Elaine Wolff
Or is it just your mummy? A book on gothic film says 'both'
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Not a navel-gazer in sight
By Alejandro Pérez
A team of skillful interviewers extracts wisdom from Texas writers



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