Unexpected Texas. Tui Snider’s Travel Book (and a give-away)

tui-snider-unexpected-texasBless her heart, Tui Snider is not from Texas, but she has Texas in her heart. As I read the preview of her new travel book, UNEXPECTED TEXAS, a theme song was playing in my head. I was hearing that Texas treasure, Lyle Lovett crooning “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)… but Texas wants you anyway.”

This gal is a world traveler who writes about the exotic places she visits, yet she looks at Paris, Texas with the same excitement she would muster for Paris, France. That’s not surprising, because “even Moses got excited when he saw The Promised Land.” However, Tui writes with playful love for the Lone Star State. The result is a quirky travel book that will enlighten even Native Sons and Daughters. Yes, friends, Texas wants Tui, and you might not know it yet but you want this travel book!

tui-snider-acton-crockett“What’s in the book?” you ask. Well, a medley of wonderful North Texas towns are featured, with some attractions that might surprise you. She will take you from Rebecca Crockett’s grave to Lee Harvey Oswald’s final resting place. Tui will tell you where to find a mural made from postage stamps, a house made of beer cans, a life-sized “Last Supper” sculpted from wax, or the only Michelangelo Painting in America. She will lead you to dinosaurs, an alien grave, and a palace made of salt. She will guide you to a replica of the Munster Mansion, the Catfish Plantation, and she will even tell you where to find Jesus in cowboy boots!

I pride myself on knowing a LOT about Texas, which is “my neck of the woods,” but Tui told me about places that I have overlooked! She looks at Texas with a fresh eye. Whether you are a life-long Texan or a newcomer, this book is one you must have for reference. Unfortunately, the book doesn’t include any of Tui’s amazing pictures, but she promises a follow up. This multi-talented artist takes pictures with her iPhone that has professional photographers salivating!

The good news is that she doesn’t just tell you where to find it, she tells you a story! Tui tells some pretty darned good stories. We have been “virtual friends” for several years, as I have been following her blog called Tui Snider’s Offbeat & Overlooked Travel. I love her stories, and to hear her tell it, she has been writing stories since she was knee-high to a grasshopper. She was “quirky” back then, too.

I was 9-years-old, I dreamt about an angst-ridden hard-boiled egg and decided to write a book about him. His name was Earl Eggston and his deepest wish was to be scrambled.

All her friends wanted a sequel to the story of Earl Eggston, and we will all be begging for a sequel to UNEXPECTED TEXAS! As Tui explained, “Unexpected Texas only covers places within a day’s drive of the Dallas – Fort Worth Metroplex in North Texas, and it is by no means complete.” Dang! I hope she doesn’t make me wait too long for more.

Did I mention there is a give-away? You can go and buy UNEXPECTED TEXAS, which is now available on Amazon.com if you don’t win. First, you can enter to win prizes (which include a hard copy of the book)! Today’s Texas-themed Prize Pack is: a paperback of Unexpected Texas, an issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, & an Unexpected Texas notebook. This could be your lucky day.


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  13 comments for “Unexpected Texas. Tui Snider’s Travel Book (and a give-away)

  1. March 6, 2014 at 7:46 am

    I’m just testing these comments.

  2. Katherine Boyer
    March 6, 2014 at 7:50 am

    This seems to work, Shelly. It is Rafflecopter that says to leave a comment and then won’t let you.

    • March 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

      Thanks, Katherine. I have no control over Rafflecopter, but Tui is looking into it.

  3. Katherine Boyer
    March 6, 2014 at 7:52 am

    I was going to leave a comment that I admire someone who writes about Texas whether she/he is not from the stae. Those of us who do live here can even learn from them. Thanks to Tui.

    • March 6, 2014 at 9:00 am

      She writes very lovingly about Texas, Katherine. And, she is already teaching this old dog a trick or two.

  4. PJ
    March 6, 2014 at 8:33 am

    I’m definitely going to check out this book

  5. March 6, 2014 at 9:31 am

    What a great idea. I loved my Texas visit and hope to return. (Denton has a piece of my heart.)

    • March 6, 2014 at 5:50 pm

      Yes, Barbara, once you visit Denton, it gets a hold of you … kinda like a snappin’ turtle, it won’t let go.

  6. March 6, 2014 at 11:16 am

    This looks great-I can’t wait to visit some of the spots I haven’t checked out yet. I think of Tui every time I drive through Paris now. I’m a lifelong Texan but am always thrilled to find quirky new ideas. Thanks!

    • March 6, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      Laura, we get so accustomed to the wonderful things around us that they become invisible. It takes somebody like Tui to shake us up and make us see!

  7. Anna Sidoti
    March 6, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    Can’t wait for the book!!!!!!

    • March 6, 2014 at 5:52 pm

      I used it today when we went to Dallas. I was glad to have her input!

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