Bless 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!
“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.
Don’t just take my word for it, see what other writers have to say about Tui’s book by clicking the links below.