Story of North Texas: From Texas Normal College, 1890, to the University
of North Texas System, 2001 by James L. Rogers,
Professor Emeritus of journalism (UNT Press). Rogers updates and expands
his 1965 publication, The Story of North Texas: From Texas Normal
College, 1890, to North Texas State University, 1965, chronicling
North Texas growth from its Denton founding by Joshua Chilton
to its expansion into the UNT System with campuses in Dallas and Fort
Worth. Illustrated with more than 80 photos, the book provides the
definitive history of UNT. Rogers taught journalism at North Texas
from 1953 to 1996 and also served as vice president of administrative
affairs and director of university planning. He writes in the books
final pages: In the 48 years since this writer joined the North
Texas faculty, he has spent much of his professional life believing
in and being an advocate for the institution. He unashamedly believes
that the 1894 forecast of President Menter B. Terrill has been justified
by events of more than a century: Our work shall prove our worth.
Run as Fast as You Can: A Sheriff Jerry Valdez Mystery by Gene
Wright, professor of English (Publishamerica Inc.). The author
of three scholarly books and many articles on Shakespeare and English
Renaissance literature, Wright has now produced a mystery novel
featuring Sheriff Jerry Valdez of Kendall County in the Texas Hill
Country. The murderer of Valdezs young deputy threatens the
sheriff and his family, and Valdez calls on his own skills and the
help of friends to end the threat. Electronic surveillance, a helicopter
search, military protection, breaking and entering, computer searches
and hard work are all required to return order to his life.
School Choice Tradeoffs by Frank Kemerer,
Regents Professor of teacher education and administration and director
of the UNT Center for the Study of Education Reform, and Ken Godwin,
former Regents Professor of political science now at the University
of North Carolina at Charlotte (University of Texas Press). The
authors compare the policy that uses family residence to assign
students to schools with alternative policies ranging from expanding
public choice options to school vouchers. The book grew out of their
comprehensive study of public and private school choice in San Antonio.
Gift: Lessons From a Life Fully Lived by Maria
Housden (84) of Woodstock, N.Y. (Bantam Books). Housden
writes of the lessons she learned from her 3-year-old daughter,
Hannah, in her last year of life. She shares recollections and anecdotes,
recounting Hannahs battle with cancer and the way she approached
life with joy and courage. Housden has led bereavement support groups
and spoken to organizations across
the nation as an advocate for quality of life at
the end of life.
Sports Writers: The Wild and Wacky Years by Bob
St. John (60) of Mount
Vernon (Republic of Texas Press). Before he became a feature columnist
for the Dallas Morning News, St. John was a sports writer
for the paper from 1964 to 1979. In this personal memoir, he recalls
a vanishing era when writers didnt take sports or themselves
so seriously. John Anders, Gary Cartwright, Dan Cook, Randy Galloway
and Frank Luksa are among the individuals he notes.
Sin Killer by Larry McMurtry (58)
of Archer City (Simon & Schuster). In this first novel of a
four-volume work, McMurtry presents the Berrybender family, English
aristocrats traveling up the Missouri River to explore the American
West of the 1830s. The story follows the familys adventures,
the cast of characters they meet along the way, and the developing
relationship between daughter Tasmin and frontiersman and part-time
preacher Jim Snow, known as the Sin Killer along the
Out: Preparing Vessels Fit for Kingdom Use by Howard
J. Olsen (86 M.Ed.) of Fort Worth (Clear Stream Publishing
Inc.). In this call for moral integrity, Olsen challenges Christians
to live lives that reflect compassion for others and genuine humility
and servanthood. He is also the author of Wounded Warriors, Chosen
Lives: Healing for Vietnam Veterans, which discusses post traumatic
stress disorder and the path to recovery.
A Bio-Bibliography by
(70, 83 Ph.D.) of Lynchburg, Va. (Greenwood Press).
After completing his undergraduate work in music composition, Siddons
spent two years at the Tokyo University of Arts. He returned to
Tokyo in 1989-90 as a Fulbright post-doctoral researcher to collect
information for this study of the scores, books and recordings of
Takemitsu, considered Japans most important composer of fine
arts music and film music in the 20th century.
Recipe: Why KFC is Still Cookin After 50 Years by
Robert Darden (78 M.J.) of Waco (Tapestry Press). Darden
examines the success of KFC and the business philosophies of Colonel
Sanders and Pete Harman, the first franchisee. Also out this year
is Dardens Corporate
Giants: Personal Stories of Faith and Finance (Fleming H. Revell/Baker
Books). The book contains interviews with some of the most successful
Christian business leaders in the nation and includes not only their
stories of faith, but also business advice for new and seasoned
professionals. Darden is an assistant professor of English at Baylor
University and senior editor of The Door, a magazine of religious
humor and satire now in its 30th year.
With Me by Norah Jones (Blue Note
Records). This is the first full-length album from Jones, who studied
jazz piano at UNT from 1997 to 1999. Released in February, it blends
her songs with classic tunes from Hank Williams, J.D. Loudermilk and
Hoagy Charmichael as she crosses from jazz to soul to folk-based pop.
on Favorite Hymns by James Siddons
(70, 83 Ph.D.) of Lynchburg, Va. (Major Recording Co.).
This album by Siddons, a United Methodist minister, includes classic
American hymns as well as contemporary religious songs. All are
performed on an 1899 Steinway grand piano.