What are the best Texas setting books?

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    #1Lonesome Dove

    Lonesome Dove
    Lonesome Dove is the winner of the 1986 Pulitzer Prize. Set in the American West during the late 19th century, it follows the story of retired Texas Rangers as they herd cattle from Texas to Montana.
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    Sandra Stephens
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "I think that the book, Lonesome Dove, which won the 1986 Pulitzer Prize, is one of the best Texas setting books to read and gives great insight to how the American West was during the late 19th century. "
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    #2Holes

    Holes

    Holes by Louis Sachar is an adventure fiction novel published in 1998. This book follows the story of a young boy named Stanley Yelnats who was sent to a detention center for redemption and something more.

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    Jesse Butler
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "This book is responsive as it takes place in Texas but I know this through outside information. I wish the description told me this but this is a solid recommendation."
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    #3The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show

    The Last Picture Show is a novel written by Pulitzer-prize winning author Larry McMurtry. Set in Texas, this coming of age book follows the story of Jacy, Duane, and Sonny. It is also adapted to film with the same title. 

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    Erika Olvera
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "This is a classic. I never cared for it, but I did read it just to say I did."
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    #4Miss Nelson Is Missing!

    Miss Nelson Is Missing!
    This is a classic mystery novel first published in 1977 that still being interesting and relevant today. The story of a class of students who don't proffer respect for their teacher Miss Nelson, until her substitute Miss Swamp appears on the scene. 


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    Carol Gray
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "I can't tell if this book is set in Texas. A book that is more Texas oriented or Texas obvious would have been great."
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    #5Burn Down the Ground

    Burn Down the Ground

    Burn Down the Ground: A Memoir is a non-fiction book written by Kambri Crews published in 2012 by Random House. It is about her life with her deaf parents in Texas and how she deals with the reality of life. 

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    Marilyn Jensen
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I'm not a big fan of texas however with this book I think that may be changing. It is an awesome and inspiring read. The author is an amazing writer and it makes you want to follow along with her story every step of the way."
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    #6Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove)

    Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove)

    Comanche moon is the last book in Lonesome Dove tetralogy written by Larry McMurtry. It is a historical fiction novel first published in 1997 and follows the story of Gus and Call with their comrades. 

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    Amber Reynolds
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "As a born and bred Texan -- and a lover of Westerns -- of course I love this book. I first read the Lonesome Dove series when I was in middle school, alongside my dad and I've read them a number of times since. Read Lonesome Dove first, then fall in love with Comanche Moon, you won't regret it."
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    #7Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises)

    Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises)

    Blue-Eyed Devil is the second book in the Travises series written by Lisa Kleypas. This contemporary romance fiction book is first published in 2008 by St. Martin's Press. 

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    Billy King
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "I found this book hard to put down. Really great continuation to the Travises series with a lot of strong characters and gripping plot."
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    #8Streets Of Laredo (Lonesome Dove)

    Streets Of Laredo (Lonesome Dove)

    Streets Of Laredo is the second book of Lonesome Dove tetralogy written by Pulitzer-prize awardee Larry McMurtry. It is about Captain Woodrow Call who became a bounty hunter to track down a Mexican bandit. 

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    Matthew Morris
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "Streets Of Laredo is the second book of Lonesome Dove tetralogy written by Pulitzer-prize awardee Larry McMurtry. The book is a tale of legend and heroism, Streets of Laredo is classic Texas and Western piece of literature. It is available in Paperback, Hardcover, Mass Market Paperback, Audio Cassette and Kindle."
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    #9No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men

    No Country for Old Men is a bestselling mystery novel written by Cormac McCarthy, first published in 2005. Set in the border between Texas and Mexico, it tells the story of Llewellyn Moss and his entanglement in the world of crime.

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    Janet West
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "No Country for Old Men is perhaps one of the best known books for having been set in Texas. The bestseller really captures the essence of what it means to live in the region. I regularly read the book because I enjoy it and it makes me think back to my southern roots."
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    #10Brides of the Storm (Galveston Hurricane Mystery series)

    Brides of the Storm (Galveston Hurricane Mystery series)

    Brides of the Storm is a historical fiction novel written by Amanda Albright Still. This fictional romantic novel was published on May 5, 2013 by Gone Feral Publishing.

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    Susan Knight
    Written on May 8, 2018
    "This is the second novel in the echoes of the storm series, and I think the author did a wonderful job of explaining how horrific the state of Galveston was after the storm. The book is historical fiction and is set in the early 1900's. I loved reading this story and cant wait for the next book."
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    #11Isaac's Storm

    Isaac's Storm
    Isaac's Storm: A Man, a Time, and the Deadliest Hurricane in History is a narrative history book written by Erik Larson. It was released in 2000 and became a National Bestseller. It is about Isaac Cline and the storm that hit Galveston, Texas. 

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    Larry Jordan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "Birds eye view of a Hurricane. The Hurricane that hit Galveston was so deady because of miscalculation and meteorological ignorance. We know more know about predicting hurricanes but this story shows you what can happen if you don't heed the warnings. Great narrative history of this memorable and tragic storm."
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    #12A Texas Legacy Christmas

    A Texas Legacy Christmas

    A Texas Legacy Christmas is a Christian historical romance fiction novel written by DiAnn Mills. This Western fiction book is first published in 2007 by Barbour Books. 

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    Gerardo Cano
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A Texas Legacy Christmas is a fun Holiday story. I loved learning about the traditions of Texas Christmas. This was very interesting to me, coming from the standpoint of New England Christmas, the thoughts of winter are a little different in Texas, but they have some great traditions. Good Read."
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    #13The Smiling Country

    The Smiling Country

    The Smiling Country is a historical fiction book written by Elmer Kelton. This book is about Hewey Calloway's life and it is first published in 1998 by Forge. 

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    Steven Hansen
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I had never been into Westerns or Western-themed books, but I enjoyed this one quite a bit. It didn't deal with Western themes or shootouts, either... it was more about just living life the best you can. I was surprised to learn this book was a sequel, so now I'm going to read the first book because I think it will be as realistic and enjoyable as this one."
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    #14Massacre At Goliad (Buckalew Family)

    Massacre At Goliad (Buckalew Family)
    Massacre At Goliad is a historical fiction and the first book in Buckalew Family series written by Elmer Kelton. This Western fiction book is first published in 1965. 
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    Scott Jackson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Great historicaly accurate western book. If you like recounts of history you will love this book set in Texas."
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    #15The Rebels: Sons of Texas

    The Rebels: Sons of Texas
    The Rebels: Sons of Texas is a historical fiction book written by Elmer Kelton. This Western fiction novel is first published in 2007 by Forge Books. 
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    Vibhore Chauhan
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "This is a great piece of historical fiction. I'm sure there are other similar series of books, but this is my first time reading about Texas in the early days and it was very immersive. I found the detail to be great and easy to visualize. I felt like I was there, and the plot was interesting. It was like a different flavor of the Western genre."
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    #16Six Bits a Day

    Six Bits a Day
    Six Bits a Day is a historical fiction book written by Elmer Kelton. This Western fiction novel is about Hewey Calloway's in his younger years and published in 2005 by Forge Books. 
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    Mark Taylor
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "A western book about cowboys and a development of story between brothers. Things that take place in the book you wonder how they got there. Comical and serious at times but enough to keep pushing through to the end with a unique ending. Very interesting read!"
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    #17Season of Yellow Leaf

    Season of Yellow Leaf

    Season of Yellow Leaf is a historical fiction book written by Douglas C. Jones. This Western fiction book is first published in 1983 by Holt Mc Dougal. 

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    Jessica Hayes
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "For historical fiction books, this one is definitely unique. Breaking away from colonialism or revolutionary romance ideals, this book focuses on the Comanche tribes and their lives through the years in Texas and New Mexico settings. I thumbed through this in the store, and ended up picking it up after realizing how descriptive Jones is, making me feel like I'm in the middle of the community with just two paragraphs. There's a lot of violence in this book, depicting actions both from Comanche tribes as well as attacks on the tribes themselves. There's also a few gems that I didn't expect in the book, but were a pleasant addition to the story."
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    #18Fort Worth

    Fort Worth

    Fort Worth is a historical fiction book written by Leonard Sanders. This book is about Travis Scurlock's journey and it is first published in 1984 by Dell.  

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    Michelle Miller
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "My friend, who grew up in Texas, loves this novel. Me, not being from Texas and only having been there once, I can't really relate to it."

Summary

Best What are the best Texas setting books
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Lonesome DoveBooks 33 Paid
2HolesBooks 30 Paid
3The Last Picture Show Books 28 Paid
4Miss Nelson Is Missing!Books 27 Paid
5Burn Down the GroundBooks 25 Paid
6Comanche Moon (Lonesome Dove)Books 24 Paid
7Blue-Eyed Devil (Travises)Books 23 Paid
8Streets Of Laredo (Lonesome Dove)Books 21 Paid
9No Country for Old MenBooks 14 Paid
10Brides of the Storm (Galveston Hurricane Mystery series)Books 7 Paid
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