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A.C. Greene's 50+ Best Books on Texas

A. C. Green has left us, but his love of Texas, its various parts, its history and literature lives through his bright and lively work. Greene, in his literate and plainspoken way, gave us the great gift of a guide to Texas literature in 1982, "The 50 Best Books on Texas" and in the 1998 revised version, The 50+ Best Books on Texas". We at Texas Star Books try to keep copies from Greene's list on hand. Some are easier to find than others, so we may not have them all. To view his picks, click on the book title. Look for the book, itself in our inventory, too!
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Texas Star Books has retail space in
Montgomery Street Antique Mall
2601 Montgomery Street @I-30
Fort Worth, Texas
We're proud of our selection of Texana, Texas History, American History and Military History. We also have a great selection of original WWII posters.
If you're in the D/FW area, please come browse our shelves!

Humor & Satire

Humor & Satire

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1 The Wit & Wisdom of Archie Bunker
New York Popular Library 1971 No Stated Edition Soft Cover Very Good 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall 
Mass market paperback with clean interior, moderate shelfwear and yellowed pages. 
Price: 9.50 USD
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2 Ananias Twist Snide Lights on Texas History
San Antonio, TX The Naylor Company 1959 Hard Cover Very Good Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Ken Holder 
Satire on Texas History by two TCU History professors, Marguerite Potter, Ph.D. and Curtis Nunn, Ph.D. Time capsule of Texas humor -- considered politically incorrect today! Book is crisp with slight edgewear and no interior markings. Dust jacket is intact with edgewear and tearing along spine. 1/2" chip on bottom edge. Slight soiling and fading of colors on dust jacket. Clever cartooning. 
Price: 18.50 USD
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3 Bill Mauldin Up Front
Cleveland World Publishing 1945 First Edition Third Printing Decorative Cloth Good No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Cartoonist Bill Mauldin, the GI's friend, created Willie and Joe and a few enemies among the command. Patton even asked him to knock it off, but Mauldin kept taking the dogfoot's side. This WWII classic opens to signatures at half-title page and is beginning to split. It is intact, however, and will make a good reading copy. Brown boards have a dime-sized light spot on front board, and slight bumping on corners and spine ends. Pages are tanned. 
Price: 12.00 USD
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4 Breger, Dave The Original "GI Joe" ("Private Breger")
Garden City, New York Blue Ribbon Books 1945 No Stated Edition Hard Cover Very Good Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
"From the Pages of 'Yank' and 'Stars and Stripes'" Clean, tight and funny. Slight edge and corner wear. Previous owner's bookplate on front pasted down paper. Dust jacket has chipping and tearing along edges with losses along spine and front top and bottom. Back of jacket has a closed rip in middle of cover. Now in protective cover. Bit of WWII humor and history. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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5 Elizabeth Fowler Draper Widow Woman
San Antonio, TX Bibb Publishing 1947 2nd Printing Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
126 pp. Black boards with bright silver print. Crisp, clean and bright with light wear to boards. Gift inscription to previous owner on front free end paper - else clean interior. Two order forms for another Draper book laid in. Dust jacket is pink with clever cartooning and type in black. Worn on top edge and at corners and on spine ends. Spine is sun-faded and has some staining. Rear of jacket also has light staining on top edge and on flap fold. Pre-feminist look at widowhood - with incisive humor. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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6 James Harvery Briggs Friend Jasper: The Chaparral Philosopher
San Antonio, Texas, U.S.A. Naylor 1944 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
Texas humor and philosophy. 90 pp. Tight copy with light corner wear. Spine ends are bumped.Gift inscription on front free end paper. Page edges are a little tanned. Dust jacket shows rubbing on light background with a few dark marks near hinge of rear panel. Chipping on corners and spine end with some loss. Light tearing/chipping on edges. Now in protective cover. 
Price: 30.00 USD
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7 Jerry Flemmons Plowboys, Cowboys and Slanted Pigs
Fort Worth, TX Texas Christian University Press 1984 Reprint Soft Cover Very Good- 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall J. D. Crowe 
Trade paperback copy of noted Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer/editior, Jerry Flemons. With foreword by another well-known FW writer, George Dolan. Drawings by J.D. Crowe will make you smile. 230 pp. Wrappers have very slight wear. White background shows a little darkening, especially on spine. Light foxing on page edges. Else clean. A chance to read Texana from the man who loved, studied and wrote it for a lifetime. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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8 John Randolph The Jokes on Texas
Tomball John Randolph 1964 3rd Edn. Soft Cover Near Fine 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
We really laughed at these jokes in the 50's and 60's! (First edn. was in 1954) Has postcard-type back so unsuspecting tourists might mail a memento of Texas.Tight little paperback, crisp and bright. Two tiny spots on bottom front cover. Harks back to another, simpler time - collectible and camp! 
Price: 10.00 USD
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9 Marion Hargrove See Here, Private Hargrove
New York Henry Holt and Company 1942 First Edition Cloth Good+ No Jacket 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
1st Edn, 1st Ptg, August 1942 under copyright.With foreword by Maxwell Anderson. American wartime humor which was made into a movie in 1942 starring Robert Walker, Donna Reed, Chill Wills and Keenan Wynn. Slight cock to right. Boards have some spotting and bumping on corners with wear along hinges and spine ends. No internal markings, though paper is yellowed due to age, and there are a few incidents of spotting on some pages. 
Price: 8.50 USD
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10 P. J. O'Rourke Age and Guile Beat Youth, Innocence and a Bad Haircut
New York Atlantic Monthly Press 1995 0871136090 / 9780871136091 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good+ 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall 
"25 Years of P.J. O'Rourke". Copy is crisp and tight with minor edgewear and slight page end soiling. No interior markings. Unclipped dust jacket has slight edgewear and faint rubbing. Nice copy. 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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11 Tolbert, Frank X. Tolbert's Texas
Garden City, New York Doublkeday & Co. 1983 385-08582-6 First Edition Hard Cover Very Good+ Very Good 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall Signed by Author
Signed with warm inscription on half-title page by columnist and humorist for the Dallas Morning News, Frank X. Tolbert. Also on half-title are two gift inscriptions dated '83 and '92. 1st Ed., 1st Ptg. Bright, crisp and clean copy with very slight right lean. Dust jacket has price intact. Corner and spine ends have some chipping with a little creasing. Edges have a few small closed tears, and front panel and flap fold show some light rubbing. Still colors are bright, just like Tolbert's observations! Now in protective cover. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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