I have just finished reading Sarah Bird's delightful new book, A Love Letter to Texas Women." And, I loved it!
Admittedly, I've been a fan of Bird and her work for some time. She is the author of 10 books now and has been published in Texas Monthly, The New York Times, The Daily Beast and O, The Oprah Magazine. She has also been a featured storyteller on NPR's Moth Radio Hour.
Bird, a native of New Mexico, moved to Austin in the 1970s - as a college student. In A Love Letter to Texas Women, she tells readers what she believes distinguishes Texas women and explains, in a most humorous way, how she came to admire them (us) so much.
Bird says Texas women are a combination of many good things -- graciousness and grit, wit and wisdom and moral righteousness that never wavers. She also points out: "Texas women have an unnatural fondness for Dr. Pepper and queso."
I cannot argue with any of that.
A Love Letter to Texas Women includes humorous anecdotes about Bird's first meetings with a number of Texas' most remarkable women, including First Ladies Lady Bird Johnson and Laura bush, Governor Ann Richards, U.S. Rep. Barbara Jordan and the legendary political columnist Molly Ivins.
In the book, Bird also shares some interesting bits about her days living in the Seneca House Co-op for Graduate Women at The University of Texas and her "intellectual, quinoa-eating roommates."
As the inside flap of the book's jacket suggests, A Love Letter to Texas Women is a must-have guide for newcomers to Texas, as well as the perfect gift to give a Texas woman who needs to know just how special she is.
Already, I am making a list of some Texas women I know who need to get this book.