In the wake of the tragedy of Hurricane Harvey, it's incredibly encouraging to see the strong, supportive spirit of Texas shine through. Even in the midst of some truly hard conditions, Texans across the state are doing whatever they can to help those around them, from providing shelter to taking boats out and rescuing people. As a native Texan, I know firsthand that this exemplifies the spirit of my state. When Texans get knocked down, they get right back up again, and lend a helping hand to someone else in the process. Texas has its own particular brand of kindness and strength, and I count myself lucky to be a part of it.
So, with Texas in all of our thoughts, I wanted to take a moment to give a shout-out to all of the wonderful Texan writers who make the Lone Star State great. When you dive into Texas literature, you'll soon find that is as diverse and rich as the state itself. Not all of these books are centered around Texas —though many of them are. Yet, each of these fantastic reads captures the resilient, passionate spirit of Texans in its own way.