Tuesday, September 29, 2020

Book Review: 6 Feet Under Texas

 
 

SIX FEET UNDER TEXAS:

 Unique, Famous, & Historic Graves in the Lone Star State

(Cemetery Tales Book 1)
by
TUI SNIDER
  
Genre: Nonfiction / Texana / History / Texas Travel
Publisher: Castle Azle Press
Date of Publication: August 15, 2020
Number of Pages: 250 pages 

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Explore the cemeteries of Texas with Tui Snider as she reveals overlooked history in these fascinating open-air museums. 

Along the way, you’ll meet fascinating characters, including a whistleblower who died in suspicious circumstances, an oilman who added a phone line to his mausoleum, and the events that caused two “frenemies” to be chained together in death.










Unique. That is the best word to describe this book. When I first picked up this book, I thought the author was going to talk more so about unique headstones and the stories behind them. While Snider does have some chapters on special headstones, it is not the main focus. The author talks about historical graves, like Bonnie and Clyde, true crime graves that were never solved, famous graves, such as the original Chewbacca, and even an alien grave. There is a little bit of something for everyone in 6 Feet Under Texas.

 

When a book can help you learn about something, like a historical event or fun fact that you may have not heard about, it’s a beautiful thing. When a book can help you learn about more than one historical event and multiple fun facts about the place that you live, it’s an amazing thing. With Snider’s book, you’ll be learning something new with each chapter. For instance, I have lived in the San Antonio area, home of the Alamo, my whole life (for the exception of living in Dallas for a short 2.5 years) and I even had a job downtown and I never knew about we had an Alamo Cat, let alone multiple Alamo Cats! Learning can be fun and Snider does a great job teaching us with her book.


Snider also does a great job of being journalistic but also giving herself a voice. As with journalism writing and writing about facts in general, people want to remain unbiased so they make their tone very professional. The author gives us a balance of factual writing and still giving her own take and voice to her writing. As someone who loves creative writing and has taken journalism classes and done journalism writing, I can appreciate that.


This book is also a great read for those of you who like to read, but may not always have the time to sit down and read for an hour. Each chapter is short, 2-5 pages at most. It is easy to pick up, read a couple of chapters, and put down to finish doing whatever you need to do. Each chapter is about a different grave, so you also don’t need to necessarily remember the last thing you read. Definitely recommend to all my busy readers out there. 


The only critique would be that I felt that the ending kind of just ends. I feel that the author gives us a great prologue into the story, so I guess I was expecting that for the ending. This doesn’t take away from the story at all but would have been nice to hear some final thoughts and what she is hoping for her second book. But we will live.


Overall, I do give 6 Feet Under Texas a 5 out of 5 stars. It is a unique read, it’s a good one for all level readers and you get a chance to learn more about Texas history. Definitely a great one to check out, especially with October approaching. Well everyone, until next time, Happy Reading!

 

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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, photographer, YouTuber, podcast host, and musician who researches historic cemeteries and symbolism, offbeat Texas travel, overlooked history, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction–but then I moved to Texas!” 

Snider’s best-selling books include Understanding Cemetery Symbols, 100 Things to Do in Dallas-Fort Worth Before You Die, Paranormal Texas, and many more. Snider has several books in progress and enjoys connecting with readers all over the globe through social media, her weekly newsletter, and website: TuiSnider.com.


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2 comments:

  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to review my new book! I'm already working on volume 2, and will keep the prologue idea in mind. Thanks! :)

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  2. Love, love the triple shot promo you've done with your review: bookstagram, vlog, & blog! Can't wait to read this book!

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