SIX FEET UNDER TEXAS:
Unique, Famous, & Historic Graves in the Lone Star State
(Cemetery Tales Book 1)
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.
Who doesn’t enjoy tramping through a graveyard to read headstones and maybe uncover an interesting historical tidbit? Well, maybe not everybody enjoys doing that except mystery writers and journalists, and since I’m a bit of both I’ve spent time wandering around cemeteries. Like Tui Snider, I have a great interest in what one can find out about a place, and the people that lived in that place, by spending an afternoon in a local cemetery.
What fun it was to get Snider’s book and read the fascinating stories about the graves she found. Previously, I had no idea how many interesting and unusual people are under the ground in places around Texas. There’s the alien in Aurora and the clown, Sassy Lee, in Azle, among so many other notable people: musicians, actors, and even a prominent cowboy, Bose Ikard, who once was a slave.
When I came to the chapter about the actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the Star Wars movies, I couldn’t help but smile. While many Star Wars fans were swooning a bit over Hans Solo I liked the giant furry friend a little bit more. Not that the young Harrison Ford was dismissible, but I’ve always had a soft spot for pets, big or small, real or not.
Tui Snider once again takes her journalistic background and applies it to another well-researched book that is fascinating, as well as very enjoyable to read. The chapters are short, so they can be read in just a few minutes when one has a break from work, and there is an extensive bibliography for those who’d like to read more about who is buried in Texas.
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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