Our area has been the focus of many books. From fiction to historical events to stunning picture books, you can read up on our history and more. These books featuring the Ark-La-Tex can be found online, in your library and in bookstores.
The Phantom Killer: Unlocking the Mystery of the Texarkana Serial Murders
by James Presley
Many books exist detailing the series of murders in post World War II Texarkana. Presley takes an exhaustive look at interviews, records, and more to shed light on a still unsolved crime.
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Bringing Columbia Home
by Michael Leinbach & Jonathan H. Ward
Communities in east Texas came together to help pick up the pieces of the Space Shuttle Columbia. It became the largest ground search operation in US history. Read about the disaster and recovery. Also check out the museum dedicated to the legacy of Columbia.
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Deer and Diamond Hunting in Southwest Arkansas
by Glenn W. Worthington
The true story of how the author claimed two of the largest bucks of his hunting adventures and how two of his friends also scored big at Crater of Diamonds State Park.
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by Robert Harling
Before the hit 1989 movie, Harling wrote the stage play set in Natchitoches. If you enjoy the power of friendship, this is a play for you.
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Carthage, Texas (Images of America Series)
For over 150 years, Carthage has influenced the cultural life of Texas and the nation. Take a peek back over those years with pictures showing what life was like back in the day.
by Bernadette J. Palombo, Gary D. Joiner, W. Chris Hale and Cheryl H. White
At one point, Shreveport was the Wild West. This book takes a look back into the dark side of the port city. From bank robbers to serial killers, read about some of the unsavory characters that called Northwest Louisiana home.
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The Way to Texarkana
by Joe Hunkapiller
Set in a rural farming community of North Alabama where the effects of the Great Depression are still felt and World War II is on everyone’s mind, two people meet in a local country store and eventually fall deeply in love. Both are in unbearable marriages, so they decide to put it all behind them and slip away for Texarkana to escape the local gossip and finger pointing. Along their journey, they experience love, happiness, and even a child, only to end in sadness and heartbreak. (Overview by barnesandnoble.com)
Bonnie and Clyde: A Biography
by Nate Hendley
They have been viewed as heroes and two of the most heinous villains of the 1930s. Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow’s crime spree ended on a highway south of Gibsland, LA. Discover the times they lived in, their exploits, and the effects they had and still have to this day on society and the law.
Natchitoches and Louisiana’s Timeless Cane River
by Philip Gould, Richard Seale, Robert DeBlieux, and Marian Mark Guidry
Gould and company captured a snapshot of the life, buildings, and people of the Cane River area and Natchitoches. This beautiful coffee table book shows with stunning images the beauty of Louisiana’s original French colonial settlement. See some of the homes and churches. Read about the cultures of the town and the plantations that dot the banks of the Cane River.
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