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Six Feet Under Texas

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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
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SYNOPSIS

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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.

Photo of grave perpendicular to another grade, with text: "Why is she BURIED SIDEWAYS? Find out in 6 Feet Under Texas.

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REVIEW

Clueless Gent’s Rating

4.5 star rating

Would it be morose to consider a book about cemeteries to be delightful? So be it, because such is the case with Six Feet Under Texas! As author Tui Snider clearly explains in the beginning of the book: “People forget that cemeteries are for the living!”

This book tells us about notable cemeteries in 28 different towns throughout Texas. In its 50 chapters, Snider tells us about some of the famous – and infamous – graves in this state, as well as some graves that are simply curiosities. I found the book to be very informative, and written in a way as to make the subject matter very entertaining. (This does not mean the book is disrespectful to the deceased. I considered all of it to be proper and respectful.)

The book seems very well arranged. The chapters are ordered based on the names of the cities in which the cemeteries are located, from Acton to Weatherford. Geographically, consecutive chapters may jump from one part of the state to another, but because of the subject matter, this is not a problem.

I was already aware of some of the more famous stories, such and Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, as well as… Okay, that’s the only one I knew. I knew that Lee Harvey Oswald was buried somewhere in Texas, but I was unaware of the little story surrounding his burial.

This book is filled with those little tidbits of information that make it well worth the read. From the ashes of the Alamo defenders to the burial of only body parts, as well as a grave missing a body, this book certainly has a variety of stories. And that’s what is really enjoyable – the little stories that surround these notable graves. It’s clear that Tui Snider did some painstaking research to separate the facts from the myths.

At the end of each chapter, the author includes the physical address of the cemetery discussed in the chapter. I considered this to be especially thoughtful of the author. In addition to sharing her thoughts with us in her words, the author makes it easy for us to retrace her steps, if we were so inclined.

I would also like to note that this is not a horror book, nor is it in any way scary. It will not haunt your dreams, if you’re worried of such things. For the subject matter at hand, I think Tui Snider did a wonderful job of presenting it.

My only criticism of this book is that I think it could have used something after the last chapter to sum things up. There was an Introduction to inform the reader of how the book was constructed, but after the last chapter it just stopped. The author includes a chapter on For further reading, but I just felt that some sort of “conclusion” would have been useful.

Six Feet Under Texas is a quick read – only 250 pages. It also includes at least one photo of each grave mentioned, most if not all taken by the author. The photos are in color and in focus. (Thank you, Tui!)

I recommend this book to anyone living in Texas. It would be a worthy addition to any proper collection of Texas books.

I received a free copy of this book from Lone Star Book Blog Tours in exchange for my honest review.

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About
the Author

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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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One thought on “Six Feet Under Texas

  1. excellent review! and based on everything I’ve read by this author, I’ll bet “delightful” is exactly the right word to use. She makes even the macabre fun. Thanks for the post!

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