“Big, Hot, Cheap and Right” highlights Texas’ good points

Posted Sunday, May. 05, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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More information Big, Hot, Cheap and Right by Erica Grieder PublicAffairs, $26.99

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Texan Erica Grieder, a senior editor at Texas Monthly, sets out to strike down the clichés, stereotypes and caricatures of her home state in Big, Hot, Cheap and Right: What America Can Learn From the Strange Genius of Texas. She uses a journalist’s objective eye to offer a primer on the Lone Star State, from its larger-than-life beginnings to what’s right with it today: strong economy, job creator extraordinaire, forward-thinking energy policies (it’s not all about the oil), an immigration policy that doesn’t alienate Latino voters, and population growth (“If it’s so bad, why do people keep moving here?” Grieder asks in the press materials).

The 304-page book is broken into 14 chapters, including “Democratic Texas,” “The Rise of the Right” and “Texas and the United States.” Is Texas America’s future? “That would be a dream come true!” Grieder says in the press materials. “If we’re talking about demographics, Texas today looks like the United States of the future. It’s also true that Texas is taking an early swing at some of the issues that the United States is going to deal with going forward ...”

— Celeste Williams

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