Texas Blood: Seven Generations Among the Outlaws, Ranchers, Indians, Missionaries, Soldiers, and Smugglers of the Borderlands

Posted in Commentary by Roger D. Hodge on September 10, 2017

Praise for Texas Blood

Posted in Commentary by Roger D. Hodge on September 10, 2017

“Heartbreaking and mesmerizing… Hodge combines a journalist’s eye with a native son’s love to give readers clear insight into southwestern Texas’s past, present, and future.” —Publishers Weekly

“In Texas Blood, Roger Hodge takes the reader on journeys through intricate maps of the past and present, through politics and luck and greed and death, but always returning to the beautiful, unforgiving land of his heritage.” —Susan Straight, author of Highwire Moon

“Imagine finding out that the land where Cormac McCarthy set one of his most brutal novels was your family’s ranch . . . I’ve read loads of books about Texas but rarely encountered one so deeply of it, so deep the story escapes and becomes a treatise on the twisted American past, and the force exerted by that on our complex present.” —John Jeremiah Sullivan, author of Pulphead

“A fusion of historical narrative, memoir, exposé, and lament, Texas Blood is a rigorously-researched, compassionate examination of one of our country’s most polarizing states. Hodge casts an unflinching eye on the violence of the borderlands, yet does so with the tender lyricism and spiritual acumen of the best Cormac McCarthy. He deftly traverses the panoply of his home state’s shifting histories and landscapes while never losing sight of the individual: a suppliant walking barefoot, a child’s forgotten grave, the murdered body of a family friend. Texas Blood is a timely, important work: in grappling with Texas, Roger Hodge is holding America’s own deeply-troubled feet to the fire.” —Jamie Quatro, author of I Want to Show You More

“Hypnotically written, deeply researched, profoundly elegiac—the adverbs pile up, and with good reason. Roger D. Hodge has written a wonderful book about our most vexed and peculiarly American state, with an eye for detail and anecdote that’s as loving as it is merciless.” —Tom Bissell, author of Apostle

“A thoughtful portrait of a hard and beautiful place: part ethnography, part literary criticism, part family and regional history, always personal… Sincere, accurate, and open-minded, sometimes intimate, this book qualifies as a true primary source. After the present of Texas Blood has become past, Hodge’s observations and summations will still be well worth reading.” –William T. Vollmann, author of The Dying Grass

Texas Blood blends the personal and the historical to create a vivid portrait of a place unable to transcend its violent past. Roger D. Hodge is a very gifted writer, and he tells his story with the energy of a perfectly paced novel.” —Ron Rash, author of Serena

“Roger Hodge has crafted a masterful alloy of memoir and reportage, of social criticism and regional history. Texas Blood is an unforgettable foray into our most mysterious, violent, myth-soaked state, a portrait of enormous talent and skill that reveals precisely what America is.” —William Giraldi, author of Hold the Dark

The Writing on the Wall

Posted in Essays, Photos by Roger D. Hodge on June 20, 2012

New piece in the July Texas Monthly,The Writing on the Wall,” about climate change, drought, and the rock art of the Lower Pecos river. See for more photographs.

Into the Silence

Posted in Essays, Links by Roger D. Hodge on April 19, 2012

Halo Shelter

Posted in Photos by Roger D. Hodge on April 4, 2012


Posted in Essays, Links by Roger D. Hodge on December 22, 2011

Ten Guns, Ten Horses, Ten Wives

Posted in Essays, Links by Roger D. Hodge on December 7, 2011

My essay on Empire of the Summer Moon: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanche Tribe, by S.C. Gwynne, appears in the December 15 issue of the London Review of Books.

Mt. Cristo Rey

Posted in Photos by Roger D. Hodge on October 31, 2011

A friend writes …

Posted in Photos by Roger D. Hodge on October 6, 2011

Round Two

Posted in Links by Roger D. Hodge on October 5, 2011
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