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+ Page 2C COMMUNITY Hays Free Press January 13, 2016 Check It Out Continued from pg. 1C ADULT AND TEEN BOOKS Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, 52 checkouts Gray Mountain by John Grisham, 24 checkouts Betrayed by Lisa Scottoline, 22 checkouts Trust No One by ]ayne Ann Krentz, 22 checkouts Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult, 21 checkouts Paper Towns by John Green, 19 checkouts Trauma by Michael Palmer, 19 checkouts Blueprints by Barbara Delinsky, 18 checkouts Insurgent byVeronica Roth, 18 checkouts ADULT AUDIO BOOKS The Stranger by Harlan Coben, 17 checkouts Private India by James Patterson, 17 checkouts Crash and Burn by Lisa Gardner, 14 checkouts The Burning Room by Michael Connelly, 14 checkouts Cold Cold Heart by Tami Hoag, 13 checkouts 14th Deadly Sin by James Patterson, 13 checkouts Burn by James Patterson, 13 checkouts TEEN AUDIO BOOKS The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, 6 checkouts The Maze Runner by James Dashner, 6 checkouts The Scorch Trials by James Dashner, 6 checkouts The Giver by Lois Lowry, 5 checkouts Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, 5 checkouts The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan, 5 checkouts Connect with great reading and listening at the Buda Public Library! Texas History Continued from pg. 1C Kyle Depot Continued from pg. 1C restoring the interior of the structure to its original state. Kyle added a budget amendment of $9,500 to the third phase for lighting that was rep- resentative of the original depot. "The City of Kyle has been wonderful," John- son said. "Everything has been great." Readying the facility for its soft opening has been the Hays County Historical Commission (HCHC), which Johnson said took over the Depot Board from the city in 2015. According to Johnson, who is also the presi- dent of the HCHC, the move was done due to the commission hav- ing "more experience in the Kyle Depot Board." Johnson said while many people on the Train Depot board worked hard on the project, none of them had "museum experience." "We realized we need- ed more expertise when it comes to a museum," The Kyle Train Depot and Museum's soft opening will be held a book signing from local author Betty Harrison. HAYS FREE PRESS FILE PHOTO on Jan. 23 in conjunction with Johnson said. She added members are taking over Johnson lauded the that the retired volun- the part," Johnson said. work of the depot board teers on the HCHC could Once the facility is and the work done by have "more time than open, visitors will be able many of the volunteers the people on the Depot to view the train depot in who have helped get the board." its original state. In ad- project rolling. Johnson said once the dition, the museum will ".This has been amaz- depot is finished and show a documentary that ing," Johnson said. "The open, the facility could was supported by the receptiveness of the then return to the city of HCHC on the beginningspeople of Kyle and the Kyle. of Kyle. Johnson said the time and the money do- "We're thrilled that the documentary would run nated to get the project historical commission continuously, finished." + to Perry's bad behavior and poor grades, the sur- rogate father packed him off to Allen Academy in Bryan, where he shaped up and finished high school. After attending South- western University, Pur- due and the University of Houston, Per- ry quit college altogether and spent six months sell- ing shoes and lampshades in Chicago. Deciding to see the world, he worked his way across the Atlantic aboard a freighter but was caught without a passport in France and deported to the United States. Perry sweet-talked his uncle into giving him some travel- ing money and returned to Europe. Half a year in Spain, France and Algeria satisfied his wanderlust and rekindled his interest in writing. In 1931 Perry came back to the Lone Star State and married Claire Hodges, a coed he met at Southwestern. The newlyweds moved into the family home with his grandmother and struggled to survive on $100 a month from the groom's inheritance. Over the next six years, the aspiring author produced six novels and more than 50 short sto- ries, all with rural Texas settings, but never got so much as a nibble from publishing houses and national magazines. Perry surely would have given up without the steadfast support and encouragement of his self-sacrificing soul mate. Claire not only translated his scrawl into neatly typed manuscripts and corrected his gram- mar but also stood up to her husband's dictatorial granny, something his own mother had never done. His big break came at last in 1937. The Saturday Evening Post finally ac- cepted one of Perry's sub- missions and, Doubleday bought his first novel, Walls Rise Up, the comic tale of three Brazos River vagrants. Within two years, he sold a dozen more short stories and went to Hollywood to work on a movie script. Hold Autumn in Your Hand, generally considered the best depiction of agrarian life in Texas, was published in 1941. The critically acclaimed book won the Texas Institute of Letters award and the National Book Award for the 31 year old novelist and inspired the 1945 motion picture "The Southerner" starring native Texan Zachary Scott. Perry felt humili- ated by his rejection for military service in World War II due to a stiff elbow suffered in a fall from a horse. Determined to do his patriotic part, he went overseas as a "The best civilian war cor- respondent and thing I can covered the Al- do in this lied landings on Sicily in 1943. depressed Perry was so traumatized state," George by the hor- Sessions rors of combat that he could Perry told never again bring himself a visitor, to write fiction. either jump Light-hearted yarns about the into the river colorful folk of the Texas coun- and swim to tryside seemed sacrilegious the north poleafterwhathe or run into had seen. Perry stayed the woods busy, however, knocking out until I drop." 57 magazine pieces, most for the Saturday Evening Post and its sister periodical the Country Gentleman, between 1945 and 1950. Twenty-four of those articles were for The Post's popular "Cities of America series, an ironic assignment for someone who openly despised urban life. In the early 1950% Perry's output dropped to six or seven articles a year. His sole book- length project was the 75th anniversary history of Texas A&M. Arthritis of the spine made writing more and more difficult. For years, Perry had put off seeing a doctor for the crippling condition, preferring instead to medicate himself with whiskey, and by 1954 he was an alcoholic wreck haunted by voices and hallucinations. Shortly before the tormented Texan disappeared in December 1956, the friend who would identify his body two months later dropped by the author's Connecticut home. "The best thing I can do in this depressed state," George Sessions Perry told the visitor, "is either jump into the river and swim to the north pole or run into the woods until I drop." The 45 year old basket- case must have tried to do the former because it was in the river that flowed past his home that searchers finally found his remains. Get the inside story on Mexia, Roaring Ranger, Desdemona and Bloody Borger in "Texas Boomtowns: A History of Blood and Oil." Order your autographed copy with a check for $28.80 to Bartee Haile, PO. Box 152, Friendswood, TX 77549 or on-line at barteehaile. com. 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