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Bless Your Heart: Guide Offers Tips on How to be a Texan

Native Houstonian and Texas Monthly online editor Andrea Valdez has written the forthcoming book How To Be a Texan: The Manual. It’s a not-so-serious guide to the things we do and say in the Lone Star state. It stemmed from 40-plus columns she’d written about what it means to be a Texan. The book includes things such […]

How to Be a Texan Book CoverNative Houstonian and Texas Monthly online editor Andrea Valdez has written the forthcoming book How To Be a Texan: The Manual.

It’s a not-so-serious guide to the things we do and say in the Lone Star state. It stemmed from 40-plus columns she’d written about what it means to be a Texan.

The book includes things such as explanations of phraseology. For example: a true Texan would be pretty cattywampus if he or she didn’t like Dr Pepper. There’s also a dress code for Texans. And there’s help with the pronunciation of things like Houston’s Kuykendahl Rd.

Maggie Martin talks with Valdez about the guide. Bless her heart.

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