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Seldom Heard

Ranchers, Ranchos & Rumors of the South Texas Brush Country

Edited by Cynthia Black
Published by Beyond Words
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Seldom Heard is a collection of stories from modern cattlemen (all characters) who have shared vignettes about their ancestors, ranches and their lives on the range. Includes 26 easy to read essays of Southern Texas ranches, many of which date back 100 years in the same family. Includes two of the biggest ranches in Texas –East Family Ranches, and Killam Family Ranches.

To go ranch hopping through the great ranches of South Texas is an experience worth having. Dian Malouf knows the old-timers who inhabit them. Her book—Seldom Heard—is an easy read through 26 essays of ranches, many of which date back 100 years in the same family. Some of these vast spreads top 360,000 acres.

Don’t miss this book of authentic people who restore your faith in a world overrun by television facelifts and trivial pursuit of rock stars.

These rancher’s idiosyncrasies are abundant and amusing, and Dian reveals them with surprise and humor. This is a Texas that may be devoured by urban society in the next 25 years, so meet them while you can. The likes of this authentic and stubborn society of individuals is worth knowing before they leave us.

About The Authors

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Dian Malouf’s heart has only one other love next to her husband and children. That love is for the brush country. The “real” South Texas. To her, this dusty land means retracing roots. It means passing duty and tough responsibility for a better future from one ranch-weathered eye to the next generation. It mans fifteen years and 40,000 miles of her life spent interviewing, recording, appreciating, and passionately writing about ranching families in hopes others can sit down, read their story, and step for one moment into a sometimes mythical, sometimes painful pair of well-worn ranch boots. If she can give readers a taste of her passion for mesquite trees, sacred family stories, and a rare lifestyle being played on the stage of “God’s country,” she has fulfilled her purpose.

Dian Leatherberry Malouf is a jewelry designer whose work is carried in over 250 stores across the United States. Her first book, Cattle Kings of Texas, sold over 10,000 copies. Dian grew up in Hebbronville, Texas, the heart of the South Texas brush country. She resides in Dallas, Texas.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Beyond Words (June 25, 2013)
  • Length: 176 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781582701301

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Dian L. Malouf is a gifted storyteller who recognizes a good tale when she hears one! She has collected stories from modern cattlemen—characters all—who have shared vignettes about their ancestors, their ranches, and their own lives on the 'range.'

– Lady Bird Johnson

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