Book Signing for Jan Reid and Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards”

What: Jan Reid Book Signing
The Book: Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards
When: March 2, 2-4 pm
Where: Lucky Dog Books, 633 West Davis Street. (Oak Cliff)

Meet the historic Texas writer, Jan Reid and buy his new book, Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards.

In Let the People In: The Life and Times of Ann Richards,  Jan Reid draws on his long friendship with Richards, interviews with her family and many of her closest associates, her unpublished correspondence with longtime companion Bud Shrake, and extensive research to tell a very personal, human story of Ann Richards’s remarkable rise to power as a liberal Democrat in a conservative Republican state. Reid traces the whole arc of Richards’s life, beginning with her youth in Waco, her marriage to attorney David Richards, her frustration and boredom with being a young housewife and mother in Dallas, and her shocking encounters with Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. He follows Richards to Austin and the wild 1970s scene and describes her painful but successful struggle against alcoholism. He tells the full, inside story of Richards’s rise from county office and the state treasurer’s office to the governorship, where she championed gun control, prison reform, environmental protection, and school finance reform, and he explains why she lost her reelection bid to George W. Bush, which evened his family’s score and launched him toward the presidency. Reid describes Richards’s final years as a world traveler, lobbyist, public speaker, and mentor and inspiration to office holders, including Hillary Clinton. His nuanced portrait reveals a complex woman who battled her own frailties and a good-old-boy establishment to claim a place on the national political stage and prove “what can happen in government if we simply open the doors and let the people in.”

Jan Reid is a contributing editor for Texas Monthly and author of many wonderful books about Texas subject matter–music to moguls, including  His work has also appeared in Esquire, GQ, Slate, and The New York Times, among other publications.

His many works of non-fiction include The Improbable Rise of Redneck Rock, Close Calls, The Bullet Meant for Me and Texas Tornado: The Times and Music of Doug Sahm, legendary Texas musician.


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