U.S. Air Force photo/Stephen Najjar

From Texas Standard.

One of the staples of elementary school library shelves across Texas is Hank the Cowdog – the dog who fancies himself the “head of ranch security” at the M-Cross Ranch in the Panhandle. Since 1983, Hank has solved mysteries, fended off coyotes, and pined for the affection of the ranch’s collie, Beulah.

Photo courtesy of David and Chelle Neff

From Texas Standard:

A new book makes the case that Austin continues to prevail as Texas’s weirdest city. Weird Home Tours founders David and Chelle Neff highlight Austin’s strangest homes and homeowners in their new book “Weird Homes: The People and Places That Keep Austin Strangely Wonderful.” The book, filled to the brim with colorful photos, takes you into the homes you thought only existed in dreams.

"Him" book cover
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From Texas Standard:

In the fall of 1888, Jack the Ripper wreaked havoc in the London community of Whitechapel. The killer targeted prostitutes. No one was ever prosecuted for these particularly gruesome crimes. A similar set of killings happened during the same era, right here in Texas.

In 1884 and 1885 in Austin, an unknown killer targeted maids. Several of them were African-American. The killer was tagged with the moniker, The Servant Girl Annihilator.

Dan Brooks is moving to Austin from Philadelphia next week. But before he got here, he wanted some reading material.

“I like to know as much as possible about where I am, what community I’m a part of, where I’m living," he said. "It’s important for me to have an idea of the space that I’m occupying, and books are generally one good way to learn about a place.”

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Listener Dan Brooks is looking for the best books about Austin (or Texas) for newcomers to the city. So we're asking you for your recommendations.