BEN WHEELER — Writer and journalist P.A. Geddie’s new book Upper East Side of Texas: Small Towns & Cultural Districts releases this week through Speckled Crow Media. Filled with 300 photographs of sites, scenes, and local artwork of the region, she writes about the beauty and simplicity that makes the area meaningful for residents and visitors alike.
The book is organized in two sections, both covering the history, culture, and nature that converge to create the vibe that is unique to the region. The first chapters highlight 30 towns, starting with the oldest in Texas, Nacogdoches, and ending with Jacksonville and Love’s Lookout. It also features designated cultural districts in Tyler, Longview, and Terrell. Each town’s personality is reflected in short descriptions and colorful photographs.
In section two the book meanders along backroads from one main street to the next highlighting fun and interesting things to see and do through the 34 rural counties in the 75 zip code of Texas.
Upper East Side of Texas: Small Towns and Cultural Districts is available in the region’s visitor centers, bookstores, and gift shops and online in hardcover and eBook formats through Amazon. To learn more, visit www.SpeckledCrow.com.
Geddie was in the journalism and public relations industries before moving to Northeast Texas. She has written and designed several biographical and small travel books and started County Line Magazine in 2000. Exploring the expansive region and the humans at its heart led her to write the book.
Book cover excerpt:
Explore the small towns and cultural districts of the Upper East Side of Texas. Find rich history, breathtaking scenery, fresh farm-to-table experiences, and an abundance of artistic and cultural interests. Experience wide-open spaces and instant relaxation while meandering through the backroads from one main street to the next. Standing at the center of any of the communities gives an immediate sense of the beauty that happens when the reverence of the historical past, the welcoming of contemporary culture, and a partnership with nature converge. That good vibration is the underlying current of the entire Upper East Side of Texas.