Ever wonder about the origin of the De Leon, Texas, Watermelon Festival? Perhaps its birth had something to do with the original discovery of Texas in 1521.
In The NTH Reader, the book that is nothing like your old history book, you'll find the answer to this query alongside many other witty twists Charles Chupp tells of Texas's tales from way back. He serves up a humorous history of the stories historians skipped by poking fun, telling tales, and gently restructuring the truth about the events that led to statehod and beyond.
Charles Chupp is the well-known author of the column "I Got No Reason to Lie" which is published in the De Leon Free Press and The Manor Messenger. He has written for newspapers and magazines including True West, Fort Worth Star Telegram, Lone Star Gazette, and Frontier Times. Mr. Chupp and his wife make their home in De Leon, Texas.