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Bust and boom, drought and flood, gushers and sandstorms: not much about West Texas isn't extreme. Bryan Mealer has written his own family's saga from his great-grandfather to present day, and given us a regional history of West Texas to boot. These are diasporas of desperation, bungee tethered to oil town Big Spring, as cotton and cattle die, and oil wells and reservoirs run dry. The prayers of their Pentecostal congregations can't stop their ranches from going seven years without rain. Bob Wills's Western swing band makes an extended appearance, as does an unforgettable wildcatter amalgam of James Dean's Jett Rink and "Dallas's" Cliff Barnes. But you'll keep reading most for the family members, like sixteen year old Homer, who drives a cattle trailer solo from Texas to the L.A. stockyards and back.