Rio Grande, edited by Jan Reid, U. of Texas Press, 337 pgs., 2004. The week before I sat down to read Rio Grande, a thick new anthology about the famed river edited by Texas scribe Jan Reid, a strange sight appeared on the actual Rio Grande outside the border town of Eagle Pass, Texas. A fiberglass statue of Jesus was discovered grounded on a sandbar in the river, drawing faithful visitors from both sides of the border to its river-stained robes. Admittedly, little connects the literature of the river and the religious relic that appeared there this fall -- except, …
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Dan Oko writes for Outside, Sierra, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and The Austin Chronicle.