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August 04, 2013
A friend recommended "Goodbye to a River" as one of the best books he'd ever read. After reading it, I quit my job and embarked on a journey up to Glen Rose in hopes of traversing the Brazos myself, finding along the way some of the most beautiful points of scenery and sweetest country folk I'd ever come across. After talking to one shopkeeper about my quest, she invited me to a meeting of the Friends of the Brazos River. There, I met her husband who was more than happy to have me hop in their canoe and float down the Brazos with them. What a magical experience, one I'll never, ever forget. Thank you, John Graves, for reminding us that we each have a part in preserving the natural beauty of Texas. Yours In Conservation and Stewardship,
August 04, 2013
After reading Goodbye to a River, I went out and bought everything John Graves had had published. I refer to them regularly today. We mourn the passing of of a true giant...the world is poorer
August 02, 2013
Growing up I didn't know the importance of your great Texas writer & amazing husband & father. But, I should have known that the father of 2 amazing girls and the husband to one amazing Jane, was special. Later in adulthood, I have come to read & treasure our John Graves books as some of the most important in our Texana collection. More importantly, I know my mom & dad were also so blessed by your rich friendship. From our family to yours, deep sadness for your loss, and thankful hearts for having been blessed by each of you.

On behalf of the Goss family
August 02, 2013
May God Bless the family and carry you through these hard times. I will always rember how much my Great Grandparents loved being your neighbors. I will also never forget you coming to our rescue late one night when my dad and husband were out of town and we got spooked. God bless you all.
August 02, 2013
May the love of friends and family carry you through your grief.
August 02, 2013
I bought my 1st edition copy sighed copy at the old Barber's Book store in Fort Worth in 1960 a wonderful blend of nature and history. Mike Thomson
August 01, 2013
I just happened to be reading Hard scrabble when I saw the article in the newspaper about John's passing. I never met the man, but, I had an close acquaintance with him through his work, and I will be forever grateful that I did.
August 01, 2013
Goodbye to a River can stand with any of the world's classic personal reflections. If in no other way, Graves achieved literary immortality in that book. But he didn't suffer from cosmic pretensions, happy to be a free man who stayed close to his origins and found them wondrous. Texas gets lots of bad press these days. John Graves is an authentic Texan we can be proud of, a model for a generation that needs to learn the importance of place and moment. I thank God for his life and his writings. I'll hand my signed copies of the River Trilogy down to my grandchildren.
August 01, 2013
Please accept my sincere condolences at this time. Even though there are tears today, God promises a beautiful tomorrow. (1 Corinthians 2:9)
August 01, 2013
The readers in our family will always remember him as a true Texas legend. Our condolences to his family.

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