Cecily Sailer

Freelance writer Cecily Sailer lives in Austin.

The Observer Review: Wildfire, by Mary Pauline Lowry

Mary Pauline Lowry’s two years battling wildfires in the American West fuel her debut novel, Wildfire, whose protagonist, Julie, joins an all-male wildland firefighting crew in Pike National Forest after flunking out of college. Read More

Hush Hush Book Cover

Book Review: Steven Barthelme’s Hush Hush

Steven Barthelme’s new short story collection opens with a whimsically tragic monologue delivered by Elliott, a 10-year-old trapped in a school for the gifted and sentenced to therapy after burning himself with a cigarette. Read More


Talking Texas with Gail Collins

In her new book, As Texas Goes… How the Lone Star State Hijacked the American Agenda, New York Times columnist Gail Collins examines the political influence of Texas on the nation. The Texas Observer interviewed Collins during her book tour … Read More


Lessons from the New Deal

Steven Fenberg’s Unprecedented Power: Jesse Jones, Capitalism, and the Common Good arrived on bookshelves late last year. It’s timing was apt, if accidental. National economic figures showed little change or promise, occupiers had colonized city parks decrying income inequality, and … Read More