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A FIELD GUIDE TO THE BIRDS OF TEXAS (304 pp.) — Roger Tory Peferson —Houghton Mifflin, for the Texas Game and Fish Commission ($3).

A new bestseller is in the making. Without advertising, and despite a sales system that seems designed to discourage all but the most determined customers, the Texas Field Guide has sold more than 6,000 copies—more than some bestselling novels. The author: Roger Tory Peterson, 51, the U.S.'s top birdman, whose wrinkle-ringed blue eyes (no spectacles except for close work) can distinguish between a harlequin duck and a common scoter...

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