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Oil People


OIL PEOPLE is 32-page, award-winning book about the earth’s geology and the scientific processes used to explore, drill, develop and produce sources of American Energy.

Now Available in eBook on Kindle! 


Book Wins Major Award

The 2012 Distinguished Service Award by the Desk and Derrick Association was presented to Natalie Bright for her book OIL PEOPLE at the international conference in Oklahoma City. This award recognizes outstanding service for contributions through public relations and education which widely benefits the petroleum, energy, or allied industries.

OIL PEOPLE by Natalie Bright

 Retail $12.95 ISBN 978-0-615-35949-6, hard-cover with library binding

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OIL PEOPLE can be found at the select retail outlets listed below.

Special discounts for retail, bulk orders, and classrooms. Contact the author for details.


Ocean Star Rig Museum in Galveston says: “In “Oil People”, Natalie Bright describes the processes involved in refining crude oil and identifies the workers; putting faces to the people and families who are crucial to the industry. Written for upper middle grade level comprehension; the book offers opportunities to connect with the subject areas of geography, history and science as well as the exploration of themes including energy, fossil fuels, industrial age, crude oil refining and petrochemicals. It contains a complete glossary and lots of full color photographs.”

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Book signing, San Angelo Country Club.

OIL PEOPLE is a short, precise history of the past and present of America’s oil industry. I like the title “Oil People” as it puts humanity right in the middle of this huge business. Besides talking about the people, the book also discusses all aspects of the oil business from products and environment to geology and safety. I believe it is a great tool for educators who teach social studies, history and science.” Millie, Museum Educator, Texas

Bright’s OIL PEOPLE is an interesting study of the historical development of oil, the people involved in its industry, the many uses it offers the world, and discussion of the ecological challenges we face regarding that usage. Illustrated with examples and definitions that will appeal to both youthful and older oil explorers, this popular science selection works well, with a good variety of well presented materials. Simple and effective. For fourth grade readers and up. -DeWanna Pace, Author and Elementary Librarian (dewannapaceonline)

Although written as a middle grade reader, this book is a must read for everyone. Mrs. Bright skillfully covers a hundred and fifty years of crude oil. She touches on everything from the petroleum geologist who knows where to drill to the crew and job site. She covers the early ages of petroleum, as well as the future. I was amazed at the number of petroleum-based products we use every day. USA Today and New York Times Besteselling author, Phyliss Miranda

Autographing copies of OIL PEOPLE at the Industry Appreciation dinner in Roswell, New Mexico

Autographing copies of OIL PEOPLE at the Industry Appreciation dinner in Roswell, New Mexico


OIL PEOPLE can be found at the following select retail outlets, or on Amazon.

Buffalo Bookstore, Canyon, Texas

Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum Gift Shop in Canyon, Texas

Texas Energy Museum Gift Shop, Beaumont, Texas

Permian Basin Petroleum Museum Store in Midland, Texas

The Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, Farmington, New Mexico
E3 Children’s Museum and Science Center, Farmington, New Mexico

Palo Duro State Park Gift Shop and Visitors Center

The Drake Well Museum in Titusville, Pennsylvania

Arkansas Museum of Natual Resources in Smackover, Arkansas

Ocean Star Offshore Drilling Rig Museum Gift Shop in Galveston, Texas

Industry Appreciation Roswell, New Mexico.