Book Genre: Western

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Charmaine Ortega Getz
Porscha
4

I was happy to stumble on this book in our collection. It covers a lot of insider’s information of interesting and eccentric locations and history in Colorado. It also explains a few things I always wondered about and even a few I hadn’t heard of yet. Two interesting sites I hadn’t heard about...

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Charles Santino
lisab
4

This graphic novel by Louis L’Amour and adapted by Charles Santino is a great introduction to the genre of westerns. This novel is a good old-fashioned tale about the law of the land, human nature and range war. While it is a quick read, those who like westerns will still enjoy this story. Great...

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Nate Cosby
Tara
2

With an artistic style reminiscent of Calvin and Hobbes, Cow Boy was not what I expected. His hobby horse/shotgun took me awhile to get accustomed to. This pint-sized bounty hunter is on the hunt to bring his...

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Loren D Estleman
Laurie.
3

What attracted me to this read was the disparate lives of two legends. I like rough and tumble Westerns full of lawlessness and bleak realities of frontier life. This book, however, is an easier, softer read about Judge Roy Bean and his adoration for actress Lillie Langtry. Judge Bean's life is...

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Louis L'Amour
Lauren
2

Louis L'Amour is probably the most prolific writer of Westerns who ever lived, weighing in at 89 novels, 14 short-story collections, and 2 nonfiction works. His short story "The Gift of Cochise" was made into Hondo—a film starring John Wayne—which L'Amour then novelized as...

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Philipp Meyer
Brett
5

This epic Western relates the violent history of Texas through the story of one powerful family. That story begins when 13-year-old Eli McCullough is captured by the Comanche in 1849 and traces his survivor’s spirit of resilience and ruthlessness through his progeny over the next 160 years, told...

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Nate Cosby
Kristi
1

10 year old Nate is a bounty hunter in the old west. It seems his targets are members of his own family who he wants to bring to justice for his own ill treatment at their hands. Boyd will stop at nothing to get his man, including using violence and shooting people with his gun shaped like a...

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Walter Dean Myers
Regina Renee
3

The Righteous Revenge of Artemis Bonner is one of the funniest novels for older children that I have read in a while. Fifteen-year-old Artemis Bonner sets out from New York City to *avenge the murder of his Uncle Ugly Ned Bonner and to find the gold mine he sketched from memory as he...

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Thomas Berger
Lily
5

Little Big Man is an epic Western narrated by the subtlety humorous 111 year old Jack Crabb. His strange life is depicted in this long and winding tale that begins with Crabb as a 10 year old living with the Cheyenne tribe. He goes on to recollect his intimate involvement in all aspects...

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Louis L'Amour
Charles
3

Having never read a Western novel before and only having John Wayne movies to influence my opinion of the genre, I was a bit skeptical as to whether or not I would like The Ferguson Rifle by Louis L’Amour.  The book is set shortly after the Lewis and Clark expedition that explored...

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Cormac McCarthy
Zac
5

Blood Meridian is an absolutely epic novel depicting the violence and depravity that accompanied America’s westward expansion. It brilliantly combines the conventions that make up the traditional Western novel and the mythology of the "wild west". In fact, literary critic Harold Bloom...

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Caroline Lawrence
Cori Jackamore
2

If I were a young boy, this would probably be a fun, rollicking tale of life in the wild, Wild West—full of gun slinging, disguises, broken promises, misplaced trust, false mining claims and some well-known characters like Sam Clemens and Robert Pinkerton. But, alas, I’m an adult disappointed by...

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Kirby Larson
KateM
3

I picked up Hattie Big Sky because I am not a huge fan of westerns and I thought I would try easing into the genre with a Young Adult novel. Hattie Big Sky could be called a more grown up version of Little House on the Prairie. Orphaned at a young age, Hattie Brooks has been shuttled between...

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Pam Houston
Em
4

I first picked up this collection of short stories when I was in college, after reading “How to Talk to a Hunter” in one of my creative writing classes and thinking it was clever. I wasn’t super excited to read what seemed to me to be just “relationship stories,” so I put it down. I dove back...

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Louis L'Amour
seanamo
3

In the "About the Author" blurb, L'Amour is quoted as wanting to be remembered as a storyteller, sitting around the campfire weaving his tales. If The Sackett Brand is any indicator, L'Amour is indeed a good storyteller.

Tell Sackett and his wife, Ange, have traveled to Arizona to set up...

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Philipp Meyer
Jennifer
5

I do not give five stars lightly, but I'd rank this book up there with Larry Mc Murtry's Lonesome Dove. Let me start off by saying that I made an initial attempt to read the print book without much success. The first few pages...

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Jan Thomas
Colleen
4

I love Jan Thomas' picture books: filled with repetition, primary colors and only a few words per page, they are great for the beginning reader--and their caregiver. Especially if you want to giggle! In Let's Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy, Thomas shows us it is okay to be afraid of the...

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Charles Portis
Michael
5

True Grit by Charles Portis, first published in 1968, is the perfect starting block from which to begin an exploration into the Western genre. Having been adapted into two films (1969 starring John Wayne, and 2010 by Joel and Ethan Coen), the book is worth reading regardless of...

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Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
April
4

Eight-year-old Emily lives with her mother and her mother’s employer, Mrs. Nash.  As Mrs. Nash is very particular about children, Emily grows up extremely sheltered, without going to school or making any friends aside from Rufus, her pet turtle.  And then the unthinkable happens: both...

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Charles Portis
Manon
3

I generally don't read Westerns, but I had heard that True Grit is well-written and funny.  It was exciting, and the characters were likeable and entertaining.  The book begins when Mattie Ross sets off to square her father's account in Fort Smith, Arkansas, after he...

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Louis L'Amour
Shanna
3

The new stagecoach stationmaster on the Cherokee trail knows how to care for livestock, command respect, and work a weapon.  Her name is Mary Breydon, and she came all the way from the east coast to take the position as stationmaster, in her dead husband's place.  Folks aren't...

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Helen Ketteman
Mary P
4

I love reading a good tall tale about why things are the way they are today. This story was a pleasant addition to the repertoire of tales that I've encountered, and it is one that I'm looking forward to sharing with children in storytime!

In the Wild West, armadillos, rattlesnakes,...

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John (John Edward) Williams
Jennifer B.
4

A literary western, Butcher's Crossing tells the story of Harvard dropout Will Andrews, who heads west to "see as much of the country as [he] can" after being inspired by a lecture by Ralph Waldo Emerson.  Will finds himself in Butcher's Crossing, Kansas, where he hooks up with a...

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Frances M Wood
Hope H
4

The last place Illinois-born Molly Gerry wants to be is Raton, New Mexico, but when her father finally dies of a long illness her older sister, Colleen, sees few options other than to lie about Molly's age and get them both jobs as waitresses on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe rail line....

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Craig Johnson
ShellyB
4

The strong sense of place in this book's Wyoming setting reminds me of Tony Hillerman's mystery series set on the Navajo reservation in the Four Corners area - both bring the landscape to life and make me feel I am actually there with the characters, really seeing what they are seeing and...