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Rounding Up the West 2010

In spite of what the critics say (that westerns are dead) good stories are still being published every year. Here are some titles published in 2010 worth putting in your saddlebag. You'll find some familiar names as well as some new ones on the list. They run the gamut from straight-up westerns to historical romances to tales of the modern west. This is not a comprehensive selection, but it's a good place to start. You can take what you like and leave the rest.

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Christmas With a Western Flavor

If you love Christmas like most of us do, but prefer a little western flavoring, here are some titles that might help you get into the spirit of the season.

Where the Wild West Still Lives On

They may not riding horses and they may not be fighting indians, but the job of the men and women of the United States Border Patrol seems mighty close that of the peacekeepers of the Old West. From drug dealers and terrorists to illegal immigrants, the Border Patrol gets it all. In Desert Duty: on the line with the U. S. border patrol, we get a candid in-your-face look at what it takes to be a part of this unique team. The authors, Bill Broyles and Mark Haynes call this duty a 'hero job', and once you read what these people have to deal with, you'll understand why.

Love, Love on the Range

I recently discovered and interesting fact: the romance genre is currently outselling all other genres in the fiction market. More specifically. an estimated $1.358 billion in sales in 2010. What does this have to do with westerns? A lot actually. Historical romances are a vital part of the romance realm and many of these are set in the west, both the old west and its modern incarnation. So, if you like your romances with a western flavor or you like your westerns with a dash of romance, check out some of our new titles.

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Audrey and the Maverick / Elaine Levine

A novel of the American West, a proud rancher and a determined young woman are drawn together in the lawless town of Defiance.

The Colorful Sheriffs of Texas

According to Wikipedia the term 'sheriff' goes alll the way back to Anglo-Saxon England. We're talking about the days of King Arthur and Robin Hood here. Of course, the notorious Sheriff of Nottingham comes immediately to mind. Over the years the function of the office hasn't changed all that much. The sheriff is still the official responsible for keeping the peace within a county jurisdiction. Which brings us to Texas. While I hesitate to call Texas sheriffs notorious, (rather unpatriotic you know) I will definitely call them colorful. Their contibutions to Texas history may not be as well known as those of the Texas Rangers, but within their stomping grounds the stories often still live on. If you are into history, some of the titles below may catch your fancy.

Texas Rangers - the hard way

The romance and folklore of the Texas frontier is all well and good and plenty has been written in that vein. Sometimes, though, you just want the facts. If you find yourself curious to know the real story of the legendary Texas Rangers beyond the Hollywood versions such as Walker, Texas Ranger, check out these titles in our catalog. Once in awhile the truth really is better than fiction.

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Mining the Inspirational Western

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A Strange Truth About Indian Captivity Narratives

It is a well known truism that truth is often stranger than fiction. This holds true in the literature of the west as well. Among the many interesting narratives and eye witness acounts of American frontier life are a number of accounts of Indian captivity. A few of these are pretty famous, like the story of Cynthia Ann Parker (and her son Quanah). But there are many others that are less well known, but no less interesting. One of the things that fascinates me about these narratives is how often the white captives became "indianized" (in spite of their often brutal treatment) and grieved when they were rescued and returned to civilization. Some never fully made the transition back into normal society. Here are a few titles in our catalog you might find interesting also.

Crossing the Genre Frontier

Back When Westerns Were Still Fun

I was among the first generation of television kids and I remember with fondness watching those early westerns like Roy Rogers & Dale Evans, The Lone Ranger, Hopalong Cassidy, Gunsmoke, and others. But even before television the western was alive and well on radio. Many of the shows we watched and loved were orignally radio programs, and very popular ones at that, which is why they were transitioned to the new (at that time) t.v. format.

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