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On the Shelf: The Girl Who Chased the Moon

I love happening upon a first-time-published author who has written a truly wonderful book. I love it even more when that author proves she can go the distance with a second and then a third book.

The West According to Willie

No doubt about it, Willie Nelson is a household name. And deservedly so. He has recorded about a gazillion hit songs over the pasrt forty years.

National Poetry Month

There was a time – many, many years ago, before radio and television – that people found entertainment through reading. Not just silently to themselves, but aloud, for everyone. And not just popular novels of the day. People were hungry for education as well as entertainment. They also read the newspaper – and poetry. Almost everyone remembers learning some poems in school, and many of us probably have favorites that we can recite. Poems that touched us in a way that made us want to remember that moment, so we learned them by heart. Poems that were, in fact, made to be read aloud.

Bards of the West

April is (among other things) National Poetry Month. And I am glad to say that cowboys and poetry have a long association together. Cowboys have often been known to carry books in their saddlebags and more than a few have tried their hand at writing, in both prose and poetry. Long before the phenomenon of Country Music there were cowboys experiementing with the craft of versification. If you would like to read some of the cowboy poetry that has been and is still being written today, check out some of these titles from our catalog.

From Westerns About Women to Westerns By Women

If you're the kind of reader who thinks westerns are only written by men for men, then my guess is, you haven't browsed the western section lately. In my last post I highlighted some westerns about women. Now, here are some titles in the genre written by women.  I think they deserve to be more widely known.

    

Some Rodeo Fiction for Grownups

Since the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo is now in progress (and running through the 21st), this seems like a good time to highlight some good rodeo related fiction. Perhaps not strickly 'westerns' in the traditional sense, they still feature cowboys (and cowgirls), horses, cattle and other livestock we all associate with the west. Enjoy!

BLACK HISTORY MONTH – WESTERN STYLE

The African-American contributions to the settlement of the western frontier is a matter of record. But for the purposes of Black History Month, following that trail of facts can be a dry and dusty endeavor. Sometimes you just need a good story. Finding good western fiction that features African-American protagonists can help slake that thirst. Here is a list of titles that may help stimulate interest beyond those February assignments.

On the Shelf: Committed

I had the most interesting, entertaining company in the car with me the past couple of weeks – the CD of Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book, Committed, read by the author. I’m a big fan of Eat, Pray, Love. I read the book, and I also listened to the CD – twice – because I love Gilbert’s voice. I’d felt as if I’d had a good friend sitting beside me, sharing her secret wants and needs, her sadness and her joy.

Dick Francis RIP 1920-2010

Dick FrancisMystery author Dick Francis died Sunday at age 89.  Francis began his life as a successful horse jockey, where he won over 350 races.  After retiring from racing, he took up writing and authored 42 bestsellers, which were set in the world of horse racing.

Bloopers Western Style

I don't normally associate the word 'cute' with westerns. However, after reading Bill Pronzini’s The Last Days of Horse-Shy Halloran, I can't think of a word more appropriate. Horse-Shy Halloran is a wanna-be road agent who hopes to get his hands on an upcoming gold shipment worth millions.

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