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The Legend of Bass Reeves

I stumbled across this title quite by accident, and I’m mighty glad I did. I didn’t even know Gary Paulsen wrote stories about the West. And this is a story worth telling. The subtitle reads “being a true and fictional account of the most valiant marshal in the west.” So you’ll find this in the young adult fiction section of the library. 

Appaloosa: the Hollywood version

It's the interplay between Viggo Mortensen (Everitt Hitch) and Ed Harris (Virgil Cole) that makes the movie version or Robert Parker's novel work at all. And Jeremy Irons makes a pretty good bad guy.

Robert B. Parker Takes On the Wild West

Titus Welliver (of television’s Deadwood fame) does an excellent job of reading

On the Shelf: Penguin Lives

Biographies are not my first (second, third or fourth!) choice of reading material. It’s not that I have no interest in the lives interesting (often infamous) people have led throughout history. I simply don’t enjoy wading through the depth and breadth of information provided by most biographers.

ANOTHER NOTCH IN ELMORE LEONARD’S GUN

Complete Western Stories of Elmore LeonardThis past June the Western Writers of America presented the Owen Wister Award to Elmore Leonard for his contributions to the literature of the west.

Taboo breaking author passes away

As I was driving in, NPR announced that E. Lynn Harris, prominent African American author, had passed away. He was known for his ground breaking novels depicting black gay men, and he'll be missed by many. You may want to read his memoir, What Becomes of the Brokenhearted.

What Becomes of the Brokenhearted Just Too Good to Be True Just As I Am

Have Gun Will Travel: the Western Heard

I’m a lucky man. I was caught in rush hour traffic coming out of Houston yesterday afternoon, but what could have been a miserable and frustrating trip was actually quite pleasant. I had Louis L’Amour in the car with me. At least, I had a collection of some of his western short stories on CD. Within moments after turning on the player I was completely tra

On the shelf: Blue Plate Special

One of the things I enjoy most about working at the Kingwood Branch Library is finding a new-to-me book and author. One recent discovery was Blue Plate Special: A Novel of Love, Loss and Food by Frances Norris. I was drawn to the book by the cover art and the back-cover copy by Elinor Lipman, one of my favorite authors, and I was not disappointed.

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