Westerns

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.

If You Liked Dances With Wolves or Avatar, You Might Like This.

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Buckskin Brigades by L. Ron Hubbard

A Rider On the Storm

Jason Manning, another of our Texas writers of western fiction, may not be a household name like Larry McMurtry, but he certainly deserves to be better known among western fans. With several series and numerous stand-alone novels under his belt, his work reflects a keen knowledge of the conflicts of the western frontier in the 19th century, as well as a thorough understanding of the motivations of human nature.

Passing Identity on the Western Trail

With his twin Colts, Danny Duggan earned himself a reputation as a dangerous gunman. Danielle Strange, however, just wants to settle down and make something of her Texas ranch. When trouble rides in to town and an old friend is killed, Danielle turns to Danny for help. But there is more to Danny than meets the eye. And just what is the secret of their relationship anyway? Together they set out to bring the roughnecks to justice. Along the way they will find some more surprises to challenge the very core of their bond.

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.

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