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Ox-Bow Incident, The
by Clark, Walter van Tilburg

9780812972580Walter Van Tilburg Clark; Wallace Stegner (Introduction by)The Ox-Bow IncidentSet in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally powerful, vivid, and unforgettable re-creation of the Western novel, which Clark transmuted into a universal story about good and evil, individual and community, justice and human nature. As Wallace Stegner writes, [Clark's] theme was civilization, and he recorded, indelibly, its first steps in a new country. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3505 .L376 O9 1972




Rounders, The
by Evans, Max

9780826349132Max EvansThe RoundersThe bawdy and moving story of two contemporary bronco busters, The Rounders , originally published in 1960, was Max Evans's first novel and is still his best known work, thanks largely to the success of the 1965 movie version starring Henry Fonda and Glenn Ford. Acclaimed for its realistic depiction of modern cowboying and for its humor, it is also a very serious work, described by the author as a tragicomedy. "It is a book to read if you are in need of a good laugh or if you are tired of reading cowboy novels where there are no cows and where the cowhands never stop waiting around the local saloon for a final showdown with the visiting Indians."-- San Francisco Chronicle "One of the funniest cowpoke yarns to come off the presses in many a fall roundup."-- Denver Post - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3555.V23 R68 1983
Publication Date:
2010







Big Sky
by Guthrie, A.B., Jr.

9780618154630046442154635A. B. Guthrie; A. B. GuthrieThe Big Sky A classic portrait of America's vast frontier that inspired the Western genre in fiction. Originally published more than fifty years ago, The Big Sky is the first of A. B. Guthrie Jr.'s epic adventure novels set in the American West. Here he introduces Boone Caudill, Jim Deakins, and Dick Summers: traveling the Missouri River from St. Louis to the Rockies, these frontiersmen live as trappers, traders, guides, and explorers. The story centers on Caudill, a young Kentuckian driven by a raging hunger for life and a longing for the blue sky and brown earth of big, wild places. Caught up in the freedom and savagery of the wilderness, Caudillbecomes an untamed mountain man, whom only the beautiful daughter of a Blackfoot chief dares to love. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3513 .U855 B52







Time It Never Rained, The
by Kelton, Elmer

9780812574517Elmer KeltonThe Time It Never RainedTo the ranchers and farmers of 1950s Texas, man's biggest enemy is one he can't control. With their entire livelihood pegged on the chance of a wet year or a dry year, drought has the ability to crush their whole enterprise, to determine who stands and who falls, and to take food out of the mouths of the workers and their families. To Charlie Flagg, an honest, decent, and cantankerous rancher, the drought of the early 1950s is a foe that he must fight on his own grounds. Refusing the questionable "help" of federal aid programs, Charlie and his family struggle to make the ranch survive until the time it rains again-if it ever rains again. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3561 .E3975 T5
Publication Date:
1973










Call of the Wild
by London, Jack

9780931334641Jack London; Edcon (Adapted by)The Call of the WildBring the Classics To Life. These novels have been adapted into 10 short chapters that will excite the reluctant reader as well as the enthusiastic one. Key words are defined and used in context. Multiple-choice questions require the student to recall specific details, sequence the events, draw inferences from story context, develop another name for the chapter, and choose the main idea. Let the Classics introduce Kipling, Stevenson, and H.G. Wells. Your students will embrace the notion of Crusoe's lonely reflections, the psychological reactions of a Civil War soldier at Chancellorsville, and the tragedy of the Jacobite Cause in 18th Century Scotland. In our society, knowledge of these Classics is a cultural necessity. Improves fluency, vocabulary and comprehension. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3523.O46 C332 1998



















Monte Walsh
by Schaefer, Jack

9780803291218Jack Schaefer; Jack SchaeferMonte WalshMonte Walsh has never met a horse he couldn't ride, and Chet Rollins has never met one he couldn't rope. For a decade they are unbeatable and inseparable, working as trail hands throughout the West until finally settling with Cal Brennan's Slash Y. Their rough cowboy ethics see them through every imaginable challenge: blizzards, rustlers, outlaws, and card games gone wrong. Partial to pretty women, gambling, and practical jokes, Monte is often on the receiving end of trouble, while Chet is always there to break him out of jail or serve as a decoy until Monte can get out of town in a hurry. As the West begins to change, however--the automobile replacing the horse, the herds breaking up--the two friends part ways. Chet marries and goes on to become a successful merchant, banker, and politician; but Monte, unable to imagine anything but the cowboy's way of life, refuses to the end to leave the range. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3537.C455 M6
Publication Date:
1981







Homesman, The
by Swarthout, Glendon

9781501102875Glendon SwarthoutThe Homesman: A NovelSoon to be a major film directed by and starring Tommy Lee Jones and co-starring Meryl Streep, Hilary Swank, and John Lithgow, this classic Western novel captures the devastating realities of early frontier life through the eyes of one extraordinary woman. IN PIONEER NEBRASKA, A WOMAN LEADS WHERE NO MAN WILL GO Soon to be a major motion picture directed by Tommy Lee Jones, The Homesman is a devastating story of early pioneers in 1850s American West. It celebrates the ones we hear nothing of: the brave women whose hearts and minds were broken by a life of bitter hardship. A "homesman" must be found to escort a handful of them back East to a sanitarium. When none of the county's men steps up, the job falls to Mary Bee Cuddy--ex-teacher, spinster, indomitable and resourceful. Brave as she is, Mary Bee knows she cannot succeed alone. The only companion she can find is the low-life claim jumper George Briggs. Thus begins a trek east, against the tide of colonization, against hardship, Indian attacks, ice storms, and loneliness--a timeless classic told in a series of tough, fast-paced adventures. In an unprecedented sweep, Glendon Swarthout's novel won both the Western Writers of America's Spur Award and the Western Heritage Wrangler Award. A new afterword by the author's son Miles Swarthout tells of his parents Glendon and Kathryn's discovery of and research into the lives of the oft-forgotten frontier women who make The Homesman as moving and believable as it is unforgettable. - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
LEISURE READING FICTION SWA







Virginian, The
by Wister, Owen

9780786035151Owen WisterThe VirginianLoosely based on the Johnson County War of 1892, a bloody clash between big landowners and small ranchers in Wyoming, Owen Wister's The Virginian is the classic saga of a man who embodied the spirit of a growing nation--a novel that inspired five movie versions and the popular TV series. "When you call me that, SMILE!" He wasn't looking for fame or glory. He wasn't looking for war. The man they called the Virginian was earning his way off the land, mingling his sweat and blood on the rich Montana soil as a trusted foreman for a rich man's ranch. Somewhere along the line he made an enemy, made a choice and then made a stand. . .In the eyes of a woman, he was a man of contradictions, as violent as he could be tender. In the eyes of others, he became a hero, a man who had the courage to draw his gun and use it against his enemies--and the courage to stand for justice without it. "Owen Wister has come pretty near to writing the American novel. It contains humor, pathos, poetic description, introspective thought, sentiment, and even tragedy." -- New York Times - Description from Syndetics
Call Number:
PS3345 .V5 2003












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From the Western Writers of America, a panel of fifty-five individuals from twenty-two states and one Canadian province voted for the best work of the 20th century.

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