Weekly Book List: Week 21 (Western)

My Antonia / Willa Cather

After the death of her immigrant father, Antonia works as a servant for neighbors in the farmlands of Nebraska. She leaves for an unfortunate affair with an Irish railway conductor, but returns home, eventually marries and raises a large family in true pioneer style. (FIC CATHER)

 

The Sisters Brothers / Patrick deWitt

Set against the backdrop of the great California Gold Rush, this darkly comic novel follows the misadventures of the fabled Sisters brothers, two hired guns, who, under the order of the mysterious Commodore, try to kill Hermann Kermit Warm, a man who gives them a run for their money. (FIC DEWITT)

Riders of the Purple Sage / Zane Grey

Refusing to marry the grim, brutal Elder Tull, Jane Withersteen is dismayed when her Utah ranch and hired hands are targeted in retaliation, and the mysterious gunfighter Lassiter offers Jane protection and a chance at love. (FIC GREY)

 

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford / Ron Hansen

Jesse James was a fabled outlaw, a charismatic, spiritual, larger-than-life bad man whose bloody exploits captured the imagination and admiration of a nation hungry for antiheroes. Robert Ford was a young upstart torn between dedicated worship and murderous jealousy, the “dirty little coward” who coveted Jesse’s legend. The story of their interweaving paths– and twin destinies that would collide in a rain of blood and betrayal. (PBK HANSEN)

How the West Was Won / Louis Lamour

Tells of the men and women who pushed relentlessly forward to claim the West, despite hardship and death at every turn. (PBK LAMOUR)

 

All the Pretty Horses / Cormac McCarthy

Cut off from the life of ranching he has come to love by his grandfather’s death, John Grady Cole flees to Mexico, where he and his two companions embark on a rugged and cruelly idyllic adventure. (FIC MCCARTHY)

 

Lonesome Dove / Larry McMurtry

Former Texas Rangers leave their unsuccessful cattle business when they hear of good opportunities in newly opened territory. (PBK MCMURTRY)

 

The Son / Philipp Meyer

An epic of the American West and a multigenerational saga of power, blood, land, and oil that follows the rise of one Texas family, from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the to the oil booms of the 20th century. (FIC MEYER)

 

True Grit / Charles Portis

With her papa’s pistol tied to her saddlehorn and a supersized ration of audacity, fourteen-year-old Mattie Ross sets out to avenge her father’s murder. (FIC PORTIS)

 

Close Range: Wyoming Stories / Annie Proulx

A new collection of award-winning short fiction by the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Shipping News includes “Brokeback Mountain,” “The Mud Below,” and “The Half Skinned Steer,” selected by John Updike as one of the best stories of the century. (FIC PROULX)

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