american west

True Grit

Charles Portis
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Helen H.
Wednesday, May 27, 2015

An instant best-seller when published in 1968, True Grit has also been made into film. Twice. These facts alone should recommend it, and I am here to back it up with a solid vote for a place on your nightstand.

Doc

Mary Doria Russell
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Helen H.
Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Before reading Doc by Mary Doria Russell, the only thing I knew about the famous Doc Holiday was that he looked remarkably like Val Kilmer and often suggested his peers might be Daisies. What a delight to read about this fascinating and complex gentleman. Russell tells Doc’s story from the very beginning; John Henry Holiday’s birth. His hold on life was tenuous from the start, as he was born with a hare-lip.

Train Dreams by Denis Johnson

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Michelle H.
Friday, Apr 12, 2013

Train Dreams is a weird little book. Only 116 pages but sweeping in scope, it tells the story of Robert Grainer, born in the late 1800s, orphaned and sent to live in the Pacific Northwest where he becomes an itinerant laborer, finds a wife and has a daughter, and experiences happiness so surreal it surely can’t last. It doesn’t.

Doc by Mary Doria Russell

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Rated by
Helen H.
Monday, Dec 3, 2012

Before reading Doc by Mary Doria Russell, the only thing I knew about the famous Doc Holiday was that he looked remarkably like Val Kilmer and often suggested his peers might be Daisies. What a delight to read about this fascinating and complex gentleman.

Thursday, Jun 7, 2012

Robert B. Parker is mostly known for his crime fiction, but his final novel published before his 2010 death was the fourth in a series of terrific westerns.

Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010

Jim Harrison considers himself a poet first and a fiction writer second. Maybe that’s part of the reason his novels and novellas read so well: He has a poet’s gift for elevated language coupled with the heart of a storyteller.

Harrison is at his very best when writing novellas. “Legends of the Fall,” the film starring Brad Pitt and Aidan Quinn, was adapted from the novella of the same name, one of Harrison’s greatest stories.