Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Made in New Mexico: Western Roundup

Around this time of year, when the State Fair rolls around and all the livestock are on display, we here at abcreads are reminded that we live in the West, and that we can get closer to New Mexico in Westerns than True Grit and Longmire (although New Mexico stands in for various locations in the movie and Wyoming in this series). To celebrate our Western heritage, here are some of the newest Westerns and Western-related items from the library catalog that have ties to New Mexico.


The Killing Trail by Johnny D. Boggs

Shawn O'Brien, Town Tamer by William W. Johnstone with J.A. Johnstone

Here By the Bloods by Brandon Boyce

She Returns From War by Lee Collins

Cantrell: A Western Duo by by T.T. Flynn

Between Hell and Texas by Dusty Richards

Not strictly Western fiction

The Witches of Ruidoso by John Sandoval [YA]"In the last years of the 19th century in the western territory that would become New Mexico, young Elijah falls in love with a girl who has strange insights and abilities with animals. Together, they come of age in a land of mountains and ravens, where witches terrorized both white men and Apache Indians."

Handful of Sky by Tory Cates"Shallie Larkin has chosen to make her way in the rough and tumble world of the rodeo, where women are seen as trophies to be won and discarded, not as serious competition. But just as Shallie can see the hidden beauty in the stark landscape of New Mexico, she is determined to find the inner strength to fight for her dream of being a rodeo contractor."  Western-themed non-fiction 

Red Ryder & Little Beaver: Painted Valley Troubleshooters - Fred Harman's Newspaper Comic Strip Heroes in Comic Books, Novels, Radio Shows & Motion Pictures by Bernard A. Drew  
"Harman worked in a studio on his small ranch in Colorado. In his later years he turned to fine art and co-founded the Cowboy Artists of America. He helped create the Little Beaver Town theme park near Albuquerque, New Mexico."

The Wrath of Cochise: The Bascom Affair and the Origins of the Apache Wars by Terry Mort"In a gripping narrative that often reads like an old-fashioned Western novel, Terry Mort explores the collision of these two radically different cultures in a masterful account of one of the bloodiest conflicts in our frontier history."

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