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Best Western Books

Recommendations from 7 articles, Anthony Bourdain, Tim O’Reilly, Julie Plec and 6 others.
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Lonesome Dove
A Novel
Larry McMurtry - 2010-06-15 (first published in 1985)
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A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize winning classic, Lonesome Dove, the third book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroe...
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True Grit
A Novel
Charles Portis - 2012-10-30 (first published in 1968)
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True Grit tells the story of Mattie Ross, who is just fourteen years of age when a coward going by the name of Tom Chaney shoots her father down in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and robs him of his life, his horse, and $150 in cash. Mattie leaves home to avenge her father’s blood. With the one-eyed Rooster Cogburn, the meanest available U.S. Marshal, by he...
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A Novel
Louis L'Amour - 2019-06-25 (first published in 1953)
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He was etched by the desert's howling winds, a big, broad-shouldered man who knew the ways of the Apache and the ways of staying alive. She was a woman alone raising a young son on a remote Arizona ranch. And between Hondo Lane and Angie Lowe was the warrior Vittoro, whose people were preparing to rise against the white men. Now the pioneer woman, ...
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The Virginian
A Horseman of the Plains
Owen Wister - 2012-01-19 (first published in 1902)
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The first of its kind, Wister's The Virginian is a prototypical western novel that has inspired readers and authors for over a century. Detailing the exploits of a gunslinger known solely as the Virginian, Wister's novel introduced readers to a number of western motifs that are taken for granted in western fiction today. This is a must-read for any...
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Blood Meridian
Or the Evening Redness in the West
Cormac McCarthy - 1992-05-05 (first published in 1985)
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Blood Meridian is an epic novel of the violence and depravity that attended America's westward expansion, brilliantly subverting the conventions of the Western novel and the mythology of the Wild West. Based on historical events that took place on the Texas-Mexico border in the 1850s, it traces the fortunes of the Kid, a fourteen-year-old Tennessee...
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The Son
Philipp Meyer - 2014-01-28 (first published in 2012)
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Soon to be a TV Series on AMC starring Pierce Brosnan and co-written by Philipp Meyer.Now in paperback, the critically acclaimed, New York Times bestselling epic, a saga of land, blood, and power that follows the rise of one unforgettable Texas family from the Comanche raids of the 1800s to the oil booms of the 20th century.Part epic of Texas, part...
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The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
A Novel (P.S.)
Ron Hansen - 2007-09-18 (first published in 1983)
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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 powerful, strange, and u...
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Come Sundown
A Novel
Nora Roberts - 2018-04-24
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Love. Lies. Murder. A lot can happen... COME SUNDOWNBodine Longbow loves to rise with the dawn. As the manager of her family's resort in Western Montana, there just aren't enough hours in the day - for life, for work, for loved ones. She certainly doesn't have time for love, not even in the gorgeous shape of her childhood crush Callen Skinner, all ...
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The Searchers
Alan Le May - 2013-03-01 (first published in 1954)
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"A ripsnorting Western, as brashly entertaining as they come. Slambang!" --"The New York Times" on John Ford's "The Searchers"John Ford's The Searchers defined the spirit of America, influenced a generation of film makers, and was named the Greatest Western Movie of All Time by the American Film Institute in 2008. Now, the novel that gave birth to ...
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A Novel
Louis L'Amour - 1984-12-01 (first published in 1971)
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"If a man won't fight for what is rightly his, then he ain't much account." With this challenge from his dying father, young Shell Tucker rode out after three men who had stolen the twenty thousand dollars his father was carrying. Two of the men he hunted, Doc Sites and Kid Reese, were his friends. Dreaming of adventure, Tucker had wanted to join t...
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Ride the Laughing Wind
Blaine M. Yorgason, Brenton G. Yorgason - 1984-12-01
Shane by Jack Schaefer
Smoky the Cowhorse by Will James
The Hell Bent Kid by Charles O. Locke
The Ox-Bow Incident by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey