Westerns: The Spur Awards

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Cowboys and ranchers and gunfights, oh my! These Spur Award nominated novels are sure to satisfy the Western lover in all of us.


Dan L. Flores
Description: "America's Great Plains once possessed one of the grandest wildlife spectacles of the world, equaled only by such places as the Serengeti, the Masai Mara, or the veld of South Africa. Pronghorn antelope, gray wolves, bison, coyotes, wild horses, and grizzly bears: less than two hundred years ago these creatures existed in such abundance that John James Audubon was moved to write, 'It is impossible to describe or even conceive the vast multitudes of these animals.' In a work that is at once a lyrical evocation of that lost splendor and a detailed natural history of these charismatic species of the historic Great Plains, veteran naturalist and outdoorsman Dan Flores draws a vivid portrait of each of these animals in their glory--and tells the harrowing story of what happened to them at the hands of market hunters and ranchers and ultimately a federal killing program in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The Great Plains with its wildlife intact dazzled Americans and Europeans alike, prompting numerous literary tributes. American Serengeti takes its place alongside these celebratory works, showing us the grazers and predators of the plains against the vast opalescent distances, the blue mountains shimmering on the horizon, the great rippling tracts of yellowed grasslands. Far from the empty 'flyover country' of recent times, this landscape is alive with a complex ecology at least 20,000 years old--a continental patrimony whose wonders may not be entirely lost, as recent efforts hold out hope of partial restoration of these historic species. Written by an author who has done breakthrough work on the histories of several of these animals--including bison, wild horses, and coyotes--American Serengeti is as rigorous in its research as it is intimate in its sense of wonder--the most deeply informed, closely observed view we have of the Great Plains' wild heritage"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 591.50978 Flo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 26, 2017
Joe Jackson
Description: "Describes the life of the Native American holy man who fought at Little Big Horn, witnessed the death of his cousin Crazy Horse, traveled to Europe as part of Buffalo Bill's Wild West show and became a traditionalist in the Ghost Dance movement."--NoveList.
Call Number: B Bla
Format: Book
Date Added: Nov 15, 2017
Mateo Garcia, Jonás Cuarón, Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón, Alex Garcia
Description: What begins as a hopeful journey to seek a better life becomes a harrowing and primal fight for survival when a deranged, rifle-toting vigilante chases a group of unarmed men and women through the treacherous US-Mexican border. In the harsh, unforgiving desert terrain, the odds are stacked firmly against them as they continuously discover there's nowhere to hide from the unrelenting, merciless killer.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
Chris Enss
Call Number: 792.028 Ens
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 26, 2017
David Mackenzie, Taylor Sheridan, Sidney Kimmel, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges
Description: A divorced West Texas dad and his ex-con brother resort to a desperate money making scheme in order to save their family's farm from foreclosure.
Call Number: Action
Format: DVD
Date Added: Feb 28, 2017
James T. Hughes
Description: Ray, a neglected young boy who lives nearby in a trailer is drawn to the secluded meadows and valley around Jasper Spring. Alice and Tucker, the childless couple who ranch and who are caretakers of the valley find themselves drawn to the boy. Alice, Tucker, and Ray soon find themselves in a battle for survival as as a drought descends and the threat of fire looms. But the greater threat to all of them is from the boy's young and impetuous mother.
Call Number: FIC Hug
Format: Book
Date Added: Jul 26, 2017
Paulette Jiles
Description: "In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence. In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna's parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows. Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act "civilized." Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land. Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember--strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become--in the eyes of the law--a kidnapper himself"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Jil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
C. J. Box
Description: Joe Pickett's old friend Nate Romanowski is off the grid, recuperating from wounds and lying low while the FBI search for him. But they are not the only ones looking for him and Nate finds himself confronting an elite team of special forces soldiers. They're not there to take him in - they say - but to make a deal. They need his help destroying a domestic terror cell in Wyoming's Red Desert, and in return they'll make Nate's criminal record disappear. But Joe's not sure they can be trusted. And they can't. They have a very different plan in mind, and it just may be something that takes them all down--Nate and Joe included.
Call Number: FIC Box
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
Susan K. Salzer
Description: "Reeling from the sudden death of his wife, Daniel Dixon returns to Wyoming’s Powder River country to start anew. It’s the end of the nineteenth century and the Indians are gone. The growing city of Buffalo, just a stone’s throw from the ruins of Fort Phil Kearny, seems a peaceful place to start a medical practice and raise his sons, Harry and Cal, and his willful daughter, Lorna. But the peace Dixon seeks eludes him. Johnson County is soon engulfed in a bloody range war that will draw in the Dixon family in ways he could never have imagined. When the wealthy cattle barons and their hired guns invade, vowing to eliminate anyone who dares stand in their way, the Dixons and Billy Sun, the half-breed Indian boy Lorna loves, must find the strength to confront the violent men whose greed threatens their way of life."--back cover.
Call Number: FIC Sal
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 27, 2017
Johnny D. Boggs
Description: Matthew Garth was orphaned in a savage wagon train ambush and adopted by Red River hero Thomas Dunson. Twenty years later Matt has two strapping sons of his own and is undertaking a desperate cattle drive from Texas to Dodge City, the new queen of frontier cattle towns. While the deadly dangers of storms and rustlers gather around them, an act of passion and violence from within the drive--and from within the Garth family--leaves Matt fighting for his life, close to where his father was buried by the Red River. When Matt gets back up, he must finish the drive--and fight his worst enemies and even his own blood kin before it ends in a battle of guns, tears, and justice.
Call Number: LP FIC Bog
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
John Boessenecker
Description: Chronicles the life of Frank Hamer, whose extraordinary career as a Texas Ranger made him one of the West's most legendary lawmen."--NoveList.
Call Number: B Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
Paul Andrew Hutton
Description: "Describes the violent history between the frontiersmen and the Native Americans in the Southwestern borderlands by following Mickey Free, a mixed-blood warrior who played a pivotal role in the fighting as he pursued the Apache Kid."--NoveList.
Call Number: 979.004 Hut
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
James C. Work
Description: In the old West, many men got away with murder. Too few lawmen, too much hustle and bustle going on. This seemed the case in 1868 when a railroad contractor, Kane Kelly, shot a boy dead. Kelly fled the territory and that, most people thought, was that. But they didn't reckon on Detective N.K. Boswell of the Rocky Mountain Detective Agency. He promised the boy's family that he would bring the killer back to Laramie for trial. Boswell finds his man supervising a railroad crew in Iowa. But bringing him back to Laramie will be difficult and dangerous. Kane Kelly's brother Sligo is also ramrod of a railroad crew and with his gang of toughs he is determined to stop Boswell. He has plenty of opportunities; it's forty miles by buggy to the nearest railroad. Then there's the flooded Missouri River to cross, and four hundred miles of open prairie. Sligo tries brute force, using flunkies to do his dirty work. He tries bribery. He persuades a woman to seduce Boswell into a compromising situation. In the end, Boswell's legendary patience runs out. He lays a cunning trap, using his prisoner for the bait. If it works, Boswell will arrest Sligo Kelly, too. If it works.
Call Number: LP FIC Wor
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Jul 26, 2017
Peter Cozzens, John Pruden
Description: With the end of the Civil War, the nation recommenced its expansion onto traditional Indian tribal lands, setting off a wide-ranging conflict that would last more than three decades. In an exploration of the wars and negotiations that destroyed tribal ways of life even as they made possible the emergence of the modern United States, Peter Cozzens gives us both sides in comprehensive and singularly intimate detail. He illuminates the encroachment experienced by the tribes and the tribal conflicts over whether to fight or make peace, and explores the squalid lives of soldiers posted to the frontier and the ethical quandaries faced by generals who often sympathized with their native enemies. As the action moves from Kansas and Nebraska to the Southwestern desert to the Dakotas and the Pacific Northwest, we encounter a pageant of fascinating characters including Custer, Sherman, Grant, and a host of other military and political figures, as well as great native leaders such as Crazy Horse, Sitting Bull, Geronimo, and Red Cloud.
Call Number: 978.02 Coz
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: May 1, 2017
Fernanda Santos
Description: "Draws on hundreds of hours of interviews with family members, colleagues, historians and other insiders to trace the stories and heroic sacrifices of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots who gave their lives fighting the catastrophic 2013 wildfire in Yarnell, Arizona,"--NoveList.
Call Number: 363.379 San
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
Dusty Richards
Description: Vince is a mustanger with a solitary camp high in the Hondo Mountains, where he works his operation alone. He likes it that way. Then, on a trip back from selling some mustangs, he comes across Julie, a saloon girl on the run from some pretty bad hombres. Vince takes her back to his camp with the idea that, as soon as her horse heals up, he'll send her on her way. But then he falls in love with her. Before he knows it, her fight is his fight, and he's looking forward to a life with her. They just have to survive a small war first.
Call Number: LP FIC Ric
Format: Large Print
Date Added: May 23, 2017
William Grill, Ernest Thompson Seton
Description: Lobo, the legendary leader of a band of cattle-killing wolves has been terrorizing cattle ranchers and their livestock in the American Southwest. Bounty hunter Ernest Thompson Seton, sets out to trap and exterminate Lobo.
Call Number: J 599.773 Gri
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
Brett Cogburn
Description: "With a bag full of gold dust, Newt 'Widowmaker' Jones is set for life. Then he makes his first mistake, trusting a cheerful stranger. By dawn the stranger--Javier Cortina, the son of the famous Texas border bandit, Juan 'Red' Cortina--is gone. So is the gold. So are Newt's horse and even his fearsome Colt .44. It's enough to make a man want vengeance. And vengeance will be Newt's. Newt chases Cortina into Mexico, where the man is legendary for the horses he's stolen, the women he's bedded, and the men he's killed. As for Newt, he has a unique talent for choosing the wrong partners, from an angry, addled judge named Roy Bean to a brother and sister pair of circus gypsies, Fonzo Grey and Buckshot Annie. The more Newt pursues the cunning and deadly Cortina, the angrier he gets, until somewhere on the border the whole crazy journey explodes into an all-out battle of bullets and blood." - Back cover
Call Number: FIC Cog
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 24, 2017
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American Serengeti: The Last Big Animals Of The Great Plains
Dan L. Flores
591.50978 Flo
Return To Red River [Large Print]
Johnny D. Boggs
LP FIC Bog
Black Elk: The Life Of An American Visionary
Joe Jackson
B Bla
Texas Ranger: The Epic Life Of Frank Hamer, The Man Who Killed Bonnie And Clyde
John Boessenecker
B Ham
Desierto [DVD]
Mateo Garcia, Jonás Cuarón, Alfonso Cuarón, Carlos Cuarón, Alex Garcia
Drama
The Apache Wars
Paul Andrew Hutton
979.004 Hut
Entertaining Women: Actresses, Dancers, And Singers In The Old West
Chris Enss
792.028 Ens
The Contractor [Large Print]
James C. Work
LP FIC Wor
Hell Or High Water [DVD]
David Mackenzie, Taylor Sheridan, Sidney Kimmel, Chris Pine, Jeff Bridges
Action
The Earth Is Weeping [Audiobook]
Peter Cozzens, John Pruden
978.02 Coz
Jasper Spring
James T. Hughes
FIC Hug
The Fire Line
Fernanda Santos
363.379 San
News Of The World
Paulette Jiles
FIC Jil
The Mustanger And The Lady [Large Print]
Dusty Richards
LP FIC Ric
Off The Grid
C. J. Box
FIC Box
The Wolves Of Currumpaw
William Grill, Ernest Thompson Seton
J 599.773 Gri
Powder River
Susan K. Salzer
FIC Sal
Widowmaker Jones
Brett Cogburn
FIC Cog