Westerns: The Spur Awards 2019

Printer Friendly Display

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


Mark Warren
Description: "Shunted from his entrepreneurial ambitions to profit from the boomtowns of the frontier, Wyatt Earp returns to law enforcement. In Wichita, Kansas the town leaders become disenchanted with his hardline methods, and so he moves to a place where an iron rule is needed, Dodge City. With him comes Mattie Blaylock, a runaway prostitute, who, like Wyatt, is searching for a chance at a better life. As marshal in Dodge, Wyatt establishes a reputation as a peace officer, but he knows that police work will never deliver what he wants. After joining the Black Hills gold rush and then serving a stint as railroad detective in Texas, he returns to Kansas, only to pin on the badge again and inadvertently forge his path into history"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC War
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Jeff Hull, Lauren Ezzo, Patrick G. (Patrick Girard) Lawlor, Brilliance Audio (Firm), Inc Recorded Books
Description: Life is dusty and hard, and men are judged by their labor. Women have to be tougher yet. That's what sixteen-year-old Josie Frehse learns as she struggles to meet the expectations of her community while fumbling with her own desires. Tom Warner coaches the Dumont Wolfpack, an eight-man football team, typical for such small towns. Warner is stumbling through life, numbed by the death of his own young son and the dissolution of his marriage. But he's jolted into taking sides when his star players are accused of a hazing incident that happened right under his nose. The scandal divides and ignites the town...
Call Number: FIC Hul
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Holly Robinson
Description: "The Bradford sisters are famous in Rockport, Massachusetts: for their beauty, their singing voices, their legendary ancestors, and their elegant mother, Sarah, who has run the historic Folly Cove Inn alone ever since her husband disappeared. The two youngest sisters, Anne and Elly, fled Folly Cove as soon as they could to pursue their dreams and escape the Bradford name, while Laura stayed and created a seemingly picture perfect life. After a series of bad decisions, Anne has no choice but to come home and face her critical mother and oldest sister, reluctantly followed by Elly, another Bradford woman who's hiding something. As the three sisters plan a grand celebration for their mother's birthday, they struggle to maintain the illusions about their lives that they've so carefully crafted. But when painful old wounds reopen and startling family secrets are revealed, they soon discover that even the seemingly unbreakable bonds of sisterhood can be tested."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Rob
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Sandra Dallas
Description: Twelve-year-old Belle Martin and her family move to Mingo, Colorado, in 1910 when the U.S. government offers 320 acres of land free to homesteaders.
Call Number: J FIC Dal
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Reavis Z. Wortham
Description: When Texas Ranger Sonny Hawke investigates a sniper ambushing four hikers in West Texas's Big Bend National Park, he gets caught in the same sniper's crosshairs.
Call Number: FIC Wor
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Thomas D. Clagett
Description: "The final 13 hours at the Alamo began around 5 o'clock on the afternoon of March 5, 1836. Colonel William Barrett Travis drew a line in the dirt and asked all those who would stay and fight to cross it. Destinies played out that night for four people. Susannah Dickinson, a woman of surprising gumption. Young James Taylor who came to the Alamo to free Texas from the tyrannical rule of General Santa Anna. "Moses" Rose who refused to cross Travis's line because he "wasn't prepared to die." Colonel Juan Morales, ordered to assault Crockett and his men at the south palisade, believed attacking the fort was foolhardy. But his real disgust was for Santa Anna, a man who allowed whims to dictate his decisions"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Cla
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Charles West
Description: "Army scout John Hawk helps three women traveling through Blackfoot country, pursued by outlaws. Reaching their destination in Helena, the women thought they were safe. But Zach Dubose and his two partners were waiting for them. Dubose kills the youngest woman and Hawk vows to avenge her death"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Wes
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
Description: Katherine and Jean-Michel once shared a deep love that was torn apart by forces beyond their control. Reunited in the 1920s at the Curry Hotel in Alaska, have the years changed them too deeply to rediscover what they had? And when Jean-Michel's nightmares of war return with terrifying consequences, will faith be enough to heal what's been broken for so long?
Call Number: FIC Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Gordon Aalborg
Description: "Fur trade employee Garth Cameron is charged with taking Ilona Baptiste--a lovely and much-desired Métis maiden who could become the catalyst for a bloody trade war between his own North-West Company and the more powerful Hudson's Bay Company--to a place of safety down-river from the Rocky Mountain House trading post. The journey is barely begun when the girl is shot, apparently by enemy Cree, then somehow rescued by the brutal H.B.C. woods boss Louis Savard, who has claimed her. Garth is accused of having abandoned her. Savard falls out with is own people and flees, taking Ilona with him and leading Garth on a pursuit through hostile, trackless wilderness, north along the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Ilona must face the perils of Savard and his half-breed henchmen, Indian attacks, capture and escape and recapture, and, when Garth and Savard meet in battle near the mighty falls of the Kakwa (Porcupine) River, her worst of all possible fates seems assured before she manages her own escape and--eventually--Garth's rescue from near death. Believing Savard to be dead, they make their return to Rocky Mountain House, only to find their feelings for each other tainted by Ilona's unplanned pregnancy and unexpected complications. When Savard returns as if from the dead, heading an Indian uprising that threatens Rocky Mountain House, it falls to Garth Cameron to fight and finally conquer the evil menace that has threatened both their lives for so long"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Aal
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Johnny D. Boggs
Description: "When an accident seriously injures his father, fifteen-year-old Evan Kendrick saddles his half broke mustang stallion to take his father's place in a horse race from Texas to New England offering $3,000 to the winner. He will discover what America can offer, both good and bad"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Bog
Format: Large Print
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Gregory Crouch
Description: Traces the rags-to-riches frontier story of Irish immigrant John Mackay, describing how in mid-nineteenth-century Nevada he outmaneuvered the pernicious "Bank Ring" monopoly and thousands of rivals to take control of the history-making Comstock Lode.
Call Number: 979.302 Cro
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Susan Henderson
Description: Finding fulfillment in her job as an embalmer in her father's small town mortuary, outsider Mary bonds with a villainized local who was blamed for a fatal accident twenty years earlier, a friendship that compels her to consider what might happen if she were to leave their fading community.
Call Number: FIC Hen
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
John (Sports reporter) Branch
Description: Presents a portrait of the Wright family of Smith Mesa and their achievements as successful rodeo champions and cattle ranchers, tracing their battles against natural obstacles and injuries and how the changes of the twenty-first century are challenging their future.
Call Number: 791.84 Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Francisco (Essayist) Cantú
Description: Francisco Cantú, raised in the scrublands of the Southwest, joined the Border Patrol. He and his partners are posted to remote regions crisscrossed by drug routes and smuggling corridors, where they learn to track other humans under blistering sun and through frigid nights. They haul in the dead and deliver to detention those they find alive. Plagued by nightmares, he abandons the Patrol for civilian life. But when an immigrant friend travels to Mexico to visit his dying mother and does not return, Cantú discovers that the border has migrated with him, and now he must know the whole story.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 363.285 Can
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Beth Kanell
Description: "When Alice Sanborn and best friend Jerushah cross paths with a bounty hunter in rural northern Vermont, the teens stage a daring rescue for former slave Sarah Johnson -- but winter weather, politics, and challenges of mountain life bring more danger. It's March 1850 in small-town Vermont, and tempers flare over the "right kind" of Abolition. When the two fifteen-year-olds suspect Alice's older brother William is taking dangerous risks to shelter a fugitive hiding at the inn, they see Sarah's safety at risk. With help from the skillful but mysterious Solomon McBride, the girls head toward the wilder countryside along the Canadian border. Perils abound, including back at home. Is it all Alice's fault? What should she do? Even a teen can take strong action - but which way is right, and how can she choose?"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Kan
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
B. J. (Brad J.) Smith
Description: Nate Cooper, an old-school cowboy, is released from a Montana prison in 1910, having served nearly thirty years on a wrongful murder conviction. He can see the world has changed—horses giving way to motorcars, his old nemesis running for governor, his girl marrying his best friend—but Nate’s moral compass is still unwavering. He does all the wrong things for all the right reasons. So when he returns to his town to find the Blackfoot Indians—the people he went to prison trying to defend—are still being cheated out of their territory by ranchers, Nate can’t just stand by. With grit, determination, a quick trigger finger, and the help of the woman he used to love, he sets out to settle the score and force some justice into the changing world. -- From amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Chloé Zhao, Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Mollye Asher, Brady Jandreau
Description: After a tragic riding accident, young cowboy Brady, once a rising star of the rodeo circuit, is warned that his competition days are over. Back home, Brady finds himself wondering what he has to live for when he can no longer do what gives him a sense of purpose: to ride and compete. In an attempt to regain control of his fate, Brady undertakes a search for a new identity and tries to redefine his idea of what it means to be a man in the heartland of America.
Call Number: Drama
Format: DVD
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Ellen Notbohm
Description: "Her brother's letter touched a match to the wick of Annie's doused dreams. Dream enough for her, to stroll the length of a town without the abortive glances, the stilted greetings, the wider berth given her on the sidewalk. "I could use some help out here," he wrote. "What's holding you to Iowa anyway?" Annie Rushton leaves behind an unsettling past to join her brother on his Montana homestead and make a determined fresh start. There, sparks fly when she tangles with Adam Fielding, a visionary businessman-farmer determined to make his own way and answer to no one. Neither is looking for a partner, but they give in to their undeniable chemistry. Annie and Adam's marriage brims with astounding success and unanticipated passion, but their dream of having a child eludes them as a mysterious illness of mind and body plagues Annie's pregnancies. Amidst deepening economic adversity, natural disaster, and the onset of world war, their personal struggles collide with the societal mores of the day. Annie's shattering periods of black depression and violent outbursts exact a terrible price. The life the Fieldings have forged begins to unravel, and the only path ahead leads to unthinkable loss.
Call Number: FIC Not
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
W. Michael Gear
Description: The American Civil War tore at the very roots of our nation and destroyed most of a generation. To truly understand the madness and despair of such a horrendous conflict one needs to pick a moment. Or see that war through one family's eyes. In rural Arkansas, such was the Hancocks. Devastated by a cruel war, they faced down their personal hells and in spite of it all survived. Their survival is a testament to the power of love and the American spirit. This is their story. And ours.
Call Number: FIC Gea
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Jim DeFelice
Description: In the spring of 1860 on the eve of a civil war that threatened to tear the country apart, two Americans conceived of an audacious plan for linking the nation's two coasts, thereby joining its present with its future. This book traces the development of the Pony Express and follows it from its start in St. Joseph, Missouri 1,500 miles west to Sacramento.
Call Number: 383.143 DeF
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Terrence McCauley
Description: "Surrounded by ranches, farms, and precious metal mines, the town of Dover Station, Montana is ripe for the plucking. It's up to Sheriff Aaron Mackey to keep the peace--and keep the dregs of humanity from trying to make a killing . . ."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Dec 9, 2019
Subscribe to New Best Fun List: Westerns: The Spur Awards 2019
Born To The Badge [Large Print]
Mark Warren
LP FIC War
The Flicker Of Old Dreams : A Novel
Susan Henderson
FIC Hen
Broken Field [Audiobook] : A Novel
Jeff Hull, Lauren Ezzo, Patrick G. (Patrick Girard) Lawlor, Brilliance Audio (Firm), Inc Recorded Books
FIC Hul
The Last Cowboys : A Pioneer Family In The New West
John (Sports reporter) Branch
791.84 Bra
Folly Cove
Holly Robinson
FIC Rob
The Line Becomes A River
Francisco (Essayist) Cantú
363.285 Can
Hardscrabble
Sandra Dallas
J FIC Dal
The Long Shadow
Beth Kanell
FIC Kan
Hawke's War
Reavis Z. Wortham
FIC Wor
The Return Of Kid Cooper : A Novel
B. J. (Brad J.) Smith
FIC Smi
Line Of Glory [Large Print] : A Novel Of The Alamo
Thomas D. Clagett
LP FIC Cla
The Rider [DVD]
Chloé Zhao, Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Mollye Asher, Brady Jandreau
Drama
No Justice In Hell [Large Print]
Charles West
LP FIC Wes
The River By Starlight : A Novel
Ellen Notbohm
FIC Not
Out Of The Ashes
Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
FIC Pet
This Scorched Earth
W. Michael Gear
FIC Gea
River Of Porcupines
Gordon Aalborg
FIC Aal
West Like Lightning : The Brief, Legendary Ride Of The Pony Express
Jim DeFelice
383.143 DeF
Taos Lightning [Large Print]
Johnny D. Boggs
LP FIC Bog
Where The Bullets Fly
Terrence McCauley
FIC McC
The Bonanza King : John Mackay And The Battle Over The Greatest Riches In The American West
Gregory Crouch
979.302 Cro