Westerns: The Spur Awards 2020

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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.


Margaret Verble, Emily Sutton-Smith
Description: After the Civil War, people have gone missing in the Cherokee Nation. Check, matriarch of her family, is accustomed to wielding authority. And she's determined to find out what's going on.
Call Number: FIC Ver
Format: Audiobook
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns, Susanna Steisel, Susan Shumaker, Pam Tubridy Baucom
Description: The rich and colorful story of America's most popular music and the singers and songwriters who captivated, entertained, and consoled listeners throughout the 20th century--based on the eight-part film series to air on PBS in September 2019.
Call Number: 781.642 Dun
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Terrence McCauley
Description: A rash of deadly train robberies has the chief investor of Dover Station feeling itchier than a quick draw without a target. And he wants Sheriff Aaron Mackey to scratch that itch with every bullet his battered badge authorizes him to shoot. When Mackey and his backup gun down four kill-crazy bandits, they uncover a plot cooked up by respected citizens of Dover Station.
Call Number: FIC McC
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Paul Colt
Description: "William Barclay "Bat" Masterson lived an extraordinary life it would be impossible to imagine. If it weren't true, no one would believe it. Bat Masterson lived the West when the West was wild. His significance in Western history remains largely unknown to most of us. His story encounters some of the West's most deadly gunfighters and dangerous desperados. He counted among his friends a veritable "Who's Who" in old West history. He walked away from his Western adventures to live out the last twenty years of his life as a sportswriter for a New York daily newspaper. Friends Call Me Bat is his story and the stories of his friends as he might have told them, complete with an otherworldly twist at the end."--Amazon.com.
Call Number: FIC Col
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Reavis Z. Wortham
Description: "One man is taking the law into his own hands. His targets are criminals who slipped through the justice system. From California to Texas, this relentless avenger hunts down the unpunished and sentences them to death. But now he's on Sonny Hawke's turf. A Texas Ranger committed to his job, Hawke will not abide vigilante justice--especially when innocents are also in the line of fire. The trail of bodies stretches across the Lone Star State to the most savage clan East Texas has ever seen. And Hawke is the only one who can stop them."--Publisher description.
Call Number: FIC Wor
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Pekka Hämäläinen
Description: The first comprehensive history of the Lakota Indians and their profound role in shaping America's history. This first complete account of the Lakota Indians traces their rich and often surprising history from the early sixteenth to the early twenty-first century. Pekka Hamalainen explores the Lakotas' roots as marginal hunter-gatherers and reveals how they reinvented themselves twice: first as a river people who dominated the Missouri Valley, America's great commercial artery, and then--in what was America's first sweeping westward expansion--as a horse people who ruled supreme on the vast high plains. The Lakotas are imprinted in American historical memory. Red Cloud, Crazy Horse, and Sitting Bull are iconic figures in the American imagination, but in this groundbreaking book they emerge as something different: the architects of Lakota America, an expansive and enduring Indigenous regime that commanded human fates in the North American interior for generations. Hamalainen's deeply researched and engagingly written history places the Lakotas at the center of American history, and the results are revelatory.
Call Number: 970.98 Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Gordon C. James
Description: "African American George Fletcher loved horses from an early age. When he unfairly lost the 1911 Pendleton Round-Up to a white man, the outraged audience declared him "people's champion"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Shannon Pufahl
Description: "Muriel is newly married and restless, transplanted from her rural Kansas hometown to life in a dusty bungalow in San Diego. The air is rich with the tang of salt and citrus, but the limits of her new life seem to be closing in: She misses her freethinking mother, dead before Muriel's nineteenth birthday, and her sly, itinerant brother-in-law, Julius, who made the world feel bigger than she had imagined. And so she begins slipping off to the Del Mar racetrack to bet and eavesdrop, learning the language of horses and risk. Meanwhile, Julius is testing his fate in Las Vegas, working at a local casino where tourists watch atomic tests from the roof, and falling in love with Henry, a young card cheat. When Henry is eventually discovered and run out of town, Julius takes off to search for him in the plazas and dives of Tijuana, trading one city of dangerous illusions and indiscretions for another." -- Amazon
Call Number: FIC Puf
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 25, 2020
Sandra Dallas
Description: In 1933, when twelve-year-old Hallie Turner and her brothers, Tom and Benny, take to the road seeking whatever work they can get, they find kindness in small-town Kansas.
Call Number: J FIC Dal
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Peter Brandvold
Description: After defending a girl at a local honky tonk from a sadistic brute who happens to be the deputy sheriff, Lou Prophet has a bounty on his head and is running for his life with Colter Farrow, someone else with a bounty on his head.
Call Number: FIC Bra
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
Ann Weisgarber
Description: Utah Territory, winter of 1888. Deborah Tyler waits for her husband, Samuel, who is weeks overdue from his travels as a wheelwright. Junction is a tiny town of seven Mormon families scattered along the floor of a canyon, and Deborah earns her living by tending orchards and making work gloves. Isolated by the red-rock cliffs that surround the town, the townspeople are regarded with suspicion by the Mormon faithful who question the depth of their belief. When a desperate stranger pursued by a Federal Marshal shows up on her doorstep seeking refuge, it sets in motion a chain of events that will turn Deborah's life upside down.
Call Number: FIC Wei
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 25, 2020
Gina Welborn, Becca Whitham
Description: "In the rough and rugged Montana Territory, the journey to true love is filled with unexpected twists--and sweet rewards--for daring frontier women who faithfully believe every heart has a home. . . With the help of the Archer Matrimonial Company, Yancey Palmer has finally put Hale Adams, the man she's loved for ten years--sometimes not wisely or well--behind her. Yancey is so sure of her love for the man the agency matched her with, she readily promises a friend that she'll help Hale with his mayoral campaign without chasing him. Hale has also engaged the services of the matrimonial agency. He's so pleased with one lady, he requests that she join him in Helena to commence a sixty-day courtship. But instead, the Archer ladies arrive in town to reveal the true identities of both Hale's and Yancey's matches: each other. Can they look past their misunderstandings and hurt to see that they are still a perfect match?"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Wel
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 26, 2020
J. Todd Scott
Description: "In the Mexican borderlands, a busload of student protesters is gunned down in broad daylight, a violent act blamed on the Nemesio cartel. But its aging leader, Fox Uno, sees the attack for what it is: another salvo in the long-running battle for control of Nemesio itself; perhaps by a rival cartel, or maybe someone closer to home. Across the Rio Grande, Sheriff Chris Cherry and his deputies America Reynosa and Danny Ford find themselves caught in Fox Uno's escalating war with the recent discovery of five dead men at the river's edge. But when El Paso DEA agent Joe Garrison's own Nemesio investigation leads him into the heart of the Big Bend, he's not ready to accept the cartel leader's retreat or defeat. Not only does he suspect a high-profile drug task force in a neighboring county is corrupt, he can't shake lingering doubts about the loyalty and motives of the young deputy, Ame Reynosa. And he won't let Sheriff Cherry ignore them either. In this pitiless land it's kill or be killed, where everyone will make one final bloody stand to decide the fate of Nemesio, the law in the Big Bend, and most of all, the future of America Reynosa."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Sco
Format: Book
Date Added: Aug 25, 2020
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Cherokee America [Audiobook]
Margaret Verble, Emily Sutton-Smith
FIC Ver
On Swift Horses
Shannon Pufahl
FIC Puf
Country Music : An Illustrated History
Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns, Susanna Steisel, Susan Shumaker, Pam Tubridy Baucom
781.642 Dun
Someplace To Call Home
Sandra Dallas
J FIC Dal
Dark Territory
Terrence McCauley
FIC McC
The Cost Of Dying
Peter Brandvold
FIC Bra
Friends Call Me Bat
Paul Colt
FIC Col
The Glovemaker : A Novel
Ann Weisgarber
FIC Wei
Hawke's Target
Reavis Z. Wortham
FIC Wor
The Telegraph Proposal
Gina Welborn, Becca Whitham
FIC Wel
Lakota America : A New History Of Indigenous Power
Pekka Hämäläinen
970.98 Ham
This Side Of Night
J. Todd Scott
FIC Sco
Let 'Er Buck! : George Fletcher, The People's Champion
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Gordon C. James
E Nel