Westerns: The Spur Awards 2021

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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.


Winner
Johnny D. Boggs
Description: "The Civil War is over. The future of the American West is up for grabs. Any man crazy enough to lead a herd of Texas longhorns to the north stands to make a fortune--and make history. That man would be Nelson Story. A bold entrepreneur and miner, he knows a golden opportunity when he sees one. But it won't be easy. Cowboys and bandits got guns, farmers got sick livestock, and the Army's got their own reasons to stop the drive. Even worse, Story's top hand is an ornery Confederate veteran who used to be his enemy. But all that is nothing compared to the punishing weather, the deadly stampedes--and the bloodthirsty wrath of the Sioux."--FantasticFiction.com.
Call Number: FIC Bog
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Aaron Gwyn
Description: "1827. Duncan Lammons, a disgraced young man from Kentucky, sets out to join the American army in the province of Texas, hoping that here he may live and love as he pleases. That same year, Cecelia, a young slave in Virginia, runs away for the first time. Soon infamous for her escape attempts, Cecelia drifts through the reality of slavery until she encounters frontiersman Sam Fisk, who rescues her from a slave auction in New Orleans. She travels with Sam to his homestead in Texas. In this new territory they begin an unlikely life together, unaware that their fates are intertwined with those of Sam's former army mates- some of whom harbor dangerous dreams of their own."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Gwy
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Winner
Justin Farrell
Description: Billionaire Wilderness offers a look inside the world of the ultra-wealthy and their relationship to the natural world, showing how the ultra-rich use nature to resolve key predicaments in their lives. Justin Farrell immerses himself in Teton County, Wyoming--both the richest county in the United States and the county with the nation's highest level of income inequality--to investigate interconnected questions about money, nature, and community in the twenty-first century. Farrell finds that the wealthy leverage nature to climb even higher on the socioeconomic ladder, and they use their engagement with nature and rural people as a way of creating more virtuous and deserving versions of themselves. Billionaire Wilderness demonstrates that our contemporary understanding of the relationship between the ultra-wealthy and the environment is empirically shallow, and our reliance on reports of national economic trends distances us from the real experiences of these people and their local communities.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 333.72 Far
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Will Hobbs
Description: "Determined to recover his family's mules, fifteen-year-old Owen is joined by his kid brother and Telluride's notorious marshal in pursuit of a rustler--all the way to Butch Cassidy's hideout"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Hob
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Winner
Matthew P Mayo
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
Description: "For Havyn Powell, growing up on her grandfather Chuck Bondrant's dairy outside the 1904 gold-rush boomtown of Nome, Alaska, offered all she needed. She had the love of her mother, two sisters, and grandfather. But now, at 23, Havyn realizes the stability of her life may soon vanish. Havyn is determined to find a way to keep the family together, but her grandfather's health is declining and everyone seems to be holding secrets from each other, including the handsome, dark-haired stranger who recently arrived. John Roselli arrives in Nome looking for a steady, consistent job. He has grown tired of the promises of getting rich quick and just wants an honest job with honest pay. His grandfather once knew a Chuck Bondrant, and so when John arrives at the dairy, he's quickly offered a job--and a path to more if he wants it. Havyn's plan for helping out the family means using her beautiful singing voice and her sisters' musical talent at a local roadhouse. They're an immediate hit, and it looks like her plan will be a success. But the spotlight brings with it dangerous eyes that covet Havyn and are jealous as she and John grow ever closer. But will they realize the peril before it's too late?" --amazon.com
Call Number: FIC Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Brett Cogburn
Description: "Vulture City is home to a prosperous gold mine and every bad man in the Arizona Territory knows it. Nearly every stagecoach attempting to deliver the gold to the railroad at Maricopa has been ambushed on the trail -- a trail known as the Gunpowder Express for the bullet-riddled bodies along the way. With gold piling up and a lack of volunteers to transport it, the mine owner hires Newt 'Widowmaker' Jones to ride shotgun on the next stage. Foolhardy and desperate for money, Newt joins three other guards -- and a passenger, Jenny Silks, a stubborn firebrand with her own stake in seeing the delivery through. But waiting on the Gunpowder Express is Irish Jack O'Harrigan and his band of outlaws. There's not a soul alive he wouldn't think twice about putting six feet under. But he's never traded lead with the man known as Widowmaker..." -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: FIC Cog
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Ginger Gaffney
Description: "An alternative prison ranch in New Mexico conducts a daring experiment: setting the troubled residents out to retrain an aggressive herd of horses. The horses and prisoners both arrive at the ranch broken in one way or many- the horses often abandoned and suspicious, the residents, some battling drug and alcohol addiction, emotionally, physically, and financially shattered. Ginger Gaffney's job is to retrain the untrainable. With time, the horses and residents form a profound bond, and teach each other patience, control, and trust. As Gaffney peels away the layers of her own story- a solitary childhood, painful introversion, and a transformative connection with her first horse, a filly named Belle- she, too, learns to trust people as much as she trusts horses. Half Broke is a resonant memoir with a spirited, memorable cast that describes the fascinating ways both horses and humans seek relationships to survive"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 798.2092 Gaf
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Alice Baumgartner
Description: The Underground Railroad to the North was salvation for many US slaves before the Civil War. But during the same decades, thousands of people in the south-central United States escaped slavery not by heading north but by crossing the southern border into Mexico. Alice Baumgartner tells the story of Mexico's rise as an antislavery republic and a promised land for enslaved people in North America. She describes how Mexico's abolition of slavery challenged US institutions and helped to set the international stage for the US Civil War. In 1837, shortly after Texas rebelled against Mexican rule, Mexico's Congress formally abolished slavery, and enslaved people began to head south. Some were helped by free blacks, ship captains, Mexicans, Germans, gamblers, preachers, mail riders, and other "lurking scoundrels," but most escaped by their own ingenuity -- with stolen rifles, forged slave passes, and, in one instance, a wig made from horsehair and pitch. As they fled across the Rio Grande, and the US government failed to secure their return, their owners began to suspect an international conspiracy against the "peculiar institution." With the Southern slave regime under pressure from both the north and south, the conditions were in place for the coming of the US Civil War. Today, our attention is fixed on people seeking opportunity by moving north across our southern border, but South to Freedom reveals what happened when the reverse was true: when American slaves fled "the land of the free" for freedom in Mexico.-- From statement provided by publisher.
Call Number: 306.362 Bau
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Winner
Peter Cozzens
Description: Until the Americans killed Tecumseh in 1813, he and his brother Tenskwatawa were the co-architects of the broadest pan-Indian confederation in United States history. In previous accounts of Tecumseh's life, Tenskwatawa has been dismissed as a talentless charlatan and a drunk. Peter Cozzens shows us that while Tecumseh was a brilliant diplomat and war leader--admired by the same white Americans he opposed--it was Tenskwatawa, called the "Shawnee Prophet," who created a vital doctrine of religious and cultural revitalization that unified the disparate tribes of the Old Northwest. -- adapted from jacket
Call Number: 920 Coz
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Winner
Robert M. Utley
Description: "The Last Sovereigns: Sitting Bull and the Resistance of the Last Free Lakotas is the story of how Sitting Bull resisted the white man's ways as a last best hope for the survival of an indigenous way of life--a nomadic life based on the buffalo--sacred to him and to his people"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: 978.004 Utl
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Rudy Ruiz, Johnny Rey Diaz
Description: Fulgencio Ramirez strives to succeed in America, break a mystical family curse, and win back Carolina Mendelssohn's love thirty years after their doomed youthful romance.
Call Number: FIC Rui
Format: Book
Date Added: May 24, 2021
Winner
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
Description: "Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota. When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that's hard to forget. But when heroin makes its way into the reservation and finds Virgil's nephew, his vigilantism suddenly becomes personal. He enlists the help of his ex-girlfriend and sets out to learn where the drugs are coming from, and how to make them stop. They follow a lead to Denver and find that drug cartels are rapidly expanding and forming new and terrifying alliances. And back on the reservation, a new tribal council initiative raises uncomfortable questions about money and power. As Virgil starts to link the pieces together, he must face his own demons and reclaim his Native identity. He realizes that being a Native American in the twenty-first century comes at an incredible cost. Winter Counts is a tour-de-force of crime fiction, a bracingly honest look at a long-ignored part of American life, and a twisting, turning story that's as deeply rendered as it is thrilling" -- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: LP FIC Wei
Format: Large Print
Date Added: May 24, 2021
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A Thousand Texas Longhorns
Johnny D. Boggs
FIC Bog
Half Broke : A Memoir
Ginger Gaffney
798.2092 Gaf
All God's Children
Aaron Gwyn
FIC Gwy
South To Freedom : Runaway Slaves To Mexico And The Road To The Civil War
Alice Baumgartner
306.362 Bau
Billionaire Wilderness : The Ultra-wealthy And The Remaking Of The American West
Justin Farrell
333.72 Far
Tecumseh And The Prophet : The Shawnee Brothers Who Defied A Nation
Peter Cozzens
920 Coz
City Of Gold
Will Hobbs
J FIC Hob
The Last Sovereigns : Sitting Bull And The Resistance Of The Free Lakotas
Robert M. Utley
978.004 Utl
Dilly
Matthew P Mayo
The Resurrection Of Fulgencio Ramirez A Novel
Rudy Ruiz, Johnny Rey Diaz
FIC Rui
Forever Hidden
Tracie Peterson, Kimberley Woodhouse
FIC Pet
Winter Counts : A Novel
David Heska Wanbli Weiden
LP FIC Wei
Gunpowder Express
Brett Cogburn
FIC Cog