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The Wyatt Earp Faction

It is amazing, the number of times Wyatt Earp was shot at and never even wounded. Those who were close to him were usually not so fortunate. So much has been made of the gunfight at the O. K.

Misadventures With a Bully President

river of doubtMost of us know something about the career of Theodore Roosevelt: cowboy, hunter, Rough Rider, statesman, president. But few of us know of his brief but dangerous sojourn in the Amazonian jungles of Brazil in 1914, where he came very close to meeting a rather inglorious and untimely end.

Spur Award Winner Deals Another Winning Hand

Set in New Mexico in 1898, at the time of the Spanish-American War, this story by three-time Spur Award winner Johnny D. Boggs serves up the stuff Hollywood westerns are made of. On his website Mr.

The Legend of Bass Reeves

I stumbled across this title quite by accident, and I’m mighty glad I did. I didn’t even know Gary Paulsen wrote stories about the West. And this is a story worth telling. The subtitle reads “being a true and fictional account of the most valiant marshal in the west.” So you’ll find this in the young adult fiction section of the library. 

Hidalgo the Mighty Mustang!

 Before there was Seabiscuit and Red Pollard, there was Hidalgo the mustang and Frank T. Hopkins. Never mind that Frank T. Hopkins may be the biggest teller of tall tales this side of Timbuktu, and a shameless and tireless self-promoter. 

Official Unveiling of Plans for Evelyn Meador Branch

Unveiling Ceremony Friends 2

Friends Board with Lynn Meador Edmundson (peach suit on left), Commissioner Sylvia Garcia (blue blouse on right, and Seabrook Mayor Gary Renola (far right).

  Unveiling Ceremony Group One

From left to right: Lynn Meador Edmundson, Marianne Kolar, Gary Renola, Robin Riley, Sylvia Garcia, Dr. Tony McCollum, Rhoda Goldberg.

Appaloosa: the Hollywood version

It's the interplay between Viggo Mortensen (Everitt Hitch) and Ed Harris (Virgil Cole) that makes the movie version or Robert Parker's novel work at all. And Jeremy Irons makes a pretty good bad guy.

UNVEILING CEREMONY IN SEABROOK ON TUESDAY!

EV Line Drawing English & Assocs.

The plans for the new Evelyn Meador Branch Library, created by English & Associates of Houston will be unveiled this coming Tuesday at 10:00 a.m. in Seabrook on the site of the old facility. A reception, hosted by the Friends of Evelyn Meador, will follow at the Seabrook Community House at 1210 Anders. Included in the line up of guest speakers is Lynn Meador Edmundson, daughter of Evelyn Meador, who donated the land for the original building which first opened in June of 1988.

Holmes On The Range?

The Holmes referred to in the title is, of course, the master himself, Mr. Sherlock Holmes.  While he does not actually appear in the story, he is central to the plot. Two cowboys, using the methods of the beloved detective, solve a rather convoluted mystery on a Montana ranch in 1893. This story has a lot to offer: murder (of course), and mayhem, shootouts, great characters, even good horses, all turned out with nice dashes of humor and some pathos.  The pacing builds a bit slowly, but the people you meet make the wait worthwhile. The reading by William Dufris is masterful; he even handles the women's voices well.  I love the way Mr. Holmes (or at least his legacy) keeps turning up in the most unexpected places!

Beyond Westernology 101

Westerns used to be all about cowboys and Indians, horses and cattle, blazing guns and action. While those elements are certainly tried and true and still worth paying attention to, these days, the western can take some very interesting turns. (Personally, I like all of the above with generous chunks of open skies, mountains, prairies & canyons thrown in!) But if you are looking for something a little beyond the traditional western, check out our Weirdly Western link. There you’ll find gothic westerns, westerns with horror or science fiction elements thrown in, and other stories that tend to play fast and loose with our much loved myths of the west.  Follow the link above, or click on the Books tab from our homepage and scroll down to Westerns, then look for the link on the left side on the page. Happy Hunting!

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