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FOR YOUR READING PLEASURE—Volume 1

Here are some recently published books that might help you through the stay-at-home days of boredom……..10% off all titles listed and free shipping ($22.00 minimum order)!

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1) Abbott, E.C. “Teddy Blue” WE POINTED THEM NORTH: Recollections of a Cowpuncher 1991, Lakeside Press edition, Chicago.  Edited and with a historical introduction by Ron Tyler Adams,  Ramon Adams,  SIX-GUNS: “This is one of the best books in recent years depicting cowboy life.  The author was a well-known character of his day.” Includes a chapter on cowboy songs.  385pp w/photos, footnotes, index.  Trade paperback, new…….19.95

 2) Adams, Andy THE LOG OF A COWBOY: A Narrative of the Old Trail Days 1931, reprint of the 1903 edition, Boston. Adams, SIX-GUNS: “...it has become a classic as a picture of trail driving, and no bibliography on cattle would be complete without it.”  387pp. Trade paperback, new…….14.95

 3) Barker, Elliott S. WHEN THE DOGS BARK ‘TREED’ A Year on the Trail of the Longtails  2011, reprint, Silver City. Stories of trapping and hunting lions, turkey, elk, and other wildlife in the Vermejo Park region of New Mexico. 209pp w/photos. HB w/pictorial cover, new [multiple copies available]……..29.95

 4) Bernard, Lora-Marie THE YELLOW ROSE OF THEXAS: The Song, The Legend and Emily D. West 2020, 1st printing, Charleston.  The author seeks an honest account honoring the grit and determination that brought a free black woman from the abolitionist riots of Connecticut to the thick of a bloody Texas revolution. 160pp w/illus. Trade Paperback, new….23.99

 5) Brown, Norman Wayne MAN HUNTER IN INDIAN COUNTRY: George Redman Tucker Deputy U.S. Marshall 2019, 1st edition, Eakin Press, Fort Worth. The story of the intrepid lawmen whose career chasing outlaws took him from Texas, through the Indian Territory, to Wyoming and back to Texas. 248pp w/illus, app, index. Trade paperback, new……..19.95

 5b) Castaneda, Chrysta & Loren C. Steffy THE LAST TRIAL OF T. BOONE PICKENS 2020, 1st edition, Stoney Creek Publishing.  “A high-stakes courtroom drama told through the eyes of Castañeda. It’s the story of an American business legend still fighting in the twilight of his long career, and the lawyer determined to help him make one final stand for justice.”303pp w/notes, sources, index. HB/DJ, new [multiple copies available]…….34.95

 6) Cutrer, Thomas W. EMPIRE OF SAND: The Struggle for the Southwest, 1862 2015, 1st edition, Buffalo Gap.  A new look at the Southern attempt in 1862 to open a path to California. 140pp w/maps, illus, index. Softcover, new [multi-copies available]..24.99

 7) [GALVESTON COUNTY] THE MACEO’S and the FREE STATE OF GALVESTON: An Authorized History  2020, 1st printing, Charleston. For nearly forty years, Sam and Rose Maceo ruled a far-reaching underground economy of illegal booze and gambling but used their influence to infuse the “Free State of Galveston” with glamour, fame and fortune—a vision later used as a template for Las Vegas.187pp w/photos, appendices, notes, biblio, index. Trade paperback, new …..23.99

 8) [GALVESTON COUNTY]  GALVESTON’S MACEO FAMILY EMPIRE: Bootlegging & the Balinese Room  by T. Nicole Boatman, et al. 2014, 1st edition, History Press, Charleston. A history of the Island’s empire of gambling, smuggling and prostitution that lasted three decades. 144pp w/photos, notes, index. Trade paperback, new ….19.99

 9) Gwynne, S.C. HYMNS OF THE REPUBLIC: The Story of the Final Year of the American Civil War 2019, 1st edition, NY.  A compelling narrative that breathes new life into the epic battle between Lee and Grant; the advent of 180,000 black soldiers in the Union army; William Tecumseh Sherman’s March to the Sea; the ri   se of Clara Barton; the election of 1864 (which Lincoln nearly lost); the wild and violent guerrilla war in Missouri; and the dramatic final events of the war, including the surrender at Appomattox and the murder of Abraham Lincoln. 416pp w/illus, index. HB/DJ, new. Recommended!........32.00

 10) Gwynne, S. C.  EMPIRE OF THE SUMMER MOON: Quanah Parker and the Rise and Fall of the Comanches 2010, reprint, NY.  “A thrilling account of the Texas frontier in the 19th century, a vivid description of the Comanche nation, …” 371pp w/notes, bibliography, index. Trade paperback, new …..18.00

 11) Gwynne, S.C. REBEL YELL: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson  2014, 1st edition, NY. “A thrilling account of how Confederate General Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson became a great and tragic American hero.” Gives insight into his tragic personal life and traces his brilliant two-year career in the Civil War.  His death caused both the North and South to grieve the loss of a remarkable American champion. 672pp w/map, illus, biblio, appendix, index.

 12) Haile, Bartee  TEXAS BOOMTOWNS: A History of Blood and Oil 2015, 1st printing, History Press, Charleston. Chapters on Spindletop, Ranger, Mexia, Borger, and East Texas. 119pp w/photos, index. Trade paperback, new 21.99

 13) Haley, J. Evetts CHARLES GOODNIGHT: Cowman and Plainsman 1949,  facsimile reprint, Norman. Illustrations by H.D. Bugbee. One of the best of the cowmen’s biographies.  Much of Haley’s material came from first-hand interviews with Goodnight over a period of years.  485pp w/bibliography, index. Trade paperback, new…..24.95

 14) Harrigan, Stephen BIG WONDERFUL THING: A History of Texas 2019, 1st edition, Austin. “A tour de force by a New York Times best-selling author that captures the rich history of  a state that sits at the center of a nation, yet defiantly stands apart.” 925pp w/maps, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. HB/DJ, new SIGNED copies available……34.95

 15) Kavanagh, Thomas W. THE COMANCHES: A History, 1706-1875 1999, 1st paperback printing, Lincoln. “This is the first in-depth historical study of Comanche social and political groups. [Kavanagh] traces the changes and continuities in Comanche politics from their earliest interactions with Europeans to their settlement on a reservation in present-day Oklahoma.” 585pp w/maps, illustrations, tables, notes, references, index. Softcover w/pictorial cover, new………34.95

 16) Parsons, Chuck TEXAS RANGER LEE HALL: From the Red River to the Rio Grande 2020, 1st edition, Denton. A well-written, and well-researched biography with emphasis on Lee Hall’s years as a Texas Ranger, 1876-1880.421pp w/illustrations, maps, bibliography, index. HB/DJ, new …….29.95

 17) Salmon, M.H. TALES OF THE CHASE: Hound-dogs, Catfish, and Other Pursuits Afield 2012, 2nd edition, Silver City. Twenty entertaining  hunting with hounds stories.244pp w/illus. HB w/illustrated cover, as new, SIGNED……24.95

 18) Salmon, M.H. Dutch GAZEHOUNDS & COURSING: The History, art, and Sport of hunting With Sighthounds 1999, revised and expanded edition, Silver City. An up-to-date look at an ancient sport with the necessary methodology for choosing, raising, training, breeding and running the graceful “longdogs.”  274pp w/photos. HB w/decorated cover, new…24.95

 19) Schullery, Paul  THE BEAR HUNTER’S CENTURY: Profiles From The Golden Age of Bear Hunting  1998, reprint, Silver City.  Profiles the life, times and adventures of ten of America’s greatest bear hunters, including Davey Crockett, Teddy Roosevelt, Ben Lilly, and others. 252pp w/photos, biblio, index. Softcover new….19.95

 20) Wittliff, Bill THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE 2014, 1st edition, Austin. Novel. “…an engrossing story of a Texas Huck Finn that brims with folk wisdom and sly humor. A rogue’s gallery of characters…” 224pp w/illustrations by Jack Unruh. HB/DJ, new, limited supply of  SIGNED copies available. ………40.00

 21) Wittliff, Bill THE DEVIL’S SINKHOLE 2016, 1st edition, Austin. Illustrations by Joe Ciardiello. Sequel to Wittliff’s charming and entertaining The Devil’s Backbone.  More adventures of the boy Papa and his amigo Calley Pearsall. 203pp w/illustrations. HB/DJ, new, limited supply of  SIGNED copies available………….40.00 

22) Wittliff, Bill THE DEVIL’S FORK 2018, 1st edition, Austin. Illustrations by Edward Carey.  The third and final volume of Wittliff’s charming Papa Stories trilogy. 153pp w/illustrations. HB/DJ, new, limited supply of  SIGNED copies available ..40.00

 We also have all 72 titles of Hank the Cowdog by John Ericson—entertaining! Call us for options on these highly entertaining books for young and old, paperbacks = $5.99 each, 1 thru 72.

For the youngsters in your household,  click on “CHILDREN’S CLASSICS” for some great titles that have entertained generations.

FOR YOUR READING PLEASUREVolume 2

 1) Adams, John A., Jr. THE FIGHTIN’ AGGIE DEFENDERS OF BATAAN & CORRIGADOR 2016, 1st edition, College Station. “Provides a new and compelling exploration of these pivotal events by recounting the history of Bataan and Corregidor through the eyes of 89 soldiers and officers who were former students and citizen soldiers from the Texas A & M. All were products of the Corps of Cadets, and indeed no other institution could boast of such a large deployment in the opening of the war.” 291pp w/maps, photos, notes, bibliography, index. HB/DJ, new…………30.00

 2) [BIG BEND] THE WHOLE DAMN CHEESE: Maggie Smith, Border Legend by Bill Wright. 2018, 1st edition, TCU Press, Fort Worth.  Maggie’s family history is virtually a history of the Texas frontier, and her story outlines  the beginnings and early development of Big Bend National Park. This book demonstrates why this remarkable frontier woman has become an indelible figure in the history of Texas. 140pp w/photos, notes, appendix. Trade paperback, new [multi-copies]…….24.00

 3) [BIG BEND] YONDERINGS: Trails and Memories of the Big Bend by Ben H. English. 2017, 1st edition, Fort Worth. The author grew up in the Big Bend area and looks back on his younger days of exploring the beauty and uniqueness of this remote part of Texas. 223pp w/photos. Trade paperback, new [multiple copies available]…..22.95

 4) Boessenecker, John TEXAS RANGER: The Epic Life of Frank Hamer, The Man Who Killed Bonnie and Clyde 2016, 1st edition, NY. Hamer stood on the front lines of some of the most important and exciting periods of American history. He participated in the Bandit War of 1915, survived the climactic gunfight of a West Texas blood feud, battled the spillover from the Mexican Revolution, protected innocents from the Ku Klux Clan, and ran down gangsters, bootleggers, and Communists. 514pp w/photos, notes, index. Trade paperback…..21.99

 5) Boessenecker, John SHOTGUNS AND STAGECOACHES: The Brave Men Who Rode For Wells Fargo in the Wild West 2018, 1st edition, NY.  “Unearths thrilling little-known tales of the Old West’s heroes and highwayman.” Reads like a novel….! 348pp w/illus, notes, index. HB/DJ, new  Recommended!........29.99

 6) Carter, Capt. R. G. ON THE BORDER WITH MACKENZIE 2007, reprint, Austin. New foreword by Charles M. Robinson III.  Jenkins, BASIC TEXAS BOOKS: “This is one of the best sources on the Federal cavalry campaigns against the Indians in the 1870s.”  563pp w/photos, index.   Trade paperback, as new………29.95

 7) Dana, Anna Manns  UNDER THE TEXAS SUN: Adventures of a Young Cowpuncher  1986, 1st edition, Fort Worth. The memoirs of Mac Vernon recount the true-to-life adventures of a teenager who grew to manhood working on a West Texas ranch in the 1880s. Includes tales of branding cows, recovering stolen stock and witnessing a murder over a four-bit monte game. 97pp. HB/DJ, fine copy……22.50

 8) De Leon, Arnoldo [editor]  WAR ALONG THE BORDER: The Mexican Revolution and Tejano Communities 2012, 1st edition, College Station. Scholars contributing to this volume consider topics ranging from the effects of the Mexican Revolution on Tejano and African American communities to its impact on Texas’ economy and agriculture. Plan de San Diego; El Paso Race Riot of 1916; Women ‘s labor activism; smuggling in dangerous times; more. 345pp w/photos, index. HB new….24.95

 9) Edwards, Dr. Charlie UP TO MY ARMPITS: Adventures of a West Texas Veterinarian  2002, reprint, Marathon.  A cow-doctor’s entertaining memoirs of a practice that spanned fifty years and covered a 200 mile radius around Marfa, Texas. 349pp w/photos, map, illustrations. Entertaining! Softcover, as new…..19.95

 10) Fedewa, Marilyn H. MARIA OF AGREDA: Mystical Lady In Blue 2009, reprint, Albuquerque. “A fascinating biography of an extraordinary woman told from the perspective of her 17th-century culture.” Maria was believed to have miraculously appeared before the Jumano Native Americans—a feat corroborated by witnesses in Spain, Texas and New Mexico.  336pp w/maps, illus, notes, appendices, index. Trade paperback, new………..29.95

 11) Freeman, Huey WHO SHOT NICK IVIE? 2019, 1st edition, Urbana. Border Patrol Agent Nick Ivie was killed by drug smugglers along the Arizona-Mexico Border in 2012. President Obama vowed to bring his killers to justice, but when the shooting was connected to the government’s Fast and Furious gunrunning scandal, the FBI’s investigation suddenly ended. Freeman has uncovered the true story of what occurred—a story that has never been told before. 355pp w/maps, illus, index. Trade paper..24.95

 12) Hunt, James Winford  BUFFALO DAYS: Stories from J. Wright Mooar as told to James Winford Hunt. 2005, 1st  edition. Mooar recounts his days as a buffalo hunter. 126pp w/illus, chapter notes, index. HB/DJ…..19.95

 13) Kelton, Elmer THE MAN WHO RODE MIDNIGHT  reprint edition, TCU Press. Of all Kelton’s novels, this title ranks as one of my personal favorites. Trade paperback….19.95

 14) Kelton, Elmer THE GOOD OLD BOYS 1978, 1st edition, NY. Western Heritage Award and made into TNT movie. 253pp. Trade paperback……..19.95

 15) Lanning, Michael Lee [editor] TEXAS AGGIES IN VIETNAM WAR STORIES 2016, 1st edition, College Station. The author, Texas A&M University Class of 1968, and Vietnam veteran, has gathered over three dozen recollections from other Aggies who served. 306pp w/appendices, index. HB/DJ, new …….29.95

 16) Lehmann, Herman NINE YEARS AMONG THE INDIANS 1870-1879: The Story of the Captivity and Life of a Texan Among the Indians  reprint edition, Austin. Edited by J. Marvin Hunter.  The story of Herman Lehmann who was a captive of the Comanches and Apaches. 235pp w/illus. Trade paperback….24.95

 17) McAleese, Barbara E. ECHOES ALONG THE PECOS RIVER: Intriguing Ranch Tales From West Texas 2014, 1st edition, np.  “A vivid history of five generations of Far West Texas’s Babb Family – good times and bad, murder and danger, drought and loss.”  First hand accounts and stories passed down by the family. 225pp w/photos, sources. Trade paperback, new….19.95

 18) Michno, Gregory THE SETTLER’S WAR: The Struggle for the Texas Frontier in the 1860s  2011, 1st edition, Caldwell.  “In the 1860s, the targets of the Comanches, Kiowas and Apaches were usually the homesteaders on the Texas frontier. The majority of killings were done by Indians on unsuspecting white families. But their story is seldom told—a tale of white victims is not a popular one today.” This book does a great job of recounting that era’s violence, revealing 150 Indian depredations most historians chose to overlook. 448pp w/maps, illustrations, notes, bibliography, index. Trade paperback, new…..19.95

 19) Michno, Gregory & Susan  A FATE WORSE THAN DEATH: Indian Captives in the West, 1830-1885 2009, 1st edition, Caldwell. “This book is the most extensive collection ever assembled of what it was like to be an Indian captive in the west.” It contains graphic descriptions of what happened to the victims, and provides profiles of them before they were captured, how they became prisoners, how they survived, and the effects those events had on the remainder of their lives.  Many of the grim events chronicled were in Texas and the Great Plains. 527pp w/photos, maps, appendices, bib, index. Trade paperback….19.95

 20) Turk, David S. FORGING THE STAR: The Official Modern History of the United States Marshals Service 2016, 2nd printing, Denton.” An informative, easy-to-read round-up of federal marshal activities through the decades…American Indian Movement’s takeover of Alcatraz; kidnapping and trial of Patty Hearst; integration of University of Mississippi; Jimmy Hoffa; Watergate; much more. 540pp w/photos, notes, biblio, index. Trade paperback, new …..21.95

 21) Woodall, James R.  TEXAS AGGIE MEDALS OF HONOR: Seven Heroes of World War II  2010, 1st edition, College Station. The complete life stories of seven courageous men.  179pp w/maps, photos, notes, biblio, index. HB/DJ, new ……29.95

 We also have all 74 titles of Hank the Cowdog by John Ericson—entertaining! Call us for options on these highly entertaining books for young and old, paperbacks = $5.99 each, 1 thru 74. If you need a list of titles, email.

 For the youngsters in your household, look at our website and click on “CHILDREN’S CLASSICS” for  over 60 titles that have entertained generations.

 Here is a list of ELMER KELTON titles.  I have most of them in either hardback or paperback, and in first edition or reprints.  Call or email with the titles you’re interested in and we’ll see what I have.  (If you’ve read all of Elmer’s works, I can tell you from personal experience, reading his books again are just as enjoyable as the first time! I’m re-reading The Man Who Rode Midnight at this moment…..)

 NOVELS:

1956  *HOT IRON  

1956  *BUFFALO WAGONS  [Spur Award

1957  *BARBED WIRE  

1959  *SHADOW OF A STAR   

1960  *TEXAS RIFLES  

1961  *DONOVAN  

1962  *BITTER TRAIL 

1963  *HORSEHEAD CROSSING  

1965  *MASSACRE AT GOLIAD

1966  *LLANO RIVER 

1967  *AFTER THE BUGLES

1969  *CAPTAIN’S RANGERS  

1969  *SHOTGUN SETTLEMENT (as Alex Hawk)

1969  *HANGING JUDGE

1971  *BOWIE’S MINE

1971  DAY THE COWBOYS QUIT [Spur Award ]

1972   *WAGONTONGUE 

1973  TIME IT NEVER RAINED, THE  [Spur Award; Western Heritage Award]

1974  *MANHUNTERS        

1975  JOE PEPPER (as Lee McElroy)

1976  LONG WAY TO TEXAS (as Lee McElroy)

1978  GOOD OLD BOYS, THE [Western Heritage Award] also  filmed for TNT Television

1980  WOLF AND THE BUFFALO, THE  

1981  EYES OF THE HAWK (as Lee McElroy) [Spur Award]  

1984  STAND PROUD 

1985  DARK THICKET  

1987  MAN WHO RODE MIDNIGHT, THE [Western Heritage  Award] 

1989  *SONS OF TEXAS Book I (writing as Tom Early)              

1989  *SONS OF TEXAS: The Raiders  (as Tom Early)

1990  *SONS OF TEXAS: The Rebels    (as Tom Early)

1991  HONOR AT DAYBREAK  

1992  SLAUGHTER [Spur Award]

1994  FAR CANYON  (sequel to SLAUGHTER)  [Spur Award] 

1996  PUMPKIN ROLLERS, THE   

1997  CLOUDY IN THE WEST  

1998  SMILING COUNTRY (sequel to GOOD OLD  BOYS) 

1999  BUCKSKIN LINE, THE 

2001  BADGER BOY 

2001  WAY OF THE COYOTE [Spur Award]

2002  RANGER’S TRAIL

2004  TEXAS VENDETTA  

2004  JERICHO’S ROAD 

2005  SIX BITS A DAY (prequel to GOOD OLD BOYS)             

2008  HARD TRAIL TO FOLLOW

2008  MANY A RIVER 

2009  OTHER MEN’S HORSES 

2010  TEXAS STANDOFF (due October 2010)

(*First editions of these titles were paperback originals)

NONFICTION TITLES:

1972  LOOKING BACK WEST

1981  FRANK C. McCARTHY: THE OLD WEST

1986  PERMIAN: A Continuing Saga            

1992  ART OF FRANK C. McCARTHY 

1992  ART OF HOWARD TERPNING  [WHA]

1992  LIVING AND WRITING IN WEST TEXAS

1993  ART OF JAMES BAMA    

1993  ELMER KELTON COUNTRY

1993  INDIAN IN FRONTIER NEWS, THE 

1995  MY KIND OF HEROES

1995  TEXAS

1999  TEXAS CATTLE BARONS

2003  CHRISTMAS AT THE RANCH

2007  SANDHILLS BOY: The Winding Trail of a Texas Writer

SHORT STORY COLLECTIONS

1986  *BIG BRAND, THE  

1986  THERE’S ALWAYS ANOTHER CHANCE 

2017  WILD WEST

2018  HARD RIDE

ELMER KELTON: Essays & Memories

Edited by Judy Alter and James Ward Lee

A collection of articles about Kelton by folks who knew him well, including Judy Alter (publisher), Ricky Burke (pastor); Steve Kelton (Elmer’s son); Felton Cochran (friend and bookseller). In addition, several writers and teachers discuss Elmer’s extraordinary body of work: Ruth McAdams, Joyce Roach, James Ward Lee, and Bob J. Frye. It also contains an insightful essay by Kelton, “Elmer Kelton Speaks Out…On The History of the Western Novel.” And lastly, there’s “A Basic Bibliography of Books by Elmer Kelton” provided by Cochran. PRICE = $19.95 Softcover, 160 pp]


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