Read Harder 2018: A Western

YEE-HAW!  The seventh Read Harder Challenge asks us to travel to America’s Old Frontier by reading a Western.  This genre is huge, so we’ve tried to narrow it down to some of our favorite western novels, both new and classic.   We’ve also got an extended list on our website – just find the Read Harder 2018 tab and click on “Westerns”.  As always, click on a cover or a title to place a hold.

The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt

“When a frontier baron known as the Commodore orders Charlie and Eli Sisters, his hired gunslingers, to track down and kill a prospector named Herman Kermit Warm, the brothers journey from Oregon to San Francisco, and eventually to Warm’s claim in the Sierra foothills, running into a witch, a bear, a dead Indian, a parlor of drunken floozies, and a gang of murderous fur trappers.”




All The Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy

“All the Pretty Horses tells of young John Grady Cole, the last of a long line of Texas ranchers. Across the border Mexico beckons—beautiful and desolate, rugged and cruelly civilized. With two companions, he sets off on an idyllic, sometimes comic adventure, to a place where dreams are paid for in blood.”




Doc by Mary Doria Russell

“After the burned body of a mixed-blood boy, Johnnie Sanders, is discovered in 1878 Dodge City, Kansas, part-time policeman Wyatt Earp enlists the help of his professional-gambler friend Doc Holliday.”





Under A Painted Sky by Stacey Lee

“In 1845, Sammy, a Chinese American girl, and Annamae, an African American slave girl, disguise themselves as boys and travel on the Oregon Trail to California from Missouri.”






Bury My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown
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“In Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, Dee Brown recounts the tragic massacre of the Native American tribes in the late 1800s, honestly and provocatively giving a voice to a moral horror that America too often tries to hide.”







Happy reading!
-Amanda, Adult Reference