Books

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The View Ahead

In the last quarter of the year, publishers are busily touting end-of-the year books and next year’s early releases. From advance copies I have received, I believe fans of Western history and fiction will be busy for the next few months buying and reading a bounty of offerings from publishers, small and large.

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Blind Pig Bonanza

A new biography on the bonanza-seeking Earps, plus new Western histories and biographies on an Old West rifle, Spanish Texas, a coal war gunman and a Sioux War reporter.

Last Ride Across Hi-Lo

Max Evans’s final novel The King of Taos, a literary Western, and new biographies of outlaws Cherokee Bill and Willis Newton.

The Horizon West

Western book publishing is experiencing a banner year in 2020 despite the pandemic.

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First Peoples, Original View

A groundbreaking book on Indian photographers, plus a biography of a heroic horse, a novel of the Alamo, a forgotten U.S. marshal and the power of Western theater.

Failure is Impossible

Chris Enss’s take on woman suffrage in the West in “No Place for a Woman”; a new Spillane-Collins noir Western; the Civil War out West; and women on the range.

Kit Carson’s War And Peace

Doug Hocking’s latest Southwestern history Terror on the Santa Fe Trail, plus new histories on the Spanish and Mexican Southwest, the Lakota people and a Western tale of Old Arizona.

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Soiled Doves

Review of Jan MacKell Collins’s Good Time Girls of Colorado: A Red-Light History of the Centennial State and Good Time Girls of Arizona and New Mexico: A Red-Light History of the American Southwest.