The Cowboy Girl John Clayton, University of NEBRASKA PRESS, $21.95, SOFTCOVER; 800-755-1105.

cowboygirlAs biographies go, this is no doubt the best I have read in years.  Clayton’s narrative story of Caroline Lockhart begins in her young reporter years, back east.

She then made a bold decision to move to Cody, Wyoming, where she lived the life she truly loved and wrote about it. (In 1904, she met Buffalo Bill Cody!) She became publisher and editor of the Cody Enterprise and went on to write seven bestselling novels, three of which became Hollywood films. Caroline Lockhart wanted to be a “cowboy girl.” She was, as far as her dreams and ambition went. —Linda Wommack

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