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Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo

Written by Oscar Zeta Acosta


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 17, 1989
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72213-7 (0-679-72213-0)

Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson
Afterword by Marco Acosta.

An underground classic since it was first published in 1972, The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo is Acosta's own account of coming of age as a Chicano. Famous as a Robin Hood Chicano lawyer and notorious as the real-life model for Hunter S... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Revolt of the Cockroach People

Written by Oscar Zeta Acosta


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 28, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-72212-0 (0-679-72212-2)

Introduction by Hunter S. Thompson
Afterword by Marco Acosta.

In this exhilarating sequel to The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo, Oscar Zeta Acosta (the real life model for Hunter S. Thompson's "Dr. Gonzo") takes readers behind the front lines of the militant Chicano movement of the late sixties and seventies. Before... Read more >
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A Country Called Home

Written by Kim Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 6, 2009
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-38911-4 (0-307-38911-1)

A powerful novel of young love and rural isolation from the acclaimed author of In the Wilderness.

Thomas Deracotte is just out of medical school, and his pregnant wife, Helen, have their whole future mapped out for them in upper-crust Connecticut. But they are dreamers, and they set out to create... Read more >
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In the Wilderness
Coming of Age in Unknown Country
Written by Kim Barnes


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: February 17, 1997
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-47821-2 (0-385-47821-6)

Poet Kim Barnes grew up in northern Idaho, in the isolated camps where her father worked as a logger and her mother made a modest but comfortable home for her husband and two children. Their lives were short on material wealth, but long on the riches of family and friendship, and... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Claiming Ground

Written by Laura Bell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 19, 2011
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-307-47464-3 (0-307-47464-X)

A Providence Journal Best Book of the Year

In 1977, Laura Bell left her family home in Kentucky for a wild and unexpected adventure: herding sheep in Wyoming’s Big Horn Basin. The only woman in a man’s world, she nevertheless found a home among the strange community of drunks and eccentrics... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Breaking Clean

Written by Judy Blunt


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70130-6 (0-375-70130-3)

In this extraordinary literary debut third-generation homesteader Judy Blunt describes her hardscrabble life on the prairies of eastern Montana in prose as big and bold as the landscape.

On a ranch miles from nowhere, Judy Blunt grew up with cattle and snakes, outhouse and isolation, epic blizzards and devastating prairie fires. She... Read more >

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A Strong West Wind
A Memoir
Written by Gail Caldwell


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: January 9, 2007
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7256-6 (0-8129-7256-2)

In this exquisitely rendered memoir set on the high plains of Texas, Pulitzer Prize winner Gail Caldwell transforms into art what it is like to come of age in a particular time and place. A Strong West Wind begins in the 1950s in the wilds of the Texas Panhandle–a place of... Read more >
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Everything
A Novel
Written by Kevin Canty


Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Publisher: Nan A. Talese
On Sale: July 6, 2010
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53330-0 (0-385-53330-6)

On the fifth of July, RL and June go down to the river with a bottle of Johnnie Walker Red to commemorate Taylor’s fiftieth and last birthday. Taylor was RL’s boyhood friend and June’s husband, but after eleven years, June, a childless hospice worker, finally declares she’s “nobody’s widow anymore.” Anxious... Read more >
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Nine Below Zero

Written by Kevin Canty


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 5, 2000
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70799-5 (0-375-70799-9)

From the acclaimed author of A Stranger in this World and Into the Great Wide Open comes a novel that explores reckless love and penetrates the unrelenting winter landscape of the American West.

Marvin Deernose, a Native American carpenter and recovering alcoholic, has just returned to his Montana hometown with hopes of... Read more >

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Winslow in Love

Written by Kevin Canty


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 14, 2006
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7855-4 (1-4000-7855-5)

Richard Winslow is in a rut. His marriage is over and he is alone, teaching poetry as a visiting professor in Montana and continuing to avoid actually writing himself. He drinks to oblivion every night.

At this freezing college, in the dead of winter, Winslow meets Erika, one of his poetry students... Read more >
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Death Comes for the Archbishop

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72889-4 (0-679-72889-9)

There is something epic--almost mythical--about this sparsely beautiful novel, although the story it tells is that of a single human life, lived simply in the silence of the desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of... Read more >
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A Lost Lady

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: June 16, 1990
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72887-0 (0-679-72887-2)

In this masterpiece of nuance and revelation, Cather's portrait of Mrs. Forrester--through the eyes of her aging husband; Niel Herbert, who falls in love with her as a boy and becomes her confidant as a man; and the town of Sweet Water--is something like an answer to Madame Bovary, a lady... Read more >
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Lucy Gayheart

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-72888-7 (0-679-72888-0)

In this haunting 1935 novel, Cather performs a series of crystalline variations on the themes that preoccupy her greatest fiction: the impermanence of innocence, the opposition between prairie and city, and the grandeur, elation, and heartache that await a gifted young woman who leaves her small Nebraska town to pursue a... Read more >
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O Pioneers!

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: December 1, 1992
Price: $10.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74362-0 (0-679-74362-6)

O Pioneers! is considered Cather's first great novel and to many remains her unchallenged masterpiece. No other work of fiction so faithfully conveys both the sharp physical realities and the mythic sweep of the transformation of the American frontier--and the transformation of the people who settled it. At once a sophisticated... Read more >
Also available as an eBook, hardcover and a paperback.

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One of Ours

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 5, 1991
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-73744-5 (0-679-73744-8)

Winner of the Pulitzer Prize in 1923, in One of Ours, Willa Cather explores the destiny of a grandchild of the pioneers, a young Nebraskan whose yearnings impel him toward a frontier bloodier and more distant than the one that vanished before his birth. In doing so, Cather creates a canny... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Shadows on the Rock

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: September 26, 1995
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-76404-5 (0-679-76404-6)

Cather wrote Shadows on the Rock immediately after her other historical masterpiece, Death Comes to the Archbishop. Like its predecessor, this novel of seventeenth-century Quebec is a luminous evocation of North American origins, and of the men and women who struggled to adapt to that new world even as they clung... Read more >
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The Song of the Lark

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1999
Price: $13.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70645-5 (0-375-70645-3)

"The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway."
--Leon Edel

In this portrait of the self-making of an artist, Willa Cather created one of her most extraordinary heroines. Thea Kronborg, a minister's daughter in a provincial Colorado town, whose path to the world stage leads her ever farther from a... Read more >

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Vintage Cather

Written by Willa Cather


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $9.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7746-5 (1-4000-7746-X)

Representing a wide spectrum of some of our most significant modern and contemporary authors, the Vintage Readers offer an attractive, accessible sampling of writing that matters.

“The time will come when she will be ranked above Hemingway.” —Leon Edel

A classic American writer in every sense, Willa Cather enjoyed both critical and commercial... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Woman Hollering Creek
And Other Stories
Written by Sandra Cisneros


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 3, 1992
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-73856-5 (0-679-73856-8)

Winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for Fiction

From the acclaimed author of The House on Mango Street comes a story collection of breathtaking range and authority, whose characters give voice to the vibrant and varied life on both sides of the Mexican border. From a young girl revealing secrets only an... Read more >
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The Ox-Bow Incident

Written by Walter Van Tilburg Clark
Introduction by Wallace Stegner


Format: Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Modern Library
On Sale: April 27, 2004
Price: $6.95
ISBN: 978-0-8129-7258-0 (0-8129-7258-9)

Set in 1885, The Ox-Bow Incident is a searing and realistic portrait of frontier life and mob violence in the American West. First published in 1940, it focuses on the lynching of three innocent men and the tragedy that ensues when law and order are abandoned. The result is an emotionally... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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Deadwood

Written by Pete Dexter


Format: Trade Paperback, 384 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 12, 2005
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7971-1 (1-4000-7971-3)

DEADWOOD, DAKOTA TERRITORIES, 1876: Legendary gunman Wild Bill Hickcock and his friend Charlie Utter have come to the Black Hills town of Deadwood fresh from Cheyenne, fleeing an ungrateful populace. Bill, aging and sick but still able to best any man in a fair gunfight, just wants to be left alone... Read more >
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Lasso the Wind
Away to the New West
Written by Timothy Egan


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 26, 1999
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-78182-0 (0-679-78182-X)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Winner of the Mountains and Plains Book Seller's Association Award

"Sprawling in scope. . . . Mr. Egan uses the past powerfully to explain and give dimension to the present." --The New York Times

"Fine reportage . . . honed and polished until it reads... Read more >
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AMERICAN INDIAN MYTHS AND LEGENDS

Written by Richard Erdoes and Alfonso Ortiz


Format: Trade Paperback, 544 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: August 12, 1985
Price: $21.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-74018-8 (0-394-74018-1)

This collection gathers one-hundred-sixty tales from eighty tribal groups to offer a rich and lively panorama of the Native American mythic heritage.  From all across the continent come tales of creation, love, of heroes and war, of animals, tricksters, and the end of the world. Alfonso Ortiz, an eminent anthropologist, and Richard... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Legends and Tales of the American West

Written by Richard Erdoes


Format: Trade Paperback, 464 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: September 1, 1998
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-70266-2 (0-375-70266-0)

From Davy Crockett, Wild Bill Hickok, and Calamity Jane to Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill, and Frank and Jesse James, here are more than 130 colorful stories of the pioneers, cowboys, outlaws, gamblers, prospectors, and lawmen who settled the wild west, creating a uniquely American hero and a fascinating folk mythology.

In... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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God's Country

Written by Percival Everett
Introduction by Madison Smartt Bell


Format: Trade Paperback, 232 pages
Publisher: Beacon Press
On Sale: May 15, 2003
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-8070-8363-5 (0-8070-8363-1)

The unlikely narrator through this tale of misadventures is one Curt Marder: gambler, drinker, cheat, and would-be womanizer. It’s 1871, and he’s lost his farm, his wife, and his dog to a band of marauding hooligans. With nothing to live on but a desire to recover what is rightfully his, Marder... Read more >
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