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==Guns for Hire and Hardscrabble Heroes: Adventures & Untamed Characters==
==Guns for Hire and Hardscrabble Heroes: Adventures & Untamed Characters==
*The Thicket, by Joe Lansdale
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?thicket+lansdale'''The Thicket'''], by Joe Lansdale
*The Big Sky, by A. B. Guthrie
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?big+sky+guthrie'''The Big Sky'''], by A. B. Guthrie
*When the Legends Die, by Hal Borland
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?when+the+legends+die'''When the Legends Die'''], by Hal Borland
*Far Bright Star, by Robert Olmstead
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?far+bright+star'''Far Bright Star'''], by Robert Olmstead
*Shavetail, by Thomas Cobb
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?shavetail'''Shavetail'''], by Thomas Cobb
*The Border Trilogy by Cormac McCarthy, start with All The Pretty Horses
*'''The Border Trilogy''' by Cormac McCarthy
*The Son, by Philipp Meyer
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?all+the+pretty+horses+mccarthy'''All The Pretty Horses''']
*Little Big Man, by Thomas Berger
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?crossing+mccarthy'''The Crossing''']
*Desperadoes, by Ron Hansen
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?cities+of+the+plain+mccarthy'''Cities of the Plain''']
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?son+meyer'''The Son'''], by Philipp Meyer
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?little+big+man'''Little Big Man'''], by Thomas Berger
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?desperadoes+hansen'''Desperadoes'''], by Ron Hansen
==Home on the Range: Tales from the Frontier==
==Home on the Range: Tales from the Frontier==
*Roughing It, by Mark Twain
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?roughing+it+twain'''Roughing It'''], by Mark Twain
*Death Comes for the Archbishop, by Willa Cather
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?death+comes+for+the+archbishop'''Death Comes for the Archbishop'''], by Willa Cather
*Little House on the Prairie, by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?little+house+on+the+prairie'''Little House on the Prairie'''], by Laura Ingalls Wilder
*Angle of Repose, by Wallace Stegner
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?angle+of+repose'''Angle of Repose'''], by Wallace Stegner
*A Sudden Country, by Karen Fisher
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?sudden+country+fisher'''A Sudden Country'''], by Karen Fisher
*Butcher's Crossing, by John Williams
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?butchers+crossing'''Butcher's Crossing'''], by John Williams
==Classic and Not-so-Classic Westerns==
==Classic and Not-so-Classic Westerns==
*The Virginian, by Owen Wister
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?virginian+wister'''The Virginian'''], by Owen Wister
*Riders of the Purple Sage, by Zane Grey
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?riders+of+the+purple+sage'''Riders of the Purple Sage'''], by Zane Grey
*The Collected Short Stories of Louis L'Amour
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?short_stories+l'amour'''The Collected Short Stories'''] of Louis L'Amour
*The Sisters Brothers, by Patrick DeWitt
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sisters+brothers'''The Sisters Brothers'''], by Patrick DeWitt
*Spoon, Robert Greer
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?spoon+greer'''Spoon'''], Robert Greer
*Buffalo Girls, by Larry McMurtry
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?buffalo+girls+mcmurtry'''Buffalo Girls'''], by Larry McMurtry
*Deadwood, by Pete Dexter
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?deadwood+dexter'''Deadwood'''], by Pete Dexter
*Law of the Desert Born: A Graphic Novel based on a story by Louis L'Amour, adapted by Charles Santino
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?law+of+the+desert+born'''Law of the Desert Born'''], a graphic novel based on a story by Louis L'Amour, adapted by Charles Santino
==Lawmen & White Hats: Featuring Texas Rangers and US Marshals==
==Lawmen & White Hats: Featuring Texas Rangers and US Marshals==
*Lonesome Dove, by Larry McMurtry, and its prequels Comanche Moon and Dead Man's Walk
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?lonesome+dove+mcmurtry'''Lonesome Dove'''], by Larry McMurtry, and its prequels [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?comanche+moon'''Comanche Moon'''] and [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?dead+man's+walk+mcmurtry'''Dead Man's Walk''']
*Raylan, by Elmore Leonard
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?raylan+leonard'''Raylan'''], by Elmore Leonard
*Lone Star Ranger, by Zane Grey
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?lone+star+ranger'''Lone Star Ranger'''], by Zane Grey
*Elmer Kelton's Texas Rangers series - start with The Buckskin Line
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?kelton+texas+rangers'''Elmer Kelton's Texas Rangers series'''] - start with [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?buckskin+line'''The Buckskin Line''']
*Jon Land's Caitlin Strong series - start with Strong Enough to Die
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?land+caitlin+strong'''Jon Land's Caitlin Strong series'''] - start with [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?strong+enough+to+die'''Strong Enough to Die''']
*Larry Sweazy's Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger series - start with The Rattlesnake Season
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?sweazy+josiah+wolfe'''Larry Sweazy's Josiah Wolfe, Texas Ranger series'''] - start with [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rattlesnake+season'''The Rattlesnake Season''']
*A Tale Out of Luck, by Willie Nelson
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?tale+out+of+luck'''A Tale Out of Luck'''], by Willie Nelson
==Gals with Gumption: More Tenacious Heroines==
==Gals with Gumption: More Tenacious Heroines==
*Winter's Bone, by Daniel Woodrell
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?winter's+bone'''Winter's Bone'''], by Daniel Woodrell
*Salvage the Bones, by Jesmyn Ward
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?salvage+the+bones'''Salvage the Bones'''], by Jesmyn Ward
*Once Upon a River, by Bonnie Jo Campbell
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?once+upon+a+river'''Once Upon a River'''], by Bonnie Jo Campbell
*Bohemian Girl, by Terese Svoboda
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?bohemian+girl'''Bohemian Girl'''], by Terese Svoboda
*The Passage, by Justin Cronin
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?passage+cronin'''The Passage'''], by Justin Cronin
*In Calamity's Wake, by Natalee Caple
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?in+calamity's+wake'''In Calamity's Wake'''], by Natalee Caple
*Missy, by Chris Hannan
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?missy+hannan'''Missy'''], by Chris Hannan
*Rooster: the Life and Times of the real Rooster Cogburn, the Man who Inspired True Grit, by Brett Cogburn
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?rooster+the+life+and+times'''Rooster: the Life and Times of the real Rooster Cogburn, the Man who Inspired True Grit'''], by Brett Cogburn
*Wyatt Earp : a vigilante life / Andrew C. Isenberg.
*[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?wyatt+earp+isenberg'''Wyatt Earp: a Vigilante Life'''], Andrew C. Isenberg

Revision as of 19:17, 11 October 2013

Article in Adult Fiction and Big Read categories.

Printable versions of this booklist are available as .pdf's here.


About the Author

Works by Charles Portis


Short pieces:

Guns for Hire and Hardscrabble Heroes: Adventures & Untamed Characters

Home on the Range: Tales from the Frontier

Classic and Not-so-Classic Westerns

Lawmen & White Hats: Featuring Texas Rangers and US Marshals

Gals with Gumption: More Tenacious Heroines


DVDs to Watch

  • True Grit (John Wayne)
  • True Grit (Coen Brothers)
  • Rooster Cogburn (movie licensing)
  • Django Unchained
  • Justified
  • The Real West - 4 disc documentary series
  • Dances with Wolves (movie licensing)
  • Cheyenne Autumn (movie licensing)
  • Unforgiven (1992) (movie licensing)
  • The Searchers (movie licensing)

Books for Teens


  • Shane, by Jack Schaefer
  • The Legend of Bass Reeves, by Gary Paulsen
  • Hattie Big Sky, by Kirby Larson, and its sequel Hattie Ever After
  • The Ballad of Lucy Whipple, by Karen Cushman
  • Black Storm Comin', by Diane Lee Wilson
  • Ghetto Cowboy, by G. Neri
  • The Adventurous Deeds of Deadwood Jones, by Jelen Hemphill
  • Another Kind of Cowboy, by Susan Juby


  • Venom, by Marilyn Singer

Books for Youth

Wild West - Fiction for Older Children

  • Case of the Deadly Desperadoes, by Caroline Lawrence
  • Alice Rose & Sam, by Kathryn Lasky
  • Danger at the Wild West Show by Alison Hart (American Girl: History Mysteries)
  • Missing on Superstition Mountain by Elise Broach, and its sequel: Treasure on Superstition Mountain
  • Call Me Oklahoma! by Miriam Glassman
  • The Journal of Joshua Loper : Black cowboy by Walter Dean Myers ( My Name is America)
  • The adventures of Midnight Son by Denise Lewis Patrick
  • Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel Calamity Jack, graphic novels by Shannon Hale
  • Tall : Great American folktales : the comics anthology editor Donald Lem

Wild West - Nonfiction for Older Children

  • Wild Women of the Wild West by Jonah Winter, ill by Susan Guevara

Wild West - Nonfiction Picturebooks

  • Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin’ Cowboy by Andrea D. Pinkney, ill by Brian Pinkney
  • Boss of the Plains: The Hat That Won the West by Laurie Carlson, illustrated by Holly Meade - The story of John Stetson and how he came to create the most popular hat west of the Mississippi.
  • Bad news for outlaws : the remarkable life of Bass Reeves, deputy U.S. Marshall, by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

Cowboy Stories! - Picture Books

  • Ten-Gallon Bart by Susan Stevens Crummel, illustrated by Dorothy Donohue
  • Cowboy Kid by Max Eilenberg ; illustrated by Sue Heap
  • She’ll Be Coming ‘round the Mountain by Jonathan Emmett and Deborah Allwright
  • Buster Goes to Cowboy Camp by Denise Fleming
  • Cowboy Baby by Sue Heap also in Spanish as: Pequeno Cowboy by Sue Heap
  • The Adventures of Granny Clearwater & Little Critter by Kimberly Willis Holt, illustratedl by Lara Huliska-Beith
  • Levi Strauss Gets a Bright Idea: A Fairly Fabricated Story of a Pair of Pants by Tony Johnston, illustrated by Stacy Innerst
  • Giddy up, Cowgirl by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
  • Tex by Dorie McCullough Lawson
  • Cowpoke Clyde and Dirty Dawg by Lori Mortensen ; illustrated by Michael Allen Austin.
  • Are You a Horse? by Andy Rash
  • Pirates vs. Cowboys by Aaron Reynolds illustrated by David Barneda
  • Saving Sweetness by Diane Stanley
  • How I Spent My Summer Vacation by Mark Teague
  • Let’s Sing a Lullaby with the Brave Cowboy by Jan Thomas
  • Dirty Cowboy by Amy Timberlake
  • Dust Devil by Anne Isaacs ill by Paul O. Zelinsky
  • The Ghosts of Luckless Gulch by Anne Isaacs Ill by Dan Santat
  • Black Cowboy Wild Horses: A True Story by Julius Lester, ill by Jerry Pinkney

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