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**[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
**[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
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?wyatt+earp+isenberg'''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
**Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves [link], by Art T. Burton
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?black+gun+silver+star'''Black Gun, Silver Star: The Life and Legend of Frontier Marshal Bass Reeves'''], by Art T. Burton
*Civil War Veterans in the West
*Civil War Veterans in the West
**Sing not war : the lives of Union & Confederate veterans in Gilded Age America / James Marten. [link]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?sing+not+war+the+lives'''Sing Not War: the Lives of Union & Confederate Veterans in Gilded Age America'''], by James Marten
*Visual inspiration - Landscape Art
*Visual inspiration - Landscape Art
**Land Art in Town: Simple Inspiration Through the Seasons
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?land+art+in+town'''Land Art in Town: Simple Inspiration Through the Seasons''']
**Landscape photography : from snapshots to great shots / Rob Sheppard.
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/X?landscape+photography+sheppard'''Landscape Photography: from Snapshots to Great Shots'''], by Rob Sheppard
**Mastering landscape photography : the luminous-landscape essays / Alain Briot.
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?mastering+landscape+photography'''Mastering Landscape Photography: the Luminous-Landscape Essays'''], by Alain Briot
**Lens, light, and landscape / Brian Bower.
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?lens+light+and+landscape'''Lens, Light, and Landscape'''], by Brian Bower
**Drawing and painting the landscape / Adrian Bartlett.
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?drawing+and+painting+the+landscape'''Drawing and Painting the Landscape'''], by Adrian Bartlett.
**The American landscape tradition : a study and gallery of paintings / Joseph S. Czestochowski.
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?american+landscape+tradition'''The American Landscape Tradition: a Study and Gallery of Paintings'''], by Joseph S. Czestochowski
**Landscape painting in watercolor, by Zoltan Szabo
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?landscape+painting+in+watercolor'''Landscape Painting in Watercolor'''], by Zoltan Szabo
**For more inspiration, try subject searches for "landscape photography" [link], "landscape drawing" [link], "landscape painting" [link], or "landscape in art" [link].
**For more inspiration, try subject searches for [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/d?landscape+photography'''landscape photography'''], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/d?landscape+drawing'''landscape drawing'''], [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/d?landscape+painting'''landscape painting'''], or [http://aries.jmrl.org/search/d?landscape+in+art'''landscape in art'''].
*Culinary inspiration - Cooking on the Range
*Culinary inspiration - Cooking on the Range
**Cooking the Cowboy Way: Recipes Inspired by Campfires, Chuck Wagons, and Ranch Kitchens, by Grady Spears and June Naylor
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?cooking+the+cowboy+way'''Cooking the Cowboy Way: Recipes Inspired by Campfires, Chuck Wagons, and Ranch Kitchens'''], by Grady Spears and June Naylor
**Little Cowpokes Cookbook, by Zac Williams
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?little+cowpokes+cookbook'''Little Cowpokes Cookbook'''], by Zac Williams
**Cowboy Cocktails: Boot-Scooting' Beverages and Tasty Vittles from the Wild West, by Grady Spears
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?cowboy+cocktails'''Cowboy Cocktails: Boot-Scooting' Beverages and Tasty Vittles from the Wild West'''], by Grady Spears
**The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier, by Ree Drummond.
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?pioneer+woman+cooks'''The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My Frontier'''], and others by Ree Drummond
*Urban homesteading - Be Self-Sufficient and Live Like a Pioneer
*Urban homesteading - Be Self-Sufficient and Live Like a Pioneer
**Your farm in the city : an urban dweller's guide to growing food and raising livestock / Lisa Taylor [link]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?your+farm+in+the+city'''Your Farm in the City: an Urban Dweller's Guide to Growing Food and Raising Livestock'''], by Lisa Taylor
**Made from scratch : discovering the pleasures of a handmade life / Jenna Woginrich. [link]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?made+from+scratch'''Made From Scratch: Discovering the Pleasures of a Handmade Life'''], by Jenna Woginrich
**Backyard homesteading : a back-to-basics guide to self-sufficiency / David Toht. [link]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?backyard+homesteading'''Backyard Homesteading: a Back-to-Basics Guide to Self-Sufficiency'''], by David Toht
**The city homesteader : self-sufficiency on any square footage / by Scott Meyer. [link]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?city+homesteader'''The City Homesteader: Self-Sufficiency on any Square Footage'''], by Scott Meyer
**The modern-day pioneer : simple living in the 21st century / Charlotte Denholtz. [link, OO]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?modern+day+pioneer'''The Modern-Day Pioneer: Simple Living in the 21st Century'''], by Charlotte Denholtz
**Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-sufficient Life / Pellegrini [link, OO]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?modern+pioneering'''Modern Pioneering: More Than 150 Recipes, Projects, and Skills for a Self-Sufficient Life'''], by Georgia Pellegrini
*Tracking and Survival Skills
*Tracking and Survival Skills
*Native Americans in the 19th c.
*Native Americans in the 19th c.
**Blood and thunder : an epic of the American West / Hampton Sides.[link]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?blood+and+thunder+an+epic'''Blood and Thunder: an Epic of the American West'''], by Hampton Sides
**Oh what a slaughter : massacres in the American West, 1846-1890 / Larry McMurtry.[link]
**[http://aries.jmrl.org/search/t?oh+what+a+slaughter'''Oh What a Slaughter: Massacres in the American West, 1846-1890'''], by Larry McMurtry
==DVDs to Watch==
==DVDs to Watch==

Revision as of 20:28, 17 January 2014

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

Film Adaptations of the Book and Sequels

  • True Grit (John Wayne)[link]
  • True Grit (Coen Brothers) [link]
  • Rooster Cogburn[link] (movie licensing) (on order)

Feature Films

  • Cheyenne Autumn[link] (movie licensing) (on order) - John Ford's last Western, this 1964 epic portrays the Northern Cheyenne Exodus of 1878-9, and the mistreatment of Native Americans during that time.
  • Dances with Wolves[link] (movie licensing) - Based on the 1988 novel by Michael Blake [link], this film garnered many awards in 1990 and revitalized the Western genre. Kevin Costner plays a Union soldier who becomes involved with the Lakota Sioux when he is stationed at a frontier outpost.
  • Django Unchained[link] - A recent take on the classic trope of revenge and adventure with Western flair, Quentin Tarantino directed this ultra-violent 2012 award winner.
  • The Outlaw Josey Wales[link] (on order) - Based on the novel "Rebel Outlaw: Josey Wales" by Forrest Carter, this 1976 film features Clint Eastwood as a Civil War veteran driven to avenge the murder of his wife and son.
  • Open Range[link] (on order) - Kevin Costner plays a Civil War veteran - turned cowboy fighting a corrupt Marshall in this 2003 Western romance based on the novel "The Open Range Men" by Lauran Paine.
  • The Quick and the Dead[link] (on order) - Sharon Stone plays a female gunslinger avenging her father in this modern Western.
  • The Searchers[link] (movie licensing) (replacement on order) - In this 1956 classic, John Wayne is an ex-Confederate soldier searching for his niece, who has been captured by Comanches.
  • Shoot Out[link] (on order) - Gregory Peck stars in this 1971 tale of an outlaw saddled with the responsibility of looking after a feisty orphan girl. Made by the same team that made the 1969 John Wayne version of "True Grit"[link], and features many of the same locations.
  • Unforgiven[link] (1992) (movie licensing) - In 1992, Clint Eastwood re-examined the romanticization of the Western film genre with this Academy Award Best Picture winner about an aging outlaw asked to kill again.

Television Series

  • Justified[link] - based on stories and characters from Elmore Leonard [link], this series features US marshals in modern-day Kentucky.


  • The Real West[link] - 4 disc documentary series
  • Wild Horse, Wild Ride[link] - documentary to show? (on order)

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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