A list of
(mostly) hardcover books about the American West which received at least one
starred review (indicating a work of unusual merit) from the following review
sources: Booklist, Publisher's
Weekly (PW), Kirkus, and Library
Journal (LJ). Titles are listed alphabetically by author. Annotations are
from Advance, the Ingram
- The Return of Little Big Man
Author: Berger, Thomas
Publisher: Little Brown List Price: $ 25 ISBN: 0316098442
In the long-awaited sequel to the bestselling classic Little
Big Man, the foremost chronicler of the American West, Jack
Crabb, continues his fabulous adventures.
- The Holy Road
Author: Blake, Michael
Publisher: Villard $ 24.95 ISBN: 0679448667
The sequel to the bestselling Dances With Wolves is the
tragically heroic story of the Comanches' war to save their sacred
lands. Lt. John Dunbar and his wife, Stands With a Fist, find
their peaceful lives interrupted when the railroad--the white
man's Holy Road--leads to violent confrontations with the Army.
- The Stone Garden: The Epic Life of Billy
Author: Brooks, Bill
Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312875088
- Big Lonely
Author: Brown, Sam
Publisher: Walker List Price: $ 19.95 ISBN: 0802712347
- Moon of Bitter Cold
Publisher: Forge $ 26.95 ISBN: 0765300931
In 1866, the war in the West, with its bloody collision of cultures,
is increasing in tension and danger. As the U.S. Army builds ever more
forts on the Great Plains, Red Cloud, a Lakota Sioux war leader, assembles
more than 3,000 warriors to drive out the white man.
- The Raven Mocker
Publisher: U of Oklahoma $ 22.95 ISBN: 0806133163
Snakewater, the oldest Cherokee in her village, flees when she
is accused of being the Raven Mocker, a feared creature of legend
who steals the life-years of those who die young to ensure his
own immortality. Her path takes her across the Mississippi to
a surprising confrontation at the Elk-dog People's annual Sun
Author: Coldsmith, Don
Publisher: Bantam List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0553106325
- Crofton's Fire
Author: Coplin, Keith
Publisher: Putnam $ 21.95 ISBN: 0399151125
A highly original first novel, in which a green second lieutenant barely
escapes Little Bighorn - only to find that his life's adventures have just
- Gabriel's Story
Author: Durham, David Anthony
Publisher: Doubleday $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385498144
In this literary debut, Durham recounts the adventures and trials
of a black pioneer family in the late 1870s. At the center of
the story is Gabriel, a young man who moves reluctantly from the
urban North with his mother and younger brother to join his stepfather,
a homesteader in Kansas. When he runs away to become a cowboy,
his search for excitement brings trouble and danger.
- Redeye: A Western
Author: Edgerton, Clyde
Publisher: Algonquin List Price: $ 17.95 ISBN: 1565120604
- Port Hazard: Page Murdock
Author: Estleman, Loren D.
Publisher: Forge $ 24.95 ISBN: 0765301903
The latest tale of Page Murdock takes readers into a hell more decadent, corrupt
and dangerous than even he has ever seen--San Francisco's Barbary Coast.
- The Master Executioner
Author: Estleman, Loren
Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312869703
Ordinary people do not understand hangman Oscar Stone or his motives.
For more than a quarter of a century he has been a man peerless
in his craft, the master executioner. One day a single piece of
knowledge brings Oscar to a moment of devastating truth, and for
the first time, he knows himself.
- The Wild Girl: The Notebooks of Ned Giles, 1932
Author: Fergus, Jim
Publisher: Hyperion $ 23.95 ISBN: 1401300545 Date: 2005
From the award-winning author of One Thousand White Women comes a novel in the tradition of Little Big Man, tracing one man's search for adventures and the wild Apache girl who invites him into her world.
Suggested Reading: Adult Books for Teens | Historical Fiction Stars
- The Gates of the Alamo
Author: Harrigan, Stephen
Publisher: Knopf $ 25 ISBN: 0679447172
This full-scale novel about the siege and fall of the Alamo weaves
in a love story between an American naturalist and a widow innkeeper
who, along with her 16-year-old son, get swept up in the harrowing
events of the heroic battle.
- Holmes on the Range
Author: Hockensmith, Steve
Publisher: Minotaur $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312347804 Date: 2006
Somewhere due west of Deadwood, a pair of unlikely cowboy sleuths investigate murder just like their hero, Sherlock Holmes, who they come to know by scouring "Harper's Weekly" for the detective stories.
Suggested Reading: Elementary Stars | Cross Genres
- Snow Mountain Passage
Author: Houston, James Stewart
Publisher: Knopf $ 24 ISBN: 0375411038
From the author of Farewell to Manzanar comes a powerful
retelling of the Donner story through the eyes of one member of
the party and his eight-year-old daughter. Snow Mountain Passage
is an extraordinary tale of pride and redemption, of the sheer
endurance and bravery required in the creation of a new country,
and of the thrilling early days of California.
- American By Blood
Author: Huebner, Andrew
Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 23 ISBN: 0684857707
Three U.S. Army scouts leading an infantry column arrive a day
late to the battle of Little Bighorn to find the bloody ruins
of Custer's troops. Their mission to clear the land of the Indian
tribes then becomes one of vengeance, forever changing their sense
of manhood, honor, and country.
Author: Jones, Robert F.
Publisher: Dunne List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 031285642
The seventh novel by the acclaimed author of Buffalo Runners. 1833: Two young brothers strike out on a perilous journey into the untamed West, where Indians still reign as masters of the land. In search of riches, they instead find brutal hardship and heart-pounding adventure.
- The Way of the Coyote
Author: Kelton, Elmer
Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312873182
The Civil War has ended and Union soldiers and federal officials
have taken control of Texas as Rusty Shannon rides to his home
on the Colorado River. This is the third novel in Elmer Kelton's
brilliant series about the Texas Rangers, and in Rusty Shelton,
he has created one of the most memorable characters in modern
- Badger Boy
Publisher: Forge $ 23.95 ISBN: 0312873190
In the year following the Civil War, Rusty Shannon returns to
the Red River, hoping to take up the life of a farmer. His youth
as a captive of the Comanches returns to haunt him when, in pursuit
of Indian raiders, he takes as prisoner Badger Boy, a white child
taken from his murdered parents by a Comanche warrior.
- Buckskin Line
Author: Kelton, Elmer
Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 22.95 ISBN: 0312865228
From a six-time Spur Award winner comes the story of a Texas Ranger
who carries heavy burdens. The father and brother of the woman
he loves have been lynched, and he is fated to meet the Comanche
warrior whose band killed his family.
- Liar's Moon: A Long Story
Author: Kimball, Philip
Publisher: Henry Holt List Price: $ 23 ISBN: 0805061487
Spanning the years immediately before the Civil War through those
immediately following Wounded Knee, Liar's Moon presents
a subversive retelling of the story of the American West.
- The Tonto Woman and Other Western Stories
Author: Leonard, Elmore
Publisher: Delacorte List Price: $ 23.95 ISBN: 0385323867
Etching a harsh, haunting landscape with razor-sharp prose, Elmore
Leonard shows in these 19 brilliant stories why he has become
the American poet laureate of the desperate and the bold.
- Gun Fight
Author: Matheson, Richard
Publisher: Evans List Price: $ 16.95 ISBN: 0871317265
- Comanche Moon
Publisher: Simon & Schuster List Price: $ 28.50 ISBN: 0684807548 Date: 1997
At last - in this huge and magnificent addition to one of the epic masterpieces
of our time - Larry McMurtry takes readers from the end of Dead Man's Walk
to the beginning of Lonesome Dove, filling in the most fascinating
years of Gus McCrae and Woodrow Call's lives, when the Rangers fought and won
the Comanche wars.
- The Wandering Hill: A
Author: McMurtry, Larry
Publisher: Simon & Schuster $ 26 ISBN: 0743233034
The sensational Pulitzer Prize-winning author delivers the second thrilling
book in the Berrybender Narratives--The Wandering Hill is Larry McMurtry
at his best. He spins an epic American adventure of the Old West that succeeds
the bestselling Sin Killer and stands beside Lonesome Dove
in breadth, passion, and authenticity.
- Bucking the Tiger
Author: Olds, Bruce
Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux $ 23 ISBN: 0374117276
Evoking Doc Holliday's checkered careers as a frontier dentist,
itinerant saloon gambler, professional faro dealer, and occasional
shootist (including his involvement in the fabled gunfight at
the OK Corral), Bucking the Tiger displaces the popular
image of the Latin-spouting serial killer with the reality of
a self-afflicted human being.
- Gunman's Rhapsody
Author: Parker, Robert B.
Publisher: Putnam $ 22.95 ISBN: 0399147624
This muscular yet sensitive take on the story of Wyatt Earp, the
legendary late-19th-century lawman, is filled with all the danger
and uncertainty of the Old West and set against the backdrop of
his real-life romance with showgirl Josie Marcus. A novel of the
Old West, imagined as only Robert B. Parker can.
Author: Parker, Robert B.
Publisher: Putnam $ 24.95 ISBN: 0399152776 Date: 2005
When Virgil Cole and Everett Hitch arrive in Appaloosa, they find a small, dusty town suffering at the hands of renegade rancher Randall Bragg, a man who has taken supplies, horses, and women for his own and left the city marshal and a deputy for dead. In Bragg they find an unusually wily adversary who raises the stakes by playing with emotions.
Suggested Reading: All Stars
- Single Tree
Author: Svee, Gary D.
Publisher: Walker List Price: $ 19.95 ISBN: 0802741428
- Incident at Twenty Mile
Publisher: St Martins List Price: $ 24.95 ISBN: 0312192339
The author of such bestsellers as The Eiger Sanction and
Shibumi returns with a brilliant foray into a new genre.
Set at the turn of the last century, Incident at Twenty Mile
tells a compellingly dark and dirty story of the Old West, but
packed with all the chills, thrills, and improbable coincidences
- The Last Crossing
Author: Vanderhaeghe, Guy
Publisher: Atlantic $ 24 ISBN: 087113912x
A #1 bestseller in Canada, The Last Crossing is a sweeping tale
of breathtaking quests, adventurous detours and hard-won redemption which
takes us on a journey from Oxford to the dusty whiskey trading posts of the
19th century American and Canadian west. - Publisher Marketing.
- Westward: A Fictional History of
the American West
Author: Walker, Dale L. (ed)
Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0765304511
In Westward, the history of the Old American West unfolds in 28 original
stories written especially for this unique collection commemorating the 50th
anniversary of Western Writers of America, Inc.
Author: Wheeler, Richard S.
Publisher: Forge $ 25.95 ISBN: 0312878451
At the trapper's rendezvous in Wyoming in 1838, Barnaby Skye,
seaman-deserter from the Royal Navy, is offered an opportunity
to become a post trader in his Crow Indian wife's homeland.
He begins the journey to St. Louis to present himself as a candidate
for the job and undergoes a lesson in survival on a Missouri