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News of the World

Monday, December 19, 2016
Paulette Jiles
News of the World

Loved this book and no doubt someone will make it into a great movie!  Set in 1870 Texas, Captain Kidd is given a $50 gold piece to deliver a 10 year-old girl back to her family.  The girl had been captured by the Kiowa when she was 6, so that is the only family she knows.  The distance of this trip is quite far, and few would undertake such a dangerous mission.  The characters are superb and full of dimension.  As with any trip, bonds are broken and some are strengthened.  You won't put this one down until you find out what happens.  Highly recommended.

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Margaret B., Reference

Longmire (DVD)

Monday, October 10, 2016
Longmire (DVD)

I’ve gotten hooked on the TV series Longmire, even staying up until 1 am to finish a series. The show is based on a mystery series by Craig Johnson. The series takes place in Wyoming near an Indian reservation. I like the characters of Sherriff Walt Longmire, his deputies, and his best friend who is a Native American. The storylines are very well written. At times justice isn’t always easily served because crimes against the reservation residents are not represented fairly.

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Geralyn B., Technical Services

Doc: A Novel

Saturday, August 30, 2014
Mary Doria Russell
Doc: A Novel

This is well-researched historical fiction about Dr. John Henry Holliday (better known as Doc Holliday) as a young man.  Born to a genteel family outside of Atlanta, GA in 1851, John was educated in fine schools including the best dental school in the U.S. in Philadelphia.   At the age of 21 he was   diagnosed with Tuburculosis,  a disease with no cure that had killed his mother six years earlier.  In hopes that the dry air of the west would help the symptoms, he moved to Texas and then to Dodge City, Kansas.  These were the raucous early days of  Kansas when cattle drives attracted lawmen like the  Earp brothers, Wyatt and Morgan, and Bat Masterson.   This is Doc’s story long before the gun fight at O.K. Corral in Tombstone, AZ,  Doc was trained as a classical pianist as well as a scholar of classic literature.   He could speak Latin and French and his English was impeccable.   The Civil War and ensuing economic depression left him almost penniless and unable to make a living as a dentist in Texas and Kansas even though he practiced his trade whenever he could. So gambling became his chief source of income.  A compelling story.     Check our Catalog

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Roy & Lillie: A Love Story

Monday, November 8, 2010
Loren D. Estleman

I love this book.  Yes, I love the author, too .  This is the story of The Jersey Lillie (person), The Jersey Lily (saloon), Lantry ,Texas and how that rascal Judge Roy Bean pulled it off.  This is a beautifully written story about how two people, on two continents, during the Gilded Age, with so little and yet so much in common, influenced each other and those around them because they wrote letters to each other.  (Aside to Loren: is this your whole point?)  they are contemporaries.  Their stories intersect because of letters.  They never met.  But wow, without those letters, history would have taken a different course.  The author's point?  the letters are fictional, but...it may have happened this way.

Donna O., Reference and Technical Services

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