Last Updated on Wednesday, 08 January 2014 15:04
If you enjoy True Grit and western stories, check out a few of these titles:
The Sisters Brothers by Patrick deWitt
Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it. Though Eli doesn't share his brother's appetite for whiskey and killing, he's never known anything else. But their prey isn't an easy mark, and on the road from Oregon City to Warm's gold-mining claim outside Sacramento, Eli begins to question what he does for a living-and whom he does it for. With The Sisters Brothers, Patrick deWitt pays homage to the classic Western, transforming it into an unforgettable comic tour de force. Filled with a remarkable cast of characters-losers, cheaters, and ne'er-do-wells from all stripes of life-and told by a complex and compelling narrator, it is a violent, lustful odyssey through the underworld of the 1850s frontier that beautifully captures the humor, melancholy, and grit of the Old West and two brothers bound by blood, violence, and love.
Butch Cassidy: The Lost Years by William W. Johnstone
Asking the question "What if Butch Cassidy wasn't killed in the infamous Bolivian shootout in 1908?", an exciting novel of the Old West follows Butch as he, after fleeing South America, is pulled into the most dangerous train robbery he's ever attempted along with a new Wild Bunch.
Hard Trail to Follow by Elmer Kelton
Former Texas Ranger Andy "Badger Boy" Pickard leaves his fiancee's north central Texas farm to pursue Luther Cordell, the outlaw ringleader he believes responsible for the death of his friend, Sheriff Tom Blessing.
End of the Drive by Louis L'Amour
Eight exciting tales, by one of American's most beloved Western writers, chronicles the adventures of the men and women who faced the dangers, challenges, and trials of Westward settlement with courage, strength, and humor.
Telegraph Days by Larry McMurtry
Told in the voice of Nellie Courtright, a spunky, courageous, and appealing young woman, this epic novel takes readers back to the gun-slinging days of the Old West when the country was still new and untamed. When Nellie and her brother Jackson are orphaned by their father's suicide, they make their way to the nearby town of Rita Blanca, where Jackson secures a job as deputy sheriff and Nellie, ever resourceful, becomes the town's telegrapher.
Blood Meridian, or, the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthy
Cormac McCarthy's masterwork, Blood Meridian, chronicles the brutal world of the Texas-Mexico borderlands in the mid-nineteenth century. Its wounded hero, the teenage Kid, must confront the extraordinary violence of the Glanton gang, a murderous cadre on an official mission to scalp Indians and sell those scalps. Loosely based on fact, the novel represents a genius vision of the historical West, one so fiercely realized that since its initial publication in 1985 the canon of American literature has welcomed Blood Meridian to its shelf.
Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry
Former Texas Rangers leave their unsuccessful cattle business when they hear of good opportunities in newly opened territory. A love story and an epic of the frontier, Lonesome Dove is the grandest novel ever written about the last, defiant wilderness of America. Richly authentic, beautifully written, Lonesome Dove is a book to make readers laugh, weep, dream and remember.