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I’m Mary K.–librarian, mom, blogger, reader. I believe there’s no such thing as too many books–if you do, too, you’re in the right place! Browse this page for great finds from across our collection. What will you read next?

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The New Western Genre Print Email

Jacket covers of the five books mentioned in this text

When most of us think of reading westerns, classic western authors such as Louis L'Amour or Zane Grey come to mind.  But several contemporary authors are taking the themes of the traditional Western and applying them in more contemporary settings.  If you enjoy stories about semi-nomadic wanderers who live hard lives, mostly in wilderness settings, dealing with questions of honor and justice, you might want to try one of these stories of the new west.  Craig Johnson's Walt Longmire series is the first author to come to mind, made popular by the A&E television series.  I'd also suggest Mark Spragg (start with Bone Fire), Willy Vlautin (especially Lean on Pete), Annie Proulx (try her Wyoming stories or Brokeback Mountain), and Cormac McCarthy's Border trilogy.  Want more?  Here's a list of of wild west titles, some classic, some contemporary.