A western book recommendation: Last Chance Cowboys: The Drifter (Where the Trail Ends) by Anna Schmidt

A critic review (source Dear Author) can be read at: http://bit.ly/1QSEvMA.
I also hope to see more of the other strong female characters. Readers wanting a good old fashioned Western romance need look no further than this one.
Book description from Google Books:
“A feisty heroine and a hero eager to make everything right. What more could a reader want?”—Leigh Greenwood, USA Today bestselling author of To Love and to CherishFirst in a historical Western series set in the sweeping 1885 Arizona Territory, Maria is in for the fight of her life keeping a greedy corporate conglomerate off her land and drifter cowboy Chet out of her heart.Caught between a greedy corporation and a desperate love of the land, Maria Porterfield barely has time to mourn her father’s death. If her family is to survive, it’ll be up to her to take charge—but she can’t do it alone. When a mysterious drifter rides into town, the handsome cowboy seems like an answer to her prayers. But Chet isn’t interested in settling down, no matter how tempting the offer…Chet made his way West looking for a fresh start—the last thing he wants is to get involved in someone else’s fight. But something about Maria awakens a powerful need to protect the fierce beauty at all costs. He never thought he’d find love, but as danger presses in, he may find there’s more beyond the next horizon than just another long and dusty trail.Where the Trail Ends Series: Last Chance Cowboys: The Drifter (Book 1) Last Chance Cowboys: The Lawman (Book 2) Last Chance Cowboys: The Outlaw (Book 3) Last Chance Cowboys: The Rancher (Book 4)
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A fiction book recommendation: Alan Moore: The Complete WildC. A. T.s by Alan Moore

A critic review (source Financial Times) can be read at: http://on.ft.com/2tALshX.
Unquestionably Jerusalem is Moore’s most ambitious statement yet — his War and Peace, his Ulysses. The prose scintillates throughout, a traffic jam of hooting dialect and vernacular trundling nose-to-tail with pantechnicons of pop culture allusion.
Book description from Google Books:
Written by Alan Moore Art by Travis Charest, Mat Broome, Ryan Benjamin and others Cover by Charest Alan Moore is considered by many to be the finest comics writer of the last quarter century. His standout achievements in the medium include WATCHMEN, V FOR VENDETTA, THE LEAGUE OF EXTRAORDINARY GENTLEMEN, and From Hell. Now Moore’s defining run on WildC.A.T.s is collected into a single volume, collecting WILDC.A.T.S. #21-34, plus a story from issue #50, featuring the impressive art of Travis Charest and other fine artists who provide breathtaking visuals. Alan Moore took the WILDC.A.T.S back to their roots and stirred up the WildStorm Universe considerably, creating a perfect starting point for catching up the flagship WildStorm superhero team. It’s a tale filled with unsettling revelations and gripping drama – and the introduction of one of WildStorm’s great villains: Tao! On sale January 2
The book is rated 3.32/5 at goodreads.com, from 448 ratings. See 32 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2tR5QXy.
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A western book recommendation: A Hanging at Cinder Bottom: A Novel by Glenn Taylor

A critic review (source NY Times) can be read at: http://nyti.ms/1RrhJcZ.
Taylor has a poet’s eye, and though he trains it on somber theme…he believes in the end that, damaged or not, we harbor the capacity to take the muck of our mistakes and our milieu and make “beautiful things.” Just as he has done.
Book description from Google Books:
The year is 1910. Halley’s Comet has just signaled the end of the world, and Jack Johnson has knocked out the “Great White Hope,” Jim Jeffries. Keystone, West Virginia, is the region’s biggest boomtown, and on a rainy Sunday morning in August, its townspeople are gathered in a red-light district known as Cinder Bottom to witness the first public hanging in over a decade. Abe Baach and Goldie Toothman are at the gallows, awaiting their execution. He’s Keystone’s most famous poker player; she’s the madam of its most infamous brothel. Abe split town seven years prior under suspicion of armed robbery and murder, and has been playing cards up and down the coast, hustling under a variety of pseudonyms, ever since. But when he returns to Keystone to reunite with Goldie and to set the past right, he finds a brother dead and his father’s saloon in shambles—and suspects the same men might be responsible for both. Only then, in facing his family’s past, does the real swindle begin.Glenn Taylor, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, has a unique voice that breathes life into history and a prose style that snaps with lyricism and comedy.
The book is rated 3.84/5 at goodreads.com, from 303 ratings. See 45 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/1RrhL4S.
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A romance book recommendation: The Prince of Cats by Ron Wimberly

A critic review (source NPR) can be read at: http://n.pr/2mEedGs.
Not many comic artists have as much fun with words as they do with lines. But Wimberly clearly relishes the opportunity to stretch in different directions at once.
Book description from Google Books:
A hip-hop retelling of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet that focuses on Tybalt (derisively referred to as “the Prince of Cats”) and his Capulet crew as they do battle nightly with the hated Montagues. Set in a Blade Runner-esque version of Brooklyn, PRINCE OF CATS is a mix of urban melodrama, samurai action and classic Shakespearean theater…all written in Iambic Pentameter!
The book is rated 3.95/5 at goodreads.com, from 407 ratings. See 100 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2mhSnpy.
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A humour book recommendation: The Museum at the End of the World by John Metcalf

A critic review (source National Post arts) can be read at: http://bit.ly/2dycfBV.
This is Metcalf’s first fiction collection in 30 years, and overall it’s a welcome return. If it’s a little wearying to spend 300 pages reading about Forde railing against the foibles of literary Canada, it’s never dull to read Metcalf.
Book description from Google Books:
“John Metcalf comes as close to the baffling, painful comedy of human experience as a writer can get.”–Alice Munro Set in Nashville, Memphis, New Orleans, and Ottawa, the stories in this collection span the life of writer Robert Ford and his wife Sheila. Playing with various forms of comedy throughout, Metcalf paints a portrait of twentieth-century literary life with levity, satire, and unsuspecting moments of emotional depth. John Metcalf is the author of more than a dozen works of fiction and nonfiction, including Standing Stones: Selected Stories, Adult Entertainment, Going Down Slow, and Kicking Against the Pricks.
The book is rated 4.07/5 at goodreads.com, from 14 ratings. See 2 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2epXfDE.
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A war book recommendation: The Rest I Will Kill: William Tillman and the Unforgettable Story of How a Free Black Man Refused to Become a Slave by Brian McGinty

A critic review (source Star Tribune) can be read at: http://strib.mn/2dBSqtk.
Brian McGinty is in full stride here. What results is an outstanding book powered by a compelling story as rendered by a talented author.
Book description from Google Books:
Independence Day, 1861. The schooner S. J. Waring sets sail from New York on a routine voyage to South America. Seventeen days later, it limps back into New York’s frenzied harbor with the ship’s black steward, William Tillman, at the helm. While the story of that ill-fated voyage is one of the most harrowing tales of captivity and survival on the high seas, it has, almost unbelievably, been lost to history.Now reclaiming Tillman as the real American hero he was, historian Brian McGinty dramatically returns readers to that riotous, explosive summer of 1861, when the country was tearing apart at the seams and the Union army was in near shambles following a humiliating defeat at the First Battle of Bull Run. Desperate for good news, the North was soon riveted by reports of an incident that occurred a few hundred miles off the coast of New York, where the Waring had been overtaken by a marauding crew of Confederate privateers. While the white sailors became chummy with their Southern captors, free black man William Tillman was perfectly aware of the fate that awaited him in the ruthless, slave-filled ports south of the Mason-Dixon Line. Stealthily biding his time until a moonlit night nine days after the capture, Tillman single-handedly killed three officers of the privateer crew, then took the wheel and pointed it home. Yet, with no experience as a navigator, only one other helper, and a war-torn Atlantic seaboard to contend with, his struggle had just begun.It took five perilous days at sea–all thrillingly recounted here–before the Waring returned to New York Harbor, where the story of Tillman’s shipboard courage became such a tabloid sensation that he was not only put on the bill of Barnum’s American Museum but also proclaimed to be the “first hero” of the Civil War. As McGinty evocatively shows, however, in the horrors of the war then engulfing the nation, memories of his heroism–even of his identity–were all but lost to history.As such, The Rest I Will Kill becomes a thrilling and historically significant work, as well as an extraordinary journey that recounts how a free black man was able to defy efforts to make him a slave and become an unlikely glimmer of hope for a disheartened Union army in the war-battered North.
The book is rated 3.36/5 at goodreads.com, from 55 ratings. See 21 reader reviews at: http://bit.ly/2dBQbXe.
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