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#13 Rendezvous With A Writer

June 11, 2021

#13 Rendezvous With A Writer

Welcome to this week's Rendezvous With A Writer OutWest featured book round-up. Find these books, and many more like them, on our separate book website 
We've curated book lists representing the complicated, compelling, and engaging culture, history and diversity of the American West. This week's featured book selections were posted on our 
OutWest Shop Facebook posts June 7 - June 12. Featured titles include titles about Daniel Boone just in time for National Boone Day, Writer's Block featured author V.S. Holmes, and.... MORE!
Spotlight on Books 
JUNE 12...THE RIDE OF HER LIFE Is one you will want to join. At age 63 Annie Wilkins, a Maine farmer, lost her land and received a poor health prognosis from her doctor. Instead of moving to the charity home, Annie purchased an aging horse and set out to fulfill her dream of seeing the Pacific Ocean. 
                          The Ride of Her LIfe by Elizabeth Letts
Author Elizabeth Letts set out to retrace Annie’s 7,000 mile journey using old gas station maps. The United States was very different in 1954-1956, when Annie rode across the country. She, her horse, and her little dog faced many perils but met with much generosity as they traveled from town to town on the old roads before the highway system was completed. 
                       Author Elizabeth Letts
If you like road trips, horses, or tales of intrepid women, this book is for you. A horsewoman herself, Elizabeth Letts also wrote THE PERFECT HORSE and THE EIGHTY-DOLLAR CHAMPION. I discovered Letts through her novel, FINDING DOROTHY, which I reviewed last month. 
The Perfect Horse by Elizabeth Letts  Eighty Dollar Champion by Elizabeth Letts Finding Dorothy by Elizabeth Letts
She is a wonderful writer. Visit her website,, to see photos of Annie and learn more about the book.
“Don’t look back; that’s not where you’re going.” - Annie Wilkins
---Post by Book Guide WENDY

V.S. Holmes
Join hosts Jim Christina, Richard Paolinelli and OutWest's Bobbi Jean Bell for a conversation with author V.S. HOLMES.  We'll be chatting about two titles from the Nel Bently Series, Book 1-TRAVELERS and Book 4-HERETICS.

             Travelers by VS Holmes   Heretics By VS Holmes
Archaeologist Nel Bently has her own crew, her own research, and a private patron to fund her passion for dirt. With her trowel barely into the dry earth of Chile's coast, however, Nel learns she and her crew are being watched.
X-FILES meets LARA CROFT in this snarky sci-fi about where we came from, and where we're going.

V. S. Holmes
 is an international bestselling author. They created the REFORGED series and the STARS EDGE NEL BENTLY BOOKSSmoke and Rain, the first book in their fantasy quartet, won New Apple Literary's Excellence in Independent Publishing Award in 2015. In addition, they have published short fiction in several anthologies. When not writing, they work as a contract archaeologist throughout the northeastern U.S. They live in a Tiny House with their spouse, a fellow archaeologist, their not-so-tiny dog, and own too many books for such a small abode. As a disabled and queer human, they work as an advocate and educator for representation in SFF worlds.  
Nel Bently Book Series by VS Holmes
                         Stars Edge Nel Bently Series Books 1-3
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                                                    Daniel Boone Grave Marker        
JUNE 7...The Kentucky Historical Society founded BOONE DAY over 140 years ago, and the day is still going strong. Observed each year on June 7th, it commemorates the day frontiersman Daniel Boone (November 2, 1734 – September 26, 1820) first began exploring the valleys and forests of the present-day Bluegrass State of Kentucky on June 7, 1769. An American pioneer, explorer, and frontiersman his exploits made him one of the United States’ first folk heroes. By the end of the 18th century, following the route marked by Boone, more than 200,000 European people had migrated to Kentucky/Virginia.
                        Blood and Treasure by Bob Drury and Tom Clavin
The explosive true saga of the legendary figure Daniel Boone and the bloody struggle for America's frontier by two bestselling authors at the height of their writing power--Bob Drury and Tom Clavin. The Instant New York Times Besteller & National Bestseller.
[The] authors' finest work to date. --Wall Street Journal
                          Boone: An Unfinished Portrait by Daniel Firth Griffith
BOONE: AN UNFINISHED PORTRAIT. Acclaimed Biographer and Emergent Conservationist Daniel Firth Griffith provides a wild and engaging portrait of a great American Icon, Daniel Boone. Delivered with the challenging nuance of a historian and the arresting style of a poet, Griffith's work seeks to reignite and engage the soul of American wildness.
                       Bill O'Reilly's Legends and Lies: The Real West
BILL O'REILLY'S LEGENDS AND LIES: THE REAL WEST. The must-have companion to Bill O'Reilly's historic series Legends and Lies: The Real West, a fascinating, eye-opening look at the truth behind the western legends we all think we know and others that will astonish you, are here--some heroic, some brutal and bloody, all riveting. Included are the legends featured in Bill O'Reilly's ten week run of historic episodic specials-from Kit Carson to Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok to Doc Holliday-- accompanied by two bonus chapters on DANIEL BOONE and Buffalo Bill and Annie Oakley.
                                 My Father Daniel Boone: The Draper Interviews with Nathan Boone
MY FATHER, DANIEL BOONE: THE DRAPER INTERVIEWS WITH NATHAN BOONE In an 1851 visit with Boone's youngest son, Nathan, and Nathan's wife, Olive, Draper produced over three hundred pages of notes that became the most important source of information about Daniel. The result is an engaging account of one of America's great pioneers, in which Boone's son, Nathan makes a point of separating fact from fiction. From explaining the methods his father used to track game to detailing how land speculation and legal problems from title claims caused Boone to leave Kentucky and take up residence farther west, Nathan Boone's portait of his father brings a crucial period in frontier history to life.
                        Real Dirt on America's Frontier Legends
"I had gained the summit of a commanding ridge, and, looking round with astonishing delight, beheld the ample plains, the beauteous tracts below." Daniel Boone  

----Post by Book Guide WENDY

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Rendezvous With A Writer

Who are we to be your guides? We are two sisters who grew up in a family that valued reading and encouraged an interest in history and the arts. Wendy spent her career with books. She worked as a children's librarian and as the buyer and manager of the children's department of an independent bookstore. A college major in literature introduced her to the classics of the American West.

Bobbi Jean and her husband, Jim, own OutWest Shop. She was the manager and buyer for a museum store before they started their own business. Bobbi Jean co-hosts The Writer's Block on LA Talk Radio, where she interviews authors of all types. The three other radio shows she hosts involve Western music and horses. Find podcasts of all her shows at OutWest Live!

We love sharing our book knowledge. You are not limited to the titles you find on our lists, though. Use the search box to rustle up any books that you want, and put them in your OutWest Book Shop cart!

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