RABBIT BOSS -- an epic, poignant, and lyrical novel spanning four generations of the Washo tribe in the California and Nevada Sierra
Rabbit Boss by Thomas Sanchez (1973, Alfred A. Knopf; 468 pages)
Spanning a century in the life and death of an Indian tribe, this legendary, epic novel tells the story of four generations of the Washo in the California and Nevada Sierra. It is a novel of dreams dying, the loss of power, the rebirth of the spirit, and one of the most brilliant fictional evocations of the American West ever written. Panoramic in scale and powerful in its impact, Rabbit Boss was cited by The San Francisco Chronicle as, "one of the most important books of the 20th century," by The New York Times as "a novel of epic dimensions," and by Vanity Fair as "a landmark of our literature."
This is a dense book, rich in myth, legend, and tragic reality. Though we don't have a copy in our collection, the book is available to our patrons from one of our consortium libraries. It is well worth the read.
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Recommended by: Greg
Fools Crow by James Welch (1987, Penguin Books; 402 pages)
In the Two Medicine Territory of Montana, the Lone Eaters, a small band of Blackfeet Indians, are living their immemorial life. The men hunt and mount the occasional horse-taking raid or war party against the enemy Crow. The women tan the hides, sew the beadwork, and raise the children. But the year is 1870, and the whites are moving into their land. Fools Crow, a young warrior and medicine man, has seen the future and knows that the newcomers will punish resistance with swift retribution. First published to broad acclaim in 1986, Fools Crow is James Welch's stunningly evocative portrait of his people's bygone way of life. Perhaps the greatest novel about the Native American way of life.
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Recommended by: Greg
Doc by Mary Doria Russell (2011, Random House; 434 pages)
Born to the life of a Southern gentleman, Dr. John Henry Holliday arrives on the Texas frontier hoping that the dry air and sunshine of the West will restore him to health. Soon, with few job prospects, Doc Holliday is gambling professionally with his partner, Mária Katarina Harony, a high-strung, classically educated Hungarian prostitute. In search of high-stakes poker, the couple hits the saloons of Dodge City. And that is where the unlikely friendship of Doc Holliday and a fearless lawman named Wyatt Earp begins— before the gunfight at the O.K. Corral links their names forever in American frontier mythology—when neither man wanted fame or deserved notoriety.
This is a well-written historical novel, full of adventure, history, and the romantic lure of the wild west.
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Recommended by: Ann