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A poignant final chapter for McMurtry’s Duane

A poignant final chapter for McMurtry’s DuaneReview by Deborah Donovan
The fifth novel in what was originally thought by critics to be a trilogy, Rhino Ranch appears to be Larry McMurtry's last foray into the small and dying town of Thalia, Texas.

It all began with The Last Picture Show (1966), in which Duane Moore and his buddies were lovesick teenagers, and Thalia was enjoying prosperity from the oil boom years. In Texasville, the sequel, the town wealth has dissipated with the oversupply of oil, and Duane has gone from a millionaire to an almost-broke father of four incorrigible offspring, and is dealing with midlife crisis in all its many guises.
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A Wild West Heroine Reborn

A Wild West Heroine Reborn Review by Arlene McKanic
Readers who've seen the movie Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid will remember Katherine Ross' portrayal of Etta Place, Robert Redford's pretty girlfriend. The real Etta Place turns out to be even more intriguing, for no one kno...
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Dave Robicheaux goes West

Dave Robicheaux goes West Review by Leslie Budewitz
Katrina's floodwaters have receded, and Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcel have gone to western Montana for an extended fishing trip. No surprise, except perhaps to them, that they find themselves both fishermen and bait.
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Teammates in Arms

Teammates in Arms Interview and Review by Alden Mudge
Since the publication of his beautiful memoir of growing up in Montana, The House of Sky (1979), Ivan Doig has been hailed as a great Western writer.

That reputation was burnished by the publication of his marvelous Mo...
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Go West, Young Women

Go West, Young Women Review by Christie Ridgway
Dorothy Garlock's Leaving Whiskey Bend is a compelling turn-of-the-century Western that blends three women's struggles to survive with a ranching family's lingering mystery.
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