The Last Rodeo
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Epic in scope in the tradition of Sometimes a Great Notion, this novel explores the values of the American West as three generations carve out a working ranch in the Idaho Panhandle. On the weekend of their 60th wedding anniversary, Ray and Betsy hold a family gathering in a final celebration at the Omak Stampede Rodeo where their eldest son, Arnie, struggles to put his life back together after his wife’s death. At this rodeo once again Arnie’s life will change forever. And back on the ranch Ray and Betsy will make their last, most difficult stand as Ray shows how it’s done the cowboy way.
The most important two words for this Wrangler’s Creek rodeo cowboy? I do... Lucian Granger isn’t winning any Mr. Cowboy Congeniality awards. Known in his small Texas town as “Lucifer” thanks to his surly nature and knack for scaring people away from getting too close, the handsome rancher has no trouble ignoring the gossip. But when he’s in danger of losing the land he’s put his blood, sweat and tears into maintaining, Lucian sets out to prove he’s a changed man—by claiming he’s about to settle down with his invaluable assistant, Karlee O’Malley. Their pending nuptials may be just for show, but from the moment they kiss, the proverbial fireworks start going off in his head—and in his heart. Before long, the man who’s usually as emotional as a brick wall is tired of pretending and wants to share a real future with Karlee. With his world suddenly turned upside down, Lucian will risk losing the business and the ranch if it means holding on to the one woman worth becoming a better man for.
After suffering one of the cruelest cuts in NFL history by a team where he spent his entire professional career, quarterback Peyton Manning put his injured neck and sterling reputation on the line with the Denver Broncos in the fall of 2012. We don t have a Plan B, Broncos executive John Elway said the previous March when he signed the thirty-six year-old Manning: We re going [with] Plan A! In Peyton Manning: The Last Rodeo, veteran sports writer Mark Kiszla follows Manning from training camp through Manning s first and second seasons, and ultimately, Super Bowl 50."
Shane Marvell's career as a rodeo rider is ending far too soon. He doesn’t have a plan B, so during his last season, he’s all in, determined to win as much prize money as possible--even if it means riding injured and taking more risks than he should. Ella Etxeberri has always played it safe, so when her life still takes a bad turn despite her caution, she wonders if it isn’t time to see what she’s been missing. While researching risk behaviors in rodeo riders, she meets Shane Marvell, a cowboy who merits additional study of the personal variety. Just as Ella is hitting the point to embrace risk, Shane is pulling back. He knows Ella’s all-in approach is born of curiosity and whim. He’s not what she wants forever, and perhaps Ella is one risk he can't allow himself to take.
Back in the saddle again… Tyler Ellis catches Kit Hayes completely off guard when he swaggers back home and into the bar she manages. Since high school, he's been a champion rodeo star…a notorious playboy…and now, apparently, a bar owner. She accepts his offer of a hefty bonus and helps him transform the place because she's desperate to escape their tiny town in the Sierras. She doesn't expect him to work this hard beside her. Where's the cocky cowboy he's supposed to be? Instead she discovers he's still the sweet, genuine young man she once knew. And so much more…including a threat to the adventurous life she craves.
Jack Morgan came home to the Morgans' Texas ranch on urgent family business—not to get roped into marriage. But he's finding it impossible to steer clear of his attraction to angelic Cricket Jasper. Now the virtuous deacon is pregnant…with triplets! The sexy rodeo rider has always been in Cricket's secret prayers. But she never dreamed she'd be having Jack's babies! She knows the firstborn Morgan son came home to make things right with his estranged father. Now he's about to become a father. What will it take to make a family man out of this wandering rover? Because if three babies and the love of a good woman aren't enough to settle down this lonesome cowboy, nothing will be!
A prescient critic's chronicle of the rise of performance artists Whoopi Goldberg, Spalding Gray, Laurie Anderson, and Tim Miller, among others.
"A can't-put-it-down modern Western." —Kirk Siegler, NPR Longlisted for the PEN/ESPN Award for Literary Sports Writing The Last Cowboys is Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter John Branch’s epic tale of one American family struggling to hold on to the fading vestiges of the Old West. For generations, the Wrights of southern Utah have raised cattle and world-champion saddle-bronc riders—many call them the most successful rodeo family in history. Now they find themselves fighting to save their land and livelihood as the West is transformed by urbanization, battered by drought, and rearranged by public-land disputes. Could rodeo, of all things, be the answer? Written with great lyricism and filled with vivid scenes of heartache and broken bones, The Last Cowboys is a powerful testament to the grit and integrity that fuel the American Dream.
Double Delights #26: SEX, LIES AND RODEO GAMES: Dr. Suzanne Grey needs an ending for her book on male sexual dysfunction. Where else does she go but the rodeo capital of the world, Cody, Wyoming in search of willing research subjects. But a simple untruth told by an eager matchmaker catches Suzanne in a vortex of lies, complicated by the attraction of two handsome cowboys. Matthew McKenna is a rodeo bull fighting clown and proud of it. Bull riding had been his mistress until a spine injury two years prior forced a career change. Although he's dated just about every woman for counties around, none have captured his heart. Still, there's something different about Suzanne Grey-just how different he's about to find out. CODY SHOOTING STAR: Even though sparks fly, it isn't love at first sight when a sassy New York photographer meets a Wyoming native. Tiffany Cooper finds herself trying to handle her recuperating mother's responsibilities, the most difficult one being Cody Shooting Star. Her heart and her life will never be the same.
Over 160 years ago, bear and buffalo roamed the prairie and Wichita Indians camped on the banks of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River. Settlers from places like Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, and as far away as England and Ireland began arriving in North Texas. Texas was not yet a part of the United States when Sam Houston, as president of the Republic of Texas, entered into an agreement with the Peters Colony Company to attract settlers to the area with the promise of free land. Carrollton likely received its name from one of these groups that emigrated from Carrollton, Illinois. The city grew as it became a railroad hub and later transitioned from a rural community to a prosperous Dallas suburb. In 1976, the city participated in many national bicentennial celebrations, and volunteers restored and opened a museum to honor its rural beginnings and courageous settlers.