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The Cowboy at Work: All About His Job and How He Does It

The Cowboy at Work: All About His Job and How He Does It
Fay E. Ward; 1987; Paperback 310pp 0806120517

One of the best, if not the best, firsthand account written by a twentieth-century working cowboy. Every word Fay E. Ward wrote can pass the tests and cross-examinations of the severest critics in his field.
The Cowboy Way: Seasons of a Montana Ranch

The Cowboy Way: Seasons of a Montana Ranch
David McCumber : 2000; paperback 352pp 0380788411

Remarkable story forever alters our long-held perceptions of the "Roy Rogers" cowboy with real-life experiences and hard economic truths. An enthralling and intensely personal account of the author's year spent in open country.
Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West

Cowboys & the Trappings of the Old West
by William Manns, Elizabeth Clair Flood: 1997; hardcover 223pp 0939549131

A pictorial celebration of the old time buckaroo. The history of the famous frontier saddlemakers is explored. Never before published photos. Over 550 color photos, 9"x11.5", deluxe hardcover edition

Packing Iron: Gunleather of the Frontier West

Packing Iron: Gunleather of the Frontier West
by Richard C. Rattenbury; 1993; hardcover 216pp 0939549085

Western gunleather is an icon of American frontier lore. Celebrates the artistry and innovation of the craftsmen who designed the gun rigs of the old time cowboys, troopers, lawmen, and Hollywood heroes.
Cowboy Slang: Colorful Cowboy Sayings

Cowboy Slang: Colorful Cowboy Sayings

by E. Potter: 1986; paperback 128pp 091484623X

Lingo of the American West captured in 2,000 phrases and expressions - colorful, humorous, fun! Horse and cattle terms, rodeo talk, barbwire names, brands. This is a small [128-page] "dictionary" listing words or phrases that cowboys do use, did use, or might have used.
The Log of a Cowboy

The Log of a Cowboy

by Andy Adams; 2000; paperback 384pp 0618083480

A classic fictional chronicle of life on the open trail, THE LOG OF A COWBOY has long been considered the best and most reliable account of real cowboy life ever written. A true depiction of a cowboy's life and work as well as a classic adventure story of the great American frontier.

How to Be a Cowboy

How to Be a Cowboy

by Jim Arndt; 2009; Hardcover 224pp 1423606426

A compendium of knowledge and insight, wit and wisdom, an all around resource for every aspect of cowboy life. It includes the least you need to know about ranching, rodeoing, cooking, dancing, music, yodeling, boots, shirts, horses, hats, buckles, denim, lingo, poetry, and even how to walk like a cowboy.
Cowboy Culture
Cowboy Culture : The Last Frontier of American Antiques

by Michael Friedman; 1999; hardcover 304pp 0764308203

The American cowboy's unique life-style inspired tools, clothing, amusements, advertising, and more which are avidly sought by collectors today. They are presented here with over 1000 color photographs identified in text and captions.
Cowboy: The Ultimate Guide to Living Like a Great American Icon
Cowboy: The Ultimate Guide to Living Like a Great American Icon

by Rocco Wachman, Matt Pellegrini; 2010; hardcover 224pp 0061773956

The first book to explore, through a pop-culture lens, the many facets of the cowboy life. An insider's look at topics such as ranching, rodeos, chuck wagon cooking, cowboy music, country and western dancing, and most important, the cowboy spirit.

Cactus Tracks & Cowboy Philosophy

Cactus Tracks & Cowboy Philosophy

Baxter F. Black: 1998; paperback 288pp 0140276831

Described by The Washington Post as being able "to make a dead man sit up and laugh," Complete illustrated collection of the commentaries that have aired on NPR's Morning Edition presents Black?s latest dose of medicine for animal and human alike.
Cowboy Boots

Cowboy Boots

by Tyler Beard; 2004; paperback 320pp 1586855220

A tribute to America's most-recognized icon. More than 400 unique and sublime custom-made boots dizzy and dazzle the eye. From clean and simple lines to elaborate overlaid, inlaid, pinched, tooled, stitched, embroidered, and bejeweled gems, these boots are way over the top!
Singing in the Saddle: The History of the Singing Cowboy
Singing in the Saddle: The History of the Singing Cowboy

by Douglas B. Green; 2005; paperback 384pp 0826515061

A singing cowboy himself, Douglas B. Green (better known as Ranger Doug from the Grammy-award-winning group Riders In The Sky) is uniquely suited to write the story of the singing cowboy. He has been collecting information and interviews on western music, films, and performers for nearly thirty years.

Cowboy Songs, Jokes, Lingo 'n Lore: Songs of the Wild Frontier
Cowboy Songs, Jokes, Lingo 'n Lore: Songs of the Wild Frontier

Wayne Erbsen: 2004; paperback 352pp 1883206065

Oozing with old-time cowboy wisdom and advice, this handy book combines thirty classic cowboy songs of the Wild West along with historic photographs and drawings, twenty-five cowboy insults and many one-liners. Cowboy poetry, camp cook rules, a recipe for cowboy coffee and thirty-three uses for a neck scarf.
Cowboy Etiquette

Cowboy Etiquette

by Texas Bix Bender; 2009; paperback 128pp 1423606973

Henry Ward Beecher said "the common sense of one century is the common sense of the next." That said, these pocket-sized humor books pack quite a bit of punch-lines that is. With more than 1.5 million copies in print, their all-new look will leave a whole new generation in stitches!
Don't Squat With Yer Spurs On!

Don't Squat With Yer Spurs On! II

by Texas Bix Bender: 1997; paperback 128pp 0879058323

Texas Bix Bender writes a sequel to his best-selling DON'T SQUAT WITH YER SPURS ON! In this new book, Bender has written 125 funny quips for life. Texas Bix Bender has written for television and radio shows.

My Horse Got a Flat

My Horse Got a Flat

by Cory G. Neumiller ; 2004; paperback 116pp 0595294901

A collection of humorous short stories about modern cowboying. All the important cowboy issues of the day are covered: horses, saddles, pickups, cattle, roping, women, and most importantly, storytelling (also known as lying to some folks).
Cowgirl Smarts: How to Rope a Kick-Ass Life

Cowgirl Smarts: How to Rope a Kick-Ass Life

by Ellen Reid Smith; 2004; paperback 176pp 0976080508

If you want to rope a kick-ass life or to enjoy some fun cowgirl history, then this book is for you. Itís a sassy guide for finding your cowgirl spirit and thinking outside the ranch.
The Modern Cowboy: Second Edition

The Modern Cowboy: Second Edition

by John R. Erickson, ; 2004; paperback 272pp 1574411772

A lively portrait, sure to appeal to all Western buffs. A straightforward, highly readable account of today's cowboy, you can't do better.Ffirsthand observation and experience in Texas and Oklahoma.


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