The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Dorothy M. Johnson wrote dozens of highly acclaimed western stories and books in her long career. The stories in this book are her very best. They were ranked as four of the top five stories of the 20th century by the Western Writers of America, with "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" as number one. That story plus "A Man Called Horse" and "The Hanging Tree" became major Hollywood films. This is the first time Johnson's famous stories have been published together in one book. This edition is destined to earn a place in every western library. Great educational tool too!

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Ballet at the Moose Lodge

Ballet at the Moose Lodge

Patterson explores what it is to grow up female in the American West. As her narratives reveal the lives of travelers, homemakers, radio show announcers, mothers, teachers, dancers, shop clerks, and the subterranean world of girls, they take the reader from a ferry dock in Resurrection Bay, Alaska, to a two-room school in the Bitterroot Valley, from brash, backpacking college students to young new mothers on the edge, from the 1920s to the 1990s. In Ballet at the Moose Lodge, Patterson explores in delicate and searing prose the visible and invisible negotiations women make to navigate lives bound by the rugged western landscape...

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The Actor

The Actor

Beth McHugh’s brilliant debut novel takes place in the late 1960s in a Montana university town, and it revolves around thirteen-year-old Grace, her younger sister Franny, their beautiful mother, their beloved father—and a secret that must be confronted. Perceptive and elegantly understated, The Actor examines the divide between secrecy and truth and what it means to grow up on such a precipice.

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Survivors Said

Survivors Said

One of Montana’s and the West’s finest fiction writers, Matt Pavelich is an author of universal appeal. His earlier books, the collection of stories, Beasts of the Forest, Beasts of the Field, and the novels, Our Savage and The Other Shoe, have been acclaimed by both reviewers and fellow authors. Now, with the publication of Survivors Said, his best stories written over four decades, Pavelich reveals extraordinary range and penetrating vision.

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Montana 1864

Clear Title

In 1931, Alfred A. Knopf published Grace Stone Coates’ first novel, Black Cherries, made up of a series of linked stories. In her introduction to the 2003 reprint of Black Cherries, Mary Clearman Blew wrote that Coates wasn’t entirely satisfied with the novel, noting that perhaps “a more coherent book would have been a more revealing book..."

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Lona Hanson

Lona Hanson

Originally published in 1948, one year after A. B. Guthrie’s The Big Sky, Lona Hanson establishes many of the themes of Thomas Savage’s later masterworks. In ranchwoman Lona Hanson, Savage creates an extraordinary character: passionate, driven, domineering and ultimately tragic...

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The Casebook of Sheriff Pete Benson Cover

The Casebook of Sheriff Pete Benson

Pete Benson was a big-city police detective. His job was intense, dangerous, and 24/7. He loved it. But he also had a loving wife and two young children he hardly saw. So he made a choice.

Now Sheriff Pete Benson patrols Rhyolite County, Montana. His beat is bigger than some states, but it’s beautiful country...

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The Pass Cover

The Pass

“The Pass” was Thomas Savage’s first novel, written by the iconic Western novelist in the 1930s and originally published by Doubleday in 1944. The book, set near Savage’s hometown of Dillon, Montana, takes place around 1910 when the area is newly settled...

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Lodestar

Lodestar

Riverbend is pleased to be distributing Lodestar by Sarie Mackay, which tells the story of young Persis Allen. Persis travels west to marry a successful railroad baron in 1880 and begin a life of adventure with him in Territorial Montana.  Persis arrives in Helena and finds a wild, unruly place of dreams, characters and outlaws,  a place that sends cowards home and forces the courageous to stand tall...

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SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE MONTANA CHRONICLES

Sherlock Holmes: The Montana Chronicles

For the first time, here are the long-lost records of four intriguing mysteries solved by the famous English detective Sherlock Holmes when he traveled to Montana in the late 1800s. Using his inimitable eye for clues, his astounding deductive reasoning, and – when necessary – clever subterfuge, Holmes solves a very public murder at the famous Opera House, a supernatural theft of gold...

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HORSES THEY RODE

Horses They Rode

A dramatic novel of love, family, and changing cultures along Montana’s rugged Rocky Mountain Front. The novel lyrically weaves the protagonist’s journey through women, children, horses, and Indian spirituality, culminating in a thrilling cross-country horse race. His storytelling is full of rhythm and surprise...

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ON SARPY CREEK

On Sarpy Creek

A novel of love, adultery, murder, race, family, and forgiveness in a tight-knit Montana community after World War I. This is a masterpiece in its exploration of human emotions and motivations.

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THE STORY OF MARY MACLANE

The Story of Mary MacLane

The Story of Mary MacLane shocked the literary world when it was published in April 1902. It sold 100,000 copies in its first month, an astonishing number then and now. Within a few years it had been translated into 36 languages, and writers such as Ernest Hemingway, Hart Crane, and Gertrude Stein lauded it as an important...

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SHORT IN THE SADDLE

Short in the Saddle

It's not always the biggest fish or biggest game that you remember about days in the outdoors. It's the funny stuff that happens along the way. Enjoy these great stories illustrated with the cartoons of John Potter.

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