Fifty Years After The Big Sky

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Fifty Years After The Big Sky by O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West Summary

Writers, historians, and public intellectuals from James Welch and Mary Clearman Blew to Dan Flores, William W. Bevis and Daniel Kemmis explore A. B. Guthrie's life and legacy in Fifty Years after The Big Sky: New Perspectives on the Fiction and Films of A. B. Guthrie, Jr. Best known for his novels, The Big Sky and The Way West and as the author of the screenplay for the movie classic Shane, A. B. Guthrie is a much-loved but under-studied Montana author. There has been almost no serious study of Guthrie's work, until now. This wide-ranging anthology examines this beloved western author in multiple contexts. Essays examine Guthrie's relationship with the movie industry; how the Cold War influenced Guthrie's work; how people in his hometown of Choteau, Montana, and others close to him remember the man; and how the myths that lie at the core of Guthrie's fiction haunt today's Montanans.

Battle for the Big Sky

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Battle for the Big Sky by David C.W. Parker Summary

Battle for the Big Sky delves into one of the few competitive races of the 2012 election: the US Senate campaign in Montana. Author David C.W. Parker was granted exceptional access by both candidates over the 21 months preceding the election, allowing him to tell the story of the race in rare and fascinating detail, while also exploring the impact of Citizens United and so-called "dark money" on the campaign. The Montana setting offers readers a view into the rising political influence of the West, the importance of "place" in politics, and the impact of congressional styles and constituent relationships on campaigns and elections. Parker skillfully weaves political analysis into his narrative and places the race in the broader context of congressional elections and the research literature.

The Big Sky

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The Big Sky by Alfred Bertram Guthrie Summary

Relates the adventures of Boone Caudill, a mountain man in the American West of the mid-nineteenth century.

This Big Sky

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This Big Sky by Pat Mora Summary

This evocative collection of poems combines Pat Mora¹s simple, yet shining words with Steve Jenkin¹s bright collage images. The landscapes, animals, and people come into sharp focus and the beauty and mystery of the American Southwest are captured.

Big Sky

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Big Sky by Jeff Strickler,Anne Marie Mistretta,Historic Crail Ranch Conservators Summary

Newsman Chet Huntley and his consortium developed Big Sky Resort in the early 1970s. Since then, it has grown to become a year-round, world-class recreation area with "the Biggest Skiing in America," four ski resorts, and a vibrant community around them. Located on the meadows of the West Fork in the Gallatin Canyon, this area was, early on, a microcosm of pioneer hardiness and activity characteristic of the Northern Rocky Mountains. Throughout its early history, one finds Native Americans, trappers, miners, loggers, cowboys, and ranchers. Some of their ventures failed and some succeeded as the land and weather allowed. The most successful ventures were the dude ranches that introduced the pleasures that remain today--hunting, fishing, trail rides, touring Yellowstone Park, and even skiing. Outdoor adventure in an authentic American Western setting was, and is, Big Sky.

Under the Big Sky

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Under the Big Sky by Jackson J. Benson Summary

Author of The Big Sky series, The Way West, and the screenplay for the classic Shane, among many other timeless stories of frontier mountain men, icon of Western literature A. B. Bud Guthrie Jr. brought a blazing realism to the story of the West. That realism, which astounded and even shocked some readers, came out of the depth of Guthrie s historical research and an acuity that had seldom been seen in the work of Western novelists. In Under the Big Sky, the latest in his celebrated series of biographies of Western writers, Jackson J. Benson details the life and work of this true giant on the Western literary landscape. The small Montana town that figures in several of Guthrie s books is clearly patterned after the town where he grew up, Choteau, on the eastern front of the Rocky Mountains. Benson illuminates the critical details of Guthrie s upbringing and education, the influence of his intellectually inclined father, his work as a newspaperman in Kentucky, and his time at Harvard University. Animated by the observations of friends, family, and fellow authors, this intimate account offers rare insight into the life and work of a remarkable writer and into the making of the literary West.

Big Sky Country

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Big Sky Country by Linda Lael Miller Summary

When he inherits half of a ranch, Sheriff Slade Barlow meets resistance from his half-brother Hutch, especially when Hutch's former flame, Josyln Kirk, who is working hard to make up for her stepfather's dishonesty, catches his eye.

Big Sky Wedding

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Big Sky Wedding by Linda Lael Miller Summary

After being jilted at the alter, Brylee Parrish wonders if she will even be able to open her heart to A-list actor Zane Sutton, who is back from Hollywood--but for how long? Original.

Big Sky Rancher

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Big Sky Rancher by Carolyn Davidson Summary

Lucas O'Reilly did things his way… and as founder and mayor of Thunder Canyon, he answered to no one—he liked it that way. Except lately, now that he owned one of the bigger spreads, and richer mines, under the wide Montana sky, he'd been thinking a wife would be nice. Maybe an agreeable little woman to brighten his house—and warm his bed. A mail-order bride would be one special delivery, he decides. But what he got instead was a surprise package with a firecracker inside named Jennifer Alston. Sassy and opinionated, she was not what he'd expected—but exactly what he needed, in spite of himself!

Big Sky Mountain

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Big Sky Mountain by Linda Lael Miller Summary

Hutch Carmody, a rough-and-tumble cowboy, secretly longs for divorcee Kendra Shepherd, a loving, ladylike woman who is his complete opposite.

Big Sky Summer

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Big Sky Summer by Linda Lael Miller Summary

In Paraable, Montana, things get complicated when rancher Walker Parrish is confronted with two teenage children he didn't know he had. Original.

Big Sky River

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Big Sky River by Linda Lael Miller Summary

When city girl Tara Kendall moves to the spread next door, ranch owner and widower Sheriff Boone Taylor finds his peace and quiet jeopardized by this woman who needs is help in learning the lay of the land. Original.

Big Sky Bachelor

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Big Sky Bachelor by Lesley Ann McDaniel Summary

JANESSA GREENE IS LEAVING THORNTON SPRINGS All she's ever wanted is to attend cooking school in Seattle. But when a big-shot rodeo rider comes to work on her family's Montana ranch, Janessa's determined not to let the cowboy distract her from her goal—no matter how charming he is. Micah was a rodeo star, but he's been trampled by one bull too many. While he's deciding his next move, he gets sidetracked by a pretty cowgirl who's headed out of town. Can Micah convince her to take a chance on a cowboy ready to put down roots?

Big Sky Family

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Big Sky Family by Charlotte Carter Summary

Montana single mom Ellie James and rancher Arnie O'Brien decide if their shared past can allow for a shared future.

Big Sky Christmas

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Big Sky Christmas by C.J. Carmichael Summary

A Holiday For Healing Jackson Stone will always be grateful to the Lamberts, who took him in when he was just a kid. But since the accident that killed his foster brother, Brock, he stays away from the family at Coffee Creek Ranch. Especially now that Brock's former fiancée, Winnie Hays, is back in town with her little boy. The simmering attraction between them may surprise Winnie, but Jackson fell for her at first sight years ago. Loyalty and guilt require he keep his distance…even as their feelings blossom into love. In the end, it's his own conscience Jackson must master. But with the help of the Lamberts, can this Christmas be a time of healing and a new beginning?

Big Sky-Hard Land

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Big Sky-Hard Land by David F. Dye Summary

A true story of 2 brothers growing up in Roundup, Montana during 20's and 30's.

Big Sky Dynasty

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Big Sky Dynasty by B.J. Daniels Summary

Dalton Corbett's secret past had finally caught up with him and taken residence above Whitehorse's knit shop—owned by the unsuspecting and sweet Georgia Michaels. Although Georgia had no reason to mistrust the woman she'd just rented to, Dalton knew how dangerous and deadly she was…just as he knew that Georgia was the type of girl his mother hoped he'd marry. Unwilling to see Georgia hurt, he devoted himself to ensuring her safety—and the more time he spent with her, the more he realized that she was the woman for him. But would his secrets jeopardize his brothers' marriage pact and put the next Corbett bride in danger?

Under The Big Sky

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Under The Big Sky by S. Bryan Gonzales Summary

Somewhere on the edge of a long-forgotten land called the Great Open, two fiercely strong-willed, all-American high school boys come together—forging a relationship hotter than the blazing Eastern Montana summer sun. Cash McCollum, a short-tempered, fifth generation rodeo cowboy, finds his simple, black-n’-white world bulldozed over by rich, handsome Travis Hunter, star jock of the football team. And what begins as a secret liaison between them, eventually stirs up into an impish, and sometimes humorous, whirlwind of gossip—awakening the small, sleepy town of Miles City. “...you ‘n Travis seem to be slidin’ into a real comfy corner.” A corner that Cash’s older brother, Clayton is not okay with. As time passes, and the friendship deepens, it’s their extreme popularity that continues to attract a whole lot of unwanted attention—thrusting them from the closet into the middle of local limelight. From the beginning, the stakes are high with each risking a lot. Cash cannot lose sight of the rodeo crown title, All-Around Cowboy, at his fingertips; and Travis is dead-set on taking the football team to state championship—gaining the trophy of Most Valuable Player for himself as well. Compounding this star-studded drama, these two boys also discover their worlds are COMPLETELY different—with nothing to bind them together but an unbridled attraction and a fierce determination to make the relationship work. “We’re comin’ from two different cultures—can’t you see that? Cash forces Travis to smell the roses. “You obviously come from money... I don’t. I never will.” It’s Travis’ persistence, however, that keeps them glued together. “...I can’t live without you, Cash, because it’s you... who makes me a better guy ...” Under the Big Sky unveils a world that many overlook, or refuse to acknowledge. It is where the human heart beats as strong as ancient echoes of Indian drums along a mighty and untamed Yellowstone River. Within its pages, you’ll be taken to places never seen before—but yet, seem so familiar. You’ll be allowed to see the human soul—naked in all its brashness, yet pure and simple—graced with the innocence of honest youth. Under the Big Sky is a story that undeniably declares that, ‘What Heaven hath joined together... let no man cut asunder’.