An Accidental Cowboy [NOOK Book]

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Not long after Simon & Simon went off the air, the author was shot twice and left for dead on a street in Los Angeles. Physically, he recovered fairly quickly. Psychologically, however, the effects were far more severe and long-lasting, sending him into a spiral of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. As a result, almost by accident, he ended up in a world of horses and cattle and ranching that helped him survive.
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Overview

Not long after Simon & Simon went off the air, the author was shot twice and left for dead on a street in Los Angeles. Physically, he recovered fairly quickly. Psychologically, however, the effects were far more severe and long-lasting, sending him into a spiral of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. As a result, almost by accident, he ended up in a world of horses and cattle and ranching that helped him survive.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940014031202
  • Publisher: Dystel and Goderich Literary Management
  • Publication date: 1/13/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 347,179
  • File size: 169 KB

Meet the Author

Jameson Parker was a working actor for over a quarter of a century. While he has appeared in countless movies, television movies, and plays, he is best known for his starring role as A.J., one half of the team of Simon & Simon, the long running hit television series in the ‘80’s. After Hollywood, Jameson became the host of several different hunting shows, including American Hunter, The World of Ducks Unlimited, Sports Afield on Assignment, Beretta’s Bird Hunter’s Journal, and A Dog’s Life, which he also wrote and produced.

Jameson has been a freelance writer for almost twenty years. As an actor-turned-author he is unique because his work has appeared in such a wide range of outdoor magazines: American Hunter, Sports Afield, Gray’s Sporting Journal, California Waterfowl, Shooting Sportsman, Bugle, Under Wild Skies, Delta Waterfowl, Ducks Unlimited, Safari, Western Horseman, and currently he is the ‘Sporting Life’ columnist for Sporting Classics, and the ‘Fine Guns’ columnist for Texas Sporting Journal.

Jameson is the author of the critically acclaimed memoir, An Accidental Cowboy (Thomas Dunne Books/St. Martins Press) and the editor of To Absent Friends (Willow Creek Press), an anthology of stories about dogs. He is married to actress and singer Darleen Carr.

http://www.readjamesonparker.com
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2003

    More of a Brave Cowboy

    For many years during his long-run as A.J. in the top-rated television show, 'Simon & Simon,' Jameson Parker projected an image of a certain prep-school glibness. The persona he gives us in 'An Accidental Cowboy,' the real Parker, is something far different. This is an ironic, bemused, funny, affectionate, anquished, and ultimately enlightened, and enlightening, tale of one man's odyssey from the unreality of a Hollywood life, through the near occasion of violent death, into the light to be seen from the back of a good cow pony. And the many hands who populate the ranching world Parker encounters are never less than fascinating. By all means, do not let this horseman pass by.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2014

    Wonderful reading, good insight into Tehachapi area

    I read this book a few years back, reading it on a plane while on vacation. I found myself laughing out loud, getting the giggles and had a hard time keeping myself under control. Purchased some copies for family, decided I wanted to read it again thus this purchase for a second time around. Looking forward to a few more good laughs.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Thank goodness this book was allowed on Nook. Otherwise a hardb

    Thank goodness this book was allowed on Nook. Otherwise a hardbound copy may have been difficult to find so many years after publishing. It was great. Had to wipe tears from my eyes a couple times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2006

    This is a Must Read!

    This book was recommended to me by an author. She sent me the book and waited for my response. It's beautifully written. His vocabulary is such that he includes a glossary in the back of the book. I can't wait to read his next book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2003

    A Compelling Tale of Personal Growth and the Life of Today's Cowboys

    Who would have expected that a brush with death would lead a Hollywood actor to explore life on a ranch? Yet that is what happened, and Jameson Parker has written a riveting account of the challenging life of modern cowboys while simultaneously capturing his battle with the demons of depression. I found this fascinating and gracefully written. It is a book I could not put down until I had read the very last page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2003

    Great American story

    Everyone should read this book. Great book for all that have had life threatening experiences. Sure makes you appreciate your feet hitting the floor every morning. Jameson makes you realize how precious life is. Congratulations and well done. Will look forward to next

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2003

    A compelling saga.

    To rebuild one¿s life is a daunting task. To reclaim one¿s sanity ¿ nearly impossible. In this surprisingly honest account of his very personal and painful quest, Jameson Parker, the actor we usually think of as private, reserved and ¿totally together¿, unashamedly exposes us, with not one iota of self pity, to the hell he lived through following being shot by an irate neighbor. Getting ¿back to the basics¿, by living with ranchers and cowboys, served as the therapy that helped him courageously battle suicidal depression and near madness. To his credit, he has emerged a stable, productive, happy person leading an exciting and challenging life. I laughed, I cried. Kudos, Mr. Parker

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