Cowboys Are My Weakness

Cowboys Are My Weakness

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by Pam Houston
     
 

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"I've always had this thing for cowboys, maybe because I was born in New Jersey. But a real cowboy is hard to find these days, even in the West," says the narrator in the title story of Pam Houston's critically acclaimed collection. In these strong, shrewd, and very funny stories, we meet smart women who are looking for the love of a good man, and men who are wild and…  See more details below

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"I've always had this thing for cowboys, maybe because I was born in New Jersey. But a real cowboy is hard to find these days, even in the West," says the narrator in the title story of Pam Houston's critically acclaimed collection. In these strong, shrewd, and very funny stories, we meet smart women who are looking for the love of a good man, and men who are wild and hard to pin down. Our heroines are part daredevil, part philosopher, all acute observers of the nuances of modern romance. They go where their cowboys go, they meet cowboys who don't look the part -- and they have staunch friends who give them advice when the going gets rough. Cowboys Are My Weakness is a refreshing and realistic look at men and women -- together and apart.

Editorial Reviews

San Francisco Chronicle
These are the stories that might have emerged had an intelligent woman followed Hemingway around.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A gifted storyteller and a fine writer, Houston brings insight and an original perspective to the heavily trafficked gender divide in her short-story collection.
Library Journal
Houston, whose short stories have appeared in such periodicals as Mirabella and Mademoiselle , now has her first collection, the highlights of which are ``How To Talk to a Hunter,'' a story selected for inclusion in The Best American Short Stories, 1990 ( LJ 10/1/90), and ``Selway.'' Though these two stand out, the collection as a whole showcases a fresh, original, strong feminine voice. Houston is almost Hemingway-esque in her spare prose, yet richly eloquent in her descriptions of the Western sensibility. ``How To Talk to a Hunter'' oozes sensuality and masculinity, while at the same time getting inside the feminine mind in love with a man of few words. Likewise, ``Selway'' brilliantly shows what the experience of loving an adventurer is like. Houston is a part-time guide in Alaska. This is a strong woman who is wise and cynical but refreshingly optimistic. Her view of man-woman relationships is realistic: wise women get involved with ``cowboys'' they should know better, but they don't. Recommended.-- Rosellen Brewer, Monterey Bay Area Cooperative Lib. System, Cal.
Los Angeles Times
“Brilliant....Houston claims for women the terrain staked out by male writers from Hemingway to Richard Ford....Her voice is wholly formed and perfect.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671793883
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
02/01/1993
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.46(w) x 8.32(h) x 0.42(d)

Meet the Author

Pam Houston divides her time between her ranch in Colorado and the University of California at Davis, where she is director of the Creative Writing Program. She has been a frequent contributor to O, The Oprah Magazine, and her writing appears regularly in More and other publications. She in the author of the best-selling Cowboys Are My Weakness.

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Cowboys Are My Weakness 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the way Pam Houston worded her stories! These stories walked me down the Path into her world. Which made it too easy to feel what she was discribing in her tales. Which is Exactly what I believe makes an Outstanding Author!!! I can't wait to read her other shorts. Even though THIS one Really Hit Home for Me! I too have a strong desire for the Hunter/Gatherer kind of Man. I am looking for a short that Pam Houston had done by the Name of " Women know they should know better, but they don't." If anyone can give direction to where I can find this story, that would be Great!( I read the Title on the back of "Cowboys are My Weakness".)
Guest More than 1 year ago
As a woman in my early twenties, about to make the move out to Park City, Utah, this book spoke volumes to me for several reasons that I am incapable of describing adequately. The stories are wonderfully rich in detail without being verbous, the tales engrossing and real. She writes as though you have joined her in the evening as she is reflecting on the day's adventures. Dogs, the beauty of the wilderness and men all dominate her storytelling, somehow intermingling all three seperate subjects with ease and literary grace. If you enjoy nature with the perspective of emotion and life added to it, you cannot go wrong with Pam Houston. One of my favorites behind Tom Robbins.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was the best read I have had in the past 13 years. I fell in love with the stories and with the author, Ms. Houston. A critic wrote that she can write anybody's journal. And although her stories were not MY stories, their universal impact has changed my life. How can there not be a God when someone as talented as Ms. Houston exists? 'I will tell you the one thing that must be told:' Read it again and again and again.