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From the Publisher"Read the High Country: A Guide to Western Books and Films is another useful readers advisory tool in the Genreflecting Advisory Series. Mort opens the volume with an informative and thoughtful history of the Western… Mort's annotations are concise and witty… the High Country makes an excellent addition to any library dealing with readers advisory.'
Colorado Association of Libraries
"This guide focuses on Western books and films, listing about 2,000 titles categorized by subgenre and theme, such as Native Americans, mountain men, exploration, the army, range and ranch life, sagas, Western mysteries, and Western romances. Mort, a reference librarian, also provides a brief history of the genre and a discussion of six writers: Zane Grey, Max Brand, Ernest Haycox, Louis L'Amour, Elmer Kelton, and Larry McMurtry. Book records list publishing information and setting, summarize the plot, and note appeal to women, young adults, and book clubs, and if books have Christian themes, are out of print, or have received awards. Movie entries list cast and crew, production information, setting, and star rating, and include a plot summary. Indexes are by author/title/subject, settings, and film."
Reference & Research Book News
"If your familiarity with the genre [Western] doesn't extend past recognizing the name Louis L'Amour, John Mort rides to the rescue in Read the High Country: A Guide to Western Books and Films. He divides his list of nearly 2,000 books into Traditional Westerns (stories of settlers, gunfighters, ranchers, and the like) and Nontraditional Westerns, such as mysteries, romances, and tales of the contemporary West. Then, because the history of the Western is as much about movies as books, Mort includes a section on films available on DVD. The book is the latest addition to the Genreflecting Advisory Series that so many librarians have found indispensable in supporting readers' advisory."
"Read the High Country: A Guide to Western Books and Films is a no-nonsense book and film selection guide created especially for librarians and anyone else seeking to choose just the right cross-section of novels and movies from the Western genre. Describing approximately 2,000 titles grouped by subgenre and theme, Read the High Country includes the classics by such well-known authors as Max Brand, Louis L'Amour, Zane Grey, Elmer Kelton, as well as contemporary novels of the West by authors such as Ann Proulx, Louise Erdrich, and Larry McMurtry, and much more. Cover works aimed toward readers in grades 10 and up, Read the High Country is an intuitively organized, easy-to-use media selection guide."
Midwest Book Review - Library Bookwatch
"Texas reference librarian Mort compiles an ambitious work….Thousands of books and films are included and the appendices at the end are exhaustive, including a detailed historic time line."
"This new entry in the Genreflecting Advisory Series covers almost 2,000 books, with emphasis on those published after 1995. In a departure for the series, it also treats around 250 films….[p]ublic libraries with a demand for readers' advisory in the western genres will find it useful."
"For anyone not familiar with the Western, Read the High Country is a treasure trove, informing not only about the genre in books and film but also about the history of the American West. In fact, Mort includes in the appendix a Western Time Line, from 28,000 BC to 1929 AD. One category in the Traditional Westerns section is The Business of the West, revealing the importance of buffalo, railways, and mining to the commercial health of the America West. And, given the importance of the Native American in this time and place, the book is a great source for titles involving First Nations….With a conversational tone, Mort wonderfully succeeeds in guiding the readers' advisor to a much greater knowledge and understanding of the Western book and film. This book is likely to attract an entirely new readership to the genre."
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