Yesterday's Yarns: Real Tales from the Real West

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Yesterday's Yarns by Ken Overcast is a collection of stories from the real West. Some are completely historically accurate, while many of the others don't have a shred of truth. In both cases, the reader is instantly transported to a more innocent time and place where real cowboys still spin yarns around their roundup fires.
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Overview

Yesterday's Yarns by Ken Overcast is a collection of stories from the real West. Some are completely historically accurate, while many of the others don't have a shred of truth. In both cases, the reader is instantly transported to a more innocent time and place where real cowboys still spin yarns around their roundup fires.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780971848108
  • Publisher: Bear Valley Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2003
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 30, 2003

    Laugh Out Loud funny

    You don't have to be country folk to appreciate this book... but to those of us who grew up dodgin' cow pies along the trail, it's especially relevant. What a hoot!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2003

    A Must Read Book - Can't wait to see what Ken writes next!

    Yesterday's Yarns is an incredible collection of western stories. This is one of those books that you just can't put down. Ken Overcast has a unique writing style that gives you the best of both worlds. You'll get a life-like view of what the 'real west' was really like and all the humor he incorporates into his writing makes it an incredibly fun book to read. This is one the whole family can enjoy and I've found that it has made a great gift for family and friends!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2003

    The old saying goes: 'The outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man.' Well, the inside of this book may be even better than that.

    This collection of humorous anecdotes, little histories, little mysteries, regional folklore, cowboy philosophy, and intimate glimpses into family life on the Northern Ranges is a rewarding cultural tour of the Highline region of Montana. Ken Overcast himself is the real deal. A real cowboy from a real ranch family in one of the least hospitable agricultural environments in the world, his is the voice of the real West. Unquenchably optimistic, friendly, and as familiar and reassuring as Grandma's oatmeal cookies, his warmly conversational style immediately involves the reader in circumstances sometimes quirky, sometimes profound and with characters who are wise or good or naïve or comically villainous or deadly as a prairie rattlesnake. These little stories cover just about every topic you could name, from the best excuse ever for being two hours late for school, to an unsolved murder mystery, to advice on what to do if you drop your favorite shovel into the irrigation ditch and then you spot your wife swathing hay in a bikini less than a quarter mile away. No matter whom you are and no matter where you are, you will find yourself at home with Ken. His delightful stories take you far away from your ordinary day-to-day experiences. He puts you, willing or no, onto the vast Montana ranges or high among the peaks of the Bearpaw Mountains and among people you wish you could know.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2003

    Best Western Stories I've Ever Read Bar None - If you only buy one book, this is it

    Ken Overcast is the last of a dying breed. Cowboy/Poet/Storyteller. He has the unique ability to draw you into a life that most of us can appreciate but only imagine. The author shares the humor, the hard work, and the ingenuity of the Cowboy life in a voice that is a wonderful gift to us all. Yesterday's Yarns is a roundup of funny, candid, amazing and thought provoking stories of the real West today and of the last hundred plus years. You'll be completely captivated by Ken's ability to spin a tale. I was drawn in, alternately laughing out loud and then fondly remembering my own Western upbringing in the feedlots, ranches and farms of Idaho. I found myself filled with joy as I blew the dust off shelved memories of myself and characters that I'd not thought about in a very long time. The book is also filled with great pictures and wonderful cartoons. I guarantee if you are a fan of Western writing, they don't come any better than Ken or this book. Ken Overcast I find out is also an Academy of Western Music Will Rogers Award winner and a real cowboy, living on a working ranch in Montana. This book is a real standout in this genre.

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