An Accidental Cowboy

An Accidental Cowboy

by Jameson Parker

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In 1992, Jameson Parker, the former star of Simon & Simon, was shot and almost killed while living in Los Angeles. The incident drove him into a ten-year struggle with the psychological aftereffects of trauma. It also drove him and his wife into the California mountains, where he stumbled into a world of unruly cattle, uncertain horses, the timeless routines of ranch life, and the solace of the land.

An Accidental Cowboy is the story of what it's like to have one's life go spinning out of control and how it is possible to pick up the pieces and begin again in an entirely different sphere. With stunning, crisp writing, remarkable detail, and a flair for description, it's a captivating story of loss, depression, and the beginnings of hope set against the backdrop of the American Southwest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780312310240
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 10/01/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.72(w) x 8.54(h) x 1.13(d)

About the Author

Jameson Parker was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He was a working actor for more than a quarter of a century, getting his first paying job while on suspension (girls' dorm, vodka) from Beloit College. While he has appeared in more plays than he can remember, and in numerous television and feature films (some of which he would prefer to forget), Mr. Parker is best remembered for his role as A.J. in the long-running hit series Simon & Simon. At one time or another in his life, Mr. Parker has practiced karate, boxed, played polo, swum competitively, run track and field, and skied, with the result that he now hurts in a lot of places where he shouldn't. Visit him at

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An Accidental Cowboy 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
BoundTogetherForGood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a very interesting book. I recommend it. Jameson Parker was the star of tv's hit Simon & Simon. I never watched the show while growing up...still I found I enjoyed the book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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