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Unbridled Cowboy
By E. R. Fussell, Joseph B. Fussell. Truman State University Press. 278 pp. . $19.95.
In this intriguing memoir, completed in 1947, Fussell describes his experiences on the rails and cattle trails of Texas and the Southwest from the 1880s through the Great Depression. A sixth-grade dropout with "itchy feet," Fussell left his east Texas home as a teenager to sample life in the dives of Fort Worth and El Paso, work the railroads from the Rio Grande to the Great Plains, operate undercover for the Texas Rangers, and drive cattle along the border and into Mexico, before settling down as a yardman for the Santa Fe line in Winslow, Arizona. Along the way, Fussell confesses to a dozen killings, more or less, including nine in cold blood. It seems uncharitable in so engaging a book, but in this age of James Frey and Jason Blair, readers will inevitably wonder, along with Fussell's grandson and editor, where fact leaves off and storytelling begins. It's a terrific read, but caveat emptor. []

Uncle Ernie's Guide to Old Time Rodeo
By Ernie Bulow, Ernest Franklin. Sidewinder Publishing. 64 pp. $14.95.

Enjoy a wild and wacky ride through the golden age of rodeo with author Ernie Bulow and close collaborator, artist and illustrator Ernest Franklin, both experts on rodeos and their lore
Under the Bridge: Stories from the Border/Bajo el puente: Relatos desde la frontera
By Rosario Sanmiguel. Aarte Publico Press. 232 pp. Seven bilingual short stories. $14.95.

Rosario Sanmiguel spins seven heartfelt short stories about life on the U.S.-Mexico borderline of the Rio Grande
Unfinished Masterpiece: The Harlem Renaissance Fiction of Anita Scott Coleman
By Bruce A. Glasrud, Laurie Champion. Texas Tech University Press. 189 pp. $22.95.
Coleman, a black school-marmish young woman, lived in New Mexico when about half of these tales were written (1920s), but locale is not her subject, nor is it particularly important. Instead, she writes of people, usually in the black (or as she would have said, Negro) community, and almost always her tales relate to the connections, or lack thereof, to the white community. Simple stories with powerful, almost allegorical, lessons, a few of them with obvious connections to our Southwest.
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