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The Kid
The Kid: A Novel | Ron Hansen
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A new novel from Ron Hansen, the award-winning author of The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, about an iconic American criminal of the old West: legendary outlaw, Billy the Kid. Born Henry McCarty, Billy the Kid was a diminutive, charming, blond-haired young man who, growing up in New York, Kansas, and later New Mexico, demonstrated a precocious dexterity at firing six-shooters with either handa skill that both got him into and out of trouble and that turned him into an American legend of the old West. He was smart, well-spoken, attractive to both white and Mexican women, a good dancer, and a man with a nose for money, horses, and trouble. His spree of crimes and murders has been immortalized in dime westerns, novels, and movies. But the whole story of his short, epically violent life has never been told as it has been here. In The Kid, Ron Hansen showcases his masterful research and inimitable style as he breathes life into history, bringing readers back into the late 1800s and into Billys boyhood as a ranch hand just trying to wrest a fortune from an unforgiving landscape. We are with Billy in every gunfight and horse theft and get to know him in full before his grand death in a hail of bullets in 1881 at the age of twenty-one. Original, powerful, and swiftly told, The Kid is an unforgettable read about a uniquely American anti-hero.
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CallMeIshmael
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Did you like young guns?....young guns II? Then you will like this book

LeahBergen I have this one waiting on my shelf. 👍🏻 2y
LadyRuthven Hell yeah! I loved those movies and Billy the Kid in general. His story is so interesting. I will definitely be reading this book soon. Thanks for the rec!! 👍👊 2y
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CallMeIshmael
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A perfect Saturday night

britt_brooke Perfect! 2y
MrBook Love it! 2y
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CallMeIshmael
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Part of my Christmas haul

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! (I hope y'all are getting some gift ideas for loved ones and friends from all of these TBR posts, lol.) I haven't really delved into westerns all that much, but I am a big fan of historical fiction. Any western fans? And this is a thick, meaty selection written by a well-known author. Which means yes, yes I do want to read this one. As soon as possible please 😁! I like this cover, it draws you in. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

tapgurl I think my husband would! But he is a non reader who only reads on planes:((( So I'm thinking we need to go somewhere on a plane! 3y
courtney I didn't think I was a western fan but I've been 110% obsessed with Westworld so maybe there's a part of me that is 😂🐎 3y
MrBook @tapgurl 😂😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻🙌🏻! @courtney 😂😂👏🏻👏🏻👌🏻!!! 3y
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Bookzombie I enjoy westerns quite a bit. Stacked! 3y
MrBook @Bookzombie 😎🙌🏻👌🏻! 3y
Hooked_on_books I am so drawn in by Billy the Kid movies, so this looks really interesting. Thanks for posting! 3y
LeahBergen I've been wanting this SO badly!!! 😩😩 I am a HUGE fan of literary westerns. 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
Bette The cover does sell it, thanks! 😊👍❤️️ 3y
MrBook @Hooked_on_books You're welcome ???! Weren't the Young Guns movies about him? @LeahBergen Christmas will be her before you know it ???! Did you like "The Revenant"? @Bette Ain't it grand ??! 3y
Hooked_on_books @MrBook Yup! Emilio Estevez played him. And I think he did a nice job. 3y
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