If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or any-season gift for someone who enjoys stories about real ranch life, Grainews columnist Heather Smith Thomas is a long time published author with several books to her credit. Here are three titles that so aptly capture the experiences of raising cattle, horses and other critters.
Horse Tales: True Stories from an Idaho Ranch (the original book in this series) is a collection of 22 stories about the horses that helped define the author’s life in Idaho ranch country. Horse Tales is a unique memoir infused with the brand of wisdom that can be acquired only through an existence built around livestock and the land. Thomas centres each story around a specific animal, along the way sharing lessons on life, family and stockmanship.” (282 pages)
Cow Tales: More True Stories from an Idaho Ranch (325 pages) is the second book. The press release from the publisher says “Following the success of her acclaimed nonfiction collection Horse Tales, Cow Tales is an entertaining and compelling lineup of autobiographical essays detailing her family’s adventures raising cattle in the challenging ranch country outside Salmon, Idaho. In the tradition of James Herriot (All Creatures Great and Small), each story centres on a particular animal or aspect of animal husbandry, offering insight into the resourcefulness required to manage a cattle herd, and a heartwarming look at human-animal bonding.”
Ranch Tales: Stories of Dogs, Cats and Other Crazy Critters, the third book in this series (273 pages) consists of stories about the memorable horses, pets, ranch animals and wildlife that populate a working ranch.
These books can be ordered through any bookseller or from the publisher: The Frontier Project Inc. (phone: 719-237-0243) [email protected].