It’s Independence Day in the US and there is no better reading than The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford by Ron Hansen. Ron Hansen was the first writer to approach the mythology of the West with the intent of rewriting history, to show the mixed motives and dubious intentions of heroes and outlaws alike. Drawing on contemporary records, newspapers and courtroom reports The Assassination of Jesse James by the coward Robert Ford creates a vivid, detailed description of the James gang and the America that created them, and builds a stunning portrait of one of the founding myths of the United States. Hansen re-creates the real West of the most famous outlaw of them all, Jesse James, and of his death at the hands of Robert Ford. Ford is drawn to Jesse, uncertain if he wants to serve or destroy him, or somehow become him.
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It’s the Pride Parade this Saturday and to celebrate, we bring you City of Night by John Rechy. Acclaimed as one of the great novels of the twentieth-century City of Night created a new era in gay writing. Bold and inventive in its portrayal of an urban underworld of prostitution and its unflinching description of the hustling young man’s search for self-knowledge within the neon-lit world of America’s cities. Moving from El Paso to New York and New Orleans this is a classic account of life on the edge.
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