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Pam Houston
Cowboys Are My Weakness


Original Airdate: July 10, 1996

 

About the Author

Pam Houston is the author of two award-winning collections of short stories, "Cowboys Are My Weakness," which has been translated into nine languages, and "Waltzing the Cat." Her stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. A collection of essays, "A Little More About Me," was published in 2000, and in 2001, she completed a stage play called "Tracking the Pleiades," which was produced by the Creede Repertory Theater. Houston edited a collection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for Ecco Press called "Women on Hunting." She also wrote the text for a book of photographs called "Men Before 10 a.m." Her first novel, "Sight Hound," was published in 2005. Houston is the Director of Creative Writing at University of California, Davis, and she teaches at many summer writers'conferences and festivals in the U.S. and abroad. Her television appearances include "CBS Sunday Morning" and the "Oprah Winfrey Show." She lives on a ranch in Colorado.

 

About this Book

A good man is hard to find, but a good cowboy--practically impossible. At least that's what the women in this accomplished, witty and engrossing debut short-story collection discover when they fall 10-gallon-hat-over-spurs for the kind of men who go in for roping cattle, not for romance. In "Selway," among the most gripping of these 12 tales, an intrepid young woman rafts through treacherous white water to keep up with her boyfriend, who is as untamed as the river that nearly kills them. Accompanying Boone ("a hunter of the everything-has-to-be-hard-and-painful-to-be-good variety") through the Alaskan wilderness during sheep hunting season, the unnamed narrator of "Dall" learns about male camaraderie, violence and herself. The cowboy enthusiast in the title story, listening to country music, observes, "The men in the songs were all either brutal or inexpressive. . . . The women were victims, every one." But the women featured here aren't victims: they are smart, funny and likable. A gifted storyteller and a fine writer, Houston brings insight and an original perspective to the heavily trafficked gender divide.

 


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