Home Country, as that is also the title of the column that he so generously shares with me to use here and on my own blog. This is a collection of humor and philosophy that speaks to the important things in life like love and friendship and fly fishing. The column is currently featured in several hundred newspapers across the United States, with a readership of over 2 million.
Slim has won numerous awards for his work, the latest the 2012 Rounders Award, which is presented each year by the New Mexico Department of Agriculture to “individuals who have lived, promoted or articulated the Western way of life.”
A Cowboy's Guide to Growing up Right is a delightful collection of essays that do just what the title suggests, offering tips on how to walk the right paths and keep focused on what means the most in life. Slim has been a hunting guide in New Mexico and Alaska, made the first solo dogsled trip across Alaska's Arctic Slope, paddled a canoe down the Yukon River, built a log cabin 12 miles from the nearest road, drove a dog team in the first Iditarod Race, packed mules in the eastern High Sierra and roped calves in rodeos.
All of those experiences taught him a lot about what we can learn from nature and animals, and he shares that with his wry touch of humor in this book. The book has won the 2012- National Federation of Press Women Book Award for Inspirational Books.
Sweetgrass Mornings is a memoir that has equal doses of humor, tenderness, and drama as Slim recounts his many adventures. His writing is as easy-going as an afternoon ride across a meadow and is sure to please readers of any tastes. One does not have to love horses and cowboys to enjoy his work, although there is a special appeal for those of us who love the smell of leather.
These first three are his latest releases, but he has several other books: Sun Dog Days, Raven's Prey, The Long Dark, and Ol' Max Evans ( The First Thousand Years)
Maryann Miller is a novelist, editor and sometimes actress. Her latest release is Stalking Season, the second book in the Seasons Series, which would also make a wonderful holiday gift. The first book, Open Season, is available as an e-book for all devices. To check out her editing rates visit her website. When not working, Maryann likes to take her dog for a walk and work outside on her little ranch in East Texas, and sometimes she plays on stage.