Guest Post: The Cowboy and the Cossack


Today’s guest post is in honor of a snowstorm headed for LOLB HQ.

Guest author Ann has always wanted to be nurse, and now she both teaches and practices anesthesia–although this title will do anything but put you under!

I read The Cowboy and The Cossack by Clair Huffaker in high school and remember that it was the first book I read until the wee hours of Cowboythe morning. I grew up on a farm 5 miles out of town and I checked this book out of the high school library right before a snow storm.

It was me, the snow, some Swiss Miss Hot Chocolate and this book at until 2am because tomorrow is a snow day. I was 14 and it was the birth of a bibliophile. I was delighted.

This book was enough of a western that my dad picked it up after scooping out the driveway with the tractor and feeding the cows and pigs and hooking the cars up to large electric plugs so they would start the next day. We didn’t even think about trying to get off the farm. For supper we had turkey and stuffing, even though it was late January.

My dad enjoyed this book immensely and his comment was “It’s not really a western”. This is a great adventure with a lasting impression of an ending. I am so glad to possibly bring it to the attention of a new audience.

Ryann’s note: Ann isn’t the only one hoping to bring this book to a new audience! Nancy Pearl has it on her Book Lust Rediscovery List. In lovely accompaniment to Ann’s note above, here you find a touching post about The Cowboy and the Cossack from the author’s daughter.

Have you read The Cowboy and the Cossack? If not, what books are your favorite snow day reads?

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3 Responses

  1. I also read it in high school. it left a lasting impression. Especially the opening poem ny Rudyard Kipling. “The Ballad of East and West”.The poem is still one of my favorites and the book is of course very memorable.

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