Chasing the Rodeo (Paperback)
On Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man's Search for the West
Mariner Books, 9780156031219, 336pp.
Publication Date: May 1, 2006
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In Chasing the Rodeo W. K. Stratton follows this quest for one season of the pro rodeo and bull-riding tours. He explores the history of the chutes -- from rodeo's disputed origins (Prescott, Arizona, or Pecos, Texas?) to its current skyrocketing popularity. But out on the trail Stratton finds more than calf-roping and unrideable bulls, uncovering a culture complete with myths, codes of honor, million-dollar purses, Cowboy Church, and the kinds of legends that make good stories unforgettable.
Just such a story emerges here as Stratton tells of his runaway "rodeo bum" father --Cowboy Don -- whose specter haunts his travels on the circuit. As he learns more about the life that proved too seductive for his father to abandon, Stratton fills in a portrait of the man he never knew but whose legacy he couldn't help but inherit.
Filled with cowboy longing and rodeo dreams, this is a tribute to the characters of the West -- Freckles Brown, Lucille Mulhall (the first cowgirl), Wild Bill Hickock, Lane Frost, and today's superstars like Jesse Bail. In the great tradition of Wallace Stegner and Ken Kesey, W. K. Stratton fashions an expansive tale out of the gritty reality of the life around us. Chasing the Rodeo is a bucking, riveting, glorious ride -- you'll want to hang on for the whole go-round.
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Praise For Chasing the Rodeo: On Wild Rides and Big Dreams, Broken Hearts and Broken Bones, and One Man's Search for the West…
"Backyard Brawl is well-researched and entertaining, and it's a credit to Stratton-a naturalized Texan-that he can weave the stories of past and present together without turning it into a book-sized version of either school's phone-book-size football media guides."
-SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS
"Aside from this book's obvious appeal to sports fans and others, it had the power to make a non-fan like myself go introspective. This is the function of art."-THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS
— Austin American Statesman
— Gail Hughbanks Woerner
— Geoffrey C. Ward
— Jim Lehrer
— Ken Burns
— Larry McMurtry
— Publishers Weekly
— Rocky Mountain News
— Salem Statesman Journal
— Sarah Bird