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My Book Bag: Passin’ Through


To understand my husband, I read the Bible and Louis L’Amour. I’m not sure I have a favorite genre, but I know my husband does, and western novels is it. He often quotes Louis at the strangest moments, usually the ones where I am in desperate need of a smile.

And you know what? It always works.

Passin’ Through begins with a noose sliding around our hero’s neck. This cowboy was just passin’ through, but he finds himself in a passel of trouble. Now he must decide between heading for the mountains, or staying put and resolving his problems. This book has everything a L’Amour western should have: shooting, horseback riding, fighting, and of course, a beautiful woman.

Louis is extremely quotable. Here are some of my favorites:

Besides, what does a name mean? Nothing until a man makes it mean something.

Most murders were people of low intelligence no matter what their income or station in life, and murder was a difficult thing to hide.

When somebody wanted to know who I was, would I have to say I was just Passin’ Through? Well, that’s what we all were doing, in a way, but when a man cashes in his chips he should leave something a little better than he had found it.

If you enjoy westerns, then give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed.


One thought on “My Book Bag: Passin’ Through

  1. Hi Valerie,

    You may not know that Louis L’Amour was from Choctaw. My 93 year old deacon
    who has lived in Choctaw all His life knew him.

    Royce Smith


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