Cherokee Rose: A Novel of America's First Cowgirl

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Random House Publishing Group, Mar 31, 1997 - Fiction - 432 pages
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She was born on an Oklahoma ranch, where her father taught her to rope and ride. Filled with daydreams of joining Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Tommy Jo Burns knew she was destined for greatness as a famous trick roper. At fourteen, she so impressed President Theodore Roosevelt that he dubbed her America's first cowgirl. But this auspicious beginning forced the hardest choice, leaving her parents and sheltered ranch life to create her own family of friends on the road with Colonel Zack Miller's 101 Ranch Show. It was a new and exciting life, and she took her name from the prairie wildflower that matched her restless spirit: Cherokee Rose. From headlining at Madison Square Garden to surviving disasters in the ring, and from performing for English royalty to competing in a rodeo, her adventures brought different men into her world: the shy, awkward ranch hand Billy Rogers, who emerged on the show circuit as Will Rogers; a handsome husband who resented her fame; a wealthy gambler who taught her - too late - to follow her heart's instincts. Always striving to achieve her dreams and never willing to settle for less, Cherokee Rose became one of the most celebrated women of the West.

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Judy Alter was born in 1938. She earned a B.A. from the University of Chicago, followed by a Ph.D. in English with special interest in the literature of the American West from Texas Christian University, and an M.Ed. in English from Truman State University. Alter is an author of books for adults and young readers. Her novel Mattie won a Spur Award from Western Writers of America as the best western novel of 1987; Luke and the Van Zandt County War was named the best juvenile of 1984 by the Texas Institute of Letters. Fool Girl and Sue Ellen Learns to Dance, won the Western Heritage Award from the National Cowboy Hall of Fame, with Sue Ellen also winning a Spur from WWA. Alter has been director of TCU Press Texas, since 1987. She is a past president of Western Writers of America and served several years as secretary-treasurer of the Texas Institute of Letters. In 1989 the Mayor's Commission on the Status of Women named her one of the Outstanding Women of Fort Worth.

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