Make A Hand Books
By JPS Brown
The Spirit of Dogie Long
by JPS Brown
The Spirit of Dogie Long is the story of an infant boy who is found by cowboys on a cattle drive from New Mexico to California in the 1870s. During his first 12 years, the crew teaches the boy how to handle himself among cattle, horses and cowboys the Cowboy Way, with honesty, compassion, and integrity. His horses, in effect, teach him the same values. Read More
On the trail, cowboys tell stories of bravery, cowardice, anger and comedy, friendship and enmity, tales about the goodness of their mothers and sisters, or other relationship they’ve had with women. Conversation, stories, and songs are their only entertainment. Dogie grows up deeply interested in his way of life, because his cowboy partners are proud, zealous, skilled, and very happy about what they do. They also are as careful about what they say and do around the boy, as they are about anyone they deeply respect. So, Dogie also learns from the great good example of men who do their best at the way they make a living and become good men and good hands at being cowboys, physically and morally.
In Dogie’s day cowboys respected all women and were careful to watch their language and their behavior in the presence of women. Alas, Dogie grows up knowing only one woman, a very efficient and very cold person who works at the headquarters of the ABC Cattle Company that hires the cowboys who raise him. Aside from schooling him in reading, writing, and arithmetic, that woman doesn’t have much to do with him.
The ABC’s have a ranch near Magdalena, New Mexico. In the Spring, Summer and Fall the cowboys run the ranch and cattle. In the Fall, the owners also buy their neighbors’ cattle and combine them with the ABC’s herd that that will be driven across the winter trail to California for sale.
Dogie’s life goes on fine for the first 12 years, although he never knows the affections that only mothers and sisters can give. However, one day when he is 12 a young mother and her daughters come to his rescue after he is lost in a snowstorm after a stampede. In their company he continues as a trail driver, but he also fulfills his ambition as a horse-breaker and trainer and starts what he thinks will be a new life.
However, too soon, he is forced to go out on his own again, as orphaned or otherwise displaced young cowboys often did in those days. He is separated from his outfit in an extraordinary and unexpected way.
A Cowboy’s Primer
by JPS Brown
J.P.S. Brown’s second novel about cattle ranching and cowboy life today follows the lives of a crew as it gathers thousands of wild cattle on a million unfenced acres of a Nevada ranch. Read More
The cow boss, Porter, is worn and wise from 76 years with horses and cattle, but his experience and patience are invaluable. The Paiute Indian cowboy Wilson, is too savage to conform to the ways of the city people who run the ranch from a fancy front office in another state. The main character, Sorrells, holds the crew of wild, independent cowboys together, even though he is as lawless and as reckless as they are.
For all their wildness and rough talk, the cowboys are fine husbandmen who handle big, fast, crafty animals that have strong personalities and wills of their own. The cowboys are devoted to the hard work that is needed to bring wild animals to market, but they also know how to play hard on the rare occasions they go to town.
The life is rough, wild and dangerous and goes on so far away from the mainstream of American life that the author calls it, “a country where the sun sets between us and town.”
The Outfit is owned by an actor whose son runs it from an office on “The Boulevard of Dreams” in Hollywood as a tax write-off. However, the cowboys are paid little for their work. As Sorrells says, “We’d be fools to do it for money. We do it because we were born to it and we’re better at it than anyone else in the world.”
by JPS Brown
A novel about a small gang of street urchins in a Mexican border town. Like all streets, these can be dangerous avenues for the adventures of 12 year old boys and girls. In this book, mean people bully and prey on them, but they manage to prevail and best of all, preserve their innocence. Read More
a formidable match for anyone who would hurt them or the people they love. The average American tourist who visits the shops of a border town might see these children as too dirty, disheveled, too hurried, and too bold as salesmen. A visitor might fear that they are dangerous, prone to thievery, untruth,
and disrespect. The average visitor is prone to suspect that every Mexican they meet on the street is probably dangerous or dishonest. The average Mexican is probably as poisonous as a viper, so their children must also be so. The children, like harmless grass snakes, suffer the opinion and contempt that the foreign visitor holds for the viper. Because of Mexican drug traffickers, the little, non- poisonous serpents suffer the reputation and treatment of the poisonous ones. This fear of all snakes has endured in mankind since Adam and Eve. Into this climate the four boys in this story have been born. They are active, curious, and hungry for great adventure. They are brave and good at a time when the worst kind of human viper has begun to take over their town.
The Forests of the Night
by JPS Brown
A jaguar terrorizes Adan Martinillo’s ranch and family. Adan is well-known for his prowess as a hunter and tracker. No animal or man is more accomplished and skilled a killer than El Yoco. Read More
by JPS Brown
A cowboys flies when all he needs to do is think that he wants to be in another place and his horse puts him there with no extra effort at all. He flies when his partner on the other side of the herd lets him know that he needs to move to another spot with nothing but a look. Read More
by JPS Brown
In early times, even before the Civil War, many Texas cattlemen relocated their stock in other Western states. To make that journey, they rode a type of horse they called Steeldust. Read More
Steel Dust’s legacy to cattlemen is so great that today, because they have known his progeny, cattlemen in mountain areas of Mexico who have never heard of the term quarter horse call that breed the Steeldust horse. Old time ranchers in the West still honor that name, because they remember his tough prototype, the horse that helped them make a living after cattle over Rocky Mountains, through ponderosa forests, cactus-ridden deserts, and mesquite thickets.
This tale is about one horse who carried Steel Dust’s good name.
by JPS Brown
An episodic novel about an Arizona cowboy named Jim Kane who buys horses and cattle in Mexico for export to the United States and proves once and for all that cowboys exist in our time and are still determined to live according to their own principles. Read More
“….they had lies.”
The library of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame and Western Heritage Center at Oklahoma City keeps a collection of J.P.S. Brown’s books. In 1999 he received The Will James Society’s first annual Big Enough award for a lifetime of literary achievement in the cowboy tradition. In 2003, he received the Lawrence Clark Powell Award given by the Arizona Historical Society and the Pima County, Arizona Library Association. 1970, first novel Jim Kane was made into the movie, Pocket Money with Paul Newman and Lee Marvin in 1972. 1971, The Outfit was published. Reviewers and southwestern academics consider this book a classic in southwestern literature. 1974, The Forests of the Night was published. Steve McQueen wanted to do the film at the time of his death. The great American writer Jim Harrison wrote in November of 2011 that “J.P.S Brown is the great restorer of the great American quest”.