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Product Details

  • Paperback: 152 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (August 24, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1448623308
  • ISBN-13: 978-1448623303
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,491,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A vivid slice of Americana. Most touching are Orman Willey's efforts to wed his first, and only, love during tumultuous World War II. Cleanly written, with detail in just the right passages; an easy, relaxing read that may inspire us to do as the author did--sit down with our parents to talk." -Reader review from Amazon

"Anyone from that time and place has a similar tale. The loss of these stories becomes a loss of who we are as a country and a people. Marlene has saved a part of South Dakota history in sharing Orman Willey's story." Reader review from Amazon

"Dusty Boots gives the reader a view into a past (some might say, simpler) time, when written communication took days or weeks, and cowboys were 'chapped' or fired for using strong language." -Reader review from Amazon

From the Author

Along my journey with Dad to his yesteryears, spending time with him to write this book, I found an unexpected gift. Now, I know him before he was my dad. I know the boy who became a young man who became my father. Dad's old stories have more than one-liners; they have details. Now, old family photos have more than captions; they have whole stories.

More About the Author

Marlene Johnson is a writer, fiber artist, former teacher and home economist. She writes, reads, hikes, cooks, and sews in the Pacific Northwest.

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A parent's early life is often a mystery to their children. Many times I've thought I ought to delve into my parents' childhoods, teenage years, and early years of marriage so I can better understand them now. That is exactly what author A. Marlene Johnson did with her father. "Dusty Boots" is a vivid slice of Americana--from rattlesnake encounters to breaking wild horses, from one-room schoolhouses to Aggie High School. Most touching are Orman Willey's efforts to wed his first, and only, love during tumultuous World War II. Throughout the book, we view the daughter learning more about her father, coming to appreciate how his past helped shape the man she knows. The book is cleanly written, with detail in just the right passages and entertaining portrayals of life in South Dakota; an easy, relaxing read that may inspire us to do as the author did--sit down with our parents to talk.
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By Lynette Hall on November 8, 2009
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"Dusty Boots My Dakota Cowboy Dad" by Marlene Johnson is one man's story that becomes a family's story.

Marlene did a great job of capturing her father's story by sitting down with her parents and getting them to talk about their life. She uses their language, reveals their character yet flawlessly keeps us aware that she is a part of the process.

Anyone from that time and place has a similar tale. The loss of these stories becomes a loss of who we are as a country and a people. Marlene has saved a part of South Dakota history in sharing Orman Willey's story.

A comforting read.
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Dusty Boots gives the reader a view into a past (some might say, simpler) time, when written communication took days or weeks, and cowboys were "chapped" or fired for using strong language.

Johnson begins each chapter with snippets of what was going on in that year: who was elected president, the price of bread or gasoline, top song or popular movie, etc. From there she weaves stories of her father in younger times - growing up and being a cowboy in South Dakota, serving in World War II, marrying and raising a family - with conversations she had with him and her mother, while collecting the stories.

Dusty Boots is a refreshing read that may spur others to hold similar conversations with their parents.
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