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Chip of the Flying U
by B. M. Bower
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B. M. (Bertha Muzzy) Bower was the first woman to make a career of writing popular westerns. And what a career it was - more than sixty novels published from 1904 to 1940, the year of her death, and still more posthumously. In the western orbit, Bower was - and is - a star. Her first, Chip of the Flying U, lays out a ranch in Montana and introduces the Happy Family, the bunkhouse gang that reappears in her later books. Chip is the typical woman-shy cowboy, but he is also a gifted artist (reputedly, Bower based the character on Charles M. Russell, who illustrated Chip). Della, a doctor, is the young woman who disrupts his solitary life. The result is a quality ranch romance. Chip of the Flying U was a great success that led to several movie versions, one of them casting Hoot Gibson as Chip. Today's readers who grew up watching westerns on television will appreciate Bower's cinematic style.
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