Riding the Edge of an Era: Growing Up Cowboy on the Outlaw Trail
by Diana Allen Kouris


High Plains Press, 2009. ISBN 978-0-931-27185-4.
Reviewed by Jennifer Melville
Posted on 09/14/2009

Nonfiction: Memoir

"We were the youngest of the six Allen kids and we were best pals," writes Diana Allen Kouris in her memoir Riding the Edge of an Era. "Often given free rein to ride our cow horses on trails disappearing into sunrises and cedars, Nonie, Bobby, and I found the reflection of our heritage in enchanted places where shadows of history live. We didn't know we were riding on the far edge of an era or that our way of life was disappearing even as we lived it."

Riding the Edge of an Era: Growing Up Cowboy on Outlaw Trail is the story of being raised on the historic Brown's Park Livestock Ranch, where outlaws and Indians once lived. Diana and her older siblings went on countless adventures, living and learning life lessons on the wild lands of the American West. She learned to love and appreciate nature, animals, and the history of the generations that had lived there before her.

This book was very engaging. It made me want to experience ranch life and long for the days when children could explore and discover life unrestricted. I enjoyed how Kouris threw in bits of history alongside her life stories, because this made her tale even richer. This is a great read for anyone wishing to experience a bit of the cowboy lifestyle, even if just from your armchair.


Diana Allen Kouris was raised on the historic Brown's Park Livestock Ranch in the "three corners" country of Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming. She is also the author of the nonfiction book The Romantic and Notorious History of Brown's Park. She lives near Kinnear, Wyoming, with her husband.

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