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message 1: by Emily (new)

Emily We are planning to do our 10th readalong in March 2019 and would like your help deciding.
Our hope is to find a fictional western with an accompanying nonfiction complement.

Please discuss!


message 2: by Sandy (new)

Sandy Doc has been on my TBR for a long time and there are bio's of Doc Holliday and his times (none read by me).


message 3: by Chris (new)

Chris Wolak Sandy wrote: "Doc has been on my TBR for a long time and there are bio's of Doc Holliday and his times (none read by me)."

I'm also intrigued by this book.


message 4: by Sandy (new)

Sandy p.s Love your podcast


message 5: by Linda (new)

Linda Chris wrote: "Sandy wrote: "Doc has been on my TBR for a long time and there are bio's of Doc Holliday and his times (none read by me)."

I'm also intrigued by this book."


Ooo, I like that suggestion.


message 6: by Emma (new)

Emma Chris, good if you don't have wrong expectations. I read this book 7 years ago, and it was my less favorite book by this author. see why: https://wordsandpeace.com/2011/06/02/...


message 7: by Karen (new)

Karen O How about True Grit? I've heard it's an excellent book, and I also recently heard David Sedaris on another podcast recommend the audiobook - it's narrated by Donna Tartt, believe it or not. He said she was "born to read True Grit out loud." I'm not sure what nonfiction book would pair well with it, but maybe there's a book about vigilante justice in the American West or the lives of girls/women in the American frontier...or something.


message 8: by Carol (new)

Carol Taking a look at The Will Rogers Medallion Awards I found this:

Pairing of the story of Kate Warne
Non-fiction: The Pinks:The First Women Detectives, Operatives, and Spies with the Pinkerton National Detective Agency - Chris Enss
Fiction: Pinkerton's First Lady: Kate Warne - United States First Female Detective - Det. John Derring

I haven't read either. Decent reviews but don't know about availability. If nothing else, someone may be interested in adding it to their TBR pile.

I liked both Doc and True Grit.


message 9: by Eric (new)

Eric How about Blood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West? Very dark, with great description of desolate country. Judge Holden is one of the most frightening villains in all literature.


message 10: by Claire (new)

Claire Hi - I just joined this group - love, love your podcast!!

If you haven't read Lonesome Dove that is one of my all time favorite books - I just noticed there is a book on the making of Lonesome Dove (I guess they are talking about the mini-series that came out back in the 80's?). A Book on the Making of Lonesome Dove


message 11: by Deb (new)

Deb Chris wrote: "Sandy wrote: "Doc has been on my TBR for a long time and there are bio's of Doc Holliday and his times (none read by me)."

I'm also intrigued by this book."


So good!! Epitaph is the sequel or book 2.

Mary Doria Russell just nails these stories!!


message 12: by Emily (new)

Emily Hello Everyone - Thank you so much for all of the wonderful suggestions! We have decided to read True Grit by Charles Portis.
If you would like to join in, we will be recording our discussion of the book on March 29, 2019.

We look forward to the discussion on this page.


message 13: by Becky (new)

Becky I look forward to reading this!


message 14: by Britany (new)

Britany Ooh, I just read this at the end of last year.


message 15: by FoxedFolios (new)

FoxedFolios Serendipity. True Grit was on a recommended display at Hong Kong City Hall library last week and I was intrigued enough to borrow it! Hurrah! 🤓📘


message 16: by FoxedFolios (last edited Feb 13, 2019 12:10AM) (new)

FoxedFolios A fun yarn!

Not the usual type of book I read, but I blew through this in a few days. And the faster/more committed readers among you could easily get it done in one sitting.

Mattie is a feisty protagonist who is fearless in her sense of the need for justice and her determination to attain it.

Portis plays into many of the tropes of classic westerns to great effect. In less capable storytelling hands, the central players in this book could come across as annoying caricatures. But powered by Portis' droll prose, expert navigation of the line between exaggeration and authenticity, and easy reading style, it's hard not to be romanced by our cast. They chase through this tale of 'daring do' driven by a black-and-white sense of right and wrong and a phlegmatic view of life and death on the frontier.

A very entertaining read. :-)


message 17: by FoxedFolios (last edited Feb 19, 2019 11:16PM) (new)

FoxedFolios Favourite quote (not a spoiler!) is from page p173 (in the version published by The Overlook Press in 2010) when Mattie says:

"But I had not the strength nor the inclination to bandy words with a drunkard. What have you done when you have bested a fool?"

:-)


message 18: by Pam (new)

Pam Powers I have been listening to this book on my walks over the last few weeks and have been surprised at how much I have enjoyed it. It is funny and I didn’t expect that. I like that a tenacious young lady was at the center of the story - very entertaining.


message 19: by Becky (new)

Becky Started this this morning...


message 20: by Chris (new)

Chris Wolak FoxedFolios wrote: "A fun yarn!

Not the usual type of book I read, but I blew through this in a few days. And the faster/more committed readers among you could easily get it done in one sitting.

Mattie is a feisty..."


Enjoyed your response. Can't wait to dive in.


message 21: by Chris (new)

Chris Wolak Pam wrote: "I have been listening to this book on my walks over the last few weeks and have been surprised at how much I have enjoyed it. It is funny and I didn’t expect that. I like that a tenacious young lad..."

Good to know! I wasn't expecting humor either.


message 22: by Emily (new)

Emily Started last night. Loving it so far!


message 23: by Becky (new)

Becky Finished this today, loved it, loved Mattie & loved their style of speaking, old fashioned, proper & old west style! And yes, there were times when I laughed, usually at Mattie!


message 24: by Gail (new)

Gail I am looking forward to the discussion, but I ain't reading it!


message 25: by Tina (new)

Tina I had no idea how much I would like this book. I started it Friday and finished it today, Sunday. The gusto of a 14-year-old girl on a mission was captivating. The audio was narrated by Donna Tartt which surprised me. She read her own essay at the end of my version. I appreciated the inclusion of the essay.


message 26: by Susan (new)

Susan I read this last year for the Western category of the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge. Most members of our Read Harder Challenge Book Club here in San Diego read it also because western is not a genre most of us read in and when the first to read it gave it rave reviews, the rest followed. We all decided if westerns were like this book we would read more. It was a compelling read that we all unexpectedly enjoyed. It’s an adventure story but with a feminist edge. Mattie is a smart, tough, fearless young woman with a determination and dedication inspiring to all. Portis tells the story with a spare prose (I think we all expected more flowery from a western) but with humor and outstanding descriptions of the landscape as well as great character development. From what I have read about the films I assumed Rooster would be the star as John Wayne was, but in the book Mattie is the star.


message 27: by Melissa W (new)

Melissa W Read it about a month ago and enjoyed it as much as I did the first time I read it.


message 28: by Sue (new)

Sue Dix I read it and loved it and also the John Wayne movie version. I laughed all the way through the book at Mattie's various interactions with different characters. She bested everyone. I also read a book that peripherally reminded me of True Grit. It was News of the World. Just another book that some might find a good western.


message 29: by Chris (new)

Chris Wolak Sue wrote: "I read it and loved it and also the John Wayne movie version. I laughed all the way through the book at Mattie's various interactions with different characters. She bested everyone. I also read a b..."

Just checked it out and it sounds good. Thanks for the recommendation!


message 30: by Alicia (new)

Alicia Salmon I just finished it. I listened to the audio with Donna Tartt. I real enjoyed it. I have never read a “western” before so wasn’t sure if I would enjoy it. I loved Maddie’s spirit. How courageous and determined. She was so able to handle the men and the situations thrown at her. I did find some of it funny like you mentioned in the podcast. Her manner of speaking and delivery was great. I will have to watch the movie now. Thanks for the nudge to read this.


message 31: by Sue (new)

Sue Jackson Just started it today! Better late than never is pretty much my life motto :) I never saw the John Wayne movie but enjoyed the more recent version, so I'm looking forward to the book.

Once I finish True Grit, it's onto Gone with the Wind, just in time for my Big Book Summer annual reading challenge!

Thanks for hosting the readalongs. I absolutely loved both Born a Crime and Hum If You Don't Know the Words.


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