Lonesome Dove / Larry McMurtry

You may have passed up this book because you think you’re not into westerns, but you don’t have to be into westerns to love this book. Despite its length, this is a fast-reading, absorbing novel with an abundance of appealing points.  I think the best way to entice someone to read this book is to quote it.  Here’s one from Augustus McCrae, an aging Texas Rangers who, with his compatriot, colleague, and friend Woodrow Call, runs the Hat Creek Cattle Outfit and is leading a cattle herd and ragtag group of cow hands from Texas to Montana.  Augustus is a man who loves to share his philosophies on everything.  In this moment he is talking to a young woman who is obsessed with going to San Francisco.  Augustus is trying to convince her to forget about it and spend some time with him.  He says:  “If you want any one thing too badly, it’s likely to turn out to be a disappointment. The only healthy way to live life is to learn to like all the little everyday things – like a sip of good whiskey in the evening, a soft bed, a glass of buttermilk, or a feisty gentleman like myself.”  Great characters, non-stop adventure, American history, romance, and cowboy philosophy are what you’ll find in this Pulitzer Prize winning American classic.  Read it!     Tera 1/6/2017

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