Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Get your chaps, boots and spurs ready!


Welcome all you cowpokes to the Wild West Wednesdays read along hosted by Amy at My Friend Amy, Leah at Amused by Books and ME!

Although most of the summer has been spent honoring the 50th anniversary of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, another literary giant and Pulitzer Prize winner was also celebrating an anniversary – Larry McMurtry’s Lonesome Dove is 25 years old this year! To pay homage, we are dusting off our best western duds and attempting to read every morsel of Dove’s 945 pages!

To give you plenty of time to practice your sharp shootin’, we are allowing you the whole month of September to prepare for this cattle drive. Our read along will start on October 1st – with our first post on October 6th. We plan on reading 10 chapters a week, with the final installment encompassing the final 12 chapters (there are 102 chapters total). So if this cowgirl’s math is correct, that’s 10 weeks of reading!

We would like all of you buckaroos to join us! Please grab a badge and mosey on over to your own blog to spread the word.

And to whet your whistle just a bit…take a gander at the blurb on the dust cover:

A love story, an adventure, and an epic of the frontier, Larry McMurtry’s Pulitzer Prize— winning classic, Lonesome Dove, is the grandest novel ever written about the last defiant wilderness of America. Journey to the dusty little Texas town of Lonesome Dove and meet an unforgettable assortment of heroes and outlaws, whores and ladies, Indians and settlers. Richly authentic, beautifully written, always dramatic, Lonesome Dove is a book to make us laugh, weep, dream, and remember.

So, y’all come back now y’hear, and join us for some down home, good time, readin’!