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Our One Book, One Michiana community reading of True Grit has been postponed to 2021.
One Book, One Michiana 2020
For One Book, One Michiana this year, we invite you to read along with us as we explore a rousing Western tale of revenge and courage. True Grit, originally published in 1968 as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, has a cast of colorful characters, a strong plot, and a wicked sense of humor.
When Mattie Ross, all of 14 years of age, sets out on a quest to avenge her father’s murder, it changes her life forever. Mattie’s main cohort is Rooster Cogburn, memorably portrayed by both John Wayne and then Jeff Bridges in the two film versions of the book. While he may be many things that challenge her personal code of ethics, Mattie finds Rooster to be a man of true grit, matching her own tenacity and spirit.
Westerns today have a fairly rare following but True Grit has an exceeding strong female protagonist that feels timely. Although the Civil War is a recent memory and women did not have the right to vote, Mattie Ross doesn’t seem too inconvenienced by her own historical era.
This special issue of Unfold has a guide to True Grit that includes all the community programs (pg. 6) as well as a feature on real women of the West (pg. 10). You’ll find companion reading ideas and the film versions as well (pg. 16). And if the idea of a bonfire book discussion appeals to you, we’ve got one planned.
In 2020, our One Book choice is the result of a community vote. Over 1,000 people voted for their choice of 3 titles. True Grit is your pick, and we can’t wait to talk about it with you.
Thanks for reading,
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