After months of deliberation, we have selected Charles Portis’ True Grit for our third year of Big D Reads. Portis has been described by The New York Times as a “writer’s writer.” His work is truly a literary gem. The telling of young Mattie’s perseverance—her grit—is an inspiration for the young, the marginalized, and all of the Davids who must reckon with the Goliaths of this world, whether it be individuals, social injustices, or economic disadvantages.
We look forward to exploring the meaning of “grit,” discussing the role of the female protagonist, and comparing John Wayne’s portrayal of U.S. Marshal Rooster Cogburn in the 1969 film to Jeff Bridges’ portrayal of the same character in the 2010 remake by the Coen Brothers. Planning is underway to make Big D Reads 2015 our best year yet. Read with us!