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The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry

Last Kind Words Saloon

Larry McMurtry has done more than any other living writer to shape our literary imagination of the American West. With The Last Kind Words Saloon he returns again to the vivid and unsparing portrait of the nineteenth-century and cowboy lifestyle made so memorable in his classic Lonesome Dove. Evoking the greatest characters and legends of the Old Wild West, here McMurtry tells the story of the closing of the American frontier through the travails of two of its most immortal figures: Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday.

Opening in the settlement of Long Grass, Texas not quite in Kansas, and nearly New Mexico we encounter the taciturn Wyatt, whiling away his time in between bottles, and the dentist-turned-gunslinger Doc, more adept at poker than extracting teeth. Now hailed as heroes for their days of subduing drunks in Abilene and Dodge more often with a mean look than a pistol Wyatt and Doc are living out the last days of a way of life that is passing into history, two men never more aware of the growing distance between their lives and their legends.

Along with Wyatt's wife, Jessie, who runs the titular saloon, we meet Lord Ernle, an English baron; the exotic courtesan San Saba, "the most beautiful whore on the plains"; Charlie Goodnight, the Texas Ranger turned cattle driver last seen in McMurtry's Comanche Moon, and Nellie Courtright, the witty and irrepressible heroine of Telegraph Days.

McMurtry traces the rich and varied friendship of Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday from the town of Long Grass to Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show in Denver, then to Mobetie, Texas, and finally to Tombstone, Arizona, culminating with the famed gunfight at the O.K. Corral, rendered here in McMurtry's stark and peerless prose.

With the buffalo herds gone, the Comanche defeated, and vast swaths of the Great Plains being enclosed by cattle ranches, Wyatt and Doc live on, even as the storied West that forged their myths disappears. As harsh and beautiful, and as brutal and captivating as the open range it depicts, The Last Kind Words Saloon celebrates the genius of one of our most original American writers.

ISBN-13: 9780871407863
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Published: Liveright Publishing Corporation, 5/2014

Todd Purdum to visit New Copperfield's

Poster Todd Purdum

Todd S. Purdum, a Macomb native and nationally known journalist and political commentator, will be back in Macomb, midday, April 17, to introduce his latest book An Idea Whose Time Has Come: Two Presidents, Two Parties, and the Battle for the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at New Copperfield's Book Service, 120 North Side Square. Mr. Purdum is the former New York Times diplomatic correspondent, White House correspondent, and Los Angeles bureau chief. Presently, he is contributing editor at Vanity Fair and senior writer at Politico. He is the author of several books including his recent A Time of Our Choosing: America's War in Iraq 

Mr. Purdum's latest book, An Idea Whose Time Has Come, published just a few days before his arrival in Macomb, has been given glowing reviews: 

"In Todd Purdum's gripping account of the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, we can see, from nearly every angle, how the federal government began making good on the 'promissory note' of equal rights that Dr. King had invoked at the March on Washington. Purdum provides both an invaluable education in the political process and a keen understanding of how personalities (the famous and the unsung) and the best of both parties overcame every roadblock to 'make real the promises of democracy,' as Dr. King had challenged."                                                                 

Henry Louis Gates Jr., Alphonse Fletcher University Professor, Harvard University  

"An Idea Whose Time Has Come is brilliantly rendered and emotionally powerful -- a riveting account of one of the most dramatic and significant moments in American history. The story Purdum tells is absolutely mesmerizing.                                             

Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of No Ordinary Time, Team of Rivals, and The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism 

"Todd Purdum's remarkable An Idea Whose Time Has Come brings back to life the historic fight waged on behalf of civil rights by JFK and LBJ. Purdum is a superb writer, never dull, and his grasp of the Sixties milieu is foolproof. This is a marvelous and much needed book of lasting importance."                                                                              

Douglas Brinkley, Author of Cronkite  

Todd Purdum was born and raised in Macomb, the son of insurance broker, investor and realtor, Jerry S. Purdum and Connie Purdum.  A graduate of Princeton University, he lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife, Dee Dee Myers, the political commentator and former White House press secretary, and their two children.

ISBN-13: 9780805096729
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Published: Henry Holt and Co., 5/2014

Homage to Homer

03/08/2014 1:00 pm


A presentation from his orginal epic poem, JOURNEY HOME,by local author, John Andrew. Saturday, March 8 at 1:00 p.m.

 John Andrew traces the inspiration forJourney Home to a visit, more than twenty years ago, to Paestum, Italy, the site of the ancient city of Poseidonia and some of the best preserved temples of the Greek civilization.


Journey Home pays homage to Homer's tale, The Odyssey, and the ancient Greek heroes. Andrew says, "Journey Home is my life-long journey of understanding to honor the heroes of a civilization that contributed so much to our own. It won't be complete until my own death."


The event is free and everyone is invited.

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ISBN-13: 9781609497002
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Published: History Press (SC), 6/2013
It's RAGBRAI week! America's favorite bicycle ride. This ride across Iowa end Saturday with front bicycle tires dipping in the Mississippi at Ft. Madison.Its been described as Mardi Gras on wheels.

Patterson Sees Ads as Wake-Up Call

By Gabe Habash

This past weekend, James Patterson took out ads on the cover of PW, in The New York Times Book Review, and in Kirkus asking the questions "Who will save our books? Our bookstores? Our libraries?" and listing a number of classic books like The Sound and the Fury and A Wrinkle in Time. PW spoke with Patterson by phone to find out his motivation for placing the ads.

"This is hopefully starting a dialogue," Patterson said. "I hate sitting around and talking; I like to do things." Specifically, Patterson expressed frustration at the lack of advancement of the future of books discussion. The discussion, Patterson said, is stuck in a rut and there are ways everyone can chip in to fix it. "Publishers are sitting around saying: 'Woe is me.' Get in attack mode," Patterson said. The problem continues with media coverage, as Patterson said the same article about the book business being in trouble--with little information beyond that and little mention of possible solutions--is being written over and over. "That article is not worth running," he said. "The New York Times needs to wake [up]."

Patterson has long been a fierce supporter of children's literacy and reading in general. Just this week, he appeared at Ann Patchett's Parnassus Books in Nashville for World Book Night (an event he also co-chaired). Later this week, he will appear on a national online webcast called "One on One: Fundamentals with Dwyane Wade and James Patterson," an event with the NBA star to promote the importance of reading to children. Last year he donated hundreds of thousands of books to troops around the world; in 2009, he launched children's reading promotion site ReadKiddoRead.

In part, Patterson's current ad reads: "The Federal Government has stepped in to save banks, and the automobile industry, but where are they on the important subject of books? Why are there no impassioned editorials in influential newspapers or magazines?" The PW ad closed by stating: "Spread the word about our endangered books! Peel off this wraparound cover and share it with a friend or post it at your local bookstore or library."

In talking with PW, he expressed his hope that all of those that control the conversation--whether it be government, publishers, media, or Web sites--turn it in a more specific and practical direction. "All I can do is stir the pot a little bit," he said.

World Book Night





What We Are Reading

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ISBN-13: 9780061706516
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Published: William Morrow, 8/2011

Estella Pledge

Good end of summer reading. It's a story of childhood friends who were adventurous. One day their adventure tok them to a situation that would impact the rest of their lives but also their parents. As they got older they went their own ways but again a situation brought them back to the initial incident.

I liked the story & the flow of the story. I thought the characters were well developed.

The Family Fang (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780061579035
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Published: Ecco, 8/2011
The story was well written but the strangeness of the fangs was very different. Hard toimagine a family could be so odd & I would even say they were lunitics. I relly did not think I would finish the book but I just had to read to the end. Funny! Goofy! Quirky!~

Scared Stiff (Mass Market Paperback)

ISBN-13: 9780758234551
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Published: Kensington Publishing Corporation, 8/2011
Mattie Winston continues her adventures in this Halloween-themed follow-up to"Working Stiff"--where she is out to solve the murder of a waitress/model andclear the name of a friend.

What Are We Reading May 20,2011

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ISBN-13: 9781603580311
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Published: Chelsea Green Publishing Company, 10/2010

Scotland Township M.M. Group

This is a comprehensive detailed book about gardening. Carol Deppe is a scientist and expert gardener who draws from emerging science in many fields to develop general principles of gardening for resilience.  Gardeners will learn  her detailed instructions on growing, storing, and using the five crops central to self-reliance: potatoes, corn, beans, squash and eggs.Each of us found that we kept mining this book as we planned our gardens for 2011. 

ISBN-13: 9780873512190
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Published: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 10/1987

Scotland Township M.M. Group

The Resilient Gardener referred to Buffalo Bird Woman so many times, we went to the original.

This is classic account of Hidatsa American Indian gardening and food storage techniques. Buffalo Bird Woman describes a year of activities, from preparing and planting fields through cultivating, harvesting, and storing foods during her childhood and young adulthood during the1840’s and 50’s.

What we are reading April 21, 2011

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Death Cloud (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780374387679
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR), 2/2011


This is the first teen series endorsed by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate. If you ever wondered how the adult sleuth came to be, this series is for you. It starts with a nobleman's son spending the summer with strange relatives. Weird murders, creepy villains, fiendish puzzels, no-stop action. Great read!

Cold Wind (Hardcover)

ISBN-13: 9780399157356
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Published: Putnam Adult, 3/2011

Scotland Township M.M. Book Group

This is the latest saga of Wyoming game warden Joe Picket. Two killings rock the Picket family. One is a wind-energy entrepreneur whose body is found dangling from the giant spinning blade of one of his giant windmills. A wind farm is being built in McDonough county. C.J. Box just keeps getting better!

ISBN-13: 9780061997167
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Published: William Morrow, 2/2011


This is a nice love story about a woman who identified herself as"city." But of course she falls in love with a cowboy. The story describes how she matures into a "pioneer woman." Well written. Easy & quick to read. I liked it for its simplicity.

ISBN-13: 9780810984240
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Published: Harry N. Abrams, 3/2011


I liked this book a lot! I liked it because in the beginning Eleanor said"I had a bad August. A very bad August. As bad as pickle juice on a cookie. I thought that was funny. I really loved this book.

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