Let’s start with the “Mex Tex” dress for the actual location of the border town from which the novel takes its name. Don’t forget to throw on a suede western style jacket for those chilly nights around the campfire. I added some “Clara” boots for Gus’s one true love, a pair of horse print panties because, uh, horse print panties, and a “Montana” bag for the cowboy’s final destination. I wanted to make sure I included plenty of wooden elements since, as fellow Rioter Nikki reminded me, there’s a pretty important wooden sign that keeps popping up – you’ll just have to rent your pigs elsewhere 😉 So we have the wooden framed sunglasses, a wooden watch, and a wooden phone case. A bit of bling with the newt ring for Call’s potential (and very likely) child; a steer skull necklace because a cattle herd is the whole reason Gus, Call, and the others are trekking north; and those fabulous Winchester stud earrings because every cowboy needs a reliable pistol, especially Call. Drop that sunset-purple cowboy hat on your head and ride off into the actual sunset now. Giddy up.
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Lonesome Dove. One of my favorites for capturing the fading legacy of the American West.Most of my mother’s family loves westerns. I do not. I cringed internally every time a cousin excitedly turned on another episode of Little House on the Prairie or suggested a John Wayne classic for movie night. As an adult, I’ve tried time and again to get into them and it seems like I can tolerate True Grit (the 2010 one) and the Shanghai Western mash-up genre. Books have always been different for me, though. I really appreciate a good western novel. I read my way through all of Laura Ingalls and Rose Wilder’s books in elementary school a couple of times. I have a soft spot for Charles Portis, Zane Grey, Cormac McCarthy, Patrick deWitt, and, of course, Larry McMurtry. This round of Book Style is all about McMurtry’s modern classic,