Bosco’s Favorite Book of 2014: THE LAST KIND WORDS SALOON

Every year, our marketing department works with our booksellers and book buyers to put together our Winter Catalog, a collection of our favorite books of 2014 along with recommendations for holiday gifts. Booksellers submit competing essays about their favorite books and the winners are featured in the full-color, glossy pages of the catalog. Tons of brainstorming goes into determining the catalog’s theme and setting up the big photo shoot. 

This year’s theme is DIY, inspired by Amy Sedaris’ book, Simple Times. Throughout December, we’re highlighting the catalog’s featured booksellers here on the blog, as well as providing a bit of behind-the-scenes info on its creation.

Bosco’s favorite book of 2014: The Last Kind Words Saloon by Larry McMurtry

“If Lonesome Dove is Larry McMurtry’s epic of the American West, then The Last Kind Words Saloon is his haiku. Loosely based on the relationship between Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and the events leading up to the shoot out at the O.K. Corral, The Last Kind Words Saloon serves as a terse and completely unromantic demythologizing of the American Western tradition. At its heart, this is a buddy tale and road tale that follows Holliday and Earp as they move across great southwestern expanses in a series of rambles that often seem both brutal and senseless. By the conclusion at the famous shoot out, McMurtry gives less than a page to the actual event. By reducing possibly the most well known event of the American West to an almost non-event, McMurtry deftly drives home the sense that our romantic notions of the Western past might well be served with re-examination.”

How we shot it: 

Nothing says “saloon” better than a set of swinging doors, so we cut cardboard into two long rectangles and painted on hinges. Streaks of brown and gray paint gave the doors the perfect weather-beaten look. As it happens, the employee entrance to our cafe, CoffeePeople, is a set of swinging doors (but alas, made of some variety of plastic, not wood). We taped the cardboard to the existing doors (oh, the mighty power of packing tape). We had a mountain backdrop ready for another shot we were setting up later, so we held it up behind Bosco, tied a cardboard mustache over his real mustache, and voila, we had a cowboy at a makeshift saloon. The hat was a no-brainer; Bosco’s a modern Texas cowboy, he brought his own.

The Bosco Lowdown:

Fans of My Book Would Also Enjoy:
Lonesome Dove. It’s the greatest western ever written. It’s the best Texas story ever written.

Six Word Bio:
Coffee, Boots, Hats, Music, Books, Movies.

Favorite Literary Hero:
It’s a tie between Augustus McCrae and Walt Longmire.

Favorite Literary Villain:
Jaime Lannister. He’s a hero trapped in a villain’s role.

My Idea of a Happy Ending:
My favorite stories rarely have happy endings. I like redemptive endings with sadness and sacrifice.

Dream Dinner Party Guest List:
J. K. Rowling
John Trudell
Levon Helm
Barbara Jordan

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