Books That Inspire 2007

True Grit: A Novel
Charles Portis

"People do not give it credence that a fourteen-year-old girl could leave home and go off in the wintertime to avenge her father's blood but it did not seem so strange then, although I will say it did not happen every day." I was hooked from the first words of Charles Portis' 1968 novel True Grit. As Mattie Ross, the fiercely determined narrator, ventures into Indian Territory, she tells her story with surprising humor. Likely you know the film version, starring John Wayne. The movie is commended for sticking, by and large, to the novel but more so for sticking to Portis' rich vernacular language. True Grit the novel glimpses another world (1870s), an epic journey that reveals the heart and soul of a "gritty" character who will deeply touch you every time you read this marvelous book.
Jerry Jerman
Director of Development
University Outreach