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Our monthly Book Club will meet virtually until further notice. Join us from home (via Zoom) for camaraderie and great discussion led by James Museum docent Helen Huntley. A device with a webcam and microphone required. Space is limited; please register in advance. Registered participants will receive a Zoom meeting link prior to each meeting.
Code Talker: The First and Only Memoir by One of the Original Navajo Code Talkers of WWII
By Chester Nez with Judith Schiess Avila
More than 400 Navajo soldiers played a crucial role in the Pacific Theater of World War II, transmitting and receiving messages in Navajo codes that the Japanese never broke. Their work was top secret and the code breakers were forbidden to talk about it until it was declassified in 1968. Learn Chester Nez’s story of life in the Marines and on the Navajo Reservation.
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI
By David Grann
The wealth that came to the Osage Indians with the discovery of oil on their Oklahoma land made them targets for murder in the 1920s. White men and women married Osage, then killed them to inherit their mineral rights, or became the guardians of Osage children and killed their parents. Finally, the FBI came in to investigate. However, many of the murderers were never identified and others were suspected or known but never brought to justice. Explore this shocking chapter in our country’s history.
Close Range: Wyoming Stories
By Annie Proulx
Explore the wide-open spaces of Wyoming and its hard-living people in this collection of short stories, including Brokeback Mountain, which inspired the movie of the same name. Life in this harsh environment meant coping with blizzards, isolation, hard work, and sometimes broken bodies and spirits.
This Tender Land
By William Kent Krueger
Four young orphans escape from mistreatment at an Indian boarding school in the depths of the Great Depression and bring us along on their harrowing adventure. They aim to make it from rural Minnesota to the great Mississippi River and eventually to St. Louis. The book is page-turning fiction that brings to life the cruelties inflicted on children in Indian schools and the generosity of Hooverville residents camped along the riverbanks.
Barbed Wire: The Fence that Changed the West
By Joanne Liu
Before the mid-1800s, both Native Americans and cattlemen depended on the wide-open range, but homesteaders needed a way to protect their crops. Barbed wire became the solution, leading to fence-cutting wars and other violence. Learn about the fence that shaped the history of the west, contributing to the near extinction of the bison and the end of the traditional Indian way of life.