The One Read reading panel narrowed the list of more than 140 book suggestions for the 2018 program to two top contenders. Between now and April 27, cast your vote for either “News of the World” by Paulette Jiles or “Killers of the Flower Moon” by David Grann.
In post–Civil War Texas, veteran and widower Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd makes a meager living traveling among small towns and reading newspapers to gatherings of news-hungry audiences. In Wichita Falls, Captain Kidd is persuaded to accept fifty dollars to escort an orphan girl, who was kidnapped and raised by Kiowa raiders, back to her German immigrant family in San Antonio. The girl Captain Kidd calls Johanna is fully assimilated to Kiowa life, and the two must negotiate both their own relationship and the difficulties of travel through a harsh landscape into an unknown future. This novel is a lyrical and taut work of historical fiction.
When white settlers pushed the Osage Nation into Oklahoma in the 1800s, the tribe retained the mineral rights to the infertile land they were forced to call home. The subsequent discovery of oil made the Osage rich, and the U.S. government appointed white “guardians” to help manage their wealth. In the early 1920s, a number of Osage Indians suddenly died under mysterious circumstances or were outright murdered. This campaign of terror spurred young J. Edgar Hoover and his newly established FBI to investigate, ultimately uncovering shocking depths of greed, bigotry and corruption. David Grann’s dogged research and spellbinding storytelling combine to create a riveting true-crime narrative.