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July Book

Announcing our July book pick!

David Grann’s Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI.

In July we like to throw it back to a good nonfiction read to teach us a little bit more about who we are (for better or worse). And ever since this one came out we’ve been hearing nothing but good things.

Released just over a year ago, this true-life murder mystery investigates a series of murders that took place in Osage County, Oklahoma in the early 1920’s. During that time the Osage Nation were among the wealthiest people in the world after large oil deposits are found under their land. But slowly family members ended up shot or poisoned. Numerous Osage were dying under mysterious circumstances. Even those who investigated the crimes were murdered. As the numbers rose the case was investigated by the newly developed FBI, director J. Edgar Hoover, and Texas Ranger Tom White. Along with the help of members of the Osage themselves, one of the greatest conspiracies in American History began to unravel. All told at least 20 Native Americans were killed as a result of this conspiracy of wealth and greed, but Grann estimates there could be hundreds more murders associated with these oil discoveries.

“Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true. As a reporter he is dogged and exacting, with a singular ability to uncover and incorporate obscure journals, depositions and ledgers without ever letting the plot sag. As a writer he is generous of spirit, willing to give even the most scurrilous of characters the benefit of the doubt.”

Dave Eggers for The New York Times

David Grann also wrote the well known and well received nonfiction story Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, recently turned into a major motion picture. And it’s no surprise that Killers of the Flower Moon is also being turned into a movie. Grann’s work is extremely well researched and well written with a talent for bringing hidden stories to life. We’re excited to read this story and hear what you all think! We hope you’ll read along with us and comment here, or share on social using #booklymark.

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