It’s time to get real. Yes, I’m talking about non-fiction again, folks. Me, the queen of fiction, “I don’t do non-fiction” is doing another review on a fantastic, non-fiction book that I just want everyone to go out and read right now!
The reason for my new found love of non-fiction, I believe, is due to this new spate of authors who write accounts of true events and people in such a way that makes me feel as if I’m reading prose and I get swept up in this other world, time, and place very easily because of the author’s ability to turn a phrase or put together the sequence of events as if it were a film rather than a dry, textbook account.
The book I want everyone to read is Killers of the Flower Moon: the Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann.
This story tells the tragic and yet fascinating history of the Osage Indians in Oklahoma, how they were relocated to Oklahoma, their rise to become the wealthiest tribe in the country (hint: there’s oil in them thar hills!) and the fall out they endured because of this. And by fall out, I mean, they started dying. So much so and finally so suspiciously, the FBI gets invented! I’m not kidding. You really have to read this story. It’s so unbelievable for so many reasons, I have a hard time putting this to words.
At heart, it’s a true mystery; a whodunit, unfortunately for our Native American brothers’ and sisters’ long-suffering predicament. Set at the end of the American wild-west era when law was just getting established, this book will amaze you, anger you, and perhaps even stun you into learning more about the Osage Nation. I guarantee you’ll want to read more of this author’s work.
The branches of the La Crosse County library at Bangor, Campbell, Holmen, Onalaska and West Salem have got you covered! Be sure to come in or go to the online catalog at www.lacrossecounty.org to check out David Grann’s other stunning works, The Lost City of Z: a Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, also available as a downloadable audio via the Libby by Overdrive app, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes: Tales of Murder, Madness, and Obsession. And if you like these and haven’t read them yet, check out read-alikes for this author like Erik Larson (The Devil in the White City and Thunderstruck) and Nathaniel Philbrick (In the Heart of the Sea: the Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex and The Last Stand: Custer, Sitting Bull, and the Battle of the Little Bighorn.) We’ll be happy to point you to some page-turning non-fiction!