Friends of the Library: First Book Discussion of the Year

Leaders of the February book discussion: Julia Kellogg, Marsha Scholze, and Richard Kushmaul

Dianna Lucas

You are invited to the Robson Library on Thursday, Feb. 15, at 2:30 p.m. for the first book discussion of the year. Julia Kellogg, Richard Kushmaul, and Marsha Scholze will be leading the discussion on Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI, by David Grann.

Even though the events depicted in the book are historical, happening in the early 1920s, very few people learned about them until this book was written in 2017. Marsha Scholze is especially interested in this topic, because these events took place shortly before her father grew up in the same area of Oklahoma. However, she never heard him speak of them during his lifetime.

Our leaders will discuss what caused these events to happen, what happened, and whether or not this could happen again. Perhaps other groups of people could be affected in a similar fashion in the future.

The birth of the FBI came out of the true-life murder mystery presented in this book. J. Edgar Hoover took credit for bringing justice in the case. However, we will discuss whether justice was brought to those who deserved it.

The Martin Scorsese movie version of this mystery, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro, was released in theaters late last year. If you saw the movie but didn’t read the book, you will want to be a part of this discussion. There are many more details in the book that were not included in the movie. You will want to hear what you missed.

Even if you haven’t read the book, you are invited to attend the discussion. Perhaps you will be intrigued enough to read it.