Village Readers

Village Readers Book Club

Join us as we discuss fiction and non-fiction with a Texas twist.

 

Meeting at the Lakewood Library
6121 Worth Street, Dallas 75214

 

Questions? Contact Melissa Prycer, Executive Director at 214-413-3671 or mprycer@dallasheritagevillage.org

2017 Book Choices


January 24: Nancy Turner. These is My Words  A moving, exciting, and heartfelt American saga inspired by the author's own family memoirs, these words belong to Sarah Prine, a woman of spirit and fire who forges a full and remarkable existence in a harsh, unfamiliar frontier. Scrupulously recording her steps down the path Providence has set her upon—from child to determined young adult to loving mother—she shares the turbulent events, both joyous and tragic, that molded her, and recalls the enduring love with cavalry officer Captain Jack Elliot that gave her strength and purpose.   

March 28: Larry McMurty. In a Narrow Grave: Essays on Texas. Writing with characteristic grace and wit, Larry McMurtry tackles the full spectrum of his favorite themes -- from sex, literature, and cowboys to rodeos, small-town folk, and big-city slickers. First published in 1968, In a Narrow Grave is the classic statement of what it means to come from Texas.   

May 23: Skip Hollandsworth. The Midnight Assassin: Panic, Scandal and the Hunt for America’s First Serial Killer.  In the late 1800s, the city of Austin, Texas was on the cusp of emerging from an isolated western outpost into a truly cosmopolitan metropolis. For almost a year, the Midnight Assassin crisscrossed the entire city, striking on moonlit nights, using axes, knives, and long steel rods to rip apart women from every race and class. At the time the concept of a serial killer was unthinkable, but the murders continued, the killer became more brazen, and the citizens' panic reached a fever pitch. Before it was all over, at least a dozen men would be arrested in connection with the murders, and the crimes would expose what a newspaper described as "the most extensive and profound scandal ever known in Austin." 

July 25: Frank Dobie. I’ll Tell You a Tale: An Anthology  I'll Tell You a Tale is a garland of some of Frank Dobie's best writing, put together by Isabel Gaddis, one of his former students at the University of Texas. The tales included are those the author himself liked best, and he even rewrote some of them especially for this anthology. They are arranged topically into sections whose titles speak for them: "The Longhorn Breed," "Mustangs and Mustangers," "The Saga of the Saddle," "Characters and Happenings of Long Ago," "Animals of the Wild," "In Realms of Gold," and "Ironies." 

September 26: Paulette Jiles.  News of the World.   In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.   

November 28: A. C. Greene.  Santa Claus Bank Robbery  Master storyteller A. C. Greene re-creates one of America’s most bizarre holdups—one that began as a lark. On Christmas Eve 1927, four men set off to rob the First National Bank of Cisco, Texas. Soon the lark turned into a tragedy—and at times a comedy—of errors. The Santa Claus bank robbery set off a chain of events that would lead to violence and the death of six men and launch the largest manhunt Texas had ever seen.

 

Previous Favorite Reads

  • The Promise by Ann Weisgarber
  • The Time It Never Rained by Elmer Kelton
  • The Promised Land by Mary Antin
  • Goodbye to a River by John Graves
  • Nothing Daunted: The Unexpected Education of Two Society Girls in the West by Dorothy Wickenden
  • Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett’s Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution by James Crisp
  • Hill Country by Janice Woods Windle
  • Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
  • Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong by James W. Loewen.
  • Revolution in Texas: How a Forgotten Rebellion and Its Bloody Suppression turned Mexicans into Americans by Ben Johnson.
  • A Woman of Independent Means by Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey
  • Bold Spirit: Helga Estby’s Forgotten Walk Across Victorian America by Linda Lawrence Hunt and Sue Armitage