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

2018 Book Choices


January 23:  Sleuthing the Alamo: Davy Crockett’s Last Stand and Other Mysteries of the Texas Revolution by James Crisp In Sleuthing the Alamo, historian James E. Crisp draws back the curtain on years of myth-making to reveal some surprising truths about the Texas Revolution--truths often obscured by both racism and "political correctness," as history has been hijacked by combatants in the culture wars of the past two centuries.  

March 27: Color of Lightning by Paulette Jiles In 1863, as the War Between the States creeps inevitably toward its bloody conclusion, former Kentucky slave Britt Johnson ventures west into unknown territory with his wife, Mary, and their three children, searching for a life and a future. But their dreams are abruptly shattered by a brutal Indian raid upon the Johnsons' settlement while Britt is away establishing a business. Returning to find his friends and neighbors slain or captured, his eldest son dead, his beloved and severely damaged Mary enslaved, and his remaining children absorbed into an alien society that will never relinquish its hold on them, the heartsick freedman vows not to rest until his family is whole again. 

May 22: The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe by Elaine Showalter The first biography to reveal Julia Ward Howe—the author of The Battle Hymn of the Republic—as a feminist pioneer who fought her own battle for creative freedom and independence. 

July 24: Sawbones by Melissa Lenhardt Wrongfully accused of murder, Dr. Catherine Bennett is destined to hang... unless she can disappear. With the untamed territory of Colorado as her most likely refuge, she packs her physician's kit and heads West. But even with a new life and name, a female doctor with a bounty on her head can hide for only so long. 

September 18: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann In the 1920s, the richest people per capita in the world were members of the Osage Indian Nation in Oklahoma. After oil was discovered beneath their land, the Osage rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe. Then, one by one, they began to be killed off.


 

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