Killers of the Flower Moon is the selection for the 2018 Nashua Reads: One City, One Book program.
About the book
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, they rode in chauffeured automobiles, built mansions, and sent their children to study in Europe.
Then, one by one, the Osage began to be killed off. The family of Mollie Burkhart became a prime target. Her relatives were shot and poisoned. And it was just the beginning, as more and more members of the tribe began to die under mysterious circumstances.
Many of those who dared to investigate the killings were themselves murdered. As the death toll climbed, the FBI, under its young director J. Edgar Hoover, took up the case. Agents infiltrated the region and together with the Osage they began to expose one of the most chilling conspiracies in American history.
A The New York Times bestseller, Killers of the Flower Moon was a finalist for the National Book Award and ranked #1 on both Shelf Awareness and Amazon’s Best Books of the Year in any category. The PBS NewsHour-New York Times Book club, “Now Read This,” selected Killers of the Flower Moon for their February 2018 read.
Soon to be a major motion picture
Following a highly publicized bidding war for the film rights to Killers of the Flower Moon, the picture is now in production with Martin Scorcese as director and starring Leonardo DiCaprio.
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About the author
Whether crossing the ocean on a skiff or trekking for months through the Amazon, New Yorker writer David Grann immerses himself in his reporting to give his stories a pace and intensity unlike any other.
His first book, The Lost City of Z: A Tale of Deadly Obsession in the Amazon, interweaves the story of British explorer Percy Fawcett’s 1925 quest to find a fabled civilization and Grann’s own attempt to follow Fawcett’s elusive trail and solve “one of the greatest mysteries of the twentieth century.”
Grann’s second book, The Devil and Sherlock Holmes, contains many of his New Yorker stories and was named by Men’s Journal one of the best true-crime books ever written.
Grann has been called “The man Hollywood can’t stop reading,” with four of his articles adapted for the screen. Before joining The New Yorker in 2003, Grann was a senior editor at The New Republic and the executive editor of The Hill.
Get your copy now
The library has over 100 copies of Killers of the Flower Moon, including print, large print, e-book, audio on CD, and downloadable audio versions. So reserve your copy; read it; talk about it with your friends, coworkers, and neighbors; and then come to the Nashua Public Library to meet the author this fall.
David Grann’s appearance is sponsored by:
- The Friends of the Nashua Public Library
- The Ella Anderson Trust
About Nashua Reads: One City, One Book
The goal of the One City, One Book program is to get as many Nashuans as possible to read the same book and talk about it with friends, coworkers, and neighbors. The Nashua program is now in its 16th year.
The idea of community reading programs originated in 1998 when the Washington Center for the Book sponsored “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” In the years since, similar programs, under names like “One City, One Book,” “The Big Read,” and others, have been held throughout the US.
Previous Nashua Reads Books
2017: Heat and Light by Jennifer Haigh
2016: The Underground Girls of Kabul by Jenny Nordberg
2015: Euphoria by Lily King
2014: The Art Forger by B. A. Shapiro
2013: The Widower’s Tale by Julia Glass
2012: When Madeline Was Young by Jane Hamilton
2011: Song Yet Sung by James McBride
2010: We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg
2009: Skeletons at the Feast by Chris Bohjalian
2008: The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
2007: Zorro by Isabel Allende
2006: In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick
2005: The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
2004: Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck
2003: Empire Falls by Richard Rousseau