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July 2021

Read the West Book Club: Aloha Rodeo: Three Hawaiian Cowboys, the World’s Greatest Rodeo, and a Hidden History of the American West

Authors David Wolman and Julian Smith’s Aloha Rodeo unspools a fascinating and captivating true story of the Hawaiian cowboys who changed rodeo and the West forever. In August 1908, three unknown riders arrived in Cheyenne, Wyoming, their hats adorned with wildflowers, to compete in the world’s greatest rodeo. They had travelled 3,000 miles from Hawaii, where their ancestors had herded cattle for generations, to test themselves against the toughest riders in the West. Dismissed by whites who considered themselves the…

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August 2021

Read the West Book Club: News of the World

A 2016 National Book Award finalist, News of the World by poet and novelist Paulette Jiles is now a major motion picture. In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young Kiowa captive back across Texas 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. Read the West Book Club meets…

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September 2021

Read the West Book Club: Dreams of El Dorado: A History of the American West

H. W. Brands tells the thrilling, panoramic story of the American West's settling, from John Jacob Astor's fur-trading outpost in Oregon to the Texas Revolution, and from the California gold rush to Oklahoma’s land runs. The West was a region where riches could potentially reward the miner's persistence, the cattleman's courage and the railroad man's enterprise; but just like El Dorado to the Spanish conquistadors, riches could be difficult to acquire in the American West. Read the West Book Club…

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October 2021

Read the West Book Club- The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in America

Since the time of Columbus, Indian slavery was illegal in much of the American continent. Yet, as Andrés Reséndez illuminates in his myth-shattering The Other Slavery, it was practiced for centuries as an open secret. Through riveting new evidence, including testimonies of courageous priests, rapacious merchants, and Indian captives, The Other Slavery reveals nothing less than a key missing piece of American history. Read the West Book Club meets in October, November and December; attend just one event or all…

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November 2021

Read the West Book Club — Death Comes for the Archbishop

Willa Cather's best-known novel is an epic — almost mythic — story of a single human life lived simply in the silence of the Southwestern desert. In 1851 Father Jean Marie Latour comes to serve as the Apostolic Vicar to New Mexico. What he finds is a vast territory of red hills and tortuous arroyos, American by law but Mexican and Indian in custom and belief. In the almost 40 years that follow, Latour spreads his faith in the only…

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