National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces exhilarating line-up in summer Adult Book Club Series


June 19, 2018

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National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces exhilarating line-up in summer Adult Book Club Series

Read the West Book Club offers camaraderie while discussing the most prevalent titles of the year.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum announces the return of its crowd-pleasing Read the West Book Club Series, which will meet July 5, August 2, and August 30, 2018, from 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. The third rendition of this ever-popular series features prominent titles such as Matthew P. Mayo’s Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival, Louise Erdrich’s LaRose, and Christine Baker Kline’s Orphan Train.

“Reading and talking about books brings communities together and encourages discussions and companionship,” said Chief Public Experience Officer Inez Wolins. “A good book opens a world of doors and introduces new perspectives. These inspiring and award-winning books are sure to leave a lasting impression on those who participate and we encourage everyone to join us!”

On July 5 the book club will review Stranded: A Story of Frontier Survival (2017), an evoking discussion based on a true account of 14–year-old Janette Riker who, in the autumn of 1849, travels westward to Oregon Territory with her father and two brothers. With blizzards, frostbite, and gnawing hunger her only companions, Janette rises to each challenge, relying on herself more than she knew possible. Her only comfort comes in writing in her diary, where she shares her fears, her travails, and her dwindling hopes.

The August 2 conversation featuring Louise Erdrich’s LaRose (2016) wields her narrative in an emotionally haunting contemporary tale of a tragic accident, a demand for justice, and a profound act of atonement with ancient roots in Native American culture. Late summer, 1999, Landreaux Iron accidently shoots and kills his son LaRose’s best friend, Dusty Ravich. As the years pass, LaRose becomes the linchpin linking the Irons and the Raviches, and eventually their mutual pain begins to heal. When a vengeful man with a grudge against Landreaux begins raising trouble, he threatens the tenuous peace that has kept these two fragile families whole.

On August 30, book club members will talk about Christine Baker Kline’s Orphan Train (2013). The book tells the story of orphan trains that ran regularly between 1854 and 1929 from the cities of the East Coast to the farmlands of the Midwest, carrying thousands of abandoned children whose fates would be determined by luck or chance. Vivian Daly was one such child, sent by rail from New York City to an uncertain future a world away. Returning east later in life, the memories of her upbringing rendered a hazy blur, but in her attic, hidden in trunks, are vestiges of a turbulent past.

The deadline to register for all three programs is July 2. Cost for the series is $5 at the door, or free to Museum members, and includes a facilitator, refreshments, and Museum admission. The publications are available in The Museum Store (15% discount for Museum members). Register online by July 2 at

About the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum  

Nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is located only six miles northeast of downtown Oklahoma City in the Adventure District at the junction of Interstates 44 and 35, the state’s exciting Adventure Road corridor. The Museum offers annual memberships beginning at just $40. For more information, visit For high-resolution images related to the National Cowboy Museum, visit