By Morin Bishop, lifetime writer and editor and current co-owner of Womrath Bookshop
Sept. 15, 2021: If you generally read only fiction, but think you’d like to dip your toe in the nonfiction pool, please, please check out this amazing piece of reporting that will have you rapidly devouring page after page as if immersed in an irresistible thriller.
Among its many interwoven strands: the story of the Osage Indians in the 1920s, rendered fabulously wealthy by the oil reserves beneath the seemingly undesirable land in Oklahoma where the beleaguered tribe had been forced to settle; a gripping mystery resulting from the murder of more than 20 members of the tribe; and finally a hero’s tale of the dogged FBI agent who broke the case and helped new director J. Edgar Hoover establish his agency—known since its inception in 1908 as woefully corrupt—as an American institution.
"If this all sounds like the plot of a detective novel,” writes Dave Eggers in his review for the New York Times, "you have fallen under the spell of David Grann’s brilliance. In his previous two books . . . . Grann has proved himself a master of spinning delicious, many-layered mysteries that also happen to be true. As a reporter he is dogged and exacting, with a singular ability to uncover and incorporate obscure journals, depositions and ledgers without ever letting the plot sag. As a writer he is generous of spirit, willing to give even the most scurrilous of characters the benefit of the doubt.”
From beginning to end you will be edified and entertained—do not miss this one.
The Bronxville Public Library traces its origins back to 1875, when it was a small lending library housed in a room attached to the “Bronxville Model School.” The Library was officially chartered in 1906 and moved into the Village Hall Building. The needs of the library grew with the town and, in 1942, a new standalone building was erected, which is where the Library is today. Over the years, the Library was renovated and expanded to meet the needs of the community.
The Library has wonderful resources for adults and children and offers a comfortable and relaxing environment. The Library also houses a fine art collection, consisting principally of Bronxville painters and sculptors.
The Library offers special events, art exhibitions, and programs for adults, young adults and children. All events are open to the public, unless otherwise indicated.
The Bronxville Public Library
201 Pondfield Road (Midland Avenue & Pondfield Road)
Concordia Conservatory, a preeminent center for music education in Westchester County, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music. Concordia Conservatory, a community outreach division of Concordia College, offers top quality music programs for early childhood, youth, adults and seniors. The Conservatory's vision is to enrich the lives of the people in our community through music.
Executive Director: Kathleen Suss
Concordia Conservatory of Music & Art
171 White Plains Rd
99B Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708
117 Pondfield Road
Bronxville, New York 10708