The Library Book Club selection for April is One Thousand White Women: The Journals of May Dodd, by Jim Fergus.
About the book: In 1854 at a peace conference at Fort Laramie, a Northern Cheyenne chief requested of the US Army authorities one thousand white women as brides for his young warriors. Because theirs is a matrilineal society in which all children born belong to their mother’s tribe, this seemed to the Cheyennes to be the perfect means of assimilation into the white man’s world – a terrifying new world that even as early as 1854, the Native Americans clearly recognized held no place for them. Needless to say, the Cheyennes’ request was not well received by the white authorities – the peace conference collapsed, the Cheyennes went home, and the white women did not come. In this novel they do. One Thousand White Women is the story of May Dodd and a colorful assembly of pioneer women who travel to the western prairies in 1875 to intermarry with the Cheyenne Indians. “Brides for Indians” program is launched by the administration of Ulysses S. Grant and May and her friends embark upon the adventure of their lifetime. Jim Fergus has so vividly depicted the American West that it is as if these diaries are a capsule in time. — goodread.com & amazon.com
May 21: The Boys in the Boat, by Daniel Brown
June 18: Black Holes and Other Songs from Outer Space, by Janna Levin
July 16: Desert Solitaire, by Edward Abbey
For more information about the Book Club, call Tania Hajjar at 970/249-9656 (ext. 3).