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Killers of the Flower Moon
Killers of the Flower Moon: An American Crime and the Birth of the FBI | David Grann
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Sara_Planz
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I am embarrassed to say that I bought this book when it first came out and never got around to reading it until now, having viewed the film adaptation of this a week ago. What an incredible story! I actually preferred the way the book was set up, as it allowed me to better understand all the characters and the conspiracy itself. David Grann is a master storyteller, and has the ability to discuss history in a way that keeps the pages turning.

kspenmoll Totally agree with what you say about the book. Not sure I want to see the movie. 2d
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jbethm
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True crime. Interesting, sad story of Osage history. Beginning of FBI. Hard to keep my attention though as it went into a lot of details into side stories, such as investigators' lives.

Sleepswithbooks This is one where I actually liked the movie more. 1mo
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AnnCrystal
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👏🤩👍🥳.

AnnCrystal Read the book, still haven't been able to find a DVD of the movie...

This was too scary. Had all the ingredients of a perfect mystery...the scary part is that it was real!
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The movie was really good! 1mo
DieAReader Absolutely loved the book! Can‘t wait to see the movie! Supposedly on Jan 12th it‘ll be available on AppleTV+🤞🏻🤗 1mo
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AnnCrystal @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 👏🎬👍. I've read good reviews about it.

@DieAReader I can't wait to catch the movie too! I don't stream...hope it comes to DVD. Wasn't that book a masterpiece?
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DieAReader @AnnCrystal Definitely a masterpiece imo❤️‍🔥 1mo
DieAReader @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So glad to hear that! Thanks❤️‍🔥 1mo
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Pageturner1
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Eggs Excellent 👌🏼 2mo
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melissajayne
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My #jolabokaflod package from @TheKidUpstairs. Sorry for the late post.

Thanks for Maleficent Book Dragon for hosting.

batsy Great book! 2mo
LeahBergen This was such a good read (and I love Smarties)! 2mo
TheKidUpstairs I hope you like it! 2mo
Scochrane26 Love this book! 2mo
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TieDyeDude
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@WildAlaskaBibliophile and I do our own #jolabokaflod exchange each year. Her gifts are on the left, mine on the right. Merry Christmas to those who celebrate 📯🎄🎀

TheBookHippie How fun! 2mo
Ruthiella Merry Christmas to you! 🎄 2mo
batsy Lovely! 2mo
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bthegood Merry Christmas 🎄 2mo
AmyG Merry Christmas 🎄 2mo
Bookzombie Merry Christmas! 🎄 2mo
dabbe MC! 💙❄️💙 I see some cozy reading in your futures! 🤩 2mo
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andioop
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A few years ago my book club picked this and I thought the first few pages were boring and didn‘t read it. Then last month my new book club picked it and i decided to try again. It‘s fine.

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Yahui07
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First time watched the movie first and the read the movie because feeling that some stories were untold and some details were not clear in the movie. Then, indeed the book makes the story full but is heavier than the movie.
Grateful to know the history although it saddened me.

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Roxanareads
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Shocking to know that this happened and I don't remember ever hearing about it. Informative and heartbreaking.

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allenac87
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Incredible, the movie did a disservice to Anna

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anushareflects
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Phew!!! What a brilliantly researched, tragic tale of abuse of power, murder and deceit. I watched the movie and also read the book, and each has done such a fantastic job. The movie picks the central story and doesn‘t deviate from the script but the book gives so much more context, the before and after, delving into all other lives. Phenomenal research and writing. This is a story that is devastating & will stay with me for a long long time.

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AmyK1
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This is the heartbreaking true crime account of the widespread, brutal murder of wealthy Osage tribe members for their head rights.

dabbe Hello there, sweetly concerned pup! What a face! 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
GondorGirl Your dog looks like (s)he read the book. Perfect facial reaction. 🥰 3mo
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tpixie
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An incredible, and sad account of how the Osage Native Americans were systematically murdered for their oil money in Oklahoma- after being evicted from their homes in Kansas, Nebraska, & Arkansas.
#AmericanIndianHeritageMonth

I listened to the book and then saw the movie. The movie was extremely well done, but a slow long three hours.
#TheBookWasBetterThanTheMovie

kspenmoll Wonderful heartbreaking book- have not seen movie. 4mo
tpixie @kspenmoll I probably would‘ve enjoyed it better if it were a 530 or 630 movie instead of 730! Since it was 3 hours. ( I got tired) (edited) 3mo
Suet624 Such a brutal story. The author does a great job telling it. 3mo
tpixie @Suet624 Brutal is a perfect description of this story. I agree the author did a great job tackling this project and sharing this sad part of history. (edited) 3mo
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anushareflects
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I‘d been meaning to finish this by the time the movie came out but unfortunately couldn‘t line up my reading just right! Nevertheless, reading this now & finding it so interesting! Plus, peep the amazing bookmark that‘s *just* right for this book!

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Murphytall
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Very well written book. The first section is a little slow but it provides the background for the rest of this story. Hard to stomach this story and it really left me with a lot of questions.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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This is a really well done true crime story. I‘m curious about the movie. Has anyone gone to see it yet? #scarathlonphotochallenge #kill #blackcatcrew

batsy The movie diverges from the book in terms of how it presents its POV to shape the narrative, but I thought that made it a lot more chilling. Thought it was excellent! 4mo
BeckyWithTheGoodBooks @batsy Thanks for the insight!! 4mo
BookwormAHN Nice 🐈‍⬛ 4mo
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cant_i'm_booked
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Even if the style and writing of this nonfiction book is so-so, the story behind it is gripping. Grann investigates the Osage Indian Murders at their height in 1920s northern Oklahoma, where the Osage have become the rich owners of mineral rights in a land that has just struck an oil boom. Human vultures soon come to prey upon this new wealth, introducing an onslaught of corruption and killing gone unpunished due to their victims being non-white.

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Nessavamusic
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Watches for today for #Scarathlon Team #HHC

Enjoyed Killers of the Flower Moon in the theater, and watched 2 more episodes of Bodies-not sure I‘m going to finish, it became dull.

@bookmarktavern @dabbe @liatrek @jessclark78 @chrissyreadit @thedaysgoby @vonnie862 @ladyCait84 @sresendez12 @kelli7990 @JessieKB

dabbe 🖤🧡🖤 4mo
Lsmoore43 I just bought the book. It should be here Wednesday. I saw a documentary about it and was blown away with how horrible things went for these people. 4mo
Nessavamusic @Lsmoore43 the book is excellent, movie too! 4mo
Chrissyreadit 🖤🖤🖤 4mo
Lsmoore43 @Nessavamusic I haven't seen the movie or read the book but will read it. If I get a chance to see the movie I will watch it also. I saw the documentary about the movie and the author of the book and ordered the book from that. I'd been looking at it. The book that is. 4mo
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Cosmos_Moon
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This was good and historically educational. I did not know about these murders in the Osage tribe. Glad I had a chance to listen to the audiobook before watching the movie. Crazy the audiobook already has movie images on the cover in my library app.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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We are watching this movie today 🎥 Has anyone seen it yet??

https://youtu.be/1oZUCkJEuvo

JaimeDawn I was supposed to see it today but woke up sick. I‘m reading it instead. My mom and aunt went though so I hope they liked it 4mo
gossamerchild I loved that book so much. I can't wait to see the movie, but haven't yet. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JaimeDawn I hope you feel better ❤️‍🩹 I read the book several years ago. The movie was good and very informative. It‘s so sad and I don‘t feel like justice was served for these heinous acts against the Osage people. And sadly no one is talking about this 💔The actors were great! I loved Lily Gladstone… she was phenomenal! @gossamerchild 4mo
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gossamerchild @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks is the focus actually on her, or Leo, like the marketing makes it seem like? That's my biggest fear, tbh. 4mo
mrp27 I can‘t wait to see this, I read the book a couple years ago too. Supposed to go soon with my nephew. 4mo
kspenmoll I have not seen movie- I am worried it will warp my love of the book. 4mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @mrp27 it‘s good! But very long!! 3 1/2 hours! 4mo
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Pedrocamacho
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The normalized, widespread, and systematic murder of the Osage for their oil rights by a significant proportion of the white community of Osage County, Oklahoma is yet another awful chapter in American history. This book is chilling and well-written. I hope the movie captures the dread.

BkClubCare I have read recommendations to also read this for a native perspective (fiction 1mo
Pedrocamacho @BkClubCare Love it! Thank you 😊 I love suggestions 1mo
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Readerann
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Maybe reading this just now wasn‘t the best idea as I am feeling overwhelmed at how evil people can be. I plan to see the movie, but am wondering how 2 hours can do justice to this complicated story. By-the-way, the book is very good!

currentlyreadinginCO I just got tickets and it's actually 3.5 hours 😲 going to be hard to stay focused haha 4mo
CSeydel @currentlyreadinginCO I wish they would bring back intermission! (edited) 4mo
Bklover @CSeydel Heck yeah for intermission!! Oh, the good old days 😉😊 4mo
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RebelReader We are planning to go tonight, but 3.5 hours???? I‘ll need at least one potty break if not 2. 😝 4mo
Tamra @RebelReader I think I‘m going to wait for streaming! I do want to read it first. 4mo
RebelReader @Tamra I might wait for streaming too. I read the book when it first came out. 4mo
Readerann @currentlyreadinginCO Oh wow. I had no idea it was that long! I‘m glad you prepared me. 😬 4mo
Readerann @CSeydel @Bklover @RebelReader @Tamra I really want to see it, but am just not sure I can sit that long. I have a hard enough time with just 2 hours! 4mo
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ARTDJG
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🛢️🦬Prepping for the Scorsese picture.

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Bookish_Gal
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Didn‘t have expectations going in, just that my Oma recommended it because I liked another Native American book. This non-fiction book was powerful and stunning in devious ways. Forget the fbi start, but that we erased another horrible thing from US history. Slow read because of material, yet rapt attention. My heart aches to hear what happened again to Natives. This indicted passionate anger. Worth the hype.

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batsy
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Devastating, infuriating, & kind of mind-blowing because of the vast machinery in place that makes so many of these deaths open-ended cases. I thought Grann does a great job of trying to put the pieces together to forge a narrative, but it does also feel like there a huge gaps—that he alludes to—because of missing sources. It just made me so mad that it's open knowledge but there's no justice. I'm really looking forward to the movie.

Tamra Great review! This has been on my TBR list for so long and when I saw it‘s been adapted I thought I‘d better hurry up and get it read. 😅 5mo
MicheleinPhilly I just picked this up this weekend. The movie will definitely have to wait for streaming as I am not sitting in a theatre for 3.5+ hours. I am too damn old for that. 5mo
batsy @Tamra Thanks! That's exactly what prompted me to finally get to it 😁 5mo
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batsy @MicheleinPhilly I hear you, it's getting increasingly harder with age 😂 5mo
squirrelbrain I‘d like to watch the film too @MicheleinPhilly but can‘t be bothered to sit still for that long! I don‘t think it‘s one that you *have* to see on a big screen either. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @batsy @squirrelbrain It‘s getting ridiculous. I went to an advance screening of Tár last year. When I read that the film was like 2 hours, 50 minutes, I stopped drinking anything 2 hours before showtime. ?? 5mo
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly @batsy @squirrelbrain 3.5 hrs?? I‘ll be watching it at home, too. 5mo
MicheleinPhilly @LeahBergen @batsy @squirrelbrain “YOU KNOW THIS WOULD MAKE A GREAT TV SERIES!” 5mo
LeahBergen @MicheleinPhilly That‘s exactly what I was thinking 😆 5mo
Aimeesue This was a great book. Gann is so good. Skipping the movie until I can pause it at home. 😁 5mo
jlhammar I loved this book! Great review. Can't wait for the film. I read this Linda Hogan novel shortly afterwards and highly recommend, made a great companion read 5mo
batsy @Aimeesue Ha, I get what you mean! About long movies. But I love the cinema so I'll see if I can bravely soldier through 😆 5mo
batsy @jlhammar Thanks! I see that I have the Hogan novel stacked on Litsy so I should probably get to it sooner rather than later 😊 5mo
Suet624 I listened to this several years ago and I‘m Still aghast and infuriated by what took place. Grann did a great job explaining it all. 4mo
batsy @Suet624 Yes and I thought the movie was brilliant. Implicates the viewer, as well. 4mo
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behudd
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This whole book was 🤯🤯🤯🤯 - I‘m really glad Sharon McMahon chose it for this semester‘s book club because there is so much to discuss!
I knew absolutely nothing about the Osage people & the Reign of Terror they lived through in the early 1900s.
Very well researched & the writing style kept me engaged the whole time - overall just really impressive.

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Texreader
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I would have called this book “The Osage Genocide,” because so many more were killed than justice addressed at the time. When oil was discovered under the reservation & the Osage became extraordinarily wealthy, laws were passed that treated the Native Americans as incapable of handling their own affairs. White men became their guardians, pocketing their overpriced fees & committing untold corruption. But that wasn‘t enough—the white men wanted ⬇️

Texreader to own the mineral rights. Finding complex methods of ensuring inheritance of these “head rights,” including marrying the “squaws,” the men set about killing as many Osage as possible. Old lawman then FBI agent, Tom White, from Austin & San Antonio, was brought into investigate. With a number of undercover agents, he untangled the dense web of evil. An excellent book. #litsyAtoZ #letterK (edited) 6mo
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Texreader
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My next audiobook. #letterK #litsyatoz

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Davidtk20
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The level of criminality and conspiracy to defraud and acquire wealth through dubious and malicious means from Native Americans is quite astounding. This is a vital piece of American history that needs to be told. This work from David Grann has the potential to become one of the central texts of US History. Well written and very educational book

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Cathyloves2read
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Parts of this book were very interesting. I learned a lot about the Osage Indians, and about the birth of the FBI. I found other parts of this book very mundane, as I do with much non-fiction. I feel for these people and can‘t believe the atrocities that they endured, all for the quest for oil and money. Things were very bad for them during the time that this book portrayed. Unfortunately, I don‘t think much has improved for them since then.

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OwenB
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An interesting and sad part of our history. I knew nothing about this tragic story and so glad I read this. It angers you and it‘s upsetting of what happened. Well researched and written by the author.

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LeftyDv
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The history of the West collides with organized crime and conspiracy in this non-fiction account that reads like a crime novel. An unsettling read that exposes more examples of crookery and corruption in 20th Century American History.

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Eggs Great book but sad 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs yes, very 🥲 7mo
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Erinreadsthebooks
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Backlist books have been working for me recently, and this flippin gem 💎 is no exception. This is *exactly* how I like my nonfiction: propulsive, smart, jaw dropping, complete with pictures, and so incredibly well written. Grann has a new book about some topic I have no interest in, but I‘ll be reading it because he. is. that. good! 👏

lynneamch Just saw the movie preview. Good reminder for me to read the book first. 7mo
peaKnit I saw the movie preview also and I‘m intrigued. 7mo
Breanne1 I feel the same way about his latest book and yet he‘s such a great writer that I know I‘ll be reading it eventually 7mo
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🎧📖 When I saw that Scorsese has a movie coming out soon, I just had to read it first. A sad part of history.

ericarobynreads Ooh, I own this. I‘ll have to bump it up on my TBR pile. 7mo
Julsmarshall I loved this so much! Absolutely riveting! 7mo
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Amie
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Re-read for book club. Still good the second time around, but also a tragic story.

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Nessavamusic
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This was a very interesting and horrifying true crime history of one of the biggest crimes in US History, which many of us never learned about in history class. I was a very entertaining read, and I definitely recommend this on audiobook as it moved very quickly. There are a few small qualms, like the jumping around the timeline. However, it is an important story and I‘m glad I read it.⬇️

Nessavamusic I also am very interested to see the upcoming movie adaptation. 4⭐️ 7mo
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sebrittainclark
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More hard decisions deciding my top book of July between Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann and Love, Theoretically by Ali Hazelwood. And an even harder decision between How to Keep House While Drowning by K.C. Davis and Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki which are definitely my top 2 reads of the year.

@chasjjlee

Jilly6183 In case you don‘t know, K.C. Davis has an excellent podcast called Struggle Care 8mo
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An incredible, important, horrifying account of the serial murders of the Osage during the 1920s. It's both difficult and not to believe white people would kill their own Indigenous family members for money, but that's exactly what happened when oil made members of the Osage incredibly wealthy at the turn of the twentieth century. The story follows Mollie who lost multiple family members under suspicious circumstances and the FBI investigation.

ChaoticMissAdventures I learned so much from this book. I am glad they are doing a movie and bringing more awareness. 8mo
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"In April, millions of tiny flowers spread over the blackjack hills and vast prairies in the Osage territory of Oklahoma."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

TheBookHippie Such a good read. 8mo
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nitalibrarian
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I used my day off to rearrange books on bookshelves. I moved all my #botm books that are not on my TBR carts to this bookshelf. And then I thought I might as well show off the pretty sprayed edges on some of those FairyLoot books.

Also listening to Killers of the Flower Moon while I rearrange. It's fascinating!

RaeLovesToRead That is SUCH a satisfying display!! I wish UK did BOTM 8mo
Leftcoastzen Very nice! 8mo
marleed Nice - I love a day spent in book management - a completely different hobby than reading! 8mo
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JoeMo
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I borrowed this audiobook to prepare for the upcoming Scorsese flick. I‘m sad I didn‘t know anything about this chapter in US history. This seems to have conveniently been forgotten about by the broader society. This was a very informative book, and if I have any complaint, it‘s tone should have been harsher regarding how the nation‘s treatment and laws regarding native Americans resulted the Osage being cheated of their rights and murdered.

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sebrittainclark
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4.5/5

Such a good read about a piece of history I knew nothing about. In the 1920s the Osage in Oklahoma had become wealthy from the oil beneath their land, but others in the community coveted that wealth and were willing to murder countless people to get their hands on it. I think it's an important read, and definitely worth reading the full story before the movie comes out.

vivastory Great review. I love Grann's work & I'm interested to see the movie. 9mo
batsy @vivastory The trailer looks amazing! 9mo
vivastory @batsy It does! Will def try to catch this one in the theaters 9mo
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sebrittainclark
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In April, millions of tiny flowers spread over the blackjack hills and vast prairies in the Osage territory of Oklahoma.

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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#bookspin: Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann
#doublebookspin: Something Fabulous by Alexis Hall

Such a good bingo board this month. I'm sure I'll get at least one bingo.

#bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 9mo
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TorieStorieS
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My father-in-law & I coincidentally bought this book on the same day (though in different formats!), so I started listening to my copy on my way home. The audio performance is great— but the story it reveals is a heartbreaking one that has faded in the years as yet another example of the injustice and bloodshed against Native Americans. In Oklahoma, the Osage were wealthy due to the oil on their land— but greed turned murderous in multiple plots.

kspenmoll Such a gut wrenching, powerful story. 9mo
EKonrad I cannot wait to see this movie. Should be really interesting to see how they adapted this. 9mo
TorieStorieS @kspenmoll Absolutely— couldn‘t agree more. 9mo
TorieStorieS @EKonrad I‘m so curious to see how the movie turns out, too! 9mo
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MaggieCarr
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Finished while waiting for softball practice to be over.

Books like this, histories forgotten (intentionally and unintentionally), make me so sick of being a human, a white human. I don't want any part in people who so ruthlessly killed others believed to be lesser than for the sake of money and land and what laid beneath it. Well researched when so much has been falsified and lost in time.

Monica5 I loved this book 9mo
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CallMeIshmael
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It‘s sad how much of our history is hidden from us, this book is astounding and brutal. I‘m sure this book will be banned at some point soon, it makes me angry that at 46 I‘m just learning about this, we have to do better

BkClubCare And the movie is getting TONS of buzz. “Go ahead, stupid book-banner, Ban the book, go ahead and try.” 9mo
batsy Even better is hearing that the Osage Nation reps reached out to Scorcese to work with him on the movie and he did. 9mo
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Chiperskee
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A lot of people involved makes for a slow start but great once it gets rolling.

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Rissa1
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This book has me spinning. 13 pages of notes. Lists of books to read after this. It has been a long time since a book had me in its grasp so intensely.

batsy I need to read this! Just saw the trailer for the Scorcese movie and it looks fantastic. 9mo
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