Virtual iRead Book Club Spring 2021
Join us for a virtual book discussion led by Museum historians and educators. Every program will take place on Zoom on Monday at 1:00 PM CST.
April 12: Cult of Glory: The Bold and Brutal History of the Texas Rangers by Doug Swanson.
Countless movies, television shows, and pulp novels have celebrated the Texas Rangers as Wild West supermen, but the truth has often been obliterated. Swanson demonstrates how the Rangers and their supporters have operated a propaganda machine that turned agency disasters and misdeeds into fables of triumph, transformed murderous rampages–including the killing of scores of Mexican civilians and American Indians–into valorous feats, and elevated scoundrels to sainthood. Recommended for adults.
June 14: The Boy on the Wooden Box by Leon Leyson.
The only memoir published by a former Schindler’s list child, The Boy on the Wooden Box captures the innocence of a small boy who goes through the unthinkable. Leon Leyson was only ten years old when the Nazis invaded Poland and his family was forced to relocate to the Krakow ghetto. With incredible luck, perseverance, and grit, Leyson was able to survive the sadism of the Nazis. Ultimately, it was the generosity and cunning of one man, Oskar Schindler, who saved Leon Leyson’s life and the lives of his mother, father, and two of his four siblings. Recommended for 6th – 12th grade students and adults.
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