Wonderlust Mystery Series: Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane Murdoch

Thursday, January 20, 2022 - 12:00pm

Delve into real life mysteries with the Wonderlust Mystery Series and true crime! We will read some classics of the genre, as well as recent stories that use modern forensic techniques like DNA to catch actual killers. True crime gives us insight into the psychology of killers and investigators, as well as letting us examine good versus evil in our own world. 

Registration: Free and open to all OLLI at MSU members; registration is required in order to receive link to the online discussion.
Zoom link will be provided by the group facilitator.
Participants must acquire their own books. They are available through Country Bookshelf.

This month we'll discuss Yellow Bird by Sierra Crane Murdoch. 

PULITZER PRIZE FINALIST - The gripping true story of a murder on an Indian reservation, and the unforgettable Arikara woman who becomes obsessed with solving it--an urgent work of literary journalism.

 

"I don't know a more complicated, original protagonist in literature than Lissa Yellow Bird, or a more dogged reporter in American journalism than Sierra Crane Murdoch."--William Finnegan, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Barbarian Days

 

WINNER OF THE OREGON BOOK AWARD - NOMINATED FOR THE EDGAR(R) AWARD - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY The New York Times Book Review - NPR - Publishers Weekly

 

When Lissa Yellow Bird was released from prison in 2009, she found her home, the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota, transformed by the Bakken oil boom. In her absence, the landscape had been altered beyond recognition, her tribal government swayed by corporate interests, and her community burdened by a surge in violence and addiction. Three years later, when Lissa learned that a young white oil worker, Kristopher "KC" Clarke, had disappeared from his reservation worksite, she became particularly concerned. No one knew where Clarke had gone, and few people were actively looking for him.

Yellow Bird traces Lissa's steps as she obsessively hunts for clues to Clarke's disappearance. She navigates two worlds--that of her own tribe, changed by its newfound wealth, and that of the non-Native oilmen, down on their luck, who have come to find work on the heels of the economic recession. Her pursuit of Clarke is also a pursuit of redemption, as Lissa atones for her own crimes and reckons with generations of trauma. Yellow Bird is an exquisitely written, masterfully reported story about a search for justice and a remarkable portrait of a complex woman who is smart, funny, eloquent, compassionate, and--when it serves her cause--manipulative. Drawing on eight years of immersive investigation, Sierra Crane Murdoch has produced a profound examination of the legacy of systematic violence inflicted on a tribal nation and a tale of extraordinary healing.

Visit https://eu.courses.montana.edu/wconnect/CourseStatus.awp?&course=21FOLmyst&publish=ANYWAY for more information.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9780399589171
Availability: On Our Shelves as of 9am Today
Published: Random House Trade Paperbacks - February 16th, 2021

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