The new “One Book One Nebraska” selection has been picked for 2007. For those of you who don’t know, this is a program where a year is devoted to a single book, and hopefully everybody in Nebraska reads it. There will be discussions, presentations, celebrations, and conferences about it throughout the year. This year, the chosen book is Crazy Horse by Mari Sandoz.
I’ve never jumped on the One Book bandwagon. But this year, I think I’ll run right out and get this book. I’ve always loved Mari Sandoz. In fact, I prefer her to Willa Cather.
According to the Lincoln Journal Star, this book, published in 1942, is a description of one man’s life. He defeated Custer at the Battle of Little Big Horn. “Crazy Horse was also known for his appearance (lighter skin and curly hair) and his demeanor (calm and sometimes introspective). The book is also an in-depth look at the culture and spirituality of the Oglala Sioux.”
I’m looking forward to reading this book and attending at least one event about it this year. Want to join me? I’ll be posting about it here.
If you’d like more info, you can go to the Mari Sandoz High Plains Heritage Center: www.csc.edu/sandoz.