From the dime novels of a century ago to the multi-million dollar blockbusters of this generation, tales of America’s Wild West have helped define our cultural heroes. Join One Book One Siouxland as we read and discuss Shane, by Jack Schaefer.
The kickoff event, "Shane and the Code of the West" by Helen M. Lewis, is Saturday March 2 at The Wilbur Aalfs Library. “Jack Schaefer's Shane smoothly combines suspense, family values, and range politics into the memorable story of a young boy, at a time when a man's character proved his worth,” says Lewis.
The story of a gunman who shoots the right man for the right reason in 1889 Wyoming defines this novel as a western. However, Shane is also about a boy growing up under the influence of a stranger trying to escape his past, and of sacrifices made on the boy’s behalf. Told through the innocent perspective of an observant child, much of the physical danger, romantic interest and psychological drama is deftly presented without dialogue and left to the reader’s interpretation.
Now in its 8th season, One Book One Siouxland shares ideas and builds community through the experience of reading and discussing the same book, and viewing a film adaptation of the story. There will be public book discussions and film screenings for sharing your thoughts and opinions with other enthusiastic readers. Visit any Sioux City Public Library or www.onebookonesiouxland.org for event information. One Book One Siouxland is sponsored by the Sioux City Public Library, the South Sioux City Public Library and the North Sioux City Community Library, in partnership with The Institute for Lifelong Learning, Western Iowa Tech Community College, and Morningside College.