Get Your Reading Kicks on Route 66: a Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma series
Register: Sign up and pick up your first book starting Feb. 7 by visiting the Help Desk in person.
For community members who ONLY want to attend the Michael Wallis presentation, please register here.
Books will be available to loan only to those who are attending the full series.
All programs take place on Thursdays at 6-8:30 p.m.
FEATURED BOOKS & PROGRAMS
|March 7 - "Route 66: The Mother Road" by Michael Wallis
Scholar: Michael Wallis - Discussion Questions
State for state, Michael Wallis chronicles the history of Route 66 against the backdrop of American history. As America grew, so too did Highway 66. The highway connected Americans from every walk of life. The road served as a lifeline from east to west for everyone from the roadside gas station owner to the fathers of the great highway up to the dawning of the interstate system.
Starting in Illinois, Wallis weaves his way across the West to California like so many American travelers who satisfied their pioneering spirit. Wallis cares for the highway and the people along it. He takes time along the journey to pull over and enjoy life just off the road.
From the Funk family's homemade maple syrup in Illinois, to Buster Burris' motel, café, and service station, Wallis captures the spirit and adventure of a bygone era.
The book touched off an effort to preserve the memory of Route 66 after it was published in 1990.
|March 28 – “Mother Road” by Dorothy Garlock
Scholar: Harbour Winn - Discussion Questions
It is 1932 along Route 66 near Sayre, Oklahoma, where a steady stream of dust bowl refugees and local towns folk stop by the garage owned by a one-legged man, Andy Connors, for fuel, a drink of water or to rest in his campground. Along comes H. L. Yates, a big, brawny and fairly well off man, to pay an old debt to Andy. It is perfect timing because a skunk bites Andy and Yates (what he liked to be called) takes him to be treated in Oklahoma City for a series of rabies shots. With Andy gone, Yates takes over running the garage and watching over Andy's two motherless daughters and Leona, Andy's iron-willed sister-in-law.
|April 11 – “Rt. 66 Remembered” by Michael Witzel
Scholar: Karen Neurohr - Discussion Questions
Whether it was the delicious fajita in Albuquerque, the comfy bed in Flagstaff, or the first-rate service at the Texaco in Amarillo, Route 66 was, for many, a scrapbook of adventure and exploration.
|May 2 – “West on 66: a mystery” by James Cobb
Scholar: Trisha Yarbrough - Discussion Questions
What do you get when you mix a Los Angeles County deputy sheriff, Kevin Pulaski, on vacation in Chicago and a deceased mobster's daughter, Lisette Kingman, who is currently the step-daughter of yet another mobster? You get an adventure-filled mystery set in 1958 that travels all of the states along Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles.
Their travels take them looking for a lost fortune of gangland money that Lisette's mobster father hid somewhere along Route 66. They get assistance from clues Lisette's father left in "A Guide Book to Highway 66." They run into problems around every turn and Kevin's only allies are his hot '57 Chevy and an even hotter Colt .45.
Books, services, and other materials for this series are provided by Let's Talk About It, Oklahoma, a project of Oklahoma Humanities. Funding for this series was provided by grants from the Inasmuch Foundation and Kirkpatrick Family Fund. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in these programs do not necessarily represent those of Oklahoma Humanities.
Local partners include Friends of the Stillwater Public Library.