KGOU Readers Club with Lynn Downey

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KGOU listeners can join in this unofficial book club, with selections picked by KGOU Managing Editor Logan Layden. Each month or so he leads a live broadcast discussion with authors and members of the listening audience. Participate by reading the selected book, sending questions to Logan at [email protected], and during the live discussion, call in with questions and comments on the listener line: (405) 325-5468.

The KGOU Readers Club selection for the month of July is American Dude Ranch: A Touch of the Cowboy and the Thrill of the West from author Lynn Downey and published by OU Press. Dude ranching began in the 1880s when cattle ranches ruled the West. Men, and a few women, left the comforts of their eastern lives to experience the world of the cowboy. But by the end of the century, the cattleman’s West was fading, and many ranchers turned to wrangling dudes instead of livestock. Downey follows dude ranching across the years, tracing its influence on everything from clothing to cooking and showing how ranchers adapted to changing times and vacation trends. A live discussion airs on Monday, July 25 at 1 p.m.

What book represents Oklahoma to you? Suggest a book that is set in Oklahoma, or recalls Oklahoma history, or features the state somehow. It can be old or new, fiction or nonfiction. Submit your favorite here. The Readers Club might take up your suggestion!


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