Summer Reading List

July 15, 2009

Am I the only one who seems to have more time to read during the summer months, with the daylight lasting longer into the evening? Maybe my summer reading list is a habit from being in school for so many years, when summer was the time I could read for pleasure and entertainment instead of just for homework assignments.

This evening I enjoyed dinner and a walk around the Plaza with friends. I headed for the Kansas City Public Library Plaza Branch on Main Street, where lawyer and crime historian Laura James would be discussing her book, The Love Pirate and the Bandit’s Son: Murder, Sin, and Scandal in the Shadow of Jesse James (Union Square Press, 2009).

It had been a while since I’ve visited the Plaza branch library, and I had to take in the new surroundings, moving toward the Truman Forum in the downstairs section, one of the renovations. Rainy Day Books hosted a small reception and sold books for Laura James to autograph.

Included in her book discussion, Laura James gave a slide show presentation “On Gold Diggers, True Crime, Librarians, and Jesse James,” with photographs of Zeo Zoe a.k.a. the love pirate, and also those taken of Jesse James Jr. a.k.a. the bandit’s son.

Although I haven’t yet read the book, after the discussion and presentation tonight, I’m looking forward to learning more about the fate of Zeo Zoe Wilkins, who moved to Kansas City in 1921.

This book has made my summer reading list.