One Book One Cozad Program/ Wilson Public Library/ Cozad

Wilson Public Library

910 Meridian Ave.

Cozad, NE 69130

www.wilsonpubliclibrary.org

Issued Date: December 23, 2021

Point of Contact: Laurie Yocom, Library Director (308) 784-2019

Date of Release: January 3, 2022

One Book, One Cozad 2022 Selection Announced

In January 2022, the Wilson Public Library in Cozad, NE, launches their eighth One Book One Cozad program with the selection of Evil Obsession: The Annie Cook Story by Nellie Snyder Yost.

Nebraska author Nellie Snyder Yost was born in a sod house in 1905. She grew up in the Nebraska Sandhills on a ranch in McPherson County, graduating as valedictorian from Maxwell High School in 1923. Yost was an award-winning author as well as an active historian. A brief look at her biography shows her as a member of the Nebraska Writers Guild, a member of the Lincoln County Historical Society, and the first woman board member of the Nebraska State Historical Society, serving twenty years after being appointed in 1966. Nellie Snyder Yost was also inducted into the National Cowgirl Museum Hall of Fame in 1992. She is known as one of Nebraska’s pioneer storytellers.

In January 2022, the Wilson Public Library in Cozad, NE, launches their eighth One Book One Cozad program with the selection of Evil Obsession: The Annie Cook Story by Nellie Snyder Yost.

 

It is well regarded that authors should write what they know, and Nellie did just that, but took her time about it. Although she was both a rural school teacher and a writer for the North Platte Telegraph, Nellie didn’t publish her first book until she was 46. That book was an account of her father’s stories about life in the early West: Pinnacle Jake. Her mother, Grace Snyder, was a renowned quilter and No Time on My Hands not only captured Grace’s life, it stirred a revival in quilt making in the second half of the twentieth century. Nellie published 20 books in her lifetime: Evil Obsession: The Annie Cook Story was her last.

The book is about greed, power, and a woman named Annie Cook. Annie was an evil woman, abusive both physically and mentally to everyone she knew. Annie was accused of murder while she was in charge of the Lincoln County Poor Farm near Hershey, Nebraska. This was during the same time North Platte was called “Little Chicago” due to widespread county and local political corruption. Nellie spent many years doing research for the book, interviewing people who knew Annie and sifting through information to find the truth. She ultimately changed locations, directions, and characters’ names in the final edition to protect the identity of those who were still living in the area. After the book was published, lists surfaced with real names matched to the fictional ones; no list was ever verified by the Yost family.

The notion of a one book/one city (state, county, church, etc.) started with an idea by Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl. First initiated in 1998 by the Washington Center for the Book, the Library of Congress reports that such programs are abundant around the world. In fact, in 2022, One Book, One Nebraska will celebrate its seventeenth year of a statewide program. Wilson Public Library agrees with the Nebraska Center for the Book’s philosophy that “reading great literature provokes us to think about ourselves, our environment and our relationships,” and that “talking about great literature with friends, families and neighbors often adds richness and depth to the experience of reading.”

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Jan 01 - 31 2022
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