Our April Pick!

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.

In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, the ten-year-old has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.

Their 400-mile journey south through unsettled territory and unforgiving terrain proves difficult and at times dangerous. Johanna has forgotten the English language, tries to escape at every opportunity, throws away her shoes, and refuses to act “civilized.

Yet as the miles pass, the two lonely survivors tentatively begin to trust each other, forging a bond that marks the difference between life and death in this treacherous land.

Arriving in San Antonio, the reunion is neither happy nor welcome. The captain must hand Johanna over to an aunt and uncle she does not remember—strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden.

A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.


(Formally known as How Did I Miss That One [HDIMTO])

A Book Discussion Group Sponsored by The Woodward Public Library
Friday, April 16th, 2021 for News of the World by Paulette Jiles
10:00 a.m. via Zoom link provided by email and in our Facebook group found here.

*Books provided to the first 10 people
An E-book or E-Audiobook version may be available on the online library

A Quick Look at Our Previous Books!

The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II
The Silent Patient
The Giver of Stars
One Day in December
A Gentleman In Moscow
The Life We Bury
The Mother-In-Law
November Road
Small Great Things

For a complete list of our previous book club books, click HERE.