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1st Monday Book Group

1st Mondays, 2:30pm
Next: March 4, 2019 Conference Room

(main floor of City Hall)

What we're reading:
News of the World
Paulette Jiles

From Amazon:

National Book Award FinalistFiction

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers 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, forming 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.

Past novels have included:

News of the World, Paulette Jiles
Autumn
, Ali Smith
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter,
Carson McCullers
Plainsong
, Kent Haruf
The Buried Giant
, Kazuo Ishiguro
Orlando
, Virginia Woolf
This Must Be the Place,
Maggie O'Farrell
Never Let Me Go
, Kazuo Ishiguro
Mrs. Dalloway
, Virginia Woolf
The Submission
, Amy Waldman
Taft
, Ann Patchett
Goodbye, Columbus
, Philip Roth
The Hours
, Michael Cunningham
The Noise of Time
, Julian Barnes
How Proust can Change Your Life
, Alain de Botton
A Piece of the World
, Christina Baker Kline
The Enchanted April
, Elizabeth Von Arnim
Mothering Sunday
, Graham Swift
The Awakening
, Kate Chopin
Little Paris Bookshop,
Nina George
84, Charing Cross Road, Helene Hanff
The Art of Racing in the Rain, Garth Stein
A Moveable Feast, Ernest Hemingway
Divisadero, Michael Ondaatje
Joe Jones, Anne Lamott
The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
Amsterdam, Ian McEwan
To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf
Old Filth, Jane Gardam
A Tale for the Time Being, Ruth Ozeki
A Room with a View, E.M. Forster
Family Life, Akhil Sharma
Master and Commander, Patrick O'Brian
My Antonia, Willa Cather
Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
Look Who's Back, Timur Vermes
Our Souls at Night, Kent Haruf
The Sense of an Ending, Julian Barnes
Close to Home, Peter Robinson
The Bone People, Keri Hulme
The Sheltering Sky, Paul Bowles
Stoner, John Williams
Becoming Jane Eyre, Sheila Kohler
Shadow Tag, Louise Erdrich
The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
Let the Great World Spin, Colum McCann
Miss New India, Bharati Mukherjee
Lila, Marilynne Robinson
Offshore, Penelope Fitzgerald
White Dog Fell From the Sky, Eleanor Morse
Embers, Sandor Marai
The Whistling Season, Ivan Doig
All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
An Unnecessary Woman, Rabih Alameddine
Franny & Zooey
, J.D. Salinger
Orphan Master's Son
, Adam Johnson
The Selected Works of T.S. Spivet, Reif Larsen
The Sound of Things Falling, Juan Gabriel Vasquez
Identity, Milan Kundera
Surfacing, Margaret Atwood
The Sea-Wolf, Jack London
The All of It, Jeannette Haien
A Constellation of Vital Phenomena, Anthony Marra
The Space Between Us, Thrity Umrigar
Fools, Joan Silber
Remarkable Creatures, Tracy Chevalier
The Son, Phillip Meyer
We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler
The Reader, Bernard Schink
The Day of the Locust, Nathaneal West
A Woman in Jerusalem, A.B. Yehoshua
Mrs. Bridge, Evan S. Connell
The Weight of Water, Anita Shreve
Regeneration, Pat Barker
The Stranger, Albert Camus
The Statement, Brian Moore
Hunger, Elise Blackwell
To Siberia, Per Petterson
The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne, Brian Moore
July's People, Nadine Gordimer
An Artist of the Floating World, Kazuo Ishiguro
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Mark Haddon
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine
Comedy in a Minor Key, Hans Keilson
Being Dead, Jim Crace
Out Stealing Horses, Per Petterson
The Lover, Marguerite Duras
Samurai's Garden, Gail Tsukiyama
Ignorance, Milan Kundera
Crow Lake,  Mary Lawson
Disgrace, J.M. Coetzee
Music of a Life, Andrei Makine