Voracious Readers – Review & 2018 Books

We all enjoyed reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles and for a variety of reasons.  Some of us grew up watching westerns…and a couple of us even had Annie Oakley outfits. This book revived some of those memories with its wonderful descriptions of the Texas landscape.  Interestingly, the author was born in Missouri but has lived in Texas for a number of years and now lives on a ranch near San Antonio.  This story was based on a friend’s grandfather, who was a news reader in the late 19th century. What an interesting occupation/calling!

We loved watching the growing relationship between the Captain and Johanna.  It reminded us of both True Grit and A Man Called Ove.  We enjoyed their increasing trust in each other and the positive impact each had on the other.  Needless to say, we were all happy with the resolution of the plot.

Johanna’s reluctance to leave her Kiowa family reflected the psychology of many captives and led to an interesting discussion of America’s often shameful treatment of Native Americans.  We also noted some parallels between political conditions/discussions then and now.

All in all, Paulette Jiles created a memorable story in this relatively short novel.

And now for 2018…

A Piece of the World by Christina Baker Kline for January 23, based on one of Andrew Wyeth’s most famous paintings, Christina’s World. (Field trip to MoMA to see the painting?)

February 27 – Poison Study by Maria Snyder (One Book One Community written by a Penn State and Seton Hill grad…I shifted our schedule by a month to coordinate with OBOC. The author will be at the Red Land Community Library on February 28.)

March 27 – The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead (2016 National Book Award and 2017 Pulitzer Prize!)

April 24 – The River at Night by Erica Ferencik (action thriller that someone suggested last month)

May 15 – Grandma Gatewood’s Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail by Ben Montgomery

It looks as if we’re off to a great start in 2018 with quite a variety of books to discuss. Enjoy!

Merry Christmas!

-Terry

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