News of the World

News of the World

Book - 2016 | First edition
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"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"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2016]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062409201
Branch Call Number: F JILES-P
Characteristics: 213 pages : maps ; 20 cm


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JCLCharlesH Oct 27, 2020

This novel was engrossing, and for me it flew by in one day. The characters are well developed and as the book went on, the feeling of companionship that developed through a shared journey felt real and earned. A good gateway to westerns as well, with some common themes and time period.

Oct 26, 2020

One of my most favorite books. Gave to Carla.

Jun 08, 2020

Just discovered Paulette Jiles. This was a great read. Looking forward to her other books.

Feb 28, 2020

Set in Texas during the Reconstruction, this historical features two wonderfully vivid characters, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd and the child in his charge, Johanna. Captain Kidd makes his living by traveling from town to town giving readings from newspapers to the townsfolk. Who knew that was a thing? Not me. Anyway, no more plot details from me; it's too easy to spoil this story. I found this book to be remarkably visual, engrossing, and full of tenderness.

Feb 24, 2020

News of the World portrays the wild and unsettled land of America after the Civil War. Captain Jefferson Kidd agrees to transport Johanna Leonberger to her relatives in Texas. Captain Kidd, a 71-year-old itinerant reader begins his 400-mile trek with feral Johanna. This unlikely team faces many hazards and hardships and form a friendship. Paulette Jiles creates a realistic story of the wild and difficult journey these two individuals must undergo. What will Johanna face with her uncle and aunt? Why does Captain Kidd treat Johanna with such kindness? What are the thoughts of Johanna during this journey? Ms. Jiles suggests further reading on the plight of returned captives of the Indian tribes and the settling of these captives to a new, tamer life. An interesting story about an uncertain time in America’s history.

Jan 17, 2020

What a wonderful tale. An upright old man and a wild child bond as they travel through a lawless land toward a destiny they both dread. I finished it in 2 evenings. Highly recommended.

CCPL_Carly Jan 15, 2020

Deceptively short in volume but not in spirit, News of the World presents an unforgettable story of a man in the twilight of his years and a girl with something more to teach him about his heart. The author writes in a beautiful, poetic style that brings the period and place to life in rich detail before readers' eyes. Not just for western fans - this is a heartfelt, affecting tale that gives a glimpse of life on the road in 1870s Texas.

Dec 31, 2019

Can't say how much I loved this book!

Nov 22, 2019

Took me a few pages to get into it, then I couldn’t put it down.

Sep 26, 2019

Paulette Jiles does a great job of bringing frontier life to the forefront. Took me to places and people whose moments I had not previously visited.

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Jun 30, 2019

“Maybe life is just carrying news. Surviving to carry the news. Maybe we have just one message, and it is delivered to us when we are born and we are never sure what it says; it may have nothing to do with us personally but it must be carried by hand through a life, all the way, and at the end handed over, sealed.” - p. 121

Jun 30, 2019

“They were all odd, the returned captives. All peculiar with minds oddly formed, never quite one thing or another. As Doris had said back in Spanish Fort, all those captured as children and returned were restless and hungry for some spiritual solace, abandoned by two cultures, dark shooting stars lost in the outer heavens.” - p. 124

Sep 14, 2018

Some people were born unsupplied with a human conscience and those people needed killing.
-Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd

cals_readers Feb 17, 2017

Some people were born unsupplied with a human conscience and those people needed killing.


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