The FLC Library CommitteeThe First Lutheran Book Club continues to meet on Zoom for thoughtful discussions of our monthly book selections. Please join us!
Discussion Book: News of the World by Paulette Jiles
Discussion Leader: Roger Steinke
May 24, 7:00 pm on Zoom
“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 author Paulette Jiles that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. 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. 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 begin to trust each other, forming a bond that marks the difference between life and death in a treacherous world.”
Please contact Clint Bastin or Roger Steinke for additional information about the Book Club. A copy of this Featured Book of the Month will be available in the First Lutheran Church Library. Please join us!
Upcoming books and meeting dates through July 2022:
Questions to Clint Bastin (Book Club Coordinator) or Roger Steinke. Copies of the book are available on table outside the library.
Last year for FLC’s 136th Birthday we shared a moving presentation Share Our Pandemic Story, created by Linda Siebert, using members’ shared photos, experiences, stories of their pandemic activities. The Library Committee is considering creating a book from this historical presentation, and are asking you, our church family members, to add to or submit your Pandemic Story to be preserved in the records of this FLC church history book. Several members have already spoken to the committee about including their projects. Please contact Linda Siebert or leave your photo or written story in the basket just inside the church library by May 2022. Thank You!
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