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This month we’ll be discussing Paulette Jiles’s News of the World. Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd leads a solitary existence, riding town to town in post-Civil War Texas and reading newspapers to isolated settlers. Then he accepts a commission – to transport a little girl across the wild landscape to relatives hundreds of miles away. Johanna had been kidnapped by Kiowa Indians, and retaken in an Army raid on their camp. After four years, life with them is all she knows or wants, and Captain Kidd must find a way to earn her trust in a lawless land. The more he understands her the more he questions the wisdom of taking her away from her Kiowa family. We’ll also start distributing copies of our December read, Touch.
Novel Ideas is a librarian-led exploration of classic and contemporary fiction and non-fiction from around the world. This wide-ranging group will sample critically acclaimed and prize-winning titles with open and inclusive discussion aimed at engaging readers with the book and with each other.

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