News of the World

News of the world

By: Paulette Jiles
Published: October 4, 2016

Flight Pairings

Lonesome Dove


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News of the World discussion

Anne’s thoughts

If the genre “Western” makes you want to run for cover, have no fear. This book has as much in common with previous Book Club titles like The One-in-a-Million Boy and Before We Visit the Goddess as it does with the Louis L’Amour novels my grandfather adored. This story of two unlikely friends—one a retired Civil War captain, one a ten-year-old girl rescued from the Indians who captured her as a babe—will win your heart and make you think. 

Latest Discussion

Note: Spoilers beyond this point

  • Hi everyone! I’m late to this discussion as I just finished NOTW on March 30th. I give this book 5 stars. Both the Captain (or as Johanna refers to him: Kontah) and Johanna stole my heart. I found them both to be strong and vulnerable in their own, unique way. The Captain was in his 70s and was ready to take life a bit slower and at a more…[Read more]

  • I like to read while my husband watches old western movies. The paths intersected tonight when suddenly I heard the word “Kiowa” coming from the television!

    He is watching The Unforgiven starring Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn, 1960. The story is based upon a novel by Alan Le May.

    The film, uncommonly for its time, spotlights the issue of…[Read more]

  • Amanda posted that Parnassus on Wheels would be a good readalike, since it involves a charming traveling bookseller. It’s been on my list for ages, and this makes me really really want to put it on top of the stack.

  • Amanda posted an update in the group Group logo of News of the WorldNews of the World 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    If you loved News of the World, I suggest Parnassus on Wheels which I’m reading now. It was written in 1917 if I remember correctly. It is a charming story – you can’t go wrong with a traveling wagon bookstore with a dog.

    • Oh, this has been on my bookshelf for FOREVER, and for one reason or another, I just haven’t gotten around to it, but the comparison to News of the World makes me really really want to get to it. I love the idea of travelling anything. Probably because this homebody likes to live vicariousy.

  • [FORUM] Kimberlee replied to the topic Favorite quotes in the forum Group logo of News of the WorldNews of the World 2 months ago

    The one about her clothes was one of my favorites as well. And the description of how the captured children felt was perfect.

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