Date(s) - Tuesday, December 19, 2017
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Salem Public Library
Salem Public Library’s Book Discussion Group for Adults will take place in the library’s Quaker Room on December 19, 2017 from 7-8 pm. The book to be discussed is News of the World by Paulette Jiles and is the story of ten year old Johanna Leonberger who remembers almost nothing from her first six years, when she lived with her parents. At the age of six she was kidnapped by Kiowa Indians who brought her into the tribe. She speaks no English and by white standards is uncivilized. The Kiowa, tired of being harassed by the cavalry, have submitted to an order to return all whites captives to an Indian agent. Enter Captain Jefferson Kidd, a seventy year old veteran of two wars and, in 1870, when the story takes place, is content to make a living traveling through Texas as a professional reader giving public readings from newspapers to an audience bursting for news of the world. Captain Kidd is asked by the Indian agent to take Johanna with him and return her to her relatives in San Antonio. He soon realizes that not only is it the right thing to do, but his itinerant life makes him the most plausible person to accomplish this task. Thus they begin their journey. An unsentimental bond results between the two in part on a mutual need for survival as they face obstacles along the way, including a challenging landscape, a lack of weapons, and a vicious cowboy and his companions. Eventually they develop a deep, respectful relationship which ultimately forces the captain to make a difficult decision.
This title may be borrowed from the Adult Circulation Department of the library which is located at 821 E. State St., Salem, OH 44460. The discussion is open to the public and free of cost to attend. No registration is required to participate. Please contact the library at 330-332-0042 if you have questions.