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Love to read? In the grand tradition of passing on a great book to a friend, we invite you to share and discuss your reading experience with fellow book lovers. Our Book Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at 10 am in The Other Cup, September through May. Even if you haven’t read the book we’re discussing, you may still enjoy the conversation. You are welcome to arrive at 9:30 am for fellowship; our discussion begins at 10 am. All are invited to participate in our book club – a beloved group that has been a part of life at Saint Barnabas for over 30 years.

Dec. 16, 2021 – News of the Worldby Paulette Jiles  (209 pg.)

It is 1870 and Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings 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 prove 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, forging 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. Exquisitely rendered and morally complex, News of the World is a brilliant work of historical fiction that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust. (From the publisher.)

See the schedule below for our upcoming readings and discussions.

Questions? Please email Ann Brenner. 

READING LIST 2021-2022

Dec. 16, 2021 News of the Worldby Paulette Jiles  (209 pg.)

Jan. 20, 2022 The Book Woman of Troublesome Creekby Kim Michelle Richardson (308 pg.)

Feb. 17, 2022 The Four Windsby Kristin Hanna (448 pg.)

Mar. 17, 2022 The Women of the Bible Speakby Shannon Bream (256 pg.)

Apr. 21, 2022 The Last Green Valleyby Mark Sullivan (423 pg.)

May 19, 2022 Trial by Ice – by Richard Parry (310 pg.)