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SMC Book Club

Upcoming Sessions

1. Thursday, November 18, 2021 14 Kislev 5782

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen


2. Thursday, December 16, 2021 12 Tevet 5782

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer


3. Thursday, January 20, 2022 18 Sh'vat 5782

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon


4. Thursday, February 17, 2022 16 Adar I 5782

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
The Paris Architect by Charles Belfoure


5. Thursday, March 24, 2022 21 Adar II 5782

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM
2034 by Elliot Ackerman


Past Sessions
Thursday, October 21, 2021 15 Cheshvan 5782 - 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM -
News of the World by Paulette Jiles


Book: News of the World

Author:  Paulette Jiles

About:  National Book Award Finalist—Fiction

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 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 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 kidnaper 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.

If you are interested in attending, please email Allan Schreiber by Wednesday, October 20th and he will email you the Zoom link!

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