Moke Hill READS Book Club

Mar 2, 2017 by

Moke Hill READS Book Club

NEXT MEETING:  Tuesday March 7 — 7 PM, Moke Hill Library/Archives


BOOK: News of the World, by Paulette Jiles.


In 1870s’ Texas, retired Civil War Veteran Captain Kidd, age 70, travels from town to town presenting readings from East Coast newspapers.  He is persuaded to transport 10-year-old Johanna, orphaned and held captive by Kiowa, 400 miles to her aunt and uncle.  Thus begins an epic Western adventure filled with danger and survival, told by the award-winning author who also supplies a soul.


April 4, 2017 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Henrietta Lacks, was a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more. Henrietta’s cells have been bought and sold by the billions, yet she remains virtually unknown, and her family can’t afford health insurance. This phenomenal New York Times bestseller tells a riveting story of the collision between ethics, race, and medicine; of scientific discovery and faith healing; and of a daughter consumed with questions about the mother she never knew.


May 2, 2017 America’s First Daughter by Stephanie Dray and Laura Kamoie From her earliest days, Patsy Jefferson knows that though her father loves his family dearly, his devotion to his country runs deeper still. As Thomas Jefferson’s oldest daughter, she becomes his helpmate, protector, and constant companion in the wake of her mother’s death, traveling with him when he becomes American minister to France. From Paris to Virginia and on to the White House, Patsy must decide, as scandal, tragedy, and poverty threaten her family, how much she will sacrifice to protect her father’s reputation, in the process defining not just his political legacy, but that of the nation he founded.

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