BHS-PAC Book Club

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If you haven't read the book, don't worry. All are encouraged to participate and enjoy the discussion. Current parents of Boulder high school students attend as well as parents of graduates. We are a very welcoming easy-going group.

The BHS Book Club meets on Fridays from 9:00-10:00 am via Zoom. Contact Debbie Steinmann or Sue Gehlert for a link to the meeting.

Current Selection for discussion October 23 - November 6


Soon to be a Major Motion Picture Starring Tom Hanks

National Book Award Finalist--Fiction

In the aftermath of the Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this exquisitely rendered, morally complex, multilayered novel of historical fiction from the author of Enemy Women that explores the boundaries of family, responsibility, honor, and trust.

In the wake of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers 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, forming 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.

Books We've Read Over the Past Year:

  • Untamed by Glennon Doyle

  • Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi

  • Born a Crime by Trevor Noah

  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates

  • The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

  • Calypso by David Sedaris

  • The Bar Harbor Retirement Home for Famous Writers by Terri-Lynne DeFino

  • How to Be Miserable in your Twenties: 40 Strategies to Fail at Adulting by Randy J Peterson

  • The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

  • The Five Love Languages of Teenagers by Gary Chapman

  • The Girl with Seven Names by Hyeonseo Lee

  • The House on Sugar Beach by Helene Cooper

  • The Blessings of a B Minus: Using Resilient Jewish Teachings to Raise Resilient Teenagers by Wendy Mogel