Book Club Discussion Questions for 'News of the World' by Paulette Jiles

Transport yourself away this winter to a warm, dry world of adventure! After reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles, we are wholeheartedly recommending it for your book club! It’s a quick read with a gripping story that will leave your group plenty to discuss.

Discussion Guide

  1. Have you read any other books by Paulette Jiles? If so, how did this compare and how did the stories intersect?

  2. What did you think of the ending? Perfect? Too tidy?

  3. The title of their wagon, “curative waters,” is mentioned quite a bit. Why did the author choose this title?

  4. Captain Kidd’s family land is also brought up a number of times, why is this important? Is the land symbolic in some way?

  5. What are some of the similarities and differences in how news was dispersed now and then?

  6. Why do you think captive children had such a hard time re-adjusting to European culture after being recovered?

  7. Which stop along Captain Kidd and Johanna’s journey most sticks with you?

  8. And, let’s close the discussion with a fun one: who would play each character in your version of the Hollywood movie?