Paulette Jiles

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This is Leslie VonHolten of Chase County, Kansas, with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

One of my favorite characters in Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles is Winifred Beasley, the county health department nurse who is sent to care for the youngest sister, Bea, as she heals from a fall down a well.

Radio Readers BookByte: The Comfort of a Mythic Place

Jan 31, 2020
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Hi. I’m Valerie Mendoza talking to you today from one of my favorite places—my public library in Topeka. I just finished reading Stormy Weather by Paulette Giles and wanted to share some thoughts with my fellow HPPR Radio Readers.

Radio Readers BookByte: Knit Together by Radio

Jan 29, 2020
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This is Leslie VonHolten of Strong City, Kansas, with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

The characters of Paulette Jiles’s Stormy Weather are knit together by radio—that medium that brought solace to an anxious nation during the Great Depression, and of course is dear to our hearts here at HPPR.

In the book, it is Bea, t

Radio Readers BookByte: Love Those Stoddard Women

Jan 22, 2020
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Hi, I’m Marcy McKay from Amarillo and author of the award-winning novel, Pennies from Burger Heaven.

I’ve loved stories my whole life, so I’m thrilled to be a Radio Reader for High Plains Public Radio’s Book Club. I couldn’t wait to get started on Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles.

Radio Readers BookByte: Family Troubles

Jan 20, 2020
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This is Leslie VonHolten with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

Jeanine and her sisters Mayme and Bea, and their mother Elizabeth, are forced to forge a new life in the book Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles.

Their father was, to put it mildly, a drunken lout who worked hard and played harder in the oil fields of Texas.

Radio Readers BookByte: See You On The Radio

Jan 15, 2020
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This is Leslie VonHolten of Chase County, Kansas, with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

In Stormy Weather by Paulette Jiles, we follow the lives of the Stoddard women—Elizabeth and her daughters Mayme, Jeanine, and Bea—as they work to hold onto their family land and make a life in Dust Bowl Texas.

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Hello, Radio Readers! Jane Holwerda here to chat with you about one of the novels in our Fall 2019 book series—Paulette Jiles’  News of the World. This True-Grit type of Western features the wizened veteran of many wars—Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd-- charged with returning a young girl recently ransomed by the Kiowa to her blood kin near San Antonio.

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Hello, my name is Eric Mercer. I am an industrial and organizational psychology practitioner in the southwest Kansas area.

In News of the World, by Paulette Jiles, Johanna is a 10-year-old girl who has spent the last four years of her life with the Kiowa tribe and who fully identifies with them and shares the general values and beliefs of the tribe.

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This is Leslie VonHolten of Strong City, Kansas, with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

In Paulette Jiles’s book News of the World, 10-year-old Johanna Leonbarger, the child of German immigrant parents who had been murdered, has been reclaimed from the Kiowa family, who have been raising her since she was six years old.

The Pleasure of Reading a Nice Story

Aug 19, 2019

This is Leslie VonHolten with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

I loved reading News of the World by Paulette Jiles for a few reasons, but the main reason is so simple that I rarely credit books for this: It’s a charming story with a tender, happy ending.

My Obsession with Paulette Jiles

Aug 16, 2019
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Years ago, in high school and college, it was frequent that I would fall in love with an author.  When I discovered EAST OF EDEN, for example, I rushed to read everything Steinbeck.  I did the same with Kurt Vonnegut, James Lee Burke,  and Toni Morrison,, to name a few. 

The World of "News of the World"

Aug 14, 2019
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Hello, my name is Freddy Gipp from Lawrence, KS. Welcome to High Plains Public Radio. I’m an enrolled member of the Apache Tribe of Oklahoma and my indian name is “T’sa(N) T’hoop Ah(N)”, meaning Lead Horse in the Kiowa language.

I was born and raised in Lawrence, Kansas, where I graduated from the University of Kansas in 2016 with a degree in Strategic Communications from the William Allen White School of Journalism.

News of the World Discussion Leader Leslie VonHolten

Aug 12, 2019

Leslie VonHolten lives in Strong City, Kansas, in the heart of the beautiful Flint Hills tallgrass prairie. Her writing interests are in the area of environmental art and culture.

“Our land, the weather, the seasons, and even the night sky dictate the terms of our lives,” she said. “No one knows that better than people who live and work in the High Plains. That’s why I love discussing books for HPPR. Our conversations  always expand my perceptions.”

The Spirit of Girls

Aug 12, 2019
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I’m Leslie VonHolten of Chase County, Kansas, with another HPPR Radio Readers Book Byte.

She throws like a girl. She’s a weak sister. Hey, don’t be such a girl.

Come on. By now most of us know these are garbage colloquialisms, even though we still hear them.

Get Your Books On!

Aug 9, 2019
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Hello, Radio Readers! It’s here – it’s finally here: our Fall 2019 Book Club series! Time for us to get our books on! I’m Jane Holwerda, from Dodge City KS, and, oh man! Is this ever some set of books!  Are you ready? 

We’re starting off with novels set within our High Plains region! The first, News of the World, is a  True-Grit type of Western by San-Antonio based author Paulette Jiles. The story unspools in that tenuous transitional time between open frontier and settlement in Texas back in the late 1800s.   A veteran takes on the challenge of returning a ransomed girl to what he presumes will be her caring family. Will the girl remember her home language, her kin? Will her kin tolerate her tribal ways? Then it’s Brandon Hobson’s Where the Dead Sit Talking.  Set in Oklahoma in the late 1900s, native teens, unable to find within their troubled families any seeds of hope and inspiration for their futures, turn to each other and towards the ghosts that haunt them. Hobson, himself, is an enrolled citizen of the Cherokee nation of OklahomaDescribed  by Publisher’s Weekly as “a smart, dark novel of adolescence, death, and rural secrets,” Where the Dead Sit Talking was a 2018 National Book Award finalist.