Paulette Jiles
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Paulette Jiles

My website is paulettejiles.com. I review books and say shocking things and include outrageous pictures.

Paulette Jiles was born in Salem, Missouri, in the Missouri Ozarks. Raised in small towns in both south and central Missouri, she attended three different high schools, an exhausting process of social dislocation and fashion wobbles, and with relief graduated from the University of Missouri (KC) in Romance Languages. After graduation she worked for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in Toronto and in the far north of Ontario and in the Quebec Arctic, helping to set up village one-watt FM radio stations in the native language, Anishinabe and Inuktitut. She became reasonably conversant in Anishinabe but Inuktitut was just too much. Very hard. Besides she was only in the eastern Arctic for a year. Work in the north lasted about ten years all told.

She taught at David Thompson University in Nelson B.C. and grew to love the British Columbian ecosystems and general zaniness. She spent one year as a writer-in-residence at Philips Andover in Massachusetts and then returned to the United States permanently when she married Jim Johnson, a Texan. Has lived in Texas since 1995.

She and her husband renovated an old stone house in the San Antonio historic district and amidst the rubble and stonemasons and ripped-out electrical systems she completed Enemy Women. She now lives on a small ranch near a very small town in the Texas Hill Country with a horse and a donkey. If you want a free donkey, please let her know. She plays Irish tin whistle with a bluegrass group, sings alto in choir, rides remote trails in Texas with friends. Her horse is named Buck. News of the World (William Morrow) was a finalist for the National Book Award.

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    • News of the World

    • A Novel
    • By: Paulette Jiles
    • Narrated by: Grover Gardner
    • Length: 5 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,834
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,406
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 5,393

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Delightful story....but not True Grit

    • By DenGig on 04-14-17

    Regular price: $20.99

    • The Color of Lightning

    • By: Paulette Jiles
    • Narrated by: Jack Garrett
    • Length: 13 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 221
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 190

    Searching for a life and future, former Kentucky slave Britt Johnson is venturing west into unknown territory with his wife, Mary, and their three children....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach.

    • By Marlice Peabody on 02-20-17

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Lighthouse Island

    • A Novel
    • By: Paulette Jiles
    • Narrated by: Kevin T. Collins
    • Length: 14 hrs and 21 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 21

    See the rain forests . . . northern beauty, misted nights. Come to Lighthouse Island . . . In the coming centuries, the world's population has exploded and covered the Earth with endless cities....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • What a story!

    • By Anonymous User on 05-11-17

    Regular price: $31.93

    • Stormy Weather

    • By: Paulette Jiles
    • Narrated by: Colleen Delany
    • Length: 11 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 77
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 57
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 57

    The fall of 1937 ushers in a year of drought and dust storms, and the Jiles family's fortunes sink further when an "accident" leaves a mother and her girls to confront the cruelest of hardships....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • I had to give it a couple of hours then I was hook

    • By Henwhisperer on 04-25-17

    Regular price: $28.51

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