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Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

None of our members were aware of the existence of HeLa cells and therefore we learned quite a lot about the science involved in their development and use. But we were particularly interested in the plight of the Lacks family and the moral implications in how they were obtained. We had quite a lengthy discussion on whether explicit permission needs to be obtained for doctors to make such use of something from your body.

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Mrs. Lincoln\'s Dressmaker

The book was interesting and gave me information I didn\\\\\\\'t know before. But it was rather slow moving and, not being a history buff, I didn\\\\\\\'t need all the information about the war, generals, battles, etc.

Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting
The Goldfinch

Our group was very divided on this book. But this makes it an excellent book for discussion. A book that everyone agrees on is often not very interesting to discuss.
I personally really enjoyed it. (I expected it to take me a long while to complete it, but finished in less than a week.) The plot moved along quickly, and I never suspected the final outcome of the painting. It was interesting to see how long it took Theo to overcome the tragedy that befell his as a child.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Dramatic

I found this book very difficult to complete. I had to force myself to pick it up and continue reading. First, I am not fond of reading about history. And this book was so relentlessly depressing and dark, it was very hard to read. That said, I also have to say that it was very informative as I didn\'t know a lot about WWII in the Pacific. There was also a lot to talk about, so it made a good discussion book. However, unless you are a big fan of history reading, I wouldn\'t recommend this.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
Ordinary Grace

I loved this book. For anyone who is familiar with Krueger\\\'s Cork O\\\'Connor mysteries, you will find this to be quite a departure from those works, but just as compelling and well written. Although the premise of five deaths occurring in the course of one summer may seem dark and depressing, I didn\\\'t find it so at all. I came away with a wonderful sense of optimism and faith. I would highly recommend this book to any group.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Inspiring
The Invention of Wings

Perhaps we\\\'ve read too many books on the slavery period, but I found this one kind of hard going. It got more interesting at the end when I realized it was based on real people in history. Wish I had been aware of that all along.

Book Club Recommended
New detective series

This is the first of a new series of detective novels featuring Spencer Manning, a Chicago P.I. I read all three of Polad's books (he just recently released a fourth) before our meeting, as the author was a guest speaker there. I really liked this series. They were interesting, quick to read, and not too easy to solve before the end. I have already purchased the fourth book, The Missing Boy, and am planning to read it soon.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Fun, Insightful
A Man Called Ove

We all really enjoyed this book. It took a chapter or two to get used to the authors writing style, but it was well worth taking the time. The best word I can think of to describe the book is quirky. But by the end of the book, you grow to love Ove, both as a character and a man. A few members actually admitted to shedding a few tears by the end. A book definitely worth one's time.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
What the Lady Wants

Our club found this especially interesting as we are located in the Chicago suburbs, and all of us shopped at Marshall Fields for many years. (Yes, we are that old.) Most of us really didn't know much about Field's personal story. We were glad, though, that the author made a point of saying which portions of the book were totally fiction.

Miller's Valley: A Novel by Anna Quindlen
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Optimistic
All about family

I love Anna Quindlen's work, and Miller's Valley was no exception. A wonderful book about family, loving and belonging. It also has a wonderful sense of time and place. I found myself back in the late sixties and early seventies, and relived some of my past along with Mimi.

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