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Beautiful, Insightful, Inspiring
Our book club over all enjoyed this book

 
Interesting, Informative, Slow
This selection offered many topics for highly animated discussion

Our book club generally liked the debate/ debates sparked by this selection, but not all of the members enjoyed the actual reading of the book

Most members would recommend the book, with caveats

 
a generally well written book that deals with heavy issues

OUr book club overall rted this a 4 for discussion. A women in an accident who confronts every personal tragedy known to man

 
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
excellent non-fiction must read

This is an excellent non-fiction book. It illuminates an important period in Americas history along with the accoun of the mass murderer Holmes.

Out book club was divided into those that loved the book and those that were lukewarm on the book.

Decide for yourself - it is worth the time

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
how a secret can ruin many peoples lives

 
Insightful, Life Changing, Interesting
Our book club did not like this book at all

This book would classify as a beach read for an idiot!

Brookland: A Novel by Emily Barton
 
Historical novel about the Brookland bridge

Overall the book club had trouble finishing the selection. All agreed that the writing was exceptional but, the storyline dry. Had another writer crafted this tale it would have been a dimal failure

Chocolat by Joanne Harris
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
the group liked the book well enough, but compared it to the movie .

The group liked the book, but compared it to the movie. Most felt it either did not live up to the movie or the movie altered the book too much. Most readers would recommend the text, but with reservations.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Second novel by the author of Kite Runner

The South Bay Book club generally rated this novel a four and would recommend it to friends and family.

The general consensus was that the author did an excellent job writing about women and their plight in war torn Afghanistan. It was a sad novel and painful at times to read about Leila and Mariam.

If you liked Kite Runner, you will enjoy this novel as well.

 
Slow, Difficult, Romantic
Love affair over a lifetime

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Gloomy
Haunting story of three tragic lives

This novel is simply and beautifully written - not only odes the writing carry you away into the lives of these tragic people, you feel that you are there world walking in step with them.

 
Slow, Gloomy
turn of the century novel - one of the best

 
Dramatic, Insightful, Inspiring
true stroy of heroic bravery

The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
 
Adventurous, Interesting, Beautiful
Passionate and Beautiful tale of a brave yong woman

Our book club rated this a one of the most loved books we have read. A beautifully crafted novel based on a true woman and true events during a turbulent period in Mexico's history. A must read!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
The Book Thief

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
Pillars of the Earth

OUr club really liked this book. A sweeping epic worth reading.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
3 cups of tea

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
1000 White Women

Here are some words that the bookclub used to describe this book
Memorable
Indian Plight
Couldn't believe it was written by a man
touched on thought provoking ideas
Wastefulness

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Pointless
beautiful and simple

this is beautifully written book that sneaks up on you with it simplicity - not for every reader, but a gem none the less

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
potato peel

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

It was said that overall that for this genre the book was good, but slow to get into.. very graphic and not for the faint of heart

 
Dark, Gloomy, Graphic
Fall on your Knees

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Epic
Doughter of Fortune

The group felt that although the novel had some beautiful prose throughout the story that we were left feeling unsatisfied with the ending and the overall character development.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative
Unbroken

What a fantastic book, a must read! truly an inspiring story and ultimately about love and forgiveness

The Paris Wife by Paula McLain
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Paris Wife

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun, Insightful
funny major pettigrew

 
Interesting, Boring, Insightful
Fifteen lives wasted

Our club felt that the character pretty much wasted his lives and was not a tale a redemption that we had hoped for. Some beautiful writing, but would only recommend to certain people

 
Book Club Recommended
Gloomy, Boring, Dark
The Tsar of Love and Techno

Beautifully written collection of short stories that are interwoven so wonderfully. The subject matter tends to lean to the darker side, but the characters are so wonderfully developed that you feel hope and love. Marra will be one of our generations great authors and I cannot wait to read more and more of what he writes.

 
Slow, Insightful, Interesting
My Brilliant Friend

Overall only half of our bookclub finished this book, the other half thought it boring and a poor read. It is the first in a four part series. And it translated, somewhat poorly from Italian. I think it is book you either love or hate.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Epic
Beautiful recount of African/Amer & African history

Yaa Gaasi has retold the story of African-Americans and Africans in a way that I don't believe it has been done before. She tells a multi-generational story so beautifully that you don't know that you are being let in on the secret stories that have been told for generations by her people an ultimately all of our peoples.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Informative
Keep this by bedside

Our group all felt this book was wonderful and wished we had more time to read the book. A valuable book to have and pick up to read at anytime of day or night. Great tools in the back for practicing a joyful life.

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