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Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
 
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
This is a moving and seeminly realistic story about how the Hawaiians who contracted leprosy were treated. It is very moving and feels "real."

The richness of the writing, particularly the descriptions of the physical surroundings as well as the character development was outstanding. It provided fodder for a very exciting and moving discussion--even without the suggested questions--to which we referred, but which we seemed to be discussing anyway.

Brenda Brunelle

 
Insightful, Epic, Brilliant
Pearl Buck has created a vivid, moving picture of China "during the reign of the last Emperor.

Our group enjoyed reading and talking about this wonderful book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Year of Wonders

Enlightening re the Plague in Great Britain.

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Little Bee

I loved the book EXCEPT for the ending; it left too much up in the air.

The Wishing Trees by John Shors
 
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
Wishing Trees

It was so predictable that it was annoying. It was well-written and I would try that author again; however, it was so unrealistic. On the other hand, maybe it was a good thing to read something that I WISH could/would happen.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Dramatic
The Goldfinch

The book is packed with fabulous descriptions of everything – from events to locations to people and their habits and thought processes. Half of our group but it was too long, but the other half thought it was perfect.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Beautiful
the last painting of sara da vos

It was well written and kept my attention. However, there were a few times I wasn't exactly sure what was happening as far as the painting was concerned

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dark, Dramatic
Never let me go

It was intriguing and awful at the same time It lent itself to a very heated, intelligent, and enthusiastic discussion. There were many unexplained or unclear episodes which led to some people in our group to think it might be a sequel-- although those comments were said in a joking fashion because I think we all agreed the entire concept was very scary.

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