Everyone liked the story of a young man's experiences with a traveling circus during the depression. There was humor, suspense, sorrow and joy in the story. Jacob was a plucky young man and also in his 90's. The nursing home scene was portrayed very realistically and although most of our members didn't think it that realistic for him to go off to join the circus, we did think it was a wonderful ending. It was a compelling story and we loved learning about life in the circus during the depression. The pictures we a wonderful addition as well. Would highly recommend this book. My husband also loved it.
Provided so much to discuss. Illuminating account of life in the early 1900's.
Interesting topic that inspired a lively discussion. Everyone had something to say about their experiences with failed female relationships. The book isn't fabulous but the topic is well worth discussing.
The book is written from the perspective of the woman's daughter who has gong on to become an OB/GYN. So much to discuss regarding natural childbirth and how it was not readily available in the hospitals at that time. Great book for discussion.
This story is lovingly told by the peace corps volunteer. THE amazing cultural differences do not keep the two women from forming a beautiful friendship. We had a very good discussion expecially since we read MIDWIVES last month. This is a beautiful book.
Highly readable, so much to discuss. Was a perfect choice at inauguration time. Even though there were not questions at the end of the book we had no trouble coming up with things to dicuss. Everyone enjoyed the book tremendously. Would higly recommend to other clubs.
I felt like I had read this book many times before - just slightly different circumstances. A bit of a soap opera. Don't know why so many books have to have a character die from cancer.
Amazing, intelligent book that explores the woman Olive Kitteridge in varied situations with different people of the town. The stories all stand beautifully on their own yet weave a fascinating depiction of Olive and who she is. We could have discussed this book till morning!!!
Very touching story of an unhappy young boy and the fantastic journey that brings him to realize how fortunate he is.
Grabbed the reader on the first page. Two different but very compelling stories. Learned a great deal about the Mormons. Everyone jumped right into discussing the book without even going to the questions. Sparked more interest about Mormon life and the history of their church. Very readable and lots to discuss!!
Owen Meany is such a fantastic character. There are scenes that are downright hilarious and some tragic. He is "bigger than life" in so many ways. The writing is amazing . . . one can't help wonder just what Owen is going to do next. Interesting commentary on the Viet Nam war as well.
I learned so much about behind the scenes life in the Vatican. I was astounded at some of the customs and machinations that were commonplace during this time. Olimpia was certainly a force that could not be ignored. She was a personality bigger than life and it was a great to see a woman make her way in what was so totally a man's world. Lot's to discuss here.
It was not an awful book but there are so many GREAT books out there. The author had an interesting story but she left out so much of what her journey back home entailed. She seemed more comfortable retelling what was happening to her father's patients as opposed to her day to day personal interactions with her parents and especially her mother. The book left you with lots of questions.
Somewhat terrifying, always intriguing. Leaves much to wonder about and loads to discuss. An excellent book club pick!! Brought up many questions about who we really are and whether we can change into someone else. Quite a page turner!
Major Pettigrew's seems to be your classic "stuffy" englishmen on first take. Yet he finds himself in a romance with a Pakistani woman, a challenging relationship with his son and numerous hilarious situations. He is an endearing character and you will love Mrs. Ali!!
Major Pettigrew's very orderly world is turned upside after the death of his brother. Times are changing and it is how he deals with these changes that make for a lovely story.
Two sisters raised as Catholics in the US by parents who were holocaust survivors. How they finally figured out that they were indeed of Jewish descent and the lengths their parents had gone to to assure that they never faced the horror they had endured by being Jewish. Once they discovered the truth they traveled to Europe to investigate their parent's past. Truly amazing story.
This was a pleasant enough book and not a bad choice for a December meeting. The ending did seem a bit contrived. But if you want an easy, pleasant read for the holidays this will fit the bill.
Though the topic of Titanic survivors and information on the aftermath of the tragedy was interesting, the actual story was quite predictable. It was actually a Cinderella story and many of the events were farfetched. It was an easy read.
This is an extremely well written and thought provoking book. The prose is just beautiful and so insightful. Our group had one of our best discussions yet. The topic is certainly one we could all relate too and the meaning of photographs was a great emphasis!! EXCELLENT!!
Sweet book about Harold's sudden decision to visit an old friend, providing time for reflection on his life. His adventures/misadventures carry us along with him. Satisfying read.
GREAT discussion material!!
Loved getting a glimpse into the life and mind of Willie Sutton!
Refreshing, intriguing and fun. The characters are quirky and the story unexpected. Most enjoyable!
Gossipy, jumped all over the place and out dated. Just not a good choice for a book club discussion. Was written toward the beginning of the Clinton administration so there was nothing about the Bushes and Obamas.
So much to discuss. Choices, forgiveness, understanding.
Excellent story about a time in our country's history that most of us were not familiar with. The two stories being told said so much about how some things changed yet remained very similar. It was a wonderful story of preservearance and redemption. Loved it. Very well done.
So beautifully written I am reading it for a second time! There is so much here as far as beautiful descriptions, musings and page turning story. This is certainly a book to savor-I find myself reluctant to leave these characters!!
This is an excellent book club book and provided one of the best discussions we have had in a long time. There was so much gray area as far as our perceptions and opinions about the main character. He was certainly unlike any protagonist we have encountered so far. Of course we wished for more information about him, his background and other characters in the book but that was what made the book so compelling.
More substantial than your usual beach read but just as much fun. The characters were all well drawn and I was eager to find out what was going to happen next. Very enjoyable.
This author continues to give us topics that are great for discussion and characters that are very realistic. A thoroughly enjoyable read, Big Little Lies will not disappoint.
Great story about the many challenges in life and how Ove handles his and then how the universe conspires to change the course of his life.
Not as good as her non fiction books but a pleasant read.
Fun, humorous book about beauty and it's relative importance in life. Friendship vs romantic love. Very different and a great book to discuss. Even our members who weren't sure they loved the book had plenty to say about the topic. Most loved the kookie situations and characters.
Beautifully developed characters and plot embrace the reader.
Amazing telling of Castro's takeover of Cuba. And the resulting migration of 14,000 Cuban children to the United States.
Difficult to read at times and yet very compelling. The main character has suffered horrendously while growing up. An amazing story of friendship, love, betrayal, violence. An amazing, gut wrencing story.
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