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Me Before You created a great group discussion. We started with the meaning of the title, talked about the author's intent, personalities of the main characters and what we would do in that setting. This is a book that you do not want to put down.
The moral issues presented in this story provided at least an hour of good discussion. The way in which the book begins is a bit coincidental and the group felt that there were gaps at the very end that should have been covered. A great read for a book group.
Tell the Wolves I\\\'m Home is appropriate for both adults and young adults. It covers a time in the late 80\\\'s when Aids was very much in the news and being gay was a badge of shame. Although this is central to the story, the issues and how they are faced by family members are more important. It isn\\\'t a perfect book but it does raise some very good discussion points that kept our group going and on task for longer than usual. We had a lot of questions so brainstorming for answers was really helpful.
Not sure the words above really describe this book. One of the best things about it was the dialogue between the main characters. I have to describe the dialogue as often humorous and witty but the subject matter is extremely serious.
Our discussion was held on the same day Anthony Doerr received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Everyone enjoyed this book, often for different reasons. A general feeling was that it bogged down a bit in the middle. So many questions and so many insightful reflections on interpretations of light and dark contrasts in the story. This is a great book for discussion.
Sometimes it is fun and informative to read a book written for young teens. As a young girl at the turn of the century, Calpernia Tate bonded with her grandfather and became much more interested in natural science than in domestic science. Having six brothers, her parents expected her to learn to cook, sew, knit, tat, etc. and she struggled with it all. A warm, wonderful story.
Would you have done what A J Fickery did? The themes and subplots are serious but never depressing. This is actually a fun read.
The novel is based on a historic event that occurred over a period if years in the early twentieth century. Children from New York City and other major east coast cities who were considered to be orphaned or abandoned were sent by train to the Midwest to be "adopted" by families. The story is told through the relationship between a troubled teenager in a foster care setting and an elderly woman who is trying to put her life in order. The foster care portrayal is somewhat stereotypical but aside from that, this is a very good telling of an event that was meant to be benevolent but did not always turn out as intended.
This novel is based on the role of the resistance in France, particularly the role played by women. Isabelle and her sister fight for France in different ways-Isabelle places herself in dangerous settings while Vianne quietly saves her own child and others. The writing is graphic at times but the horror of war needs to be remembered.
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