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Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Informative
The Secret Daughter of the Tsar

Although it is an alternative history, the book gives a great deal of insight into the Romanov family. It is a fun and informative read and was thoroughly enjoyed by the members of our club.

Southern Vapors by Lynn Garson
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting read

Most members found the book not to their taste, although they did find it informative about the state of mental health care in this country.

When Crickets Cry by Charles Martin
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
When Crickets Cry

All of the members of the club liked the book (which is a first). They liked the fact that they could recognize places in the book (we are in GA). Felt the story was somewhat predictable, but with a surprising twist.

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Brilliant, Epic
Pride and Prejudice

Most members found the language daunting, but the story itself was very interesting. We discussed the limitations of women during this time period, and in our lifetimes.

 
Book Club Recommended
Pride and Prejudice and Cheese Grits

Cute story with parallels to Austen's Pride and Prejudice. Fun read.

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

Eye-opening book about the beginnings of the women's rights movement, as well as the story of two Southern women who were leaders in the abolitionist movement.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Philomena

The title is misleading. The book focuses more on Michael's story than on Philomena. The story is a depressing look at the Irish Catholic churches mistreatment of unwed mothers and their children. It is also a dark look at the pain and misunderstanding of gays during the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. The book purports to be non-fiction, but it is written without notes and reads like a soap opera.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Wives of Los Alamos

Reaction to the book was very positive. The use of the plural "we" as opposed to "I" made most of us feel like we were part of the action. Stimulated much discussion.

 
Dramatic, Confusing, Slow
The Woman in White

Almost no one in the book club could finish this book. The language is overwrought, overly descriptive, just plain overdone. Most members believed there was a good mystery in there, but just too difficult to see it through the verbiage.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Still Alice

All of the members of the book club loved the book. The information provided about Alzheimer\\\'s, seeing the effects of this disease from the patient\\\'s point of view -- both of these made the book very scary, but very interesting. Our discussion was wide-ranging and even talked about the possibility of suicide if diagnosed with this disease. Great book!

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
The Husband's Secret

Soap opera-like; our club only liked it slightly more than our last book which was terrible. There were no ethics or morals in this book; people took the expedient way out in every case, rather than face up to the crimes they had committed. Do Not Recommend.

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

Still Life by Louise Penny
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Addictive, Fun
Still Life

The club definitely enjoyed the book and we had a lively discussion about it. We enjoyed the large number of characters with all of their quirks. Definitely recommend this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Adventurous
The Woman in Cabin 10

Our group read the book; most said it was not something they would have picked to read themselves. It was a thriller, but we did not feel that the author tied up the loose ends at the end of the book. We did not think that we would read another book by this author.

 
Confusing, Informative, Fun
First Women: The Grace and Power of America's Modern First Ladies

Book was informative, but the layout was confusing. We felt that one chapter on each of the First Ladies would have been easier to understand. Too much repetition. Also some bias toward certain First Ladies and against others. An informative book should be objective.

Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Addictive
Good read

Our club thought the book was good, but felt that we might not want to recommend it to others. It was suspenseful, but the constant going back to another person's life made it seem like an episode of Lost or flashbacks on a TV show. Some found that distracting.

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