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Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

None of our members were aware of the existence of HeLa cells and therefore we learned quite a lot about the science involved in their development and use. But we were particularly interested in the plight of the Lacks family and the moral implications in how they were obtained. We had quite a lengthy discussion on whether explicit permission needs to be obtained for doctors to make such use of something from your body.

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Mrs. Lincoln\'s Dressmaker

The book was interesting and gave me information I didn\\\\\\\'t know before. But it was rather slow moving and, not being a history buff, I didn\\\\\\\'t need all the information about the war, generals, battles, etc.

Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting
The Goldfinch

Our group was very divided on this book. But this makes it an excellent book for discussion. A book that everyone agrees on is often not very interesting to discuss.
I personally really enjoyed it. (I expected it to take me a long while to complete it, but finished in less than a week.) The plot moved along quickly, and I never suspected the final outcome of the painting. It was interesting to see how long it took Theo to overcome the tragedy that befell his as a child.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative

I found this book very difficult to complete. I had to force myself to pick it up and continue reading. First, I am not fond of reading about history. And this book was so relentlessly depressing and dark, it was very hard to read. That said, I also have to say that it was very informative as I didn\'t know a lot about WWII in the Pacific. There was also a lot to talk about, so it made a good discussion book. However, unless you are a big fan of history reading, I wouldn\'t recommend this.

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

I loved this book. For anyone who is familiar with Krueger\\\'s Cork O\\\'Connor mysteries, you will find this to be quite a departure from those works, but just as compelling and well written. Although the premise of five deaths occurring in the course of one summer may seem dark and depressing, I didn\\\'t find it so at all. I came away with a wonderful sense of optimism and faith. I would highly recommend this book to any group.

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

Perhaps we\\\'ve read too many books on the slavery period, but I found this one kind of hard going. It got more interesting at the end when I realized it was based on real people in history. Wish I had been aware of that all along.

Book Club Recommended
New detective series

This is the first of a new series of detective novels featuring Spencer Manning, a Chicago P.I. I read all three of Polad's books (he just recently released a fourth) before our meeting, as the author was a guest speaker there. I really liked this series. They were interesting, quick to read, and not too easy to solve before the end. I have already purchased the fourth book, The Missing Boy, and am planning to read it soon.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful
A Man Called Ove

We all really enjoyed this book. It took a chapter or two to get used to the authors writing style, but it was well worth taking the time. The best word I can think of to describe the book is quirky. But by the end of the book, you grow to love Ove, both as a character and a man. A few members actually admitted to shedding a few tears by the end. A book definitely worth one's time.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
What the Lady Wants

Our club found this especially interesting as we are located in the Chicago suburbs, and all of us shopped at Marshall Fields for many years. (Yes, we are that old.) Most of us really didn't know much about Field's personal story. We were glad, though, that the author made a point of saying which portions of the book were totally fiction.

Miller's Valley: A Novel by Anna Quindlen
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Beautiful
All about family

I love Anna Quindlen's work, and Miller's Valley was no exception. A wonderful book about family, loving and belonging. It also has a wonderful sense of time and place. I found myself back in the late sixties and early seventies, and relived some of my past along with Mimi.

The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Prepare to wait

Most of our group liked the book pretty well. The story was interesting and we learned a lot about what life was like for women in the late 19th century. But most thought it was at least several hundred pages too long. And yet, she wasn't able to finish her story in all that time. At least half the story threads were left unfinished, waiting for a sequel which is also unfinished. She hopes it may be out in 2019! We would not have picked this book had we known that.

The Silent Sister: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Addictive
Mixed reactions

Our club members were very divided on this book. Some really liked it, others not so much. It was an interesting read, but some members had trouble getting into it. I enjoyed reading it, but it seemed to follow a formula. It was relatively easy to see where it was leading, and none of the revelations at the end really came as a surprise. We really couldn't figure out why everyone didn't just one up to the facts right at the beginning. Except, of course, then there would have been no story.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
Feel better

I was expecting this to be slow and difficult, but was pleasantly surprised. It held my interest and moved along quickly. I suppose its message of hope and optimism may be considered trite; but with so much bad news around these days, it was refreshing to experience the positive feelings this story left me with. A quick and enjoyable read.

The Hamilton Affair: A Novel by Elizabeth Cobbs
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
For history buffs

I must admit, other members of our club liked this book more than I did. I was never really interested in history, and found the details of the Revolutionary War battles boring and tedious. The personal stories of Hamilton and his wife were better and more interesting. If you are "into" history, you'll probably enjoy this more than I did, but I found it was slow going.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
Slow, Dramatic, Insightful

The plot of the book wsn't bad, but it went on for too long. She easily could have cut 100 or more pages out and not lost anything. Our club was pretty unanimous on our opinion of it.

The Secret Wife by Gill Paul
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Adventurous

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