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The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Brilliant
The Night Circus

Reading this is an experience in itself as you are never sure you are seeing the whole picture, the characters develop, then fade into gray. But the imagery is vivid and very colorful, especially the circus itself, which I could smell, taste and feel. Kept me reading to the final resolution, which was just okay. Interesting, different book.

Book Club Recommended
Sea of Tranquility

Really great story with well developed characters.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
Kite Runner

One of the greats.

Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting

Wow. Just finished this amazing book. The story is compelling, the writing is superb. The characters are so well developed, you know them ,but so human, they still surprise you. I don\\\\\\\'t know where Donna Tartt got her inspiration but she is spot on. I know these kinds of people, and this is the way they think and relate to the world. I can\\\\\\\'t wait to discuss this book, it has so many layers.
I would give it 6 stars if I could.

Insightful, Interesting, Informative
the reluctant fundamentalist

Didn\'t really hit for me. The narration should keep you interested to the end though. The conversation format was somewhat interesting.

I guess I didn\'t like the main character but I do wonder how representative he is of others


I am upgrading my review after my book club meeting...good discussion,

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Insightful

Author needs to reconcile some ligic inconsistencies in his them but really makes you think. Group had very good discussion

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Insightful take on the REAL prejudice of modern America

This book evokes a good deal of emotion for anyone who grew up in a lower socio-economic class than they currently live in. This also turns out to be the main argument of the book...that Americans are divided on class lines first and then other racial/ethnic differences. The characters were vivid and I laughed out loud at some of their nuances,even while recognizing similar people from own childhood.
One complaint, I don't like the conclusion...spoiler seems the author suggests that self determination is the anecdote to the malady of poverty, while acknowledging that he would have been lost to the system if not for some key players in his own life. Paradoxical I think. Still, I think it will make for a great discussion!

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