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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
The Book Thief

One of our club members said she thought it was the best book we had read. Very well developed, unusually written and so enjoyable! Look forward to the movie. So much symbolism.

Dreamland Social Club by Tara Altebrando
 
More of a book for adolescents

Focus was on the revitalization of Coney Island and the various personalities incorporated in such. Some members felt the characters had not been developed.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Insightful
Can she ever go home?

They called her the Mother Theresa of Pakistan! Many thought middle school girls should read this, but a couple found it difficult to read due to the subject matter.

Live it Again by Geoff North
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Insightful
Have you ever wanted a do over?

Many of us could relate to the time period and personalities described by the author. There were many chances for reflection and introspection. The book also reinforced the fact that we cannot always control the destiny of others and that things are not always as they seem.

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Beautiful, Slow
A collection of stories

Some of our group wanted to visit this place! Enjoyed watching the evolvement of healing in the characters. Noting that relationships are very important. Hoping for a sequel.

 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Interesting, Adventurous
Mambo in Chinatown

Tried to do the author chat, but had some technical difficulty. Never got sound only text-making communication difficult. This book was full of surprises, culturally, professionally and for some the ending. Some in our group are big dance followers and loved that aspect, while others enjoyed learning the cultural responses. We are all strong women and relished seeing the various women develop throughout the book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Informative
King Peggy

Our Group found this book very inspiring even trying to eat at an ethnic eatery for lunch discussion! King Peggy demonstrated determination, perseverance, patience and skills that few have especially across thousands of miles. Some did have difficulty with the many references to "spirits",but realized it was a cultural belief.

Hamster Island by Joan Heartwell
 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Dark, Gloomy
Hamster Island

This book raised so many questions of a social concern with our group. The hardest thing to deal with was the filth described. Everyone felt the writing was very good and the book was compared on more than one occasion to The Glass House by Walls.

Paris: A Love Story by Kati Marton
 
Book Club Recommended
Ah Parie...

It was hard to relate to someone of our generation who had such a hard time balancing things, yet enjoyed so much of the finer things. Her priorities seemed off and for being a journalist many expected more.

The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
Not what you'd expect

A lot of discussion on this book, even to the point of outside exploration! It is surprising how many secrets can be kept and many wondered if that would remain so today. Great book with nice tie-ins to previous reads.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Boys in the Boat

Awesome book! You felt like you were right there. The descriptives were amazing and the character building made you feel like they were right next to you. Even if you knew nothing about about rowing, this book will reel you in!

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Dramatic
Tell the Wolves I'm Home

We finally determined this book was all about families and their secrets. We also have a couple of artists in our group who could really relate to the NEGATIVE space references! This book took us down many roads of discussion...parenting, love, AIDS, family systems, etc.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Dramatic
Big Little Lies

This was a book all about secrets. It covered many issues. The author nailed the descriptions of the school moms. There a lot of characters and keeping a list of who is who is helpful.

Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Life Changing
A True Spiritual

The group felt the beginning was a bit slow and confusing as to who is speaking. Once in, the book carries itself. Some bawled like babies, others were cheering characters on!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
A Whole Life

One must pay attention to the hidden meanings of things. You get to the end sooo quickly.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Dramatic
The Girl You Left Behind

Was shocked that it ended when it did. Some wanted a clearer picture. This was a quick read...don\\\'t read too early or you will be confused come club time! If you liked The Woman in Gold, you will like this!

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

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Informative
An interesting fact to learn about women's history

Several members sad this book had some really sad effects on them. The Whip starts out a bit slow and you know that there is more to come. It pays to hang in there. Naïveté and street smarts are evident even in the same person!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Informative
The Pangs of Princesshood

This was a most enjoyable history lesson, travelogue, romance and etiquette lesson! Several of us want a sequel.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
Communicating beyond words!

This truly was many stories or adventures all wrapped up in one neat little package. I wish I had known about this language when I got married. What a service that could be!

The Art Forger: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

Hartsburg, USA: A Novel by David Mizner
 
Gloomy, Boring, Slow
Election year

Initially it was thought this book would be apropos given our elections this year and all the campaigning, but it only added to the sickening feeling of enough already! Most club members did not even finish the book; some jumped ahead to the end. I was personally insulted by the language used and I can cuss like the next one, but some words are off the list. If this is what is involved behind the scenes, we do need to start over beginning with the process and not just with who we elect. That is often a decision of who is the lesser evil.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Inspiring

The Wedding Dress by Rachel Hauck
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Slow
Bring us closer

This book enabled many of us to go back in time and share our experiences our memories of weddings I our past clear back to our grandparents.

 
Adventurous, Fun, Beautiful

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting

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

If u like historic fiction, this is for you. Almost too detailed. The dressmaker's loyalty quality is almost too good to be true. Provides new perspectives on the assassination of President Lincoln. Had read some of the other clubs' reviews and we had more + things to say than previously written.

 
Unconvincing, Difficult

Our first thought was 'why', but after continued reading it was revealed that she was most passionate about life and how things work. She was very lucky to have the support group she had.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

It was a book that "challenged" me and I need that from time to time.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Fun
Things aren't always as they seem

Several clubbies wanted this book to continue to tie up some loose ends. They gave it 4.5 stars and think it would do well as a movie. We learned that the host chose this book because of its cover, but we are glad she did. It was a most interesting read!

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic

The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton
 
Inspiring, Interesting, Fun

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
 
Fun, Addictive, Dramatic

A Week in Winter by Maeve Binchy
 
Inspiring, Beautiful, Slow

 
Insightful, Interesting, Optimistic

 
Adventurous, Informative, Interesting

We had some good discussion around this book as it has several themes. This is a first in a series of 3 and most were already plotting who was going to pick the next one to read as their choice.
We wondered if there was going to be a romantic twist in the next book; If the younger sister was going to join the circus or will there be a move??

 
Adventurous, Insightful, Beautiful

Enjoyed the metaphors. The confusion part came with the story’s back and forth in time tendencies. Our club’s rating was a 4.5. One person came in not liking it but her CD was damaged and was not able to know how the bk ended. After she learned what she missed she gave it a 5!

SNOW by Mike Bond
 
Graphic, Gloomy, Beautiful

For an author of this caliber this was a primary story line. It took a long time to tell such a short story. Very sad.

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