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The Hundred-Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Beautiful
The Hundred Foot Journey

We found the book full of information about the Indian life styles and foods. In addition we talked about the qualities that are innate in a 'chef' as opposed to a cook. There's are not only aspirations to owning a restaurant and a good menu but a solid business sense as well. We are looking forward to seeing the movie.

A Paris Apartment by Michelle Gable
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Addictive
A Paris Apartment

We loved this book. It had a story with facets that included everyone. A picture into a long lost lifestyle and culture, an individual look at persons of the times. Of course I can't forget a love story and best of all the basis of the book, a 70 year old apartment filled with valuable antiques and arts.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Dressmaker

Everyone was mostly interested in learning things about the Titanic that they did not know. The club overall thought the book was interesting and insightful. Personally I thought it was a little slow and focused too much on possible love interests than in the history.

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

A really good book, especially if you are interested in facets of WWII and the rise of Hitler and his affects on the German population. The story of a little girl who didn't understand and wanted to learn more. A story of courage.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt

Fun, inspiring and what good people can accomplish. We loved the book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
The Pearl That Broke Its Shell

One of the best books I have ever read. I love reading about different cultures and our involvement with the middle east right now and their customs is something we should be aware of. I recommended this book for our next meeting and so the group will be reading it for September.

 
Adventurous, Unconvincing, Fun
City of Darkness and Light

Easy read. Not challenging.

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

Read this book when it first came out several years ago and re-read for our club. It is outstanding. To read books from the WWII era is depressing, informative and a view of a terrible time period. This should never be allowed to happen again.

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

Our book club decided first off that there was no way you could dislike this book.It was a mystery, a romance. had jealousy and involved so many different people. With all of those considerations, everything worked out in the end. Perhaps strangely but it did. We thought the main character was the minister and how he came to be the man he was. You had to respect and want to be like him.the end came as a great surprise, hence one of the mysteries. WE felt it was a well written book but not a 5 star

An Untamed State by Roxane Gay
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Insightful
An Untamed State

We did a different kind of review for the book. I selected the book and when I did I was unaware of the depth of the story. I knew some of our members would not appreciate the harder parts of the story and some found it difficult to read and some skipped the uglier parts. However everyone appreciated the story line, history behind the story and the ultimate outcome. We discussed the politics of Haiti which was the reason for the story and we discussed the author, who herself had been gang raped at 12 years. Her parents are Haitian and migrated to the states when they were 19. They told stories of the country which Roxane Gay then developed into the Untamed State also drawing off of her own life. I would recommend it a million times over. Basically the book is about politics, economy, family and about a "woman's recovery and the fallout from the trauma she suffers".

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
The Girl on the Train

Our club enjoyed the book, felt sorry for the protagonist and surprised at the ending. We agreed that the book held our interest and told a good story about people, how they think and act.

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