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Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
A Glimpse into a Hidden History

The Armenian genocide is the background to this story of love, charity, and incredible cruelty. The time line goes back and forth between the fictional modern day narrator and her ancestors' love story in Turkey during the first world war: one a Boston daughter of privilege and the other an Armenian who has lost his family to the horrors of a genocide that is much less well known than the Jewish Holocaust. The story is well told although some plot points are contrived. Do not be deceived by the light- hearted title; graphic scenes of torture remind us that civilization is but a thin veneer over ancient tribal warfare.

The Bracelet by Dorothy Love
 
Pointless, Poorly Written, Adventurous
Waste of time and paper

The cover is a rip off of the much better book \\\"Girl with a Pearl Earring\\\". The dialogue is a caricature of both southern speech of the era (fiddlesticks) and the Irish brogue of the housekeeper. There are so many anachronisms that I wonder about the author\\\'s claims of extensive research. For example, the term \\\" field trip\\\" when referring to an educational outing was not even used until 1926. And the dialogue about slavery just doesn\\\'t ring true. The bracelet in the title plays only a minor role in the weak plot. Most disappointing, although the story is set in Savannah, this unique and beautiful southern city is not really a key element of the story. Not my cup of bergamot tea.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Life Changing

 
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
Loveable curmudgeon

Grumpy book store owner finds new meaning in life after he takes in an abandoned orphan. Interesting juxtaposition of one page "book notes" for his daughter mixed in with the narrative. This book is a quick read but won't really provide much to discuss. Everyone in our book group liked the story but the discussion quickly went off on tangents.

 
Slow, Interesting, Insightful

 
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic

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

 
Informative, Interesting, Slow

 
Interesting, Insightful, Informative

 
Dark, Slow, Interesting

The Pleasing Hour by Lily King
 
Dramatic, Adventurous

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

 
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

Someone: A Novel by Alice McDermott
 
Insightful, Beautiful, Inspiring

 
Fantastic, Brilliant, Addictive

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