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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
One of few that ALL members enjoyed!

 
There are better.

The book had some good information on the life of Laura Ingalls and family, but it seemed to be written trying to imitate Laura's writing style.

There are other biographies that are more recent and better, but this wasn't too bad.

 
Wonderful, diverse careers of Jack Valenti

 
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
All of our members loved this book!

It is always interesting to get another perspective on a region that most people are not familiar with; the media seems to report with a horrible slant nowadays.
This book brings home to us that it isn't "dictators" or horrible governments we are fighting but people. And knowing that some of these people whom we are reading about are directly affected by bullets and bombs gives us the insight needed to understand what is truly going on in other parts of the world.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Frank Lloyd Wright and his mistress Mamah Cheney deserved each other.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Insightful
The Friday Night Knitting Club

Enjoyed by all in the club.

Zelda: A Biography by Nancy Milford
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Epic
Zelda: A Biography

We read this book along with "The Great Gatsby". It was the first time we had attempted reading two complimentary books. We all felt that reading Zelda's biography truly enhanced our reading of "The Great Gatsby".
It was well-written with a lot of information that shed some light on writing of F. Scott Fitzgerald. We are anxious to try this again with another set of books.

Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Adventurous
Interred With Their Bones

The whole group enjoyed this book. It covers a lost Shakespeare play and also the issue of the author of the plays. A few of our members had never heard of the controversy over the authorship so they especially enjoyed that part of the discussion.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
The Hunger Games

This is a wonderfully written book. The subject and action are a little difficult for some to handle, but all in our clubs--we combined our adult and teen book clubs to read this one--enjoyed it. Most of us, however, did not appreciate the ending which just left it hanging for the next book in the series. It just made most of us feel cheated.

The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seierstad
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Difficult, Dramatic
The Bookseller of Kabul

I had a hard time getting through this book. It is apalling that in the 21st century there are still culturs that can abuse and mistreat women and children and expect them to just take it.
It did make for a wonderful discussion, though

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