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Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Light Between Oceans

This was a sad book for me but enjoyable none the less. It deals with a difficult situation and you cannot imagine how it can end well. Character development was excellent.

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
 
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Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Left Neglected

This was an interesting book about a neurological condition that I had never heard of. It shows the dramatic changes that occur in a Type A career woman's life after a car accident leaves her disabled. It also explores a very difficult mother-daughter relationship. I love the author's writing style.

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
 
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Informative, Insightful, Inspiring
Wonderful historical fiction

This book is heartbreaking as it deals with the difficult subject of slavery in the 1800's in South Carolina. It tells a story based on the Grimke sisters from Charleston who were high society ladies turned abolitionists and early feminists. I loved the story line about one of the slaves, Handful, and her mom, Charlotte and their desire to be free.

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

I enjoyed this book and the way the author interwove the different story lines. I liked her character development.

 
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Insightful, Brilliant, Inspiring
A touching autobiography

I really enjoyed reading this book. From her hard scrabble upbringing in Arkansas to living in a car junkyard in California for a month at age 16, Maya had many struggles to overcome. The most outstanding was being Black at that time in America. Her writing is beautiful.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
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Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
A book about forgiveness and love

This book was beautifully written about a foster child who ages out of the system at 18 and is left to fend for herself. She was abandoned at birth and cannot accept that she is worthy of receiving or giving love. She ruins every relationship she starts. Her story is captivating. I hated for the book to end.

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

This book was really good and I couldn't put it down. I liked the way it was told from the two perspectives of Belle and Lavinia, one a bi-racial slave and the other an indentured servant of Irish descent. There were some very sad parts but there was also hope that things would get better. I will read more by this author.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
 
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Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
Ordinary Grace

This was a wonderful book. I love the way the author develops the characters and settings. You feel as though you're there. There are several sad events that occur but there is grace in the way they are handled. The relationships between brothers, spouses and friends are fully explored.

 
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Informative, Interesting, Insightful
He could have used a good editor

I enjoyed the book though some parts read like a text book. The best parts were about relationships, starting the clothing business and the many adventures he had. The worst parts were tedious details about climbing equipment. I loved his global vision.

 
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Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Loved this book!

This is the best book I have read in years. It is an easy read; thought-provoking and deep. I loved reading from Enzo's point of view. The ending was awesome!

 
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Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
Crew team's trek to the '36 Olympics

Our club enjoyed reading this very informative true story of the USA's 8 man crew team and their journey to the 1936 Olympics. We learned a lot about rowing, the Univ. of Washington team and their coaches, and Hitler"s Berlin. The writing was excellent!

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