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Name : Mary Beth L.
Gender : Female
Occupation : physician

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Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Inspiring

Jennifer Worth was able to give very insightful descriptions of life in the east end of London in the 1950s. Through her various stories she was able to convey her own reactions to the events unfolding around her. As she came to understand and love the people she interacted with, so do we as readers. The obstetrical cases are amazing as well.

Insightful, Brilliant, Dramatic
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant?

This graphic novel relates the author's experience dealing with her aging parents. The writer did not have a good relationship with her parents for many years and she felt that they were a burden to her when they required her assistance as their health failed.. The illustrations conveyed frustration and perhaps some guilt but certainly not love and tenderness for her parents.

Euphoria by Lily King
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Adventurous

Fictional account loosely based on the Life of Margaret Meade. The love triangle was a creative way to introduce the genius of Margaret Meade and her life and times. Although the novel was thin and superficial, it piques one's curiosity to learn more about the real woman.

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
All The Light We Cannot See

This definitely a book worth reading! It is basically the story of a blind girl (Marie Laure) from Paris who becomes a member of the french resistance in San Malo and a poor German orphan boy (Werner Pfenning) who has a gift for radios, electronics and engineering and uses his skills to help the Nazis. The story is written in a back and forth narrative that keeps the reader entranced. Radio transmissions are the interweaving threads of their stories. Marie although physically blind can see and understand what is going on around her but Werner is blind to the evil and destruction that surround his work .The novel has many themes about morality and survival.

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Poorly Written, Confusing

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Confusing, Fantastic
Kitchens of the Great Midwest

This is the life story of a woman who develops a great palate and a wonderful talent for cooking great meals. Every chapter is written from the perspective of a different important person in her life, and as a reader we gradually get to know about the main character. You will want to try some of the recipes by the time you finish reading.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Inspiring
Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

This is a fictional story of Lillian (based loosely on a real life advertiser for Macy's named Margaret Fishback) who was born at the turn of the century and is now 85 years old. She has lived through prohibition, the depression, two world wars and the introduction of the telephone, cars and TV. As we walk with her through New York City on New Years Eve, we learn about her life as well as all the changes that have occurred during her lifetime. I found it to be a very enjoyable and unique way to tell a story.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Poorly Written
The Curse of Beauty

The Curse of Beauty chronicles the life of Audry Munson, the model who posed for sculptors during the Guilded Age of America. Her image can be found on many buildings and historical monuments in New York and throughout the country. She also appeared apparently in several silent films. However her career was short for many reasons. Unfortunately she was committed to an insane asylum at age 40 and remained there sadly until her death at age 104.

The story was very powerful and provided a lot of information about someone unknown in our time. The presentation left a lot to be desired. The author narrated the story as he would a newspaper article or term paper with a multitude of dates, names and facts. The subject matter could have better presented as a work of historical fiction in which the story was told through the eyes of Audrey or her mother.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
Little Fires Everywhere

This book was thought provoking. The author touched on topics of motherhood, suburban living, and family dynamics. Most of the characters were multifaceted. Everyone had both "good" and" bad" aspects of their personality-- they were real people!.

The Stationery Shop by Kamali Marjan
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Dramatic, Insightful

Dramatic, Insightful, Brilliant

I did not like this book as much as I enjoyed the other
Fredrik Backman books. The characters were not as quirky. Its sad that sports are so important to some people.

Mrs. Everything: A Novel by Jennifer Weiner
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Gloomy

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Beautiful, Addictive
The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue

An interesting blend of historical fiction and fantasy. Addie sells her soul to the devil. She has immortality but is always forgotten. Memory of her survives only through art. Very thought provoking.

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