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Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
Medieval community builds a cathedral - who would ever think it would be so scintillating?

Although extremely long, POTE gives any book club a LOT to talk about. Some interesting themes in the book are the strong women characters, the not-so-strong male characters, the role of nature, and whether every dastardly scheming character gets what he or she deserved. If your book club is willing to read the 900+ pages you should find it well worth the time.

What the Dead Know by Laura Lippman
 
Confusing, Interesting, Unconvincing
Interesting read for discussion

Our book club had a very good discussion with this book. We used discussion questions from the HarperCollins website which helped to keep the discussion flowing. There was definitely ample material for discussing.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Informative
The Other Boleyn Girl

We had some good discussion around the role of women in sixteenth century England and about historical fiction in general. Everyone liked the book!

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
One of our best discussions

We had a fantastic discussion with Charlatan. The book itself provides a tremendous amount of fodder for talk but we were also able to correlate the events to many events that happen today. It was definitely one of our best book discussions in two years.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Our best discussion in two years!

Even though half of our club disliked the book, it was our best discussion in two years. We talked about everything from the parallels to today's reality shows, Roman gladiators, and YA fiction vs. adult fiction to if the book was supposed to be a warning or not. Highly recommended to both YA and adult book clubs!

The Shack by William P. Young
 
Insightful, Inspiring, Life Changing
Decent discussion but poor book

We were excited to read The Shack because we had heard such excellent things about it. Our discussion wasn't bad, but mostly centered around our confusion on what exactly about the book drew such rabid followers since none of us saw it. Only about half of club could even finish the book because they were either bored or just fed up with the writing.

 
Interesting, Poorly Written, Difficult
Interesting story not written well

Although the subject was very interesting, the general consensus of our club was that the book was not well written and was often repetitive. The author seems to have gotten very personally involved and the club felt that resulted in a loss of subjectivity. The author is a former investigative reporter and many club members thought that also resulted in a less than well written book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Optimistic
One of our best discussions

Although the book is a little dated (published in 1986) it is an exceptionally well-written and very insightful book. A LOSS FOR WORDS gives a very interesting look into deaf culture. Our discussion was greatly enhanced by a deaf member of our club who was able to explain some of the parts that we wanted to understand more about, but we would recommend to all clubs.

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