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Thread Of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
 
Informative, Adventurous, Insightful
A fictional account of Jews in German occupied Italy during WWII.

A fascinating and well-written novel that informed me a great deal about a time period and geographical location I didn't know much about.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
A love story with more complications than the average...

A thoughtful book about love, separation, family and chicago.

 
Informative, Gloomy, Scary
The subtitle pretty much sums it up

A good discussion book for the topic and the discussions it can spark about the criminal system and other issues.

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
A contemporary literary gothic novel.

Fun for fans of Phyllis Whitney and other gothic suspense authors. Recommend reading closely, as details are frequent and important to an appreciation of the story.

 
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
An informative look at life in contemporary Afghanistan

A beautifully written and highly readable account of love, betrayal, guilt and redemption.

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Inspiring
A compelling personal journey through the AZ territories of the early 19th Century.

Definitely a book to make one appreciate the conveniences of modern life!

 
Informative, Interesting, Dark
A nice blend of three story lines lends to an appreciation for the event and its impact on today.

Took a while to get into the writing style, but I was fascinated by the details of the fair's construction and the experiences of people from all walks of life in Chicago at the time.

 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
A compelling but also emotionally difficult work.

With its flawed protagonist and her many tragedies, SNOW FLOWER AND THE SECRET FAN will make a lasting impression on readers.

Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell
 
Interesting, Fun, Adventurous
A Shakespear scholar searches for a possible lost work.

A great combination of fast-paced thriller, old-fashioned puzzle mystery, and in depth Shakespearean facts makes this book a lively read and full of fascinating tidbits that make for a lively discussion.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
The recent history of Afghanistan and its impact on the lives of two women.

A good book for discussing values, cultural and gender differences, and the nature of families and love.

The Call of the Wild by Jack London
 
Dramatic, Adventurous, Insightful
A compelling classic with lots of discussion fodder, despite its length.

Especially recommended if available -- the annotated or Barry Moser illustrated editions.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Jeanette Walls and her siblings deal with her parents' lifestyle choices.

I am glad we read this book, and found it fascinating -- I think I read it in about 5 days, I kept reading beyond my "page goal" out of horrified fascination. While there's tons of discussion fodder in it, including Jeannette's triumph over her childhood circumstances, for me the most evocative scene was when she was at a friend's house and dismantling the chicken. I have noticed as I make friends as an adult that how thoroughly one cleans one's animal bones at a meal is usually a reflection of class / finances in one's youth.

 
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
A fascinating chronicle of an important ongoing adventure.

I recommend this book for discussion of its ideas, but not so much for its prose. I also recommend supplementing the regular edition with the Young Readers' edition, and LISTEN TO THE WIND, the picture book.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Brilliant
Life of Pi

A challenging read, but full of discussion fodder.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
Charlatan: America's Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam

Provides fascinating insights on a formative period of American history and discussion fodder for contemporary parallels in "miracle cures."

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Year of Wonders

Nicely written. It was a revelation to many of our group members that the town isolated itself not to keep the plague out, but rather to try to contain the disease.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

A big epic noir tale with an unusual setting and protagonists.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Interesting
The Girl Who Played With Fire

The second compelling installment in this series, in which much is (eventually) revealed about the forces that shaped Lisbeth's life.

Haunt Me Still by Jennifer Lee Carrell
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Informative, Adventurous
Haunt Me Still

Jennifer Lee Carrell sends her characters in pursuit of a rumored first version of Macbeth containing an actual magical ritual -- a version some people will do anything to have knowledge of.

When She Flew by Jennie Shortridge
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Adventurous, Inspiring
When She Flew

The core discussion question of what choice a reader would have made in the same position as the police officer character made for a lively discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Optimistic
A window into the deaf culture

While this book is slightly dated, and technology is rapidly causing changes (e.g. text messaging) in the opportunities for communication between the deaf and hearing worlds, it's a great story of family and interactions.

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