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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
The Book Thief

Some of our members truly did not like the book. One of the objections was the brief "outline" before each chapter. "Annoying".
Others found the story about the German families and their feelings about Hitler a different and interesting approach.
Most of us felt compelled to keep reading.

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
To Kill A Mockingbird

This is a story primarily about racism in the south told from the perspective of a little girl. Deeper layers address family, parenting, coming of age, and the discrepancy between unquestioning belief and actual truth.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
Beautifully Written

All of our club members agreed this book is beautifully written and wonderfully descriptive. The book held our interest - just wanted to keep reading until the end. A few were disappointed in the ending.

 
Poorly Written, Pointless
Fluff

This was a light read - very light. Full of cliches and immature characters.Not worthy of a book club discussion.

 
Informative, Insightful, Interesting

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Unanimous

Every member thought this book was riveting. It is also an important book which looks at slavery from several viewpoints. Character development was excellent.

A Long Time Gone by Karen White
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Complex

All of our book club members thought this was a good book. Some felt it was very well written. Some found it hard to follow the timelines and characters. Many felt it began very darkly but found it was more positive as the book concluded.

These is My Words by Nancy Turner
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Inspiring
All Members Loved This Book

For the first time in 18 months all 7 of our book club members agreed that we loved this book. The theme of a young, uneducated pioneer woman who loves life and learning and is competent and brave is one we usually find interesting. The romance is every woman's dream.

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
SURPRISING

Everyone in our book club was enthralled with this portrait of Charles Lindbergh and his wife. And surprised at what kind of man he was. Unexpected.
Anne Lindbergh was a complicated woman who was a product of her time and yet transcended it.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
Well Written

All of our members loved the book and actually rated it 4.5 out of 5. We thought the writing was beautiful and the characters were well developed. It also has a positive theme amidst tragedy.

The Edge of Lost by Kristina Mcmorris
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Just Okay

Our book club met and of 8 people one did not like it at all, and the other 7 thought it was just okay. The consensus was that the ending was unnecessarily contrived and unbelievable, Also, there were several themes related to characters that were brought up but not explored. Quality of writing was barely average.

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