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Informative, Interesting, Brilliant
Some parts were OK . . .

This book drags through the first 1/3, and then picks up with the war years. I found it to be pedantic and just a chronicle of a family without any embellishments. Discussion points about this book were difficult.

Life After Life: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
 
Interesting, Confusing, Insightful
Mixed Reviews

Our book club was very split on this book. We got about 30 minutes worth of discussion out of it and then moved onto other topics!

Emma by Jane Austen
 
Slow, Difficult, Boring
A few liked it, most didn't

This is perhaps the most difficult Jane Austin book. It proved very difficult to discuss for our book club. Many people got bogged down in the rhetoric and didn't finish. The on-line questions were too "high school essay." Love Jane Austin but not a good choice for an adult club.

A Widow for One Year by John Irving
 
Dark, Gloomy, Dramatic
Thumbs down

This book was so difficult that is have us lots of discussion about how hard it was to read and frustrating it was.

The Rosie Project: A Novel by Graeme Simsion
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful
Fun book, but enough meat for good discussion.

100% of our members loved this book. It was a fun quick read but there was plenty to talk about. Most of us have been touched by Aspargers or autism or special needs in some way, so the book led to some interesting personal discussion.

 
Informative, Epic, Difficult
Described as a "Slog"

We all learned a lot about China, that's for sure. But this book was very hard to read because of all its details and names. Only two of us completed the book in a month.

Calling Me Home: A Novel by Julie Kibler
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Inspiring
Lots of Discussion

We read this book in the midst of turmoil with police shootings. It sparked much discussion and the provided questions were quite good. We found the writing a little awkward at times, but we all found that once you got past the first 150 pages it became a fast read.

 
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative

I found this book to be a fascinating if difficult story of the part of WWII we rarely study in school. Well written with only a few repetitive facts. When you are feeling sorry for yourself, think of these people in these horrid situations and their resilience.

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic

Sneezy the Snowman by Maureen Wright
 

 
Insightful, Informative, Dramatic

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