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The Last Enchantments by Charles Finch
 
Pointless, Boring, Unconvincing
Too Much 20 Something Angst

The descriptions of Oxford are beautiful. But in the end it's hard to care too much for Will and if it is a coming of age novel you would think he would learn something by the end.

Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson, Veronica Chambers
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
A Look at a Culinary Career

Marcus Samuelsson shares his story of becoming a chef. This is a global trip from Ethiopia to Sweden to New York with many other stops. I think he is honest in showing his wins and his losses. His perspectives on race in the food industry are unique.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
A Character Driven Thriller

What happens to spies that make mistakes? If the mistake doesn't make headlines then maybe they are demoted and sent to a hidden corner of the MI5 to do as little damage as possible. This book opens up that place and shows you the people trying to make a difference, still.

The Magus by John Fowles
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Confusing, Adventurous
What is Real?

The descriptions are beautiful but what is going on? That is the discussion. The looming question is why. Why are these people doing this? Nothing is answered in the book but left up to each reader.

The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant
 
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
A light historical read

While I had high hopes for this this story is a light, easy read. I think she tried to pack too much into the life of Addie. If the author had selected one or two dramatic events in Addie's life and really added depth it would have made a better read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
A look at the deep south

This is a book of short stories which is not my favorite genre. Eudora Welty is a fine writer and each story is grounded in place and time. The characters are down-to-earth and true. You may find the language not acceptable to the current time but she wrote what was around her. I especially liked the small town feel of "The Petrified Man".

Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Inspiring

Beautiful descriptions of trees and plants. You see her passion and wonder in studying plants. The taste of academic life shows the drudgery and uncertainty of researching.

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