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Fun, Interesting, Insightful
Should We Read The Rosie Project?

The Rosie Project gives a lot of insight into Asperger's Syndrome as it is told from the perspective of a highly functioning "aspie.". The story is often very funny and is engaging and easy to read. Every member of our book club enjoyed the book, and it did lead to a dynamic discussion .

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
 
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Informative, Insightful, Inspiring
The Invention of Wings

This is a richly detailed and textured historical novel that gives a vivid picture of the culture and way of life for all people living in South Carolina in the 1830's. Two of the four main characters were actual women , Sarah and Angelina Grimke, both famous and infamous at the time for being the first women abolitionists, and the first women to speak on women's rights. Shockingly, I had never heard of the Grimke sisters, nor had anyone else in our book group. The other two lead characters , a mother and daughter who were slaves in the Grimke sisters' home, were imagined characters who felt entirely real. This book is very informative from an historical perspective, but is, additionally, interesting and insightful due to the fully developed characters and their relationships. The book is beautifully written, and is written in a unique manner of alternating voices each chapter- going back and forth between Sarah Grimke and Handful, her personal slave.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Beautiful, Brilliant
Awaiting Her Execution

This moving story of Agnes Mangusdottir, the last person to be executed in Iceland, takes place in 1830. The story, beautifully written, is based on a true story and has been written as factually as possible. The author refers to it as a "speculative biography " in one of her promotional interviews. The story is of the one year time period from sentencing to execution and is extraordinarily sad. The story leading to her conviction is told in flashbacks. The strength of the book is the author's ability to evoke the setting , the history and the culture, so that the reader visualizes the environment and characters.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Adventurous, Interesting
You Will Want to Tour France by Way of the Rivers and Canals

The strength of this book is in the author's ability to describe - the geography , the night sky, the food, the scents, the colors - so that the reader sees and feels and experiences them. The concept of the Literary Apothecary is wonderful, and the characters are enjoyable. What I did not love is the extreme emotionalism/ romanticism of the characters, and how they responded to their heartbreaks and losses. I felt manipulated by some of the plot lines, and it kept me from connecting with the characters. I liked this book a lot and it is definitely worth reading, but I wanted to love it and was disappointed that I did not.

 
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Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic

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