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The Saving Graces: A Novel by Patricia Gaffney
 
Pointless, Boring, Slow
Great story of a group of best friends

I love this book. It is the wonderful story of 4 very different women who come together and share their lives. They start out by saving a dog, Grace and end up really saving each other.

 
A young woman struggles with deafness and class structure in Victorian England.

If you like Jane Austen, you will LOVE this book. Veda Grenfell is a very uncommon young lady. She looses her mother and brother and then her hearing. She fights off the advances of an unscrupulous man and falls in love with a Lord. Engrossing and enchanting.

The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell
 
Interesting, Adventurous, Insightful
A very intelligent book, a minefield of potential discussion points.

This book was engrossing and yet disturbing. It potrays all that is wrong with man and all that is good. It will join the short list of books that I have read that will stay with me. It is very easy to read, but a serious book.

I can't wait to read the sequel.

A Version of the Truth by Jennifer Kaufman, Karen Mack
 
Great story, good discussion

Much like Eliza Doolittle in Pygmalion, Cassie has an unhappy past and is relegated to a life beneath her, but her spirit is uplifted in the outdoors. The eerie, ghostlike call of presumed extinct birds in a secret clearing, the sound of wind in the trees, the harmony of a world without people, all give Cassie a sense of calm. But everywhere else, life is tough. Her mother believes in Big Foot. Her wisecracking but beloved African Grey parrot is a drama queen. And at age thirty, a widow without a college degree, Cassie desperately needs to earn a living, which is why, against all her principles, she lies on her resume for an office job at an elite university, making up facts about herself, creating the person she wants to be.

Her new boss is the magnetic Professor William Conner, an expert in animal behavior who recognizes the intelligence behind Cassie’s bogus resume. Soon, under his charismatic tutelage, Cassie carefully begins her personal transformation, all the while still visiting her secret clearing and her strange, iconic birds. But her future is teetering on one unbearable truth, and Cassie’s masquerade is about to come undone--in a chain of events that will transform her life and the lives of those around her--forever.

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