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Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Adventurous, Optimistic
Wild

I loved the book. It is very readable. The book starts with a background of the author's recent past, then takes us to the beginning her journey on the Pacific Crest Trail. During the hike, there are gentle flashbacks mirroring the author's past, her childhood, mother, siblings and marriage. The reader gains insight into the author's decision to hike the Pacific Crest Trail and her search to find herself again. A good read, well paced, with beautiful descriptions of the Pacific Crest Trail and very witty. A fascinating journey into the psyche of a young woman searching for redemption.

House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
House Rules

I would not have chosen to read this book on my own, but I am glad that I did. I learned a lot about Asberger's syndrome and some of the behavioral challenges for the person afflicted with it and for their family. The characters were very believable. Although I did not always agree with Emma's treatment of Jacob and her neglect of Theo, it was totally understandable how a single mother tackles an almost impossible situation. This was not a depressing book, but was a real page turner. A mystery, crime solving and detective work abound which makes this book very readable. Good choice, Jan.

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

I loved the book. Although the topic can be grim, the author put so much research into the book that it seemed as if I was getting a bird's eye view of life in the south in the early 19th century. There was a lot of history too. The characters, both real and fictional, were portrayed so well that I felt as if I was there, in the book. A real page turner with warmth, tragedy, adventure, and grit. I recommend this book to everyone interested in history, women's issues, and slavery. I gained a greater understanding and appreciation of African-Americans' struggle for equality, and what it means to be African-American.

After You: A Novel by Jojo Moyes
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Insightful, Inspiring
After You

Great book and great writing. Jojo Moyes really captures the angst of modern living in a large city by young adults trying to make there way in life.
Great characters and dialogue. If you want a good read that sucks you in, I recommend this book.
It was not sappy or maudlin, like I first expected.

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