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Confusing, Adventurous, Slow
Mystery set in Alaska

One of the most confusing reads we've ever had. Chabon's writing style is full of metaphors that confuse the reader. Too many characters, too many places, too many plot elements, too much Yiddish, too much Yiddish used as slang all contributed to every reader being confused throughout the book.

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
About the circus during the depression.

Everyone in our book club enjoyed this book. It lead to a great discussion as well.

 
Insightful, Adventurous, Interesting
A very odd book with a cast of very odd characters.

Most members of our book club did not particularly enjoy the book. It is a translation of a novel that takes place somewhere in South America. The characters are very strange and not too likable. The writing style is confusing and told in long narrative with little dialogue.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
A Holocaust story told from a German woman's perspective.

Everyone enjoyed this book, although due to the difficult nature of the topic, enjoy is a difficult word to use. It's a story worth telling, and it's told very well by this first time author. All of our readers were moved by the story and it lead to an interesting discussion.

 
A young woman

 
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
The story of one man's attempts to make the world a better place.

Greg Mortenson is an amazing man and has accomplished so much, but I did not enjoy the telling of his story. It was too long, had too many details, and was just not very interesting to me after the first 100 pages or so.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
The Book Thief

Another Holocaust book, but this time told from a young German girl's perspective. It's told in an unusual style, but is very compelling and well written. It's a very moving story told in a unique and wonderful way.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative
Loving Frank

This is the story of Mamah, Frank Lloyd Wright's mistress, over a 7 year period. It tells much about his architectual genius and the early 1900's in America and Europe. It explores the Women's Movement to some degree. Personally, I did not find Mamah a sympathetic character, and found her choices hard to accept. There was some disagreement in our group, which lead to a great discussion.

By Fire, By Water by Mitchell James Kaplan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Beautiful, Brilliant
By Fire By Water

An interesting exploration of the Inquistion and its effects on the Jewish people of Spain, including the conversos. Character development was not well done and the ending was not satisfying.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
A New Story

No one in our book club was familiar with this part of American history...the Orphan Train. And everyone loved the book. It is a very well written account of two women that you will come to love, and how their lives intersect. Life is about accepting the hands we are dealt with and how we adapt to it all.

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

Reads like a 15 year old girl\\\'s blog. A big disappointment after reading and loving The Red Tent by the same author.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

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