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Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
In the Heart of the Sea

This book was selected as the "One Great Read" by our local libraries. Our book club reads that selection each year. We receive many responses concerning the book. For myself, I enjoyed the book. It involves the destruction of the whaling ship "Essex" by the largest whale known existing in the Pacific Ocean. It was informative from the historical point of view and also in learning about the once poplar occupation of whaling and how it affected the lives of the men and their families.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Boys in the Boat

I actually have read this book twice. It's story was captivating for me. A true story which reveals what the depression years were like for families, for college students, athletes, Olympians of 1936 (on the brink of Hilter's regime with the Olympics in Berlin). And on top of all the aforementioned, I learned about the sport of rowing. That's a tough sport for an athlete!!! I might even read this book a third time. :)

A Paris Apartment: A Novel by Michelle Gable
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Addictive
The Paris Apartment

I found myself having to push to get through some portions of the book. I thought it interesting in realizing there was such an apartment that was not fiction and learned of the actual people involved in the "real" apartment. I felt the last 70-80 pages were the most interesting. The character interaction was at times hard to follow. This was a free book from Book Movement for our book club.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Color of Water

The discussion of this book in our bookclub generated a great time of sharing of personal experiences in relation to diversity in not only racial and religious culture, but also within families, between families, financial levels and social levels. These all affect lives and living in the world today.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Dramatic

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
Ordinary Grace

Interesting group of characters that our book club members enjoyed discussing. A mystery that didn't really appear that mysterious until the final chapters. An enjoyable read.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful
A Man Called Ove

Funny, but sad? Depending upon which portion or even a particle sentence of the book I was reading would determine the emotion. Ove is a very complex character and I could hardly wait to read what he would experiencing next...a new method of suicide, confrontation with a neighbor, or another visit with Sophia. Definitely a must read.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Still Alice

It would be difficult for anyone to imagine what a patient with any type of memory illness might be thinking, but I think the author was very insightful in relating her thoughts on that subject. She presented very realistically how various members of the family would be affected by this type of illness and their reactions. It was hard to perceive this book as fictional because the characters seemed to come alive.

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Fun
The Nest

The format used by the author resulted in the difficulty of following the storyline...the jumping from one character to anther in each chapter. The Last three or four chapters finally brought the story together.

 
Pointless, Interesting, Poorly Written
Saving Grace

No substance. I prefer books that draw me into it. This is one that was easy to put down. I wasnted to finish it (and I did) so I could say I did. Even in our book club, I felt it wasn't of interest to other members as we became detracted easily on other issues and not at the fault of our reviewer. It must have been difficult for the individual who formulates discussion questions, too.

People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The. People of the Book

Quite a few pages were read before I was 'into' the book. The story seemed to be developed in several segments or smaller books. The majority of the book club enjoyed the book as being very informative about the various locations mentioned within the story line. It was mention that the club might be interested in other books written by this author.

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