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

My book club was disappointed with this book as they expected something with more depth from Anita Diamant, especially after reading the Red Tent. The premise of the book is a grandmother telling her life story to her granddaughter. This is done as a monologue, hearing only the voice of the grandmother. By telling her story, Addie shares the conditions immigrants to America endured and how society's views changed from 1915 through 1985.

He Gets That from Me: A Novel by Jacqueline Friedland
 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Interesting, Insightful

Life Dust: A Novel by Pam Webber
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring
A Must Read

I received a free copy of this book to read and give an honest review.

Hospitals are known for saving lives but wars destroy them. Pam Webber masterfully portrays both the environment of a teaching hospital as well as the challenges of an army squad trying to survive in an atmosphere surrounded by death. The author's extensive research into the Viet Nam War is evident just as her background in the medical field gives authenticity to hospital protocols and the experiences of nurse interns. The horrors of war are counter-balanced by the skills and compassion of nurses.

Nettie and Andy are devastated when they are separated as they are planning their wedding. Andy is deployed to Viet Nam while Nettie is left behind to continue as a nursing intern in Northern Virginia. In their letters to one another they share their love but not the true details of their difficult lives including being bullied by superiors. They both deal with their bullies in their own kind and true to themselves manner.

All people must make difficult choices and then live them no matter the consequences. Nettie and Andy are no exception.

I strongly recommend that you read this book.

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