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Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Because this book is controversial I think it is a good book club choice. There are so many different ways to view this book and each reader brings their own past into a discussion. As a result, I b

I had mixed feelings about this book, likeing one page and hating the next! But this makes for an interesting memoir and the book must be read with an open mind. It was certainly a catharthis for the author and as such I believe it was honest and therefore credible. Well-writen.

On Beauty: A Novel by Zadie Smith
 
Interesting, Difficult, Confusing
This is a book I would not have read except for the fact that the Book Club was reading it and I am glad that I had the opportunity to do so.

I found this book most amusing with interesting references, at least for me, of places I knew in England and like much of the academia as I remember it to be. The characters are well drawn. My main reservation is that there is too much detail (although much of it is excellent) and sometimes it is difficult to keep track, at least in the beginning, as to who is who. I really enjoyed the dialogs of the characters, most of which seemed to ring true. However, I was disappointed in the ending, which left things hanging and therefore seemed too abrupt.

March by Geraldine Brooks
 
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Makes for an excellent read. Historical references ring true.

Thought-provoking novel. Especially recommended to history buffs. Many story lines can be discussed. Relevency applies to today.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult|Jodi Picoult
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
Not the best written book in the world, but very thought-provoking!

An excellent choice for discussion and comments from club members. Makes a strong stand against bullying as well as for gun control.

 
Fun, Insightful, Graphic
This book is not for everyone - difficult to get into and to keep track of the characters. You really need a Who's Who of the cast or a family tree or graph!

I enjoyed this book once I got into it, but it was difficult at first. Several members of my book club did not finish it because they gave up trying to figure out who was who. On the plus side, however, it gave me a wealth of information on this very famous painting, a painting that I personally have viewed many times and really love. Now I would like to go back to the Phillips Gallery and see it again. Susan Vreeland has researched well and covers the history of the era and the various artists' thinking of that period. For me it was especially interesting to read about Renoir's friends and his life because I did not have much knowledge on the subject.

Rise and Shine: A Novel by Anna Quindlen
 
Makes for interesting discussions

I enjoyed this book because I found it easy to relate to. While not eveyone will be able to do this, the book is still worth reading and then getting reader opinions.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
Very Valentine

I really loved this book and am eager to read the second one in what is to be a trilogy. It is quick and fun reading and anyone who loves shoes will love this novel. The descriptions of the Greenwich village area of NYC and of Italy only add to the enjoyment.

 
Book Club Recommended
Pointless, Insightful, Beautiful
On Chesil Beach

I love Ian McEwan's writing. He shows great incite and is poetic with words. On Chesil Beach is one more example of his ability to tell a story and evoke mood. He is an incredible writer and I would read any of his novels. He has the ability to make you believe in his characters no matter what the outcome of the story.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Confusing
And The Mountyains Echoed

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