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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Informative
Every dress worn described in detail

I really appreciated the deeper understanding of court politics in very personal terms while reading this book and the intimate dilemmas of living within a family whose fortunes are dependent on such a political system.
I did often wonder as reading if the book could have been half or two thirds as long if every dress worn had not been described in detail.

A Thread of Grace by Mary Doria Russell
 
Informative, Adventurous, Insightful
An absorbing story of heroism and generosity amid the horrors of war.

It is worthwhile to take the time to learn the many characters in this complex and affecting story. This superbly written book engages the reader on an emotional level and brings up many ideas and concepts relevant to our own lives.

 
Informative, Interesting, Dark
Two stories in one, which can be read simultaneously or separately.

The story of the World's Fair from its conception to completion is a mulifaceted and fascinating look at a specific time and city, and the men (and a few women) who made the Fair happen.

The story of Holmes is peripheral to the Fair. Holmes uses the environment of a booming city and the construction of the fair to enable his criminal activities. The character of Holmes remains illusory in comparison to those men building the Fair.

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Every plot twist possible was thrown in to this boring novel which was in need of much editing and a healthy rewrite.

I never would have bothered to finish this book if it was not a selection for my book club.

The characters were one dimensional and not at all likable or sympathetic. It was impossible to become emotionally involved with the characters or the story which just went on and on with no resolution or character growth.

The time period did not ring true due to a number of glaring mistakes.

All in all, a great disappointment packaged in tantalizing cover.

Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Epic
These characters came alive for me and gave much to ponder, gender, history, neighborhoods, redevelopment, family ties.

 
Inspiring, Insightful, Brilliant
Amazing, beautifully written account of the author's process of grieving for her husband while overseeing the care of her critically ill daughter. Very moving.

 
Slow, Boring, Pointless
Enjoyable read, led to a great, wide ranging discussion

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
Evocative tale of another culture. Haunting

 
Interesting, Adventurous, Informative
Once the expedition reaches the river it becomes difficult to put down the story. Quite a real life adventure story.

 
Insightful, Beautiful, Inspiring
A wonderful story, lots to discuss

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
 
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Characters to care for, a compelling story, wonderful book for discussion

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Interesting facts about circus life, in an earlier time, mixed with present day life in a nursing home.

The nursing home narrative rang true to me, the circus life, although interesting, did not engage me. Most characters seemed like one dimensional plot devices to me.
My book club enjoyed this book a great deal, much more than I did and there was a lively discussion.

Not Without Laughter by Langston Hughes
 
A look into life in a segment of small town, pre World War I, Kansas, centered about a poor boy and his family

An absorbing look at life in the small town of Stanton, KS, in the years before WWI. The characters are presented through their relationship with a young poor black boy and his family.
The author brings alive the characters, their time, and their place. The music becomes audible in the Chapter titled Dance.
Highly recommend

The Night Journal by Elizabeth Crook
 
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Although I didn't much care for this book, it generated a lively, enjoyable discussion.

This interesting story plot was presented with excessive detail and repetition of emotional histories. If I had to read this book again, I would skim the first half and read the second half. The story was mostly predictable, an interesting historical period was weighed down with extraneous details. Where are the editors?

 
Fun, Insightful, Pointless
Amusing book, preferred the chapters not strictly relating to aging

Amusing book. Not sure it would lead to much discussion in book club but I could be totally wrong about that. Particularly enjoyed the chapter on love of books/reading, On Rapture, and the words about tracking down a favorite food,
The Lost Strudel of Le Strudel Perdu.

 
Pointless, Slow, Interesting
Appealing, definitely not sugarcoated, read about mostly the challenges of this project

What seems to have started off as a rash impulse, gave Ms. Powell much food to eat and even more food for thought. I enjoyed reading my way through her trials and tribulations. I felt I'd entered a culinary world seasoned with a smidgen of Sex and the City and a dollop of all those little niggling everyday occurrences that challenge everyone in their working lives. Enjoyed all the tidbits (letters)about Julia Child's life. Found my introduction to the blogospere entertaining

 
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
Led to wide ranging, engaging discussion

The Double Bind: A Novel by Chris Bohjalian
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Brilliant
Stunned by this book and will probably read it a second time before determining my personal conclusions; it stimulated a great discussion.

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Started out with an interesting premise, then turned into a gothic tale that was hard to swallow. Well written, recommend for those who like gothic tales

 
Inspiring, Insightful, Life Changing
I didn't particularly care for this book but led to a good discussion.

Welcomed the insight into a sharecropper's life and life on the street as a homeless person.

 
Boring, Slow, Difficult
Engaging, enjoyable read with much to discuss

March by Geraldine Brooks
 
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Wonderful, poignant read, particularly when paired with "Little Women".

Each book,"March" and "Little Women", add a great, emotional richness to each other. Geraldine Brooks' researchs into the Alcott family and the 19th century are apparent and appreciated.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
 
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
Did not lead to much discussion. Simple story, simply told, obvious lesson.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Cared a great deal for these characters. Great book club discussion.

Run: A Novel by Ann Patchett
 
Adventurous, Inspiring, Insightful
Lovely writing, a story open to interpretation and leading to a great discussion.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
This book led to a great discussion although not particularly well written.

In the Woods: A Novel by Tana French
 
Slow, Dramatic, Interesting
Well written murder mystery. Some readers may not care for the unresolved portion of the plot.

This is a very well written novel with finely drawn characters and settings. Toward the end the focus is a police procedural which slows the book down a great deal. Many readers may be disgruntled by the unsolved older mystery in the story as I was.

 
Pointless, Informative, Interesting
couldn't finish it

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
sarah's key

contemporary story did not ring true, historical story harrowing and heartbreaking. my copy had many grammatical errors or typos.

Gilead : A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Insightful, Beautiful
Gilead

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
gripping

impossible to put down, compels you to look at the world through another's eyes and discover it anew in all its confusion and contradictions

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
 
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
the opposite of the movie "Midnight in Paris

Reading this after enjoying the charms of "Midnight in Paris", the movie, is a mistake. Very little of the excitement of the time is conveyed. Forgetting the miseries of this marriage is my next project.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous
such fun

This book was so much fun to read. Club discussion was very in depth and absorbing. A real bonus was the insights that hit you at the end.

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Simple and Quick

The characters were mostly one dimensional. And not set in a place that could come alive in your imagination.
Characters did not sound like they inhabited their period in history.

 
Slow, Unconvincing, Pointless
Waste of Time

I read this for book club. Wish I had back the time I spent reading this. Characters were one dimensional except the main character who was contradictory and not believable. The sections about horseback riding were well drawn; obviously the author has a lot of knowledge of this subject.

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