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The Brief History of the Dead by Kevin Brockmeier
 
Interesting, Dark, Difficult
Is there Life after this Life?

Although death itself can be a morbid subject, this story brought an interesting and unique slant to the idea of memories carrying us through to the next life. While at times the story seemed a bit "Twilight Zone" to me and there was not enough indepth character development to really care about many of the characters in this book, it was a story that made you think about how we touch and are touched by so many lives that we come in contact with over our own lifetime. I thought the descriptions of the Antarctic region were quite vivid and I could feel the cold to my bones just reading it. The story within the story to me was a warning of what we must do as individuals to protect and preserve our planet or face global destruction. Most bookclub members agreed that although the subject of the book was not necessarily an enjoyable read, Brockmeier is a creative storyteller and the book, which read more like a short story, led our bookclub into some engaging discussion. One of our members clipped obits from the paper and we were each given one to just think about, imagine their story, and create a memory to become part of their journey into the next world.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
 
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
To Love a Mockingbird

The group was in total agreement that this book is a treasure and one of our all time favorites. What a shame that Harper Lee never wrote another, but how could she ever follow up this classic? We were all reminded of the innocence of our youth and how sad it is when that is lost. The characters in this book were so powerful, especially Atticas and Scout, and we felt we actually became part of the town members as we were pulled into the emotions of this story. The book generated lots of great discussion and sharing of childhood memories. We also had a great discussion on our own prejudices and racial stereotyping. If you haven't read a great classic lately, this should be at the top of your list.

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