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Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic

And Some Will Triumph by Virginia Frusteri Sollars
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Unconvincing, Graphic
Different view of inmates in county jails

This book gives an interesting view of the work life of a psychiatric nurse in a county jail setting. The variety of inmates was good, and how they fared in that type of structure was revealing. The private life of the main character was not convincing, and took away from the main thrust of psychiatric nurses and inmates.

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

Book Club Recommended
Fantastic, Brilliant, Adventurous
Beautiful story of another version of Earth

There are so many other world stories available for those of us who enjoy fantasy books. Anne Bishop has created other unique worlds before that pulled us in and were intoxicating to read. This book takes us to a world that has vampires, werewolves, and other creatures but it is they who rule the world now. And they do it with the idea of preserving Earth rather than destroying it. They hold the humans in check. Then a human with unusual abilities enters the scene, and the guardians of our Earth change their view of humans. I rarely read a book twice (there are just too many good ones I have yet to touch). This one I have read 3 times! I thoroughly enjoy living in the town with these characters.

Insightful, Boring, Pointless

My Life on the Road by Gloria Steinem
Informative, Inspiring, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
A great life story!

Living in the US, I never knew how hard life was in South Africa after Apartheid. This book not only illuminates the hardships for all people of color there, even those non-African, but shows how resilient people get through this life. I found it fascinating that this young man lived through the public and personal hardships to become the successful comedian he is today.

Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman
Fantastic, Interesting, Informative

Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Dramatic, Insightful, Addictive

H Is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
Slow, Difficult, Boring

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
Informative, Beautiful, Interesting

Beautiful, Insightful, Inspiring

Dramatic, Insightful, Informative

Informative, Interesting, Insightful

Interesting, Informative, Beautiful

Adventurous, Fun, Beautiful

Anything Is Possible: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
Insightful, Difficult, Confusing

Death of a Nightingale (A Nina Borg Novel) by Lene Kaaberbol, Agnete Friis
Dramatic, Dark, Confusing

Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Interesting, Insightful, Beautiful

Boring, Informative, Insightful

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting

Difficult, Brilliant, Dark

Gloomy, Informative, Unconvincing

American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Adventurous
Very moving depiction of a current crisis

This is one of the best books I've read in a long time, and I read a lot. Living in Southern CA and aware of the illegal immigrant issue much more than many US citizens, I wasn't that interested at first. Until I read news about the author being threatened and that Latinx people are upset about the popularity of the book because it was written by a non-Latinx, I would have passed it by. I am so glad I chose to read it. The author delicately delivers a story that is necessary for all to read; not to change everyone's mind about illegal immigration but to really know what is involved, and how the situation for anyone who chooses to use that route to come to the US is dire. One or two countries cannot handle the woes of the world, but these people need help and the ability to live without that type of fear. As citizens of the world, what can we do it to make life better for them? Jeannine Cummins has masterfully told a story that ought to make all of us consider what we owe to each other.

Plastic by Frank Strausser
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dark, Dramatic
More dark Hollywood than murder

First, the cover shows a woman's face covered with plastic, like she is murdered. That is NOT indicative of the plot of the book. I think seeing the cover may turn some readers off, and for the readers who are looking for a murder mystery, they will be unhappy.

It's about a plastic surgeon who owes his lucrative practice to referrals from an agent. This agent calls in his marker when one of his clients is caught up in an unfortunate situation and needs extensive plastic surgery. Because the agent and client wants to keep it out of the news and social media, the agent forces the doctor to care for this patient differently than he normally would. Succumbing to the pressure leads the doctor into undesirable avenues. On top of all this the doctor's marriage is in deep trouble.

I found the book interesting. Plastic surgery is so mainstream for the Hollywood workplace, and the interaction between the agent and the doctor seemed true to life. It brought up questions for how we see physical perfection and what we would do to achieve and keep it.

There was good character development in the doctor, his wife, and the patient. I liked the pacing of the story.

Virgil Wander by Leif Enger
Interesting, Insightful, Difficult

Euphoria by Lily King
Interesting, Informative, Adventurous

Exit West: A Novel by Mohsin Hamid
Interesting, Insightful, Beautiful

Improvement: A Novel by Joan Silber

Sycamore: A Novel by Bryn Chancellor

This Is How It Always Is by LAURIE FRANKEL
Insightful, Interesting, Informative

Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic

Informative, Interesting, Insightful

Life Changing, Interesting, Informative

Interesting, Adventurous, Informative

Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Insightful, Interesting, Inspiring

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Dramatic
Looks at the Borgias differently

I really enjoyed this book. I know the story of the Borgias, but this book looks at that time period from another perspective. Where I thought of Ms. Farnese as a scheming female that ensnared a Pope, this book presents her as a young woman dreaming of another life that was forced into the one she has. I liked the presentation of Rome and the Catholic Church too. If you like historical fiction, this book is well-worth reading.

The Huntress: A Novel by Kate Quinn
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Unexpected WWII story

There are so many WWII stories available to read. Many are concerned with Hitler and his atrocities. This book is about a German woman and the way she lived through the war and afterwards. Very interesting story! Imaginative in the way the author looks at how the German people were affected by WWII. Historical fiction at its best!

Ribbons of Scarlet: A Novel of the French Revolution's Women by Kate Quinn, Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie, E. Knight, Sophie Perinot, Heather Webb
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fantastic, Epic
The French Revolution by women.

Not living in Europe, we got the capsule version of the French Revolution in school. This historical fiction book examines the French Revolution through the eyes of the French women. There are 6 different women with each telling their own story. Each story is written by a different female author, yet the book is cohesive. It holds together well. After reading this, you have a different appreciation of how life must have been for the people of France, both royalty and peasant.

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Interesting, Dramatic

Human Stain by Philip Roth

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