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Book Club Recommended
Informative, Boring, Slow

A different way of looking at the lack of history and historical information about women in our country. The book was very well researched. The especially stark sentence that lets us know no one knows where Jane Franklin is buried brings it all together and resonated with this reader.

 
Optimistic, Insightful, Adventurous

A very readable book. The "f-bomb" is dropped 467 times (give or take a few!) but its use is indicative of and helps to illustrate the character. The book has a heartwarming message...something I've often thought, but Matthew Quick has put into a novel.

 
Unconvincing, Pointless, Confusing
Death of the Black Haired Girl

This book is not the psychological thriller it is touted as being. I found I could not find any of the characters likeable, or interesting enough to care about.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Year of Wonders

I've read her other fiction, but not this first novel until now. Brooks knows how to tell a good story, from a bit of historical fact. I would recommend her to any friend who enjoys reading historical fiction.

 
Unconvincing
Last First Day

Well written, but left me wanting more from the story and the characters. When I read fiction I like for there to be some issue to solve, or something to intrigue me. I just wasn't feeling like there was enough here to do that, and I wanted more from the author about her characters.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Daring Ladies of Lowell

Our book club loved this book. We hope the author will consider a sequel to follow up on the two main characters!

 
Boring, Pointless, Slow

I think I am well past the age where I would have appreciated this novel. I would however, highly recommend Charles FInch's mystery series on Charles Lenox...I buy and enjoy those mysteries very much.

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

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Gloomy, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Interesting, Insightful

I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
I Let You Go

Dramatic and suspenseful, I am going to continue to read other books by this author. I read it in one day, and in 2 sittings...interrupted by dinner!

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Persuasive
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life

In light of the Corona virus food supply/distribution issues this country is having now, we all need to think locally, and help those who live in food deserts.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Fun
Dear Mrs. Bird

Lovely slice of WWII England.

 
Book Club Recommended
Boring, Pointless, Slow
Traveling with Pomegranates

I wanted a bit more of a travelogue with this one. Have read other Sue Monk Kidd books, this has been my least favorite.

 
Book Club Recommended

I Always Loved You: A Novel by Robin Oliveira
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

The Seafront Tearoom by Vanessa Greene
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Inspiring

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Optimistic

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Adventurous, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Persuasive, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow

Sunburn: A Novel by Laura Lippman
 
Book Club Recommended
Gloomy, Dark, Fun

Odd Child Out: A Novel by Gilly Macmillan
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Addictive
Odd Child Out

Macmillan never disappoints! A fast paced read and the 2nd in the Jim Clemo series, but you can still read without buying #1, although I would recommend that you do, because Macmillan's books are not to be missed!

Another Brooklyn: A Novel by Jacqueline Woodson
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Dramatic
Another Brooklyn

Woodson writes with lyrical, spare prose about August, growing up after losing her mother and moving from Tennessee to Brooklyn, New York. August and three other friends navigate their world in the seventies while growing up with their own crosses to bear. A small gem of a book. If you have not read Woodson's books for young adult/middle grade readers, do, as you won't be disappointed.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
That Kind of Mother

I really loved this book, and was amazed at the research the male author put into childbirth and breast -feeding. Our group read this during the George Floyd protests that are now sweeping the country. We hope discuss more at length when not limited to a 40 minute Zoom session. However, I was not satisfied with the ending...hence my 4 stars instead of five.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Slow, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Optimistic, Interesting

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
 
Interesting, Confusing, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Dramatic, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Beautiful, Adventurous

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative

The Ninth Hour: A Novel by Alice McDermott
 
Gloomy, Pointless, Dark

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Slow, Interesting

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