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Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
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Insightful, Informative, Interesting
"Still Alice"

Heartbreaking story about a woman's self-diagnosis of Alzheimer’s. Worth the effort to read, just have a tissue handy - you are guaranteed to cry.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
"The Help"

Poorly written in an ethnic/African-American voice by a white woman. I heard the author interviewed on MPR/NPR and all of the hype around this book. The story had real potential, but was very disappointing.

 
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Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Fight Terrorism and Build Nations . . . One School at a Time

Inspiring story of one man's efforts to better the world - one school building at a time. What truly thrills me about this book is that I remember the author from our youth at Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Roseville, MN. He was wonderful then, but he can add to his resume that he was/is a Nobel Peace prize candidate. ZOUNDS!!

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
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Informative, Interesting, Fun
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Wonderful story about the trials and triumphs of the citizens of the Guernsey Island during the German occupation in WWII. Nice character creation and amazing choice of language. GOOD BOOK!!

 
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Insightful, Interesting, Brilliant
Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Good book, but I preferred "The Audacity of Hope" for inspirational material. Not bad for a first effort...

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Glass Castle : A Memoir (Alex Awards (Awards))

Interesting though sad memoir of this young woman's childhood. So sad that her parents were not helped with their mental health issues, but am grateful that the author survived/thrived in her adulthood. Saddest part of the book, was when they landed in the Appalachian mountains and lived in such harsh conditions...

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