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Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
a glimpse of past women united and struggling in a male dominated world and era

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
 
Slow, Brilliant, Insightful
Great read to make you poonder how the work ethic of the world is necessary for life as we know it

I Found this a fabulous book to contemplate the workings of our social structure but also very long winded in places. At times I had to make myself keep reading, felt lost with no shore in sight, but was so very glad I did not put it away without finishing. Thought provoking and deep.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
 
Dark, Dramatic, Gloomy
Dark reading but with a shinning fire of hope that burns despite all odds

Interesting for disscussion groups as it evokes different reactions in people.One of the main questions is what would you do to help your child survive in such a world? Could you keep searching for better? would you give up? stay in one place or suicide? I liked the book alot but many in our group found it pointless and hard to read. I thought it was written in a stream of consciousness manner that reflected the lack or structure and rules around them.
There was not much to say when each day was so much the same but the survival of the human race and spirit depended on those who would not give up. You never know what might be down the road.

 
Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
miracles take many forms and need a witness to recount them. Through the eyes of an asmatic 11 year old the miricle of faith is reflected in his 1960' s family but does not mean a trouble free life.

Interesting descriptions of the setting (poor rural 60's) and a few good plot lines. However the flow of the book is somewhat slow than slam bang at the end. It would make good light reading but in my opinion does not lend itself to discussion of much depth. We enjoyed the young sister's input (western writings) inserted through out the story and how they paralleled events and reflect the battle with evil.

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Twin brothers with a difficult childhood . How much alike are you and how much guilt for being different can you carry?

I only somewhat enjoyed this book. This is partly due to the long grandfathers memoirs and partly due to the dark daily thoughts of the twin without mental disorders. IT IS a GOOD PORTRAYAL of the difficulties faces by both those with and those trying to help those with mental disabilities.
The historical family history comes alive through this authors great talent but I found it has a rushed ending in the last few pages. The insights into family history that we rarely get to glimpse even in our own was exciting and insightful but the quick glib ending that ties it all up was out of character with the rest of the book.

 
Interesting, Informative, Beautiful
surprizingly appropriate for ancient times to be reseen through modern womens eyes

The bible is a mans' tale of events. In this historical Fiction we are invited to see the times and possible interpretations of events through the eyes of the sisterhood of women. The comparison of society mores from then and there- to here and now is fascinating and enjoyable.

 
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
Change of Heart

Very readable and has points on questioning religion and the death penalty. I did not rate it high because I was not surprised by any points in the book and found it predictable.

The Thirteenth Tale: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
The Thirteenth Tale

For those who truly love to read, the urgent need to consume a book is well described in beautiful literary style. The mystery is interesting and unwinds with twists that remind you of Gothic mystery writing from the past.

Those Who Save Us by Jenna Blum
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Those Who Save Us

A deep look at an evil era that did terrible things not only to Jews but to their own people. Great read right up to last chapter when they kind of throw things in. Makes for good talk groups.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help will help you get a glimpse of the 1960's southern white, black and gray

Racial changes have taken years to occur but we tend to think only about the world we live in NOW. This book beautifully brings you into contact with characters so alive that you feel you know their thoughts and hearts from the 1960's. The Black Help that so many people hired were woven into life but many were afraid or blind to the connections. Great chance to feel and experience the fear and ignorance of the time while savoring the beauty of life connected.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dark, Pointless
Her Fearful Symmetry

VERY Enjoyable if looking for something different! I think the book leads to many interesting discussions about everything from beliefs in the afterlife to twists of manipulation and dark webs weaved.

The Race by Richard North Patterson
 
Dark, Informative, Interesting
The Race

Timely as elections are approaching. Saddens me to realize how well meaning candidates get twisted into pretzels trying to be all things to all people to get elected and so became the soulless robots so many people associate with politics.

 
Adventurous, Dark, Fantastic
The Book of Lost Things

A multi-layered imaginative book that evokes childhood memories and fears. The power of the mind and books themselves are explored but leaves the reader often wondering where our reality lies: in the mind or in the external world. All that sounds heavy but the the book leads you quickly through a weaving of half remembered fairy tales and the fears stirred up around the camp fire on dark nights. As children we all wish to be as brave as that little boy and as adults we often face a world just as scary.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
young and old history from another view

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