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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
The Book Thief

The author's storytelling demanded that you read every word.

 
Dramatic, Epic, Brilliant
A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court

Opinionated claptrap.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Adventurous
Irresistible Henry House

Interesting background into the different gender attitudes of the 40's, 50's and 60's

The Man from Beijing by Henning Mankell
 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
The Man from Beijing

Epic in scale, this book spans several decades and several continents. Great character development with a plot that keeps moving.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Remarkable Creatures

Well-written fiction with a non-fiction feel.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous
If Books Could Kill

Easy read. If you're looking for a fun mystery without taxing your brain, here's the book for you.

The Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
The Daughter of Time

As a person with a history degree, I found this book to be so interesting that I count it as one of those books that changed my outlook on life.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Boring, Pointless
Mennonite in a Little Black Dress

Janzen's take on life is inspiring and beautifully positive. To come from such a rigid background and cleave her own set of values is courageous; to come away from an abusive relationship and stay focused on the bigger picture is something to admire.

Wench: A Novel (P.S.) by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
 
Book Club Recommended
Graphic, Informative, Insightful
Wench

The author has written a powerful book on the master/slave relationship that black people have known about through oral, family histories. It's about time other people learn about some of these stories, too.

 
Book Club Recommended
Confusing, Slow, Interesting
The Tiger's Wife

A beautifully written work with questions about faith and reason.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Dramatic, Interesting
The Last Letter from Your Lover

Epic in scale, but intimate in depth. I loved reading about people who are more than human, making mistakes in life, and surviving with hope to be better.

The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim
 
Book Club Recommended
Life Changing, Inspiring, Beautiful
Enchanted April

Moving story about love lost and love found, but in ourselves.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Farm City

Enjoyed the realistic descriptions of urban farm life

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fantastic, Interesting
Shades of Milk and Honey

If Jane Austen were to write about magic

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

This is not an entertaining book, but an educational and insightful one. It's definitely one of those important books that needs to be read by as many people as possible.

Tigre, tigre by Margaux Fragoso
 
Interesting, Difficult, Dark
Tiger Tiger

Dark, disturbing memoir about the "relationship" between a pedophile and his victim. Very sexually descriptive.

 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Insightful, Dramatic
The End of Everything

Very disturbing book about adolescent yearning to be more adult and the resulting mess when your choice is met. Narrated by 13-year-old Lizzie, the story starts innocently enough in a suburban town set in the 1980s. Lizzie and Evie are best friends, and do everything together to the point that they think they know how each other feels and wants. One day, at the end of field hockey practice, Evie disappears, and Lizzie is the last person to talk to her. What happened to Evie? Girls at school speculate about what "really" happened, and Evie remembers details that make her wonder if she "really" knew her best friend. The story takes on menacing turns as unknown parts of Evie's life come to the surface. The author tells a convincing tale of awakening young womanhood and the power girls find from their budding sexuality.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
One Drop: My Father\\\'s Hidden Life--A Story of Race and Family Secrets

Interesting, but meandering family memoir where the author finds out about being African American after growing up white. The author takes the reader back and forth and back and forth between present day and the antebellum South with sometimes confusing results.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Optimistic
The Girl Who Chased the Moon

Easy to read book that reads like a fairy tale.

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