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Ahab's Wife (P.S.) by Sena Jeter Naslund
 
Epic, Dramatic, Difficult
Drift Away with this engrossing story

Would not have otherwise attempted such a hefty read, but SOOO glad I did.

So many favorite lines from one book. I am still thinking about the characters weeks later.

Deidre

Jesus Land: A Memoir by Julia Scheeres
 
Slow, Informative, Gloomy
Julia's strength will astound you.

Its difficult at times to believe the parents could be so heartless and your own heart will break at time for the fate of her brothers. Great testimonial to the sometimes good intentions horrid results of a Christian upbringing. Julia's ability to survive her experience and tell her story with out rage or even bitterness is truly amazing. If you are a parent, the mother's phrases will make you cringe.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Amazing memoir, not a pretty picture

Some of the honest portrals in the book can leave a lasting impression on the reader (some very disturbing). If you are easily freaked out by accounts of child neglect, not for you. However, I appreciated the authors attempts to put a real and human face on poverty, homelessness, and the choices some people make in the name of "bucking authority".

The Gathering: A Novel by Anne Enright
 
Boring, Slow, Gloomy
Seriously dark and depressing

I felt that Anne led me down a dark depressing winding trails and at times through in painfully random "what ifs" with out ever really giving me reason to connect with the characters. Our whole group was at a loss to explain how this book won such prestigious awards?

 
Insightful, Beautiful, Difficult
Not my Fav

Unsavory characters could not hold my attention despite good writing skills.

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