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Insightful, Unconvincing, Confusing

Informative, Interesting, Insightful

The author is seeking to understand our capitalist society and how it effects our decisions. She writes in short spurts - one paragraph at a time in chapters that are only 2 to 5 pages long. That style of writing makes it both easy to read and also thought-provoking.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Adventurous, Graphic

Jack: A Novel by Marilynne Robinson
Interesting, Slow, Insightful

The writing in this book is rather dense, much like the author’s novel Gilead. It is very character-driven, and once you grow attached to the two main characters, you are really pulling for them for the rest of the book.

Boring, Pointless, Confusing

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Optimistic, Romantic

I loved this book! The characters were so real and believable. I so wanted Casey, the main character, to find her place in the world as a writer and lover that I read this book in 2 days. I would have read it in one if I had started earlier on the first day! I highly recommend it as a book you will both enjoy and will appreciate the quality of the writing.

Insightful, Beautiful, Gloomy

I loved how Gifty used the experiences of her brother and mother to choose her area of scientific research. What I most enjoyed reading was her struggle to make sense of her personal experiences, her religious upbringing, and her scientific findings.

Interesting, Informative

Very well-written nonfiction of the effect the fracking oil boom had on the native population on a reservation in North Dakota

Plain Bad Heroines: A Novel by Danforth Emily M.
Dark, Beautiful

I don’t like books that are 600+ pages long. I don’t like gothic mysteries. I don’t like stories about self-absorbed people. And yet I liked this book because it was so very well-written. Excellent debut novel by a UN-L PhD graduate.

Valentine: A Novel by Wetmore Elizabeth
Dramatic, Beautiful, Brilliant

A beautifully-written debut novel. Set in west Texas in 1976, it is the story of women who must fight and scrape for what little bit of dignity they can find in a time and place that has little use for them and no respect for who they are and what they do.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dark
Hidden Valley Road

The story of schizophrenia, a mental disease that has been ignored, misunderstood, and mistreated forever. This is the truly unbelievable story of the Galvin's - a family of 12 children, 6 of whom were diagnosed with schizophrenia. The book takes you through the lives of that family and shows how both the lack of research and the misguidance of the medical community hurt them as much as it helped them. It is, at times, a maddening book to read and at other times somewhat promising. While it ends with a somewhat hopeful message, the book makes it clear that there is still much work and research that needs to be done.


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