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Pelican Road by Howard Bahr
 
Gloomy, Slow, Boring
difficult to read

The Secret Chord: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Fantastic, Dramatic, Adventurous

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting

The author couldn't decide whether this was a memoir or social commentary. If he had stuck to his own experience, it would have been more compelling. But he quoted studies and statistics, but not in a thorough and convincing way. However, the book sparked a lively discussion at our meeting; we went well beyond our meeting end time. People loved it or hated it: high scores of 8, lows of 3, with not much in between.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Beautiful

 
Interesting, Poorly Written, Insightful

The author insulted my intelligence with her vapid dialogue and shallow characters.

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
 
Dark, Interesting, Dramatic

I don't particularly care for dystopian novels set in some unspecified future. This one is like many of the others, leaving you with more questions than it answers. Too vague in terms of how they got to this point. I will say that Margaret Atwood's writing is beautifully lyrical, but the topic is uninteresting. And the epilogue, again set in some unspecified future, seemed like a lame way to end the book, as if she ran out of ideas, and this was the best she could come up with.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative

Bittersweet: A Novel by Colleen McCullough
 
Pointless, Unconvincing, Slow
Like The Jerry Seinfeld Show...

...a book about nothing.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Beautiful

 
Fun, Pointless, Optimistic

 
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful

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