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El Alquimista by Paulo Coehlo
 
A young man decides to leave his life as a shepherd to pursue his personal legend. The journey takes much longer than he anticipated, but along the way, he encounters people and events that help him

This is a very interesting book and a very quick read. There are many references to metaphysical forces which lead the boy to his destiny in life. As a Christian, I chose to interpret these forces as God leading the boy to different people and circumstances that eventually led him to his goal. It was a good book for personal introspection and discussion in our small book club. The most important theme of the book (for me)is that we all have a personal legend--most likely many personal legends--in our lives. The goal is to use them for the enrichment of ourselves and others.

Marley & Me by John Grogan
 
Fun, Adventurous, Inspiring
This is a story of a normal American family and their life with a dog who is less than the ideal dog.

If you are not a dog-lover, this may not be the book for you. All the members of our book club are dog owners, so it was an enjoyable read. It is not one of the top books I have ever read; although, there were moments when I laughed out loud. The author did his best writing in the last few chapters of the book. For our group discussion, we all brought our dogs and let them play together--that was fun and interesting as we related some of the discussion to our own dog experiences.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Sarah's Key

This book is two parallel stories. One is the story of a young girl and her family who are victims of the Holocaust. The other story in the novel is in current times and involves a writer who discovers a gathering of men, women, and children Jews that occurred in France. The two accounts are intertwined in a very interesting way. Although the Holocaust is a very dark part of history, this account was not as sad as other books I've read on the subject. The parallel story in current times made it less gloomy. However, it is not a light, joyful book...but one that brings light to a part of the Holocaust I had not known before.


The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help

The Kindness of Strangers by Katrina Kittle
 
Dark, Insightful, Difficult
The Kindness of Strangers

Disturbing content.

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
The Weird Sisters

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