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Edith changed from princess to person

Edith's Story was a good book, not an excellent one. She, in my opinion, never suffered as did other Jewish people during the Second World War. Yes, she lost her father, mother, brother, and grandmother. However, she never had to see the atrocities of the death camps. The whole first half of the book centers on Edith's life (via her diary entries) and how she was having one party after another and was in love with one boy after another. She learned some harsh facts as the war progressed, but she, again, in my opinion, never truly suffered as did other people. She never went hungry and was VERY lucky in being taken into the family that she was with. I found the side notes regarding the actual camps and holocaust history to more interesting than the prattlings of a 14-year-old child. It is definitely not the best Holocaust book I've read, but I would recommend it as it does have a different perspective than the other autobiographies of that era.

 
Two sons of Adam and two daughters of Eve caught in a battle over evil and time.

C. S. Lewis has done a remarkable job with this tale. I look forward to reading the rest of the Narnia novels. While meant to be a children's book, it is as equally as fascinating for any adult. It held my attention from start to finish.

 
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Interesting
Not a fast moving story, but the ending surprises you.

Life and how it is handled by family and friends. Gary, Gary Paul, and Kevin all have the strongest issues to work out. Hardship is an every day way of life for people. A question was raised as to whether we saw the father, Gary, as a Messiah figure. Definitely not for me. If any one a Messiah figure, it was Gary David, even in going so far at the end of being stripped of his clothes as Christ was. Even after Gary David's tragic death, life goes on.

 
Anne Rice brings the young Jesus to life brilliantly.

Having read Anne Rice's vampire series, I was eager to discover how she approached Christianity in her writing, and she does so with finesse. The development of young Jesus throughout her book is artfully driven by setting the book in the first person with all of the encumbent experiences and observations of a young child. When Christ understands the truth of his existence, knows something of the pain and suffering he is to undergo, it is an emotional passage. When Mary and Joseph find Jesus in the temple, and come to take him home, it is my favorite excerpt. At the last chapter, I wanted to pick up the next book and continue on. I look forward to Anne's next chapter in Christ's life.

American Primitive by Mary Oliver
 
Mary Oliver's poetry brings the reader into nature at its simplest.

Mary Oliver portrays the essence of nature at its very "primitive." Her visual imagery is outstanding and makes you taste the blackberries and the honey (even the bee's body). This is a book I would have every club read.

 
Inspiring, Insightful, Brilliant
A must read for those suffering the loss of a loved one.

Joan Didion's journey through the year following her husband's death is insightful, giving her readers a synopsis of coping with the grief of such a painful loss. Her research into the different views, definitions, explanations, hypotheses, etc. regarding the coping mechanisms following death, and, more importantly, the distinction between the active process of grief versus the passive acceptance of mourning, was the aspect of the book I enjoyed (if that is the correct word) the most. The loss of the one person with whom she could share everything and her realization of the stark truth that he was no longer there to enjoy even the smallest detail of her life was eloquently described by Joan Didion. In combining her journalist's research methods and her novelist's skill, she has effectively given us a tool that can be used by all who have (or will, as it is inevitable) lose someone close to them. My favorite excerpt from the book is the one in which her husband gives her his last birthday present, his reaffirmation, and love, of her writing abilities, "Don't ever tell me again you can't write. That's my birthday present to you." What a wonderful gift! Thank you, Joan Didion.

The Cloister Walk by Kathleen Norris
 
A spiritual journey one wants to take again!

Kathleen Norris takes the reader through the liturgical year, enlightening and deepening one's beliefs, giving the reader concrete images with which to work. "Cloister Walk" is a must read that cannot be breezed through. It should be read as a meditative aid and kept on one's bedside table, to be picked up nightly and contemplated thoroughly. For those struggling with their faith in God (and man), Miss Norris provides a spiritual resource and a journey well worth traveling.

A Break in the Storm by Arnold Simon
 
Absorbing WWII character study

Arnold Simon has effectively given us the history of WWII based upon "players" lives. The history of WWII is personalized, giving the reader an opportunity to view the war based upon individuals, not events. Most of us know of WWII only in what we have read in history books. Mr. Simon takes that history and masterfully blends it with his characters. This is a gripping story of how ordinary people were forever changed because of the events of WWI and its aftermath, the indignation of the German people and their desperation to regain their country's honor, and how Hitler's charisma and his insidious lies infected his followers and brought about the horrors of Nazism and the Holocaust.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy
 
Dark, Dramatic, Gloomy
Long dark journey I do not EVER wish to see again!

 
Romantic, Adventurous, Dramatic
A love story - for all age groups - that just happens to have a vampire in it!

I am an avid reader of all vampire stories, and I am beyond my young adult years by many months. Stephenie Meyer's book was a welcomed addition to the vampire genre. Be aware, though, this is more a story about love that happens to be about a vampire, not a vampire book that has the typical seduction, though the vampire lure is definitely there! Her explanations of certain "facts" about vampires open up all kinds of possibilities. I've got all three of her books and can't wait to read the second.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
Could not put it down!

The Thirteenth Tale had a great beginning and caught my attention right from the start. It is mysterious and fascinating! A great fireside read! Could not wait to get to the end to find out everything!

In One Person by John Irving
 
Graphic, Informative, Interesting
Offensive sexually explicit descriptions

Unnecessary.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Informative, Interesting
Fannie Flagg does it again!

Her book weaves a masterful story that enlightens the reader of a little known piece of American history and provides another thoroughly entertaining story that is impossible to stop reading!

Essays After Eighty by Donald Hall
 

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

Out by John Smolens
 

Melmoth: A Novel by Sarah Perry
 
Interesting, Addictive

The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett
 
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic

Once Upon a River: A Novel by Diane Setterfield
 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Beautiful

 
Fun, Optimistic

Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful

 
Scary, Dark

The Glass Hotel: A novel by Emily St. John Mandel
 
Interesting, Adventurous, Dramatic

Hamnet by O'Farrell Maggie
 
Beautiful, Brilliant, Interesting

 
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

Day of Days: A Novel by Smolens John
 

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