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These Is My Words by Nancy Turner
Adventurous, Dramatic, Inspiring
Great read and the author was delightful!

We had a nice discussion about how tough it was for women in the Arizona Territory during the late 1800's. Between the lack of rights, the rough living environment and the Indian attacks...well, they made it through a lot.

The best part was having Nancy Turner speak to us via speaker phone. She told us the back story to writing the book, her incredible love for history and research and the challenges she went through as a first time novelist.

We're so lucky to have found this book...the best part is that there are two more in the series!

Beautiful, Insightful, Informative
Easy and fast read. For some it was too simple, others found it hard to believe.

Personally, I liked the book because it was about characters in a specific time frame on a very interesting journey. I felt Pilar could have been better developed but that Mia and Julian were certainly the focus. It is a story about how decisions can affect your future and how/why people make decisions based on outside forces and the lessons we learn from that.

This book stirred emotions in me that I haven't felt in years and had me crying and laughing at various points. The loss of a mother, a divorce, saving pieces of the past...all things that can scar a child and influence their personal lives.

Speaking with Josh on the speakerphone was great for our group. We thoroughly enjoyed his insight into the characters and his 10 year struggle to develop the book into novel form. He is a great person to have speak to a group and I would recommend it to other books clubs interesting in finding out the reasons writers write!

Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
Interesting book

This was an interesting read but left some of our group wishing for better writing.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Informative, Fun, Interesting
Great book for discussion

We all agreed, the writing was very consistent through all the different characters letters, a bit too much so. We had to take a leap to even believe different people wrote the different letters. The story was good, entertaining at times and we all had favorite characters. The discussion we had was quite lengthy which made me recommend it but I would caution not to expect a lot of creativity with the lack of difference in the characters writing abilities.

Great for foodies!

We had split feeling about this book. Some enjoyed, some didn't feel her character developed well, some were bored.

It did provide for some interesting discussions about food and meals and what the various cooking terms meant.

The Night Villa: A Novel by Carol Goodman
Group was Mixed

Our group generally was bored with the book and didn't feel there was much to discuss. There was some talk about cults and the definition of a cult. There was also some talk about the historical aspects and what research she did. All felt it was a leap that she was recovering from a collapsed lung and hiking through ruins, caves and places where it would be hard to catch your breath under normal circumstances.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Slow at first but picks up fast!

Many of our group enjoyed this book and it provided for a lively discussion. The subject matter of child abuse provided a lot of heated discussion. We also discussed how all the characters seemed to "cross the line" into questionable ethics or morals.

Inspiring, Interesting, Insightful
Disjointed, poorly written, light lit

Light read, poorly constructed, too easy to read.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Informative Historical Fiction

This book covered a rarely documented problem with prejudice between Asian cultures, especially during WWII.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Empty Mansion is Full of Stories

Reading Bill Dedman and Paul Newell's book will at once haunt, mesmerize and perplex you. The main character, Huguette Clark, was rich beyond most rich and yet revered her privacy more than others of her class. The story talks about her life, loves, hobbies, her many homes that lay empty with full time caretakers and the fascinating stories that go along with all of them. A great group discussion book because it provides many thought-provoking ideas about what wealth can do to people, her intentions about where her money should go after she died, and what actually happened to it.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Well written, OITNB wins our hearts

This book was well-liked by our group and provided a lot of fodder for discussion. Rarely do we get through the majority of questions and still keep talking about it but we sure did. The author does a great job of taking you inside the federal prison system and you feel that you\\\\\\\'re with her during her incarceration. The only thing lacking was development of her realization that she had some culpability in the matter. We would have liked to see that taken further in the book.

Boring, Poorly Written, Pointless
One member liked out of the whole group

Only one member enjoyed reading this book because of personal identification with some of the issues brought up by the writer such as death of a parent or mid-life crisis. The book is not a classic or a book that would inspire you. She whines a lot about not being loved by her father and why he loves her daughter more than her. She is not a compelling lead character and quite flawed. There were lots of questions left that we couldn\\\'t answer due to unresolved character development.

A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole
Fun, Confusing, Adventurous

Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic

One of my all time favorite reads. Gave me a new perspective of Frank Lloyd Wright.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful

Women of the Silk: A Novel by Gail Tsukiyama
Beautiful, Insightful, Informative

When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Informative
A Tribute to a Daughter

A beautifully written and insightful tribute by a dying doctor to his newborn daughter. A life encapsulated into vignettes searching for the meaning of life. Lovely piece, depressing to some, but full of life affirming hope.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
Interesting, Confusing, Insightful

The Silent Sister: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
Dramatic, Interesting, Addictive
Good for a light beach read

This book is so predictable that the "surprises and curves" felt more like foregone conclusions. A light read, easy for airplane rides or on the beach. Not one of the heavy hitters we've read in the past.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

I laughed and I cried a lot! Big alligator tears! This book hooked me from beginning to end and I devoured it. That is not usually how I read books, I usually slog through. The Nightingale had e reading at 3 am just to finish yet another page-turning chapter!

I learned so much about the Fighting French even after knowing someone who was part of the movement. The emotions and horror of war are detailed and honest.

Unconvincing, Confusing, Inspiring

Hard to feel sympathy for an author who makes terrible choices, never takes the blame for her bad decisions, blames her misfortune on everyone else and drones on and on about the awful stuff she had to clean rather than being thankful she had a job at all. She seemed to feel that going to school was the answer to all her problems and yet took out massive loans which will be something else she’ll complain about. She needs to keep a gratitude journal!

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