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Blue Christmas by Mary Kay Andrews
 
Fun, Optimistic, Interesting
Light holiday read for fun but not discussion

 
Dark, Dramatic, Difficult
Difficult subject but great discussion topic

A difficult book for some to read because of the topic. Excellent discussion of Nature vs. Nurture and a parent's roll in their child's persona. Well written. Hang in there through the first several 'letters' then you won't be able to put it down. Even though you know the outcome you want to see what happens. Don't let anyone spoil the book by talking about it before everyone has finished.

 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Beautiful, Inspiring
Highlanders Last Song

Song Yet Sung by James McBride
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dramatic
Song Yet Sung

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
Classic worth reading again and again

The Silver Chalice (Loyola Classic) by Thomas B. Costain, Peggy Noonan
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Epic
Brings Christian history to life

This book provides a wonderful perspective to the life and struggles of the new Christian Church after Christ's death and resurrection. The historical information was well researched and integrated into the story. Very moving.

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
No happy endings here

The struggles of the women and the class issues in this book make it insightful but not uplifting. It's sad to think that this is the reality today in some cultures.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Brilliant, Interesting
Oscar Wilde Importance of Being Earnest

Be sure to read a little about Wilde's life before your discussion. That will help provide some context and additional discussion points.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
An 'insiders view' to Alzheimer's

I found this book to be very insightful. It provides a look at this awful disease from the patient's point of view. If you or anyone you know is dealing with or knows someone with this disease this is a must read. I think it will help you understand the fear & uncertainty that confusion brings as well as the coping mechanisms that are used. Great discussion book.

The Piano Teacher: A Novel by Janice Y. K. Lee
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Pointless, Confusing
Characters interesting but not likeable

Interesting dynamics between the characters but it was difficult to find any one to like (except for perhaps 2 of the minor ones). We had a good discussion about how individuals true character is revealed in difficult times and what decisions are made when survival is at stake.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Informative
Coaching for life not just soccer

This book provides an insightful look at how refugees come to to the US and the challenges of integrating and belonging here. The coach, Luna, is an amazing and tough woman who understands what it takes. She also realizes you can't help everyone no matter how hard you try and have to be able to know you're doing the best you can and accept that.

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