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Mixed reviews from our 7 members that attended this months book club.

The Big Love was a book that seemed offensive by some and humourous by others. Keep in mind our group varies in religious beliefs and in age which allowed for variety of topics for conversation.

Some of us enjoyed the casual conversational tone of the book. This related to getting together with your best friend and sharing your true feelings about love and sex. Others viewed it as "unmittigated trash" with the hopes that their grown children would never choose to read a such a book.

Many found her character to be weak, lacking self-esteem. It took Alison way too long to call off her relationship with Tom. Many were frustrated with her character due to her inability to make her own decisions.

The book left us wondering what had happened to Alison between the ages of her younger 20's and her age now (32)? Did she lack a nuturing relationship with her father/stepfather? Is this why she suffers such insecurities with men? She lacked a sense of maturity that we found difficult to relate to. How can a woman of 32 still be so unsure of herself and her direction in life?

In addition to one member finding the sexual content extrememly offensive and crude, another member was deeply offended by the characters take on religion. This member was able to relate to some of the events that took place in Alison's life as a young woman. Lashing against the very religion she was brought up with "mocks those who made the other choice to follow their religion".

A group of us did find the attempts at humor entertaining and were not as deeply offended by the sexual and religious nature of the book. Some of us felt the religious aspect brought on a new twist that is not often seen in novels.

Our ratings for this book varied greatly. Where one would rate it a 0 another would rate it a 4 (Scale of 0-5, least-best). Overall our score averaged out to be a 2.6.

We are all grateful to have taken part in this review and look forward to reviewing more books in the future.


The Gilbertsville Girls

Confusing, Interesting, Insightful
Nine year old boy overcoming loss of father in 9-11

Absolutely loved this book! The originality and style were unlike anything I have ever read. Even those that didn't like the book found it to be a good book club book. I will definately read more from this author.

Red River by Lalita Tademy
Historical fiction account of the Louisiana Colfax Massacre during the Reconstructionist era.

The Widow of the South by Robert Hicks
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Great discussion book

The Female Brain by Louann Brizendine
Non fiction

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Unconvincing
A Different Perspective

I did not read this as one of our "club" books. My 11 yr. old daughter came to me and asked if I she could read it. Knowing that she didn't no much at all about the Holocaust, I wanted to be sure I read it with her. This was a wonderful book to introduce her to this part of out history. Not a lot of detail which I appreciated and so much of the book was really left for the reader to leave make their own assumstions. It allowed me to decide what I information I wanted to share with my daughter and how far to take it. I had to describe to her "Out-With" and "Fury" and there hidden meanings. It lead her to ask some very intriguing and thoughtful questions. It also allowed us to draw our own conclusions about certain characters (Pavel). Overall, my daughter and I found this book to be a wonderful tool to begin discussion about the Holocaust.

Huckelberry Finn. CD. by Mark Twain
Book Club Recommended
A Timeless Classic

We enjoyed the characters of this novel. We were drawn to Huck and the conflicts he encountered.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Very realistic. easy to believe characters.

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

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