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Name : Denise B.

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Murders of seven members of household at Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin in Spring Green Wisconsin

Well researched, non-fiction novel. Very interesting, especially for lovers of architecture and Frank Lloyd Wright. Tells story of his life, relationships, business, and the mysterious murders at Taliesin. Our book group also enjoyed the book.

Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
Cathedral building in 12th century England

Good character development. Good discussion about strong points as well as what was lacking which would have made the story more interesting.

Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
The Story of Edgar Sawtelle: A Novel

If you enjoy dog behavior and training you might enjoy this book more than our group did. The second half was a bit more enjoyable than the beginning. Character development was weak and the ending pointless.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Romantic, Beautiful
A Classic Revisited

How did I miss this one. What a fun book group discussion we had. Don't forget to watch the Alfred Hitchcock movie in 13 parts on youtube. A total delight.

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

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Not really a Pulitzer Prize-winning Novel

Creatively written. Olive was a complex woman with whom I had more in common than I easily admitted. Good discussion at our book group, as most of us are in the more reflective mature years of our lives.

Book Club Recommended
Gloomy, Confusing, Difficult
Good Discussion

Knowing all that has occurred for South Africa in the 60 years since the books writing, one can not help but ponder the lament for a beloved country and the destructive power of apartheid

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Really 4.5 stars!

The story began a bit slow, but once the ground work was set I could barely put the book down. Fairy tales, romance, betrayal, friendship gained and lost, mystery, and a fine family history puzzle. What more could a reader want?

The Christmas Sweater by Glenn Beck, Kevin Balfe, Jason F. Wright
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Persuasive
A Life lesson

We enjoyed the message, but were disappointed at the conclusion.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Inspiring
Our Book Group Loved This Book!

Spunky is how I would describe Sarah. What a survivor. What an inspiring woman. Our book group loved it!

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Good Discussion Book

Good character development. Many tender yet tragic story lines.
Good discussion about human response to the unfamiliar. Learned much about leprosy. Applied to experience with modern disease such as AIDS and SARS.

The Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Definitely a Woman's Novel

As I read and each trial presented itself, I began to think the author made a list of every life challenge a person could have and then wrote it into the story. Although this may be Indian culture I personally found it a bit annoying.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
A Joy To Read

Authored by a physician about physicians. One of our book club members was a bit squeamish with the somewhat graphic medical scenes, but nevertheless enjoyed the story as did the rest of our group. Good discussion about the challenge of medical practice spanning India, Ethiopia, and the U.S. Wonderful characters, a very well written book, an endearing story.

Trinity by Leon Uris
Informative, Epic, Dramatic
Long but worth the read if you love anything Irish!

At various points in this epic I was willing to give it anywhere from 0-5 stars. I'm glad I read it, but it is NOT a light read. I certainly do better understand the plight of the Irish. I will never celebrate St. Patrick's Day the same again!

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Brilliant
Masterfully Written

This novel could be studied as a literary masterpiece. The plot weaves and wafts as smoke on the wind. In the end all is resolved leaving the reader satisfied with the adventure!

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Inspiring
Admiration for a Brave Woman

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

None of us were familiar with this aspect of WWII history. We all enjoyed the story. Well written.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun, Insightful
Who is the Major Pettigrew?

For myself, as I read the first third or so of the book I began to sense that our hero, Major Ernest Pettigrew (retired) “grew a bit too majorly petty”. However, as I continued to read something amazing occurred, as his plight became more familiar to me I began to laugh at myself. I am somewhat chagrined to say I could actually relate to several of his escapades! In the end, Major Pettigrew’s strength of character grew less petty and he did the right thing. Isn’t that what life is all about? I felt the writing was nearly flawless and often found myself musing at the creative dialogue and diverse group of well developed characters

Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Skeptic at first

Beginning the book with some skepticism, I soon stopped about one third of the way through to perform a bit of historical research. Energized by the prospect of how the author would approach this very controversial female Pope, I dived in and soon found myself reading in every spare moment.

Could a woman disguise herself as a man to reach the highest rank of the ninth century Catholic Church? Although it may seem implausible, let’s not place judgment based on our 21st century experience and enlightenment. There have certainly been documented cases of similar ruse throughout world history, and after all the story of Pope Joan took place in the very darkest of the dark ages.

An enjoyable read.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
Glad I Read It

So sad and yet so beautifully written. Reminds me quite a bit of my feelings while reading "Cutting for Stone" by Abraham Verghese. Afghanistan is a place I have found myself reading about several times since 9/11. And yet each book has expanded my knowledge of Afghan culture. I found the chapters written about the Afghanis life in America, how they remained true to many of their traditions, to be quite interesting.

Interesting, Insightful, Slow
Too Wordy

Although an interesting subject; it was just too wordy for our liking.

House Rules: A Novel by Jodi Picoult
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Piccoult's Best Yet

One is never prepared to be a family affected by autism. Having a grandson recently diagnosed with PDD-NOS I read "House Rules" with great interest and sadness. To me this book was not about a murder, it was about the challenge of a diagnosis on the autism spectrum. I am sad to say I am not sure I would have understood much of the book, without the research I have done to understand this pervasive disorder. Once again, Piccoult shows impeccable writing and research skills.

Crown of Dust by Mary Volmer
Pointless, Difficult, Confusing
Free Book from Book Movement

We were thrilled to have been chosen for the free book drawing. But we all agreed the book was a dud. It started out so slow that several of us continued reading because we felt something interesting must surely happen. Good story badly written. Some of the twists and turns could have been so much more interesting. Our greatest area of discussion was how each of us could creatively dispose of the book.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative
Stick with it

All three of the female main characters got under my skin for the first half of the book; however, as the real story unfolded I became engaged.

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
A New Perspective on Slavery

our entire book group enjoyed the book!

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Cried like a baby

The friendship and betrayal became so real to me that I literally wept at the conclusion. I was not the only one, several of our book group did the same!

A Town Like Alice by Nevil Shute
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Romantic, Dramatic
An oldie but goodie

Caleb's Crossing: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Reminded me of Philbrick's "Mayflower"

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Fun
Interesting conversation

The Shell Seekers by Rosamunde Pilcher
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Epic
Interesting Characters

Pointless, Confusing, Fun
Did not finish it

A fun reprieve from several serious reads.

The Seamstress by Sara Tuval Bernstein
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Dramatic
What Resilience Seren had!

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Unconvincing
Good Discussion

This YA book as well as the movie can be a warning for our day!

Acceptable Risk by Robin Cook
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Unconvincing
Loved the historical context not the details or ending

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