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Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
good starter book for book group, easy to discuss

with the exception of her made for television ending, picoult manages to honestly examine the lives of five members of a family who are all dying from the same disease but differently. mostly well written.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
time traveler's wife

fun read. well written. perspective on love and marriage and faith leads to good discussion. is love freeing or binding?

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Insightful
lacking something

the ending was somewhat unsatisfying

Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Romantic, Addictive
well written, lovely aphrodisiac

outlander is first in a beautifilly written, dramatic, romantic and truly addictive series. it is a great read, particularly if you are looking for a break from topic heavy literature like the sparrow or handmaids tale. it is a novel that takes you some place else, for hours and/or days straight while you ignore everything, but perhaps your husband--a bit of an aphrodisiac for many. even if you don't like romance novels, of which this novel certainly would qualify, this novel is a nice piece of historical fiction with very endearing characters.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
not particularly thought provoking

simple read. not great, but quick and semi-entertaining.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
compelling, interesting characters and story

a wonderful story. water for elephants is more than, but also as plain as, the history of a circus vet, recalled from a senior care facility. it is not, however, simple. the characters and plots of both worlds are compelling, as are the reality and fantasy of both places in the narrators telling.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
good for discussion

there is much to discuss and much to be disgusted with. this was not a great book in that it was not particularly challenging or thought provoking, but it was interesting. it offers insight into the lives of a family and their experience with addiction, mental illness and poverty among other things. but also it is about the power of the bonds of children to their parents and siblings for good and bad.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
interesting and easy, but not particularly well thought

the writing leaves a bit to be desired as ideas and characters seemed to be in need of more thought and development, but the idea made for interesting discussion.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Fun, Interesting
a lovely read

although the book centers on fictional accounts of the WWII German occupation of the Channel Islands, it is at its heart a story about the romance of books and their ability to protect and connect us. it is a simple, sweet story, made more lovely by its own publishing story and the story of its authors--read the afterward.

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
a bit simple, but perhaps that's the message

the diagnosis which led to the creation of this book, the age and stage of life of the author and his family, the inevitable ending could make for an extremely depressing and serious read, but it isn't. the book is painfully positive and its message simple--life is what we make it and we should make it good. this is simple and, although seemingly a bit trite and self-aggrandizing, is a beautiful tribute to from a dying man to his family and anyone else who will listen.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Adventurous
a thought provoking, worthy read

not being a lover of non fiction, this book started quite slowly for me...interesting, but not particularly engaging. somewhere around page 50, however, i was hooked by the poignant narrative of a courageous and compassionate man whose mission defines him. the story and the character of mortenson is powerful and amazing.

Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Life Changing
compelling and beautiful

a compelling and beautiful account of humanity and faith. regardless of religion or lack there of, it will inspire you to be a better human.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
great characters, lovely story

the characters of the help are well developed and endearing in every way. it is a beautiful story about the south and civil rights and its delivery is perfect. from beginning to end you are drawn in. you will find compassion and interest for and in each character and their story. and presumably, you will want a sequel.

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Beautiful
the red tent is well thought

we all need one, a red tent. it seems all women would benefit from a brief time away from men and work every 28 days, their families might as well. the red tent is an interesting and plausible story about a briefly mentioned biblical character, but more than that it is a compelling story about women as sisters, mothers, wives and friends.

A Happy Marriage: A Novel by Rafael Yglesias
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Brilliant, Adventurous
a happy marriage

a beautifully written story which rings with truth.

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