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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
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Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

This insightful book brings multiple emotions to the reader. I am amazed at the way we treated other human beings just 40+ years ago. I wonder, even now, if we have truly moved forward and embrace each others differences and similarities. Can we forever put the bigotry of our past behind us? I pray we have and will continue to do so on many other levels than race.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Faith Club

This book was very interesting. A little "whiney" at the beginning, but very informative and compassionate in identifying the commonalities of all three faiths.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
My Sister's Keeper

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Inspiring, Dramatic
Crazy for the Storm

This book was written in a bit of a flashback mode. He told the story of his life through his descent down the mountain. I think he was a bit wordy at times and I'm not sure I believed the clarity he seemed to remember things. You did get an understanding of how his father helped him gain the survival skills needed to survive.

 
Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting
The Mermaid Chair

I was disappointed after reading Secret Life of Bees. Why does a mid-life crisis story always have to involve and affair? Why couldn't she come through her metamophosis through her artwork? I think the mother's story would have been more interesting. The depths of depression her mother sank to and how she finally came to understand the truth, accept, and come out of her depression. Her daughter's story should have been the byline. I did enjoy the fictional myth of the mermaid chair.

 
Book Club Recommended
Pointless, Slow, Interesting
Julie and Julia

Our group has mixed reviews on this book. Some of us loved it and others couldn't get through it. The ones that like it thought Julie Powell was real and showed growth during her year long endeavor. The tone of her writing changed from the beginning to end. They felt Julie Powell did not candy-coat her frustrations to make a more fun read. The ones in our group that did not enjoy it, felt that Julie Powell was too whiney. It felt like it was a laundry list of her complaints about her life. Julie Powell does show a creative way to cope with her depressing job and her fear of potential infertility by cooking as a means of escape and to set a goal for herself.

The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
 
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Dramatic, Slow, Adventurous
The Weight of Silence

Characters were well developed. It was difficult to read being a parent since it deals with every parent's worst nightmare. A child being taken.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Girl with the Dragoon Tatto

Our Book Club enjoyed the book after the first half. The book was very slow for the first 200 pages as the author was setting up the scene. We think he spent too much time on detail at the beginning. Once you got past that, the book moved really quickly and had everything you would want in a mystery/thriller.

 
Inspiring, Informative, Interesting
The Blind Side

If you like learning about the Left Tackle position in football and how it has changed over the course of football, this book is for you. If you are interested in more of a biography about Michael Oher, then this is not the book. Although it has parts of Michael's story, it is primarily a sports book. I was hoping to have more insight into Michael's life and how he grew up than what the movie portrayed. I also wanted to get to know the Touhey's better and what they were like. Although the book eluded to it that was not the focus, and I was disappointed. The parts about Michael were great and engrossing, I just wanted more of that and less of football.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Confusing
Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Mixed reviews in our bookclub. Some members couldn't get through it. The first chapter was difficult to understand and get through. There were too many themes throughout the book. What was liked about Wicked, is it lends itself to good discussion topics. There was a lot of social and ethical elements to the book worthy of dialog. Good idea to purchase the book with the reader's group guide.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
The Art of Racing in the Rain

This was a fun read looking through the perspective of a dog. It moved you through the gamet of emotions. The ending was beautiful. A couple of the characters were not really well developed, but that could be from the perspective the story is told from. A very enjoyable read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Dramatic
After the Fire: A True Story of Friendship and Survival

This heart wrenching story is well worth the read. There are places that are difficult to read because you feel the pain the two boys are feeling.You also feel the joyous moments when milestones are made in their recovery. The people that work in burn units are unsung heros.

The Opposite of Me: A Novel by Sarah Pekkanen
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Optimistic
The Opposite of Me

Our club liked it, but it was not a book that lent well to discussion. It started out slow. It is a good summer read.

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

Our book club loved this book. For several of us,it is in our top two books that we have read since beginning our club. It is a definite MUST READ!!

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

A beautiful story of friendship and love in a time of turmoil during WWII in the US. Very well written fictional account of a Japanese-American and a Chinese-American that become unlikely friends during WWII time of Japanese Internment Camps.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful
The Mighty Queens of Freeville

The book was an easy read and shared Amy's story. Our group felt it lacked character development of the Mother and Aunts to show why they were the "Mighty Queens of Freeville." Another title may have been better because we felt the title didn't fit the book. Overall though, it was an enjoyable book.

 
Poorly Written, Unconvincing, Confusing
The Monkey Bible

Poorly written, the writer didn't develop the characters well. We were trying very hard to figure out the "analogy" in the book. We figured it must be in the characters representing the church and secular, but that seems to be a stretch. I was very disappointed, personally. I was hoping it would be a good discussion point for people that had differing views on creationism vs. evolution. My creationist friends would have put the book down after the first page. They would have gotten so offended by the sexual reference at the very beginning.

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