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A round-heeled woman

For a memoir, the writing had brief moments of intellectual brilliance; but for the most part the writing within the book did not live up to its potential. I admire Ms Juska's idea of taking charge of her life and her ability to "not let outside influences dictate her decisions." This book had great potential for a fun and adventurous read, but fell just short of interesting. Would I recommend this book to book clubs? Yes with reservations.

Family Tree by Barbara Delinsky
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful
Family Tree

I neither liked nor disliked it. It was predictable, but it makes for a good discussion with a group of people. Reads quickly - not intensive nor life-changing.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
Waiting for Eli: A Father's Journey from Fear to Faith

Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Life Changing
Same Kind of Different as Me: A Modern-Day Slave, an International Art Dealer, and the Unlikely Woman Who Bound Them Together

It was difficult to put down this book - a story of faith, w/realistic human characterizations. The test of faith and the fear of not passing the test is told from a believable standpoint. The book is not an earth-shaking, well-written book; but, I found it inspiring due to the presentation of "too-human feelings" that as Christians we do not want to say out loud. I described this book as romatic because the love of human beings goes beyond the physical.

Enemy Within by Marcella Burnard
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous
enemy within

good read for "relaxation" - don't have to "read" into it :)

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Dark, Dramatic, Interesting
A Reliable Wife

Well written - but too dark for my interest. I find that lately books found on the best-seller list are gaining interest along the lines of deep dark topics. Not only is the book depressing, but it has a predictable plot which drags without relief of redemption.

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Start Something That Matters

I find that the story behind "TOMS" is interesting to read and told by Blake who has a humanistic life-view. Wow, what a change in reading about starting a business. This book contains plenty of quotes that appeal to everyday living. The book is not "preachy" and is an easy light-hearted read, i.e., not a tome. This book is worth reading for its reminders about life's lessons.

Fallen: A Novel by Karin Slaughter
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous
Karen Slaughter, "Fallen"

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Dramatic
One for the money

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