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

This story is told from everyone in the story's viewpoint. It really makes you think about each person's situation and their feelings about it and leaves to wonder what you would do in that situation. You have to sympathize with all of them. Read, even if you see the movie, I haven't seen it yet, but I hear the ending is not the same!

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Glass Castle

This book offers a glimpse into a unique family dynamic which can be disturbing. Most people would have a hard time imagining such a life. It was a good book for discussion about parenting styles and responsibilities.

The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Romantic, Inspiring
The Last Song

you just can't go wrong with Nicholas Sparks. His books are beautifully written, with the twists that life so often presents on the exception rather than the rule side of life.

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Epic
Hard to Stick to it, but very worthwhile

This story takes you into a sad life of a boy in a time when such things were not understood or tolerated very well. There is also a good deal of history in the book which is interesting aside from the story itself.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
Inspired a very good discussion

This book received very extreme opinions in our bookclub. Some hated it, some loved (and have read it more than once) and others finished it, but were just warm about. Regardless of how any one person felt, it generated some of the best discusion our group has ever had in a meeting. We had different interpretations of the ending of the book.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Difficult
The Elegance of the Hedgehog

The book was eloquently written. I personally did not care for the story itself and I really didn't like the ending, however, it was an experience to read. A great book for a club discussion on the complexities of society and the inner selves of the characters in the story.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Adventurous
All Other Nights

This book had a great deal of interesting information about the Civil War told in a wonderful story of a young man who comes of age during these troubling times. It was an interesting twist on the subject with information not normally thought of when thinking about the Civil War.

A Handful of Dust by Evelyn Waugh
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Epic
A Handful of Dust

This book was written in the 30's in England, so it's a period book as well as being a different culture. It was fun to read with the use of language as it differs between the states and England. It was interesting view of the morality of the times with regards to marriage and divorce.

The Soldier's Wife by Margaret Leroy
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Soldier's Wife

Another aspect of life during the war and the personal conflicts and turmoil victims on both sides experienced.

Follow the River by James Alexander Thom
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Inspiring
Follow the River

So amazing since this is based on a true story. One just can't imagine a life that endures all she did. And we think we have it bad!

When the Stars Fall to Earth by Rebecca Tinsley
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
When The Stars Fall to Earth

It's an extremely informative book about the genocide happening still in Africa. It's is disturbing to know that women are still sexually mutilated as children and are considered of no real value, even though they basically do everything within their communities. The cruelty of man against man is hearbreaking, as is the ability for those on the outside to look the other way. Well worth reading.

A Dark Dividing by Sarah Rayne
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting
A Dark Dividing

The story pulls you in a little at a time until you\\\'re fully engaged, then engrossed. The similarities between the two stories 80 years separated are interesting and there are many surprises along the way.

The World As We Know It by Joseph Monninger
Book Club Recommended
The World As We Know It

A heart warming story set in the beautiful New England area. Parts of it went on for a wile, but good story, characters and the right ending.

The Slave Across the Street by Theresa Flores, PeggySue Wells
Book Club Recommended
The Slave Across the Street

A difficult subject to read about, but one that definitely needs to be written. It is sad to think that these things can happen right in our own neighborhoods.

My Funny Old Soul Mate by Steven Hartman
Book Club Recommended
My Funny Old Soul Mate

A decent story that calls out realities of this generation and the uncertainties and lack of direction sometimes experienced. Also deals with getting out of your comfort zone, or staying in it because it\\\'s easier.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic
Peace Like a River

Beautifully written story. Subject a bit disturbing, but there are various stories within the main story.

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Informative, Dramatic
Blood & Beauty, The Borgia's

A good historical fiction in a novel describing life in the 1400's in Europe. Life is full of power struggles, vanity and greed, starting witht he Pope and his family.

The Housemaid's Daughter by Barbara Mutch
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
this book takes you on a journey

It feels like it should have been 100 years earlier. A beautifully written story of life in Africa in the early to mid 1900s and the struggle for human rights and racial equality.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Informative, Interesting
A fun, interesting read

This book has an array of interesting characters that was so interesting to watch evolve. Mixed with some little known history about women pilots in WWII, it was a fun and worthwhile book to read.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
Makes you consider what you would do

This book has a pretty powerful story and really blurs the edges of what you think you know about right and wrong.

The Circle by Dave Eggers
Book Club Recommended
Scary, Informative, Insightful
The Circle

This book deals with the growth of technology and the impact on society. Parts of it were a little out there, but at the same time, a little too close for comfort.

Call Me Tuesday by Leigh Byrne
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Graphic, Interesting
Call Me Tuesday, True story of child abuse

A tough read because of the subject matter. A child is emotionally and physically abused by the mother which is ignored by the father. A sad story all around.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
What Alice Forgot

Interesting perspective on taking a look at your life from another point 10 years earlier in your life. You can't help but wonder how you would feel in that situation. Enjoyed the humor added to the revelations.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun, Beautiful
Delightful story

A young girl loses her grandma and goes on an adventure to deliver messages to people left behind. She learns things about her grandma she didn't know and has very conflicted feelings. Grandma was quite the character and the girl has quite an imagination, making this book a fun read.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Unremembered Girl

Well written story giving depth to each of the characters. The story is inspiring even though it is also quite sad.

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