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1776 by David McCullough
 
Informative, Insightful, Optimistic
Readable, informative, and moving account of a key year in American history

David McCullough has a talent for writing history that is readable by historians, history buffs, and those who don't ordinarily pick up a history book. I especially liked the way he used primary resources, such as letters and diaries, to to give a realistic picture of life in the American army in 1776. It was a moving book that made me realize how much not only the dedication and devotion of individuals to the cause but also luck? fate? divine intervention? had to do with the outcome of the Revolution.

 
Fun, Romantic, Adventurous
Fun to read, likeable characters

 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Enjoyable read about an interesting time and place, but some parts of the story seemed contrived.

How to Be Good by Nick Hornby
 
Mixed opinions about the book generated good discussion

 
Inspiring, Insightful, Brilliant
a moving and candid personal account of grief

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Beautiful, Informative, Optimistic
Three stories in one that address issues in human-human and human-nature relationships.

 
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
This interesting, exciting account of Lincoln's assassination and the subsequent hunt for John Wilkes Booth reads like a novel.

Blindness (Harvest Book) by Jose Saramago
 
Insightful, Brilliant, Interesting
disturbing but thought-provoking look at what might happen if we all suddenly became blind

To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
 
Persuasive, Inspiring, Insightful
I loved this book when I read it as an adolescent, and just as much when I re-read it for book club.

Flags of Our Fathers by James Bradley, Ron Powers
 
Moving story of a famous photo, the people in it, and what it symbolized

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