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Insightful, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Fat Lady 's revenge

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
another time & place

really well done glimpse into the past cultural practices of a section of china.
The big question: "Would we force our daughters to endure the torture& disfigurement of foot binding if we believed it would ensure a better life for them?"
The whole idea of having no value would not fly in our society today.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
1940's southern prejudices

Good to learn where the South was during and post- WWII, regarding prejudice against those blacks who fought in WWII. also, of interest was the lengths women would go to to please/appease their husbands in those days.

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

slow start, grows on you. Told from 2 views: renee, the super-literate small hotel concierge, hiding her gifts from the hotel residents; Paloma, 12-yr-old insightful dtr of wealthy parents, living in the hotel, trying to find meaning in life.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
THe Help

Alot to discuss here: how we treat people who "Help" us (the paperboy,lawn mower, babysitter, etc.); our racial prejudices; our class prejudices; what we will/won't do to make other people like us. Didn't want to put it down. The suspense was intense.

The Summer Guest by Justin Cronin
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Epic, Fantastic
The Summer Guest

So much to talk about! Telling "white lies", keeping secrets; assisted suicide; "snowbirds"; wealth; authors' attitude towards life; DNR; bravery; conscientious objectors; the gov't's insufficient support of returning soldiers.

 
Confusing, Interesting, Beautiful
The History of Love

Confusing times, places & characters. We all liked the main character, crusty, old, sad but alive Leo Gursky. Lively discussion about whether or not a 14-yr-old girl would go to such great lengths to help her lonely & depressed mother and her Messianic younger brother. Discussion about Jewish identity: are you a Polish Jew or a Jewish Pole? and how that identity changes with the different generations.

Just Kids by Patti Smith
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Pointless
Just Kids

This is not meant to be a "story." It's the fulfillment of a promise from Patti Smith to her soulmate Robert Mapplethorpe that she would someday write about their love and their time together, as young, obsessed, starving artists in NYC. They were 2 totally different people who filled in each others' blanks. She chronicles life @ the famed Chelsea Hotel in the late 60s>early 70s. She gives us a glimpse into their "must-do" daily lives of very dedicated artists, in a community of other obsessed (& some well known) artists in diverse media.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Let The Great World Spin ; March '11

Lots to talk about. Characters from all walks of life go through their everyday lives in NYC in the Summer of 1974 @ the time Philippe Petit attempted to walk on a wire suspended between the new Twin Towers. Amazing how McCann wove the stories/lives together.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Water for elephants

Awesome Book on Tape!

What Is Left the Daughter by Howard Norman
 
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
What is Left the Daughter

Kind of interesting re: the lives of some of the Canadians & Nova Scotians impacted by the attacks of the German subs off the Northeast coast during WWII. Reminded us that war is not a good thing. People, children, wives, get killed.And just because someone is of the same nationality as "the enemy" doesn't mean that he/she is evil, and also our enemy.
NOT a "Must-Read". It was more of a quiet, "that was interesting" read. This author, Howard Norman, is highly regarded by a few of the members of our group. They admitted this was not their favorite of his works.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Interesting
The Girl Who Played with Fire

Page-turner. Read 100 pgs/day, no problem. Lisbeth's virtues and strengths were underestimated by almost everybody, the evil & the good. Of the three books in Larson's trilogy, this is Lisbeth's story. There is some graphic violence, but you can skip over it.

People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Another "history through the life of an object" book. Can be confusing because it was told chronologically backwards.The map inside the cover of the hardcover book was extremely helpful.

 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Adventurous, Scary
Moonlight Mile. by Dennis Lehane

Skip over the extremely violent parts. It's the sequel to "Gone, Baby, Gone" (excellent movie).
Interesting to see where these true-to-life characters go. Very true to contemporary life in blue-collar New England (Boston & western Mass).

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative
Unbroken

In the face of man's inhumanity through torture and deprivation, for years, this man triumphed.
And then his Faith and family helped him through his PTS years. A miracle. Gripping read.

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