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Cutting for Stone: A novel by Abraham Verghese
 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Beautiful, Interesting
Epic novel

Unforgettable characters, rich, several surprises along the way.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
My favorite book!

I've read it three times in the last year! Absolutely LOVE this book! The characters are rich and detailed. What I love most about this book is how it demonstrates the ability of the human spirit to survive despite overwhelming loss and misery. The book's "narrator" has a wonderful, dry sense of humor.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
A way to peacefully fight terrorism

I had a hard time getting interested in the story at first. but keep with it. Reading this book gave me a way to fight terrorism peacefully - by donating funds to help build schools in Pakistan.

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
too much violence for me

Although I liked the historical setting, there was too much violence in this book for my taste, violence toward people, women, and animals. Outside of the violence, it was interesting.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Brilliant
Thought-provoking

The ending leaves you wondering what really happened. Which story is true? Is the true story easier or harder to believe than the fictional story? And which is which? Extemely interesting book that nearly begs to be discussed with others.

Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life by Barbara Kingsolver, Camille Kingsolver, Steven L. Hopp
 
Informative, Inspiring, Persuasive
Leads to interesting discussion, but difficult to get through. Couldn't finish it.

I enjoy Barbara Kingsolver's fiction, and I admire the fact that she and her family made such huge life changes. But I just could not push myself to get through this book! I felt somewhat inspired to purchase more "local" produce, but I also felt guilty for eating "out of season" produce and for not wanting to follow more of the suggestions in this book.

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Gloomy
Sad, sad, sad....

Very quick read. Quite depressing subject matter. You literally experience the "descent into madness" with the author as the book progresses. She paints a bleak picture of mental health care in the 1950s. Of course, take with a grain of salt as the picture is altered by the main character's skewed perception due to her mental state. I don't whole-heartedly recommend this book for a book club, as it is not a fun book to read. If your club has an interest in mental illness, however, this is worth the time.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Insightful
Difficult to read, but glad I read it

This book takes you out of your comfort zone! There were times I wanted to either quit reading or skip ahead a few chapters. Reading about boys being trained to kill, and being killed in the process, was extremely difficult. I did not "enjoy" reading this book. But I'm glad I read it, just for the awareness factor.

 
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Interesting, but....

Interesting concept, but I didn't like the book. With such an interesting idea, it could have been so much better! I like the "diary" format. Sexual acts were gratuitous and did not enhance the plot. I really can't recommend this book to anyone.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Very good book

Sometimes funny, sometimes sad, sometimes melancholy, always interesting.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
Excellent book

Don't wait until your mid-forties to read this book!

 
Dramatic, Difficult, Insightful
emotionally difficult to read

I have a 13-year-old daughter, and the subject matter just hit too close to home. The bad guy is really horrifyingly bad. I wasn't satisfied with the ending.

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