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Devils in the Sugar Shop by Timothy Schaffert
 
Poorly Written, Pointless
Self-Indulgent

A self-indulgent, self-conscious book trying to be acontemporary reflection of all the hip (really!) artsy folks in Omaha, Nebraska. Not buying it.

 
Interesting
Sort of Thought-Provoking

Didn't really tell me anything I didn't know, but it was a change of pace from what I usually read. Parts of it gave me pause, but it mostly made me feel superior to the 'dumb' people who go into debt trying to have the latest, newest, best...kind of like watching a reality show.

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Small Book Packing a Powerful Punch

Somber, quick read that draws you in with a mysterious, melancholy story. Thought-provoking and worthwhile.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous
Interesting

Because it's a travelogue, it's probably not a great book club choice. Still, there are a lot of interesting discussions to be had on the cultural differences and changes to Eastern European, Chinese, and Mongolian cultures. The book is actually at times laugh-out-loud funny. The author is irreverent, but smart, and it was fascinating to read a westerner's take on a part of the world most of us will never see.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Insightful
Strange and Fascinating

A good book for those who don't read sci fi, because there are so many relatable themes. It's odd, but at times a real page-turner. The religious aspect is a bit heavy-handed, but that probably helped to make it such a good discussion book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Beautiful
Nice

If this book were a girl, everybody would say she's nice. It's an accessible, likable book - the kind you give to your Mom. The best part is the sense of time and place the author gives you - she has a gift for atmosphere and detail.

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