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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
The Book Thief

The language perfectly captures each character, situation, location, time, age and overall feel of this story. The story itself is a great one, but the writing is what makes it the very highest caliber of literature

Jayber Crow by Wendell Berry
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Inspiring, Life Changing
Jayber Crow

This is my favorite book by my favorite author. This is not your typical romance; this is an epic romance that demonstrates that true love is not a physical longing and fulfillment. Nor is it about unrequited feelings. Jayber's devotion to the one he loves is not the story of a nerd who can't get a girlfriend; it is the story of a man who recognizes the value of a particular woman and has no regrets about being faithful to her, though there is no sexual relationship. It is, too, the continuing story of a place, beautifully rendered; realistic and fully realized. Loss and joy are there; and, mostly, the extraordinary lives of ordinary people.

 
Insightful, Epic, Adventurous
Stonewiser

I love this concept, but the language is unfortunate. The terminology reminds me of some of the '50's science fiction films. I think Dora Machado has a gift, but that that gift would be better showcased without the indeciferable terminology.
Some clubs who like science fiction may find this a good read and I admit I only read the excerpt provided here.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Sarah's Key

This is a case of fiction illuminating more acurately actual historical events than a tome of non-fiction could. The blend of past and present are skillfully handled, as is the blend of history with present relationships and a possible romance between two people who have an intense connection through historical events.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
loving frank

There was something slightly off-key about the whole book. Frank Lloyd Wright was totally despicable and I thought his lover a fool, not to mention her husband.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
The Lovely Bones

A unique perspective among the many crime novels available. It was puzzling to me why, though we know the outcome, the story is compelling and suspenseful.

 
Informative, Interesting, Dark
Devil in the White City

This author fell prey to the most common error when writing non-fiction. A taught, suspenseful story could have come out of these true events, but Larson seemed unable to edit out any of the research materials he came across. For a really good, suspenseful true story, try "In Harm's Way" by Douglas Stanton. It was so scary, I literally had to stop reading one night. Ditto for "F 5".

Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Insightful
case histories

A Christmas Memory by Truman Capote
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Interesting
A Christmas Memory

A charming story of giving and receiving.

My Sisters Keeper by Jodi Picoult
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
My Sister's Keeper

Picoult always chooses interesting subject matter. I liked this, and think for groups it elicits many talking points. However, Picoult's actual writing is not impressive.

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