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Book Club Recommended
Life Changing, Dramatic, Insightful
Five Smooth Stones

Over the past few months, I've read books with African American themes. However, unlike the other books I've read that took place during the Civil Rights movement, this one moved me the most. I found myself rejoicing with the characters when they overcame obstacles and crying with them during their sorrows. I was surprised that I'd never heard of this book, but I feel that everyone needs to read it, no matter the color of their skin.

The Abortionist's Daughter by Elisabeth Hyde
 
The Abortionist's Daughter

I chose this this book because the title and summery implied that it would touch on the controversial issue of abortion. When I read the first few chapters I quickly learned that it was a fluff, whodunit, murder mystery novel. It was a nice escape from the serious novels I'd been reading recently, however it didn't touch on the issue of abortion from the pro life side or choice side. I don't have anything against James Patterson, but I would compare this book to one of his.

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

I've been reading books that have taken place during the turbulent Civil Rights Movement over the past few months. It was so refreshing to see maids depicted with feelings of disdain for the women they worked for, as opposed to maids with a mammy mentality. The author eloquently described the struggle these women went through to make things better for the future generations of African Americans. I highly recommend this book to any woman.

Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos
 
Boring, Dramatic, Romantic
Not Your Typical Love Story

Although this isn't one of my favorite books, I like how it isn't a typical love story. It focuses more on the love of a child and I'd like to give the author kudos for that. However, this book was very elementary in my opinion and I don't forsee it generating an intelligent, in depth discussion at my book club. Maybe I'm critiquing this book extra hard because this normally isn't my genre of choice, but I was expecting more.

Absent Friends by S.J. Rozan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic
Mystery Surrounding 9/11

The author was very brave to write a mystery surrounding a difficult time in America. I love how he depicts how secrets affect a close knit circle of friends. I agree with the critic who compared this book to Mystic River. I found myself rushing home to read this book. It was very captivating!

 
Fun, Pointless, Interesting
Entertaining Read!

I saw the motion picture version of this book and enjoyed it. I enjoyed the book as much as the movie! I fell in love with the characters in the book. This book shows that you can love a child unconditionally, even if you're not their parent. I strongly recommend this if you're looking for a good laugh!

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
A Book About a Cathedral?

My aunt first recommended this to me and swore up and down that it was good. When she told me this, I looked at her like she was crazy. I unknowingly recommended this to a friend and she put it in a hat as a possible book club pick. Once I opened this book and began to read it, I couldn't put it down! I became entranced in each characters' story while learning the ins and outs of cathedral building. I strongly recommend this if you're into the historical fiction genre.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
Nineteen Minutes

This book was enjoyable and informative. Like most of Picoult's books there is a twist. Her subject matter was very controversial and you could tell she did her research on how cases are tried in a court of law. I love the fact that she told the story from different points of view. Again, Jodi Picoult never displeases.

Abide with Me: A Novel by Elizabeth Strout
 
Slow, Inspiring, Insightful
Not highly recommended

This summary for this book is very misleading. The plot makes the book sound interesting, but instead it moves very slow and she abruptly ends the book. The book only got interesting towards the end. I didn't read Amy and Isabelle, but I hope it's better than Abide With Me.

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

I'd been meaning to read this book for years, but my interest was piqued because a motion picture version is coming out soon. This book is written unlike any other I've read. It turned something graphic into something beautiful in the long run. This was a good read.

The 19th Wife: A Novel by David Ebershoff
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Interesting Read

I love how this book paralells the story of Brigam Young's 19th wife Ann Eliza Webb along with an incident in a modern day Mormon community. I learned many things about the Mormons beliefs and why the religion is viewed as controversial. Whenever I had free time, the book was in my hand because it held my interest that much. I feel that everyone should give this book a chance.

Optimist's Daughter by Eudora Welty
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Boring, Optimistic
Pulitzer Prize Winning Novel

This book reminded me of every other Southern novel I've read in the past. I really don't understand what it takes to win a Pulitzer Prize, but this book wasn't worthy in my opinion.

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