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Name : Stacy L.

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Beautiful, Insightful, Inspiring
Our book club over all enjoyed this book

Interesting, Informative, Slow
This selection offered many topics for highly animated discussion

Our book club generally liked the debate/ debates sparked by this selection, but not all of the members enjoyed the actual reading of the book

Most members would recommend the book, with caveats

a generally well written book that deals with heavy issues

OUr book club overall rted this a 4 for discussion. A women in an accident who confronts every personal tragedy known to man

Informative, Interesting, Dark
excellent non-fiction must read

This is an excellent non-fiction book. It illuminates an important period in Americas history along with the accoun of the mass murderer Holmes.

Out book club was divided into those that loved the book and those that were lukewarm on the book.

Decide for yourself - it is worth the time

Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
how a secret can ruin many peoples lives

Insightful, Life Changing, Interesting
Our book club did not like this book at all

This book would classify as a beach read for an idiot!

Brookland: A Novel by Emily Barton
Historical novel about the Brookland bridge

Overall the book club had trouble finishing the selection. All agreed that the writing was exceptional but, the storyline dry. Had another writer crafted this tale it would have been a dimal failure

Chocolat by Joanne Harris
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
the group liked the book well enough, but compared it to the movie .

The group liked the book, but compared it to the movie. Most felt it either did not live up to the movie or the movie altered the book too much. Most readers would recommend the text, but with reservations.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Second novel by the author of Kite Runner

The South Bay Book club generally rated this novel a four and would recommend it to friends and family.

The general consensus was that the author did an excellent job writing about women and their plight in war torn Afghanistan. It was a sad novel and painful at times to read about Leila and Mariam.

If you liked Kite Runner, you will enjoy this novel as well.

Slow, Difficult, Romantic
Love affair over a lifetime

Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton
Dramatic, Interesting, Gloomy
Haunting story of three tragic lives

This novel is simply and beautifully written - not only odes the writing carry you away into the lives of these tragic people, you feel that you are there world walking in step with them.

Slow, Gloomy
turn of the century novel - one of the best

Dramatic, Insightful, Inspiring
true stroy of heroic bravery

The Hummingbird's Daughter by Luis Alberto Urrea
Adventurous, Interesting, Beautiful
Passionate and Beautiful tale of a brave yong woman

Our book club rated this a one of the most loved books we have read. A beautifully crafted novel based on a true woman and true events during a turbulent period in Mexico's history. A must read!

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

Book Club Recommended
Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
Pillars of the Earth

OUr club really liked this book. A sweeping epic worth reading.

Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
3 cups of tea

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
1000 White Women

Here are some words that the bookclub used to describe this book
Indian Plight
Couldn't believe it was written by a man
touched on thought provoking ideas

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Pointless
beautiful and simple

this is beautifully written book that sneaks up on you with it simplicity - not for every reader, but a gem none the less

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
potato peel

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

It was said that overall that for this genre the book was good, but slow to get into.. very graphic and not for the faint of heart

Fall On Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald
Dark, Gloomy, Graphic
Fall on your Knees

Daughter of Fortune by Isabel Allende
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Epic
Doughter of Fortune

The group felt that although the novel had some beautiful prose throughout the story that we were left feeling unsatisfied with the ending and the overall character development.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative

What a fantastic book, a must read! truly an inspiring story and ultimately about love and forgiveness

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Paris Wife

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Fun, Insightful
funny major pettigrew

Interesting, Insightful, Boring
Fifteen lives wasted

Our club felt that the character pretty much wasted his lives and was not a tale a redemption that we had hoped for. Some beautiful writing, but would only recommend to certain people

Book Club Recommended
Gloomy, Boring, Dark
The Tsar of Love and Techno

Beautifully written collection of short stories that are interwoven so wonderfully. The subject matter tends to lean to the darker side, but the characters are so wonderfully developed that you feel hope and love. Marra will be one of our generations great authors and I cannot wait to read more and more of what he writes.

Slow, Dramatic, Interesting
My Brilliant Friend

Overall only half of our bookclub finished this book, the other half thought it boring and a poor read. It is the first in a four part series. And it translated, somewhat poorly from Italian. I think it is book you either love or hate.

Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Beautiful, Insightful
Beautiful recount of African/Amer & African history

Yaa Gaasi has retold the story of African-Americans and Africans in a way that I don't believe it has been done before. She tells a multi-generational story so beautifully that you don't know that you are being let in on the secret stories that have been told for generations by her people an ultimately all of our peoples.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting

The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, Douglas Carlton Abrams
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Beautiful, Insightful
Keep this by bedside

Our group all felt this book was wonderful and wished we had more time to read the book. A valuable book to have and pick up to read at anytime of day or night. Great tools in the back for practicing a joyful life.

A Gentleman in Moscow by AMOR TOWLES
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Brilliant, Insightful

The Namesake: A Novel by Jhumpa Lahiri
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Beautiful
Insight into culture

A beautifully written book that gives you an insight to a family that we can all relate too.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Beautiful, Insightful

If you like sweeping family epics that have every known life drama incorporated, then you will love this book.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Inspiring
If you read Glass Castle

If you read Glass Castle, then you will find this to be a great compliment to that book. Our club overall really liked this book about Jeanette Walls over the top Grandmother

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Fun

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative
WWII family survival saga

Our b/c overall liked and would recommend this book. It is a very tragic story even though the family ultimately survives the war. Not a book for the faint of heart.

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Addictive
Coastal N.C. Drama

Most of b/c liked this novel and thought that for a first time fiction writer it was very good. The end was a true twist.

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