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Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
A Thousand Splendid Suns

An insightful novel I read because of the Kite Runner. After finishing this book I've read other works about Afghanistan and Pakistan, finally stopping because it got to be depressing. I recommend this book to clubs as it will generate some interesting conversations/debates about cultures.

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

We thought this book was very addictive and profoundly sad. We never knew about the Vel'd'Hiv roundup in Paris in 1942. Sarah's journey through hell and Julia's obsession with finding out about Sarah's journey in modern day was very interesting and creative by the author, Tatiana de Rosnay.

Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
 
Slow, Inspiring, Insightful
Eat Pray Love

Our group can't figure out the allure to this book. Gilbert is funny and a good writer who really exposed herself and her darkest days. She gave way too much info while in the Ashram which lost all of us.

South of Broad by Pat Conroy
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
South of Broad

It wasn't his best but there was a lot of character development, thriller, mystery, and silliness.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
 
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
The Lost Symol

If you read The DaVinci Code then you don't need to bother reading this. Additionally, its NOT a book club book. We stopped reading and just met since there's not much to discuss. We advise to skip it!

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Glass Castle

Enjoyed the book but had to stick with it at the beginning because its such a sad story. The saddest part is this is a true story. Jennette Walls is a gifted writer and a remarkable survivor!

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Loving Frank

We thought the characters were interesting and provided some great conversation at our discussion. A great pick for a book club as well as interesting history I never knew much about!

 
Confusing
The Age of Innocence

 
Romantic, Interesting, Insightful
One Day

Good character development for book club discussion but I just didn't like this book at all!

Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Pope Joan

A very good historical fiction book. Interesting and informative dating way back and how the church suppressed all information about 'embarrassing' events. This is a very long book and not a quick read BUT a worthwhile read.

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Graphic, Interesting
This Is Where I Leave You

Hilarious, laugh out loud fun. A mature book that most of us can identify with to some degree. Great fun and great fun reviewing at a meeting!

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Corner of Bitter and Sweet

The book was interesting from an American history side. The writer was excellent.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
The Art of Racing in the Rain

At first it was tough to get used to the story being told from a dog's point of view. However, once I got used to that this book was so very sweet, beautiful and insightful. We highly recommend this book!

The Young Wan by Brendan O'Carroll
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
The Young Wan

Very very good book. Good characters, historical fiction period and good for group discussion. There aren't any discussion questions out there so we had to come up with our own.

 
Unconvincing, Interesting, Dramatic
Second Time Around

A simple book with no substance. Good read for a girl in middle school or high school. From a book club point of view with women who read contemporary and historical fiction it was a waste of time.

One September Morning by Rosalind Noonan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Scary
One September Morning

Great subject. First third of book is compelling then it gets a bit over the top but overall a very good book from a true story. Book provided very good conversation at the discussion meeting.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
The Submission by Amy Waldman

Interesting story line. Good book for book club discussions.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles

A very good book and we decided we liked it more than we realized after we discussed it.

The London Train (P.S.) by Tessa Hadley
 
Boring, Interesting, Pointless
The London Train

There are two stories in one book. The author weaved two separate stories into one title with the common thread being the train to and from London. Well written but found the stories and characters boring. A lot of character development was missing and too much description on pointless topics. Majority of our club felt it was a boring & pointless but quick read.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Still Alice

One of our favorite books ever. So emotional on every level, sad, happy, mad, curious. Great discussion book. A must read!!!!

One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Scary, Interesting
One Breath Away

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