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Columbine by Dave Cullen
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Truth Behind an American Tragedy

Columbine is one of the most fascinating books I've ever read. Forget everything you thought you knew about the killers, their motives, the high school and role of the media in reporting an unfolding event. The real story is not what you saw on TV that terrible April day or the weeks and months that followed. Dave Cullen goes behind the headlines and brings us the facts about one the darkest days in modern American history. He brilliantly cuts through the hysteria to show us the truth about Dylan and Eric, their families, Columbine High School and the town of Littleton, Colorado. To me, one of the most haunting aspects of this story is how typical all of these suburban families are. I see both the killers and their victims in the faces of my neighbor's children, the teenagers at the ballgame on Friday night and kids on playground down the street. It's easy now to talk about who should have known about the diabolical plans of Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris but Cullen shows us that it's not so simple to see into the mind of a troubled teenager. Adding to the tragedy is the way the media handled the story, compounding grief and fear with rumors and falsehoods and manipulating the raw emotions of a shocked nation.

I could not put this book down until I finished. A must read for anyone interested in the role of the media in American society.

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

Loved this book. I continue to think about the story long after I finished the book.

Damage by Josephine Hart
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Dramatic
our liveliest discussion yet

DAMAGE is a disturbing portrait of obsession. It was like watching a train wreck, you just had to keep reading. This story generated the most discussion we've had at our club to date. The book is not for everyone but it's definitely one that we will remember.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
honest look at a changing time

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Beautiful
beautiful tale of an unexpected life

Journey to another time and culture with MEMOIRS OF A GEISHA. Beautifully written, complex characters, fascinating setting.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Epic, Brilliant
the tale of three sisters

Shakespearean tragedy set in rural America. Enjoyed the book but it left me with the feeling that I had missed something in the story. Many unanswered questions but maybe that's the point. Generated discussion but not as much as I expected. Overall, thumbs up.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Difficult, Insightful
could not stop thinking about this book

Loved this book. I continue to think about the story long after I have finished the book. A hit with our club. Generated a lot of discussion.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
greater understanding of women in Afghanistan...worth reading

Great book--especially for American women. Journey to a tragic, wartorn part of the world where women control very little of their own destiny. Poignant story of love and sacrifice. Sometimes difficult to read because of the realistic depiction of life in Afghanistan. Worth reading. Recommend THE KITE RUNNER too. Because of these two books, I understand the war in a more personal way.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
a heartbreaker at its best

This book hurt so good. It broke my heart but I wouldn't have missed the experience. It took me to a completely different culture but showed me that love is the same no matter where you go. I listened to the Audio Book and I believe it made the story even better. Loved this book!

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