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The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
 
Informative, Dramatic, Adventurous
I chose this rating because I discussed this book with friends who really loved the book but I did not bring this book to my own book club as they are not interested in reading about vampires.

Reading "The Historian" is like a journey in time and space. The descriptions are vivid and you can easily place yourself in the action. The story moves quickly and mysteriously through an adventure that contains many twists and turns. A really enjoyable read for those that appreciate vampire lore with a heavy helping of 'story' mixed in.

 
Informative, Brilliant, Beautiful
Story of the artist and a housemaid who learnd to help him make and store the paints, but helps him 'see' to make his paintings better.

This is a brilliant story of people who are soul mates and those around them who do not; indeed; cannot understand them.

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
 
Dramatic, Fun, Dark
Coming of age now happens in your late 20-somethings, as illustrated in this romp through the south and Chicago.

Arlene or 'Lena, must learn to live with herself before she can come to terms with the varied events of her childhood. She learns to grow up and to accept herself, then she sees the relationships in her life as what they are, real, heartfelt love and care, not just tenuous strings but lifelines.

 
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
This is a look into the brilliant yet plodding mind of Galileo's daughter.

Plodding only because she had to be to live the way she needed to so her family could remain as intact as possible. Brilliant because she was the backbone behind Galileo, one of the most brilliant thinkers and scientists of the time. Ladies, in the time of Galileo, had to be married to have status. Their mothers also had to have been married to their fathers.
Galileo's daughter, Virginia, held her father, her sister and herself together as best she could all her life.
The brilliant girl had no recourse but to become a nun and take her sister with her.
When her father publishes his views on the heavens and the pope, who had given his approval for the publication, revokes his approval, Galileo falls out of favor with everyone. . . except his staunch ally --Virginia.
This book is brilliant and a must-read!

Saving the World by Julia Alvarez
 
Talk about the voice and development of characters! Alvarez has given voice to two intelligent and strong women in her new book!

The premise will shock you. The characters will win you over. This is an interesting character study of two women carrying on their struggles with their own eras of history, as the backdrop. Are some women of the past stronger and more courageous than we can imagine? Why do people do the things they do? Is it because humans believe in good causes that we do good deeds or is it usually for love?

Evening by Susan Minot
 
If you like flashbacks in movies you may really enjoy this book as it makes flashbacks of the life of another playback in your mind as you read!

This book is amazing for the way the author strings together stream of consciousness writing that helps to place the reader in the memory of the book character.
Ann Lord is the main character and she is quite ill. Cancer is about to claim her life and the book tells the story of her life, not in a flash, but daily as the morphine is administered she remembers for the reader many of the most tender and revealing moments in her life.
It makes one wonder what secrets we all hide, from those we love and even our attempts to hide the truth from ourselves.
If you are human you probably have something to hide.

Madam Secretary by Madeleine Albright
 
If one is not used to reading non-fiction, it can be a difficult book to read.

I would recommend this book to any reader. It is an enlightening book about an outstanding personality and politico of our time. Insight into some of the diplomatic moments in recent US history can be gleaned.

 
Gloomy, Epic, Adventurous
Read this book and discuss current and historical society contexts!

This book is perfect for book clubs and for others! One great thing about this book is that it asks, very pointedly, "Just because mankind can do something technologically, biomedically, or otherwise; should mankind forge ahead without regard for the consequences, especially the unintended consequences?
Well, there is hope for mankind if we meet our future properly, with forethought and with logic AND compassion. Otherwise, we can see through our reading of this great classic just what course we are taking.
Consider carefully all aspects of any individual, societal, or global decision.
Additionally, there are some movies that could go along with this book, while they do not necessarily follow the book it could be an interesting comparison. One really should watch the Mel Brooks version with Gene Wilder, and Marty Feldman, among a great cast of comedic others to lighten the tone after the somewhat possibly depressing read.

On Writing by Stephen King
 
A great and entertaining look at the craft of writing and at King's own saga.

This book is a must for adults or students who love to read. Stephen King writes about his own love for writing, reading and life. This is a book not to be missed!

The Writing Class by Jincy Willett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Fun
The Writing Class by Jincy

Starts a bit slow, but character development is well done. Although the characters are a bit predictable the plot moves along and the clues to the identity of the perpetrator are abundant. Watch for these clues carefully to solve the mystery.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Life Changing, Brilliant
Know your history, even if it is HerStory

Ms. Roberts has studied her history and she works in one of the best places on earth to study US History.
We have all heard that, . . . "behind every great man there stands a great woman." This book proves that saying in a very dramatic and engaging way.
Thank you Ms. Roberts and I will be reading Ladies of Liberty next.

 
Book Club Recommended
Graphic, Adventurous, Dark
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

I was surprised this book was written by a man, although if you are aware of his background I suppose it is well within his range. I found the book to be gripping and compelling; I HAD to know what was going to happen next. The next two books in the series are the same.

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

This book lets the reader enter the lives and loves of Ernest Hemingway through the eyes of his first and possibly most authentic wife. This is an author's 'coming of age' story.

West with the Night by Beryl Markham
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Beautiful, Inspiring
West with the Night

If you haven't read about Beryl Markham you have missed an exciting and revealing look at what one woman can and did do with her life. This book is inspiring and illuminating.

Inferno by Dan Brown
 
Dramatic, Adventurous, Fun
Inferno

Another DaVinci Code, interesting in that it makes the reader become interested in the classic writing, art, and the locations mentioned in the book. The book brings out some interesting items to discuss but most novel readers won\\\'t discuss the important issues brought up in this book, sadly.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting

TransAtlantic: A Novel by Colum McCann
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Informative
Transcendant

This book takes you across the Atlantic as the title suggests but also takes you to different time periods. A great idea by the author to span time and space with fictional characters who could be real and real-life characters and their uniqueness that makes them seem fictional. Great book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Interesting on Many Levels

This book is inspiring. It lets us imagine how often our lives intersect and entwine with others in ways we do not see and sometimes do not even imagine.

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Interesting, Brilliant
Amazing

I did not want this story to end. The imagination takes flight with the reading of this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Brilliant
Evidence of Things Unseen

The images that the novel evokes are see-able by the reader partially because the characters do come right off the page with their dialogue and their insights into life.
I loved this book even though the coincidences were just a tad contrived.

 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Adventurous, Epic
Enchanting characters set in Colonial India

Reading becomes reality as you move through the life of a upper class Indian young woman and her trials and tribulations. Tea will never be the same as you understand the Colonialism and how it worked its effects on the Indian population and culture.

The Son by Philipp Meyer
 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Graphic, Informative
The Son by Philipp Meyer

Enjoyable from the first paragraph. Tells the story of the taming of the South and West of the US along with the growth of one family in particular and their strong as well as weak, choices.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
Inspiring and Lovely Story

This story is a coming of age and Olympic story! The saga takes us through a life lived to the hilt.

March by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Storytelling

This book tells a personal story about an individual and those he meets during the time of the Civil War. An innovative look at the past and how lives might be shaped.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
A Look at Life Its Own Self

What would you do?
Loneliness and stress changes each of us. What would you do? How far would you go for someone you love? What does PTSD look like in different people when it is all on the inside?

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Story within a Story

The book 'revolves' around a serious feat, walking a high wire between twin towers in New York City. You will be fascinated by the 'warp' and 'weave' of McCann's stories and it may evoke memories of your own, no matter where you are in your life's journey.

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