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Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
The Art of Racing in the Rain

Our book club really enjoyed this selection. We learned a lot about racing and the dog's point of view was so appealing. Funny and often bittersweet, it kept us all entertained.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Adventurous
Tender at the Bone

The Awakening by Kate Chopin
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow, Insightful
The Awakening

It is the story of a dissatisfied wife of a wealthy Creole businessman, set in 1899, and her gradual change as she awakens to a life of her own. Some members disliked the main character's behavior and the ending of the book, but it provided for a lengthy and lively discussion. Chopin's writing allows for people to have different takes on characters and actions.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

The author comingles Henrietta's story with her scientific research in an informative, believable narrative. Our book club learned a lot and thoroughly enjoyed reading this.

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

A present-day murder mystery parallelling early history of the Mormon faith makes for an informative, eye-opening read. The characters are interesting, but even more so is the strange history of polygamy practiced in the U.S.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Gloomy
You Know When the Men are Gone

An insightful and descriptive collection of short stories Ft. Hood families, their lives inside the base, their trials and fears revolving around the soldiers and their experiences. Though fictional, the stories embrace truths about war injuries, both physical and mental, infidelity, hope, and coping.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Informative, Interesting
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes

A semi-autobiographical tale of an American girl meeting and eventually marrying her true love in Paris. She includes recipes of food involved in her stories of life in Paris. The book is fun, but not great literature. An easy summer read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Slow, Interesting
Clara and Mr. Tiffany: a Novel

The novel was very informative on the glassworks process, filled with descriptions of the famous Tiffany lampshades created by the women workers. It also provided interesting characters and historical data from the period. It is told from Clara's point of view,leading at times to overlong emotional spurts that detracted from the flow. Pictures of the pieces made would have contributed to the book.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful
A Man Called Ove

Delightful, heartwarming, with lovable characters and a determined plot

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Dealing with Down Syndrome

The author's approach to Down Syndrome and family relations provides a canvas for broader issues of rejection and acceptance, worth and redemption, choices and consequences.

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