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Name : Diana C.

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Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Vintage Prose

Our group really enjoyed this book. However one member thought it was totally unbelievable. Even with one low rating we ranked it a 4.34/5. Most enjoyed the creativeness of the writer, taking one event in history, the meeting of Indian Tribe chief and the US president and making up a story around that event. The development of the relationships between the women, who were basically social outcast for various reasons become dependent on each other. Additionally, their relationships with their Indian spouse and their deeper understanding of what our American society did to the Indians was fascinating.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Vintage Prose rates Loving Frank a 4.4

Many members of our group were suprised how much we liked this tale. Some admited dreading reading it and were pleased they did. Most learned alot about Frank Llloyd Wright and while we agreed he was a remarkable architect he really did not know much about interpersonal relationships. All were suprised by what happened to the love of this life.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Vintage Prose rates Snow Flower and the Secret Fan 4.4

The majority of our group enjoyed. This book was insightful to us in two ways. Life in China and how poor communication between friends can ruin a friendship or set a friendship back.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Vintage Prose give Let the Great World Spin a 3.75

Ten of our twelve members voted. Some rated a 5 (top score) others 2.5 (low score). The group enjoyed a glimpse into a time period that occurred when we were growing up. NO one remembered hearing about the tight rope walker. We like most characters but felt the photographer of graffiti didn't fit in, didn't like the story line of the rich girl gone bad/artist character. Most other characters believable and author did a good job for the most part of intertwining the rest of the characters.

The Day the Falls Stood Still by Cathy Marie Buchanan
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Vintage Prose rates The Day The Falls Stood Still a 4.0 (out of5)

Our group thought after a slow start the book was informative about Niagra Falls and it's history. The love story and coming of age story worked well for the time peroid and discussing the environmental changes due to the electric companies.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Vintage Prose gives The Wosrt Hard Time a 3.0 out of 5

Those who read or completed the book thought that for a history book this read fairly well. Using partcular survivors from did towns was a good way for the story to unfold. One member stated she could partially taste the dust in her mouth while she read the book. Interesting insights into how man created the dust bowl. Seems to be a recurring theme in the world.

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Dark, Dramatic, Interesting
Siena book club found this book a bit depressing

We felt none of the characters had many redeeming qualities. It came down to who did we think was least evil. Many expressed gladness the book ended and didn't get that feeling of I don' t want tis book to end.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative
Unbroken - you can't put it down

I am more of a fiction reader but I could not put this book down. I started it on the plane when traveling for work. I ended up staying up very late two nights in a row. First to get Louie out of the ocean and second out of the Prison of War camps. Riveting story. Also fascinating that after all the head trauma he did not suffer any longterm effects. Or at least he seems to not have any mental decline when relaying his harrowing tale. I suspect his bravado attitude and child pranks and ingenuity are what helped him survive. one of the best non fiction stories I've read.
It's also amazing that there are probably a thousand other harrowing stories out there that will never be told. What a tribute to all the veterans of war.

Caleb's Crossing: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Caleb's Crossing sort of slow

I have never given a thought regarding the first American Indian attending college. Fascinating topic but a bit of a slow start. Not my favorite Geraldine Brooks novel but good topic. I liked the contrast between not allowing education of girls/women and a special college being funded to educate the "natives".

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Paris Wife - could have live without reading it

While it was interesting to find out about how spoiled a person Hemingway was and a good study of a maniac depressive person I found it rather boring. Other than being a good writer Hemingway had few redeeming qualities. Hadley got the good end of the deal when she divorced him.
I did find the bull fights interesting. When I was a girl we went to Mexico and watch a bull fight. Brought back some memories. I also checked the skiing place he went to and lived off of others. I couldn't understand what his parents did that was so wrong to turn him against them. They gave him the ability initially have a good education and provided for him.

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Little Bee- little contrite at end

Overall not a bad book but the ending was disappointing and unbelieveable.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Beautiful
The Distance Hours

Once again I enjoyed this authors style. in general if you like Kate Morton books you'll like this one. She cleverly weaves several stories into one.

Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Beautiful, Optimistic
Emily and Einstein

The front cover hooked me. I have a Jack Russel Terrier. Einstein's actions were dead on in many JRT characteristics. When he tore up the donut box on the table I could picture my dog doing it. It appalled Sandy at first that he let go but that is why becoming a dog made him finally become a little nicer human.
This book had good character development and they were believable. Even the dogs personality came through. Fun read.

Equity of Evil by Rudy A. Mazzocchi
Book Club Recommended
Best new medical thriller I've read in years

Wow, cheers to Rudy! His debut novel ranks up there with Robin Cook, Tess Gerritsen, and James Rollins. What do you get when you mix venture capitalist with medical research/discovery? A very interesting tale.
Not to mention a topic that most people have a definite opinion, yet the author did a great job just presenting the story letting you make your own ethical decision.
The would be a great book to discuss at book club.

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