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Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Dramatic
In the Time of the Butterflies

Most members felt this book was initially difficult to get started, but stuck with it and were very pleasantly surprised. Most said they had difficulty putting it down! The Mirabal sisters are strong, independent, courageous women and quickly draw you in to their world. It was a great discussion.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Outliers: The Story of Success

Very interesting and informative, but difficult to apply practically. It illustrates that no one thing makes someone "successful", but a conglomeration of things and circumstances combined with hard work.

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
An "amazing" book!

This book was easy to get into and difficult to put down. It is easy to see a little bit of yourself in almost every character. Beautifully written.

The Mistress of Spices: A Novel by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Beautiful
Mistress of Spices

The Member of the Wedding by Carson Mccullers
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Brilliant
Member of the Wedding

Frankie is full of passion for life and all the teenage angst that comes with those early teen years. It is a fascinating read that can't fail to pull at your heart strings, making you laugh and cry.

The Leisure Seeker: A Novel by Michael Zadoorian
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Gloomy, Insightful
The Leisure Seeker

What an adventure! At times funny, others heartwarming, and sometimes sad but never maudlin. Eady, fun read.

The Shack by William P. Young
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Life Changing
The Shacn

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Plot twists

Although a few in our group thought the beginning was a little slow, they all ended up loving this read. The characters are well developed and just when you think you have it figured out, there is another twist to keep you turning the page. Most of our group said this in one to own and read again. We gave it 4 1/2 stars.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
A Real Gem

What an amazing and resilient character is CeeCee Honeycutt! THis is a book that quickly drew me in and kept tickling the edges of my imagination when I had to put it down. Probably one of the best stories I've read in a while!

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
The Great Gatsby

This book gives a fairly accurate depiction of life in "The Roaring Twenties". It is a short read, but not necessarily a page turner. It is a classic worth reading.

 
Romantic, Fun, Insightful
"Major" disappointment

This was a bit of a chore to get through, very slow development of the story and very few likable characters. There were a few good parts, especially towards the end, but they were few and far between and not quite enough to redeem itself.

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

This book brought to life a piece of WWII history most of us were unaware of. The characters seemed very real and the change in voices as the story unfolds keeps this book from becoming emotionally overwhelming. This is an excellent read!

 
Book Club Recommended
Fantastic, Inspiring, Adventurous
A Delightful Surprise!

Based on the description, I wasn't sure I would be able to get into this book. But in no time at all, I was almost 50 pages in. What a delightful surprise. This is a book that will appeal across generations from 10 to 100. This is a story that flows and is full of adventure and characters to admire and some to fear. This is the first in a series of 7 and our group can't wait for #2 to hit the stores!

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
A new perspective on Alzheimer's

This book will make you laugh and cry and change the way you see Alzheimer's. This entire book is told completely in Alice's voice, even when Alice is so far removed from her world by this disease. It is so easy to find information for and about caregivers, but this book takes inside the victim in such a beautiful and insightful way. This was a favorite among our club members and will live in our memories a long time!

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Out side our comfort zone

This was a difficult book to get started on, but well written enough to keeping you turning the pages. This story was outside the comfort zone of most of our members but carried us through a good discussion.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Slow start to this page turner

Room starts out slow, but is a necessary set up for the rest of the story. From the momemt Jack is wrapped in the rug, the book is hard to put down. This is a remarkably well told story with some unexpected heros. Our club loved it and generated a lively discussion.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Life through the eyes of Death

This book was uniquely written and pulls you in from the beginning. One member of our club described it as watching a stage production with Death sitting next to you, offering little teasers and tidbits to enhance the story. This writer has a gift for words and language which makes this story almost poetic.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Past/present/future

In the beginning, it is a little difficult to keep the era and some of the characters straight as it jumps through time a bit. But the characters are well developed and it is very easy to get caught up in the lives of Eliza, Rose, Nell and Cassandra.

Caleb's Crossing: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Bethia's crossing

This was a very good story with well developed and dimensional characters. However, the title is a bit deceiving as it seems Caleb plays more of a secondary role and Bethia Mayfield IS the main character and voice of the story. Our group always enjoys Geraldine Brooks, but many found this to be, although very well written, not as good as many of her other books.

 
Slow, Interesting
Mediocre at best

These stories were very short, which is fine, but most of them came across as a bit "cheesy". Some of them were very interesting and a lot of them involved the great lakes. It was nice to be able to just pick it up for a few minutes and read a story or two when only a few minutes were available.

Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Beautifully written, different story line

Although the language of the story is beautiful, many felt the story line to be somewhat disjointed and at times rambling. One member stated she appreciated the "snapshot" into a time and culture very different from the world she was raised in. Regardless of any members feelings, this book generated a lively discussion!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Dark
Strong start, weak finish

Our group felt the book was well written overall. But all agreed it had a great beginning and went strong the first half, but began to fizzle a bit as it progress. The author appear to have a strong background/research in traumatic brain injury, but was very weak in the criminal aspects of the story. Our group felt as though towards the end the author either got tired or had to rush to meet deadline and tried too hard to tie up the lose ends, not always in a believable manner.

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

Even though this is a work of fiction, Paula McLain did a wonderful job of taking us into the world of Ernest Hemingway, especially his early years. She brings Hadley to life and at times, makes you forget this is a work of fiction.

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
Speaking of flowers

Our group loved this book. We felt the back and forth between past and present in chapters worked well to keep the story flowing much more than a chronological time line would have. Well done and hard to put down.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
Ordinary man, extraordinary journey

Although several members felt this started slow, everyone loved it. This book was easy to relate to on some level. We are, have known or experienced Harold and/or some of the people he encounters on his journey.

 
Confusing, Slow, Interesting
Well written but

This book was interesting but a bit confusing. The author tells several different stories that take place through different time periods in lives of the 2 mani characters. However this author tells these stories in pieces and jumps back and forth through them. The stories were well written but we waited through the whole book for these stories to be tied together and that never happened.

 
Book Club Recommended
a classic

Although a short book (less than 100pgs), this book was a bit difficult to dive into but once in, worth the time and effort. The bio of RLS at the beginning and reading the footnotes help bridge the bit of the language barrier between 19th century English and 21st century American. Although dark and gloomy, it needs to be to set the tone of the story.

When Mockingbirds Sing by Billy Coffey
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Dramatic
Awesome!

Our group gave this a unanimous 5 stars! When we got to the end of the discussion questions in the back of the book, no one wanted to end the discussion. This book had so many layers, it was hard to put down!

State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
Wondering

Most of our group enjoyed this read although most members fet neither of the main characters were particularly likeable. It is well written and quite an adventure!

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
Great read!

Our group loved this one! As one member put it, it was a seamless blend of fact and fiction that made the fictional characters as real as the authentic historical figures. Fun, fun read and great discussion

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Beautiful prose

Although the story line is a bit dark and sad, the character development is excellent and the book is beautifully written. This book generated a really good discussion and was well liked by all members

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous
Interesting format

Most of this story is told via correspondence either written or electronic which made it a bit of challenge to get start but the story is well done and captures the attention. Worth the ride to the end.

A Pedigree To Die For by Laurien Berenson
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun, Informative
Lots of poodle info

This book is full of information about dog shows and poodles in particular. The book is well written but the story line progresses a bit slow and the mystery aspect is a bit weak, at least until about the half way point.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Fantastic, Interesting
Fun story

Although a bit fantastic, this story is very well written. One of our members described it as "tightly written". The author does a very good job and does not leave any threads of the story dangling. Generated a very good discussion.

Calling Me Home: A Novel by Julie Kibler
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Inspiring
Exceptional!

Our entire group LOVED this book. It is exceptional well written and you can't help but be swept up in this story. The relationship both between Robert and Isabelle and between Dorrie and Isabelle is beautiful. The leaps between past and present are seamless and very easy to follow. This story just feels very real. We can't wait to see more from this author!!!

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
little known history

Most of our members had no or limited knowledge of the existence of orphan trains. This book did a very good job of making the story informative but real and touching. Well done

Walking Across Egypt by Clyde Edgerton
 
Interesting, Slow, Fantastic
Stuck in the middle

Although this book was interesting, it didn't really seem to have much of a plot. It is a page, albeit a bit adventurous, out of every day life. The story didn't seem to have a beginning or end. It was just a vignette from life.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Misleading title?

Although this book is titled \"Philomena\" it is really about her son. Philomena\'s story is a small portion of the beginning and an even smaller portion at the end. This was a good story but maybe a little too much detail about Michael\'s life that wasn\'t necessary to the story.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Difficult
Surprising gem!

Please don\'t get bogged down by the philosophical mumbo jumbo! If you can get past the parts where the author spends too much time with the philosophers, the meat of this story is excellent! Moving, insightful and inspiring. A very good read indeed!

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Teachable moment

Our group really enjoyed this book and found it very informative and thought provoking. It generated a great discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
hard to put down

Our group loved this story and found It hard to put down. At the beginning of each chapter, AJ relates a book or short story to events that will transpire in that chapter. Very interesting weaving of literature to create the fabric of life!

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
slow but fun

our group really liked it even though they found it sad. It did move a bit slow but 1 member described as meandering like a slow lazy river but always something to keep your interest along the way so never boring.

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
historically accurate

This author did a good job of fictionalizing historical events with a great deal of accuracy. There was a lot of information about both Charles and Anne that most of us did not know. A good read!

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