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A Piece of Cake: A Memoir by Cupcake Brown
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Graphic, Addictive
Difficult to read but soooo worth it.

If you are looking for a light, feel-good book stay away from this one, but if you want a book that can make you feel from the depths of your soul-- anger, hurt, sadness, laughter, and pure joy then read this book. Cupcake's story (yes that is her real name) shows you the worst of humanity and the best. I spent much of this book disgusted by the cruelty of people Cupcake encountered in her childhood and youth only to be constantly amazed by the generousity and compassion of those who she
encountered later in her story. But truly the most amazing person in this book is Cupcake herself. She is proof that with determination and hard work dreams can become reality. I am sad to have to leave Cupcake now, but her story will never leave me. This is one of those that sticks.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun

I visualize books often and have sort of a movie in my mind. This one was definitely black and white and felt like something I would curl up and watch on AMC. The letter format of the book really helped to capture that late 40's era and hence my "charming" description. This book was an easy read and covered the tragedies of WW2 respectfully but did not dwell on them so much as to become a depressing book. The characters were quaint and dimensional and I came to care about them. all in all it was an enjoyable book, but not one I will find myself compelled to talk about. I did recommend it because it did provide us with some good discussions and I know we all seemed to enjoy reading it.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Liked it but wanted to love it

I really wanted to love this book and there were things about it that I did love, but it was very predictable for me. I loved the dog's perspective on things but really didn't ever feel like this book took me as deep as I wanted it to take me. It dealt with some pretty depressing things yet I really didn't feel the pain the way I would have expected to feel it. I am a person who cries at everything and I thing I only shed a couple of tears in this book, (and honestly I can't recall a book where I didn't.) I still think it was a sweet book and I recommend reading it, just perhaps not with as high of expectations as I had. The members of our club who went in with no/lower expectaions seemed to enjoy it greatly.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
scientific and entertaining at the same time.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Great book provided lots to talk about

This was an incredible story of the authors troubled childhood. The thing I kept thinking was how did people with so much promise wind up such a mess and how did the author come out of this as such a seemingly normal, well adjusted adult. The way Walls describes the events as she felt them at the time without the judgement that comes from reflection and age really added to the book. So many things were just accepted as reality. I couldn't put the book down from the very first chapter.

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