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Interesting, Adventurous, Informative
A great adventure story. It's hard to choose who the real hero of the expedition is, TR, Kermit Roosevelt or Rondon.

Our group thoroughly enjoyed reading this non-fiction book. We all agreed that we would like to read more about Theodore Roosevelt and also about his wife who put up with TR's wanderlust. Several in the group wanted to psycho-analyze a personality that was so over-the-top action-oriented. TR's own line that "black care rarely sits behind a rider whose pace is fast enough," is very telling.

We looked at Roosevelt's own written version of this adventure, Through the Brazilian Wilderness, published in 1914 which is available to read on the internet. Roosevelt was an impressive intellectual, scientist and naturalist as well as a hunter and adventurer.

Broken for You by Stephanie Kallos
 
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Good discussion book

This novel got mixed reviews in our group but almost everyone had a different reaction to it - whether good or bad. Those differences made for a good discussion. I thought it was a meaty book with lots to contemplate and discuss.

A Bend in the River by V.S. Naipaul
 
Interesting, Difficult, Dark
An interesting story of colonial and post-colonial Africa

Our group found much to discuss in A Bend in the River, the story of Salim, a man of Indian ancestry, born on the coast of Africa. Salim ventures into the interior to run a small shop just before the revolution and the introduction of an African dictator called, "Big Man."

The book reminded us of Alexandra Fuller's autobiography, Don't Lets Go To the Dogs Tonight and her story of growing up in Africa. Her story is the story of the colonists, though, and what they did to cling to a life in Africa after the British left.

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Confusing
Good book for discussion

This book inspired opposite reaction from our book group. One woman LOVED the book - especially the descriptions of Towner's struggles with mental illness. Another woman HATED the book and didn't see the point. Through discussion, we discovered lots in interesting metaphors and insights in the book. Well worth reading.

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