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Informative, Gloomy, Insightful
Gloomy and informative

Gardens of Water presents the story of two families united by the earthquake in Turkey. Prejudice, discrimination, religion, fears, stereotypes, the roles of men and women in a Muslim country are all intertwined to create an image of two worlds clashing in the midst of need and despair. The romance between the teenagers sets the backdrop to the culture differences that the book explores.

The Flanders Panel by Arturo Perez-Reverte
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Brilliant, Adventurous
The Flanders Panel

If you liked The DaVinci Code, you will love The Flanders Panel. This Spanish author knows how to keep the reader interested right to very end: A game of cat and mouse, chess and art.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
Average Book

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Indomitable Spirit

This book should be required reading for all. It is the epic story of survival, and the indomitable spirit of a girl who has been captured into slavery, and manages to thrive in the worst of conditions. It makes you question how people were able to justify the unfair treatment of the Native, and African Americans. It reminds me of a quote by Joseph Conrad, "The belief in a supernatural source of evil is not necessary. Men alone are quite capable of every wickedness."

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
Identity and Belonging

This beautifully written book is not to be missed. Hill writes from a woman's perspective about identity and belonging. Based on The Book of Negroes, it is the story of a little girl stolen from her family and her native land, and taken as a slave to the United States

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Woman Who Changed Science

In one way or another, all of us have benefit from Hela cells. Science has come a long way because of this woman's contribution. This book brings to life how self-regulation does not work. It's scary to think what happened during these experiments when people were being used like guinea pigs. This book teaches us to be vigilant in all of our dealings. Even when we sign consent forms, we are putting our trust in someone else.

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
An American Classic

To Kill a Mockingbird is considered an American Classic because it deals with racism and the search for justice. In 1961, Harper Lee became the only author to win the Pulitzer Prize with her first and only published novel. The book won several other awards. We do not know if Harper Lee anticipated the impact the novel would have on millions of Americans. In 1999, the book was voted best novel of the Century by The Library Journal.Among others, its major themes are: good vs evil, education, racism, social inequality, the mockingbird metaphor, raising children in a hostile environment, bravery, and the law. Much have been said, and can be said about the book, but it is obvious that To Kill a Mockingbird should be required reading, not only in our schools, but for every adult. Our experiences give us a new perspective every time we read this wonderful book.

The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
 
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Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Facts disguised as fiction

The cruel ways The Capitol treats the regions reminds us of the dictatorships that still exist in this world: whimsical rules, the hunger games representing the young people's sacrifice to war, the vast differences between the ruling class and the citizens. Suzanne Collins show us the result of a ruined society devastated by war, and injustice. This book is a must read, especially during the divisive and trouble times we confront today.

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Epic
Brilliantly Told Story

This amazing book is about the life of a girl who was captured in Africa and brought to the United States as a slave, how her life unfolds, her struggles and her triumphant spirit. The author speaks to us in this woman's voice. This was based on The Book of Negroes, a historical account of the slaves who helped the British during the American Revolution, because they were promised freedom and land, only to be betrayed. This book is not to be missed. The original name of this book was The Book of Negroes. The title was changed for the U.S. market.

Defending Jacob by William Landay
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Eternal Debate

Andy, an assistant district attorney, defends his son Jacob after the boy is accused of killing a classmate. Andy is the narrator of this addictive story based on the eternal debate of nurture vs nature. There is no definitive answer to that question, but the story makes you reflect on what you would do for your own child, and how a family disintegrates under the pressure of secrets, and serious problems. This book is a quick read because the author manages to keep your attention until the very end.

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