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Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Epic
This book provoked a lot of conversation at our book club meeting.

The characters in this book were so well described that I felt that I really got to know them. The story was so different from any that I have read that the book was hard to put down.

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
One of my favorites!!

I loved hearing the story of Henry and Clare through the traveling back and forth in time!! Something different from the average book that you pick up.

 
Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting
Not as good as the author's first novel, the Secret LIves of Bees

After reading Ms. Kidd's first novel, I was disapointed in this book. The characters just didn't have the depth that I had hoped for and I had a hard time finding much to discuss at my book club meeting.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
A great trip to a world outside of the United States!

This book was fantastic. The characters were so realistic and the story line was nonstop. It was so wonderful to read about lives that are so different from my everyday world.

 
Dark, Dramatic, Difficult
A look at a mother trying to come to grips with the nightmare of a son who commits mass murder. Scary!

This book was slow reading, with difficult language, until the last 100 pages. Then I couldn't put it down. All the time, I thought the couple had separated, their marriage just another casualty of the cruelness of their son's being. What a surprise at the end!! I can't say that this was my favorite book, but I recommend it as a book that is sure to provoke conversation.

 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
The story of an incredible childhood.

This book I couldn't put down. I just can't imagine how normal an adulthood the author appears to have after growing up in such an eccentric family. Just goes to show that it "takes all kinds."

 
Epic, Fun, Adventurous
This book was about life in the magical community of the 1800's when many people in Britain accepted that magic was a profession. Starting as friends and ending up as rivals, the main characters lead

The concept of the book really intrigues me. However, I found the book very long and slow going. The story itself kind of got lost in the length of the book and at time it was work to read it.

 
Interesting, Dark
A book about an abducted child.

This book was okay. I had just finished a couple of other books on the same topic so my enthusiasm was a little low on this one.

The Abstinence Teacher by Tom Perrotta
 
This book is about a health teacher who teaches the sensitive subjects of birth control, etc. She is told that she must now teach only abstinence and is unwilling to do so.

I did not like this book at all. The format was dull and I just could not finish it.

Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Cross
 
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Was there really a woman pope? The story of an adventurous woman who did what she needed to in order to have the learning that she craved.

I love this book. I enjoyed the immersion into a period of history that I truly knew next to nothing about. I came away firmly believing that, although records do not exist, there truly was a woman pope. Why else the "chair" examination before annointing a new pope?

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

I loved this book. I knew nothing about the Guernsey islands before reading this. Historical fiction is my favorite way to learn about history and the characters in this book quickly invited me to be their friends!! I loved the letter format, feeling that I was a part of the World War II era.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help by Catherine Stockett

Wow! I have to admit that I didn't know as much as I thought I did about life in the South of the 1960's. This book moved quickly and I didn't want to put it down! Minnie was my favorite character and one of the the strongest that I have come across.

 
Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting
Wild but....not compelling

Was this real? Starting with the author's name, I felt that this book was just an attempt to make money. Dull, repetitious, obviously not my favorite.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Bitter/Sweet

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
History, Slavery

I liked this book and learned a lot about an early version of slavery in the US. Very interesting, but I do admit making a "family tree" at the beginning of the book to keep the characters straight. It was eye-opening to realize that the master had many
"relatives" in both the Big House and in the Quarters.

Gold: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Interesting, Insightful, Graphic
Gold not really golden

This book was painful for me. I was drawn to the summary and enjoyed Cleave's last novel, but this one is too much work. I have to admit that I called it quits with this one. Hopefully my book club does not choose this as a selection.

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
 
Slow, Gloomy, Boring
The Casual Vacancy

very long with many characters. I found myself taking notes to keep up with all of them. The last 100 pages were redeeming as the action moved to the climax. Wouldn't read this one a second time!

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
All the Light We Cannot See

Wonderful story full of emotion!!!!

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