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Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Sarah's Key

There are just too many books that start out captivatingly, but the author simply doesn't know how to end them. This is one of those books.

 
Slow, Boring, Insightful
Freedom

It's difficult to keep reading when you simply don't like the characters! There were moments when I became interested in the ecological aspects of the story, but the people are way too shallow!

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Destiny of the Republic

None of us knew much about James Garfield, only that he was assassinated very early in his Presidency. We now realize he was a brilliant man and we wonder what he would ave accomplished had a madman not shot him & had the Dr. in charge of his recovery not opposed sterility!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Informative
Sandcastle girls

This is a beautifully written book about a horrendous event in the history of the world, the Armenian genocide a century ago. Chris Bohjalian skillfully combines history, religious intolerance, attempting to overcome it and romance to make this a must-read for book clubs.

The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Beautiful, Inspiring
The shoemaker\\\'s wife

The rest of my book club was quite enthusiastic about this book...hoping for a sequel. I was alone in my feeling that it was way too schmaltzy, but that\\\'s how i feel!

Flight Behavior: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Flight Behavior

Kingsolver successfuly deals with such issues as the plight of the monarchs and global warming while involving us totally with a very bright, frustrated young Appalachian woman. We\\\'re completely in her corner!

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dark
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

We agreed it was difficult to read because of the terrible conditions, both the slum life & extreme corruption, but it was well researched & written and quite a eye-opener!

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Moloka'i

This was one of our best discussions. There were such rich characters in this book & the courage & strength they showed dealing with what life dealt them was truly inspiring! Thank heaven we know very little today about leprosy, but this was an education about it we all appreciated.

Someone: A Novel by Alice McDermott
 
Insightful, Beautiful, Inspiring
Someone

I found the book to be well written, but I simply couldn't connect with the characters.

Wolf Hall: A Novel by Hilary Mantel
 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Interesting, Slow
Wolf Hall

I've read quite a number of books based on English history and I think this was the most brilliantly written! I also loved Bring Up the bodies & am anxiously awaiting the third in the trilogy.

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Slow
Mrs. Lincoln\'s Dressmaker

I\'ve read so many Civil War books that just concentrate on the various battles, it was quite fascinating to stay in Washington while it was waged around us. Elizabeth was an amazing woman & I must say we all felt sorry in many ways for Mrs. Lincoln!

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

It\\\'s not often that everyone in the group (now about 20) agrees on a book, but everyone not only liked this one, but wanted more info on the real people on the real trains. I call that inspiration on the part of the book!

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Insightful
We were furious but fascinated

To a person, we all were infuriated by the abuse of eminent domain chronicled in this book! It wasn\\\'t at all dry as it probably sounds, but was very well researched! We were impressed with the courage of Susette Kelo, the central victim, and are still upset with the Supreme Court! It was a very good discussion!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Confusing
And the Mts Echoed

Keeping track of characters could be enhanced by keeping lists, knowing that it keeps branching out like a tree of interconnected people until it comes full circle. The writing and characters are brilliant. This is a very easy book to lose yourself in! Our discussion of this book was very interesting!

 
Book Club Recommended
Zealot

We found this to be a fascinating time in history about a fascinating person. Aslan differentiates between history and faith, nevertheless there were members of our group who chose to skip this discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

Freud's Mistress by Karen Mack, Jennifer Kaufman
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Boring, Fun
Freud\\\'s Mistress

We had mixed feelings about Minna, Freud\\\'s wife\\\'s sister with whom he had a nearly life-long affair. We pretty much agreed Freud was too narcissistic to like, but the women were a very interesting study!

The White Bone: A Novel by Barbara Gowdy
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Epic
The White Bone

An eye-opening look at what\\\'s happening to the elephants in Africa from the point of view of the elephants themselves! Unique & fascinating!

The Songcatcher: A Novel by Sharyn McCrumb
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Insightful

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