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

great insight to the life of blacks and whites in the south using women born early 1960s

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

a predictable love story with glimpses of history that most of us do not know about, the japanses internment camps in the 40s

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

a nice story about how our past never goes away, and sometimes, good can come from evil

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Little Bee

A graphic look at what goes on in third world countries and what happens when outsiders care.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
 
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Olive Kitteridge

I don't get why anyone would write about this woman's life. It was unexciting, uneventful and boring

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Still Alice

Very insightful into early onset dementia and how a family can deal with something so awful and painful, not only for the person suffering from the disease itself.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Mudbound

Great story of blatent bigotry and the people who won't give in to it

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Interesting
The Girl who Played with Fire

great beach read, read 'dragon tattoo' first. not a great book club discussion book.

Bee Season: A Novel by Myla Goldberg
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Boring, Informative
Bee Season

an insight into the different treatment of sons vs daughters

Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Pope Joan

great history - ask a Catholic if this ever happened, your answer would be no. Ask a historian, your answer would be yes.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Room

told from the perspective of a 5 year old, very well done.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

excellent telling of a story by a special needs child with aspergers. high schoolers can read about and empathize with children who are special needs and do not think they same way they do.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
the paris wife

interesting bit of 1920s history of writers but a bit dull and drags. fun to watch 'midnight in paris' after reading the book

Cleopatra: A Life by Stacy Schiff
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Difficult, Confusing
Cleopatra

reads like a history book. if you like reading historical accounts, you will like it

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
 
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
What Alice Forgot

interesting premise, not realistic. could have ended with ....and they lived happily ever after.... didn't like that

Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Gloomy, Dramatic
The Tortilla Curtain

clash of the have and have-nots. author takes no sides and gives no resolutions. thought provoking

This Beautiful Life by Helen Schulman
 
Informative, Interesting, Gloomy
This Beautiful Life

works better as a 'law and order' episode rather than book club read

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
 
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic
The Alchemist

religious spiritual nonsense

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
Breaking Night

Can't help but compare her struggle with that of Jeanette Walls in The Glass Castle. Pales in comparison to that story but otherwise, I liked the book. It's really quite inspiring what an individual can overcome and do for herself in less than adequate circumstances.

In Leah's Wake by Terri Giuliano Long
 
Poorly Written, Interesting, Unconvincing
In Leah's Wake

great book for a 14/15/16/17 year old, not for an adult book group, very easy reading, parents didn't have one friend!! not realistic

 
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
Breaking Night

a heartwarming story of survival and beating the odds. can't help but compare it to 'the glass castle' which was far superior

 
Book Club Recommended
Poorly Written, Graphic, Romantic
Fifty Shades of Grey

poorly written, terrible grammar, unrealistic characters and events. This is a grown up book that refers to a vagina as 'down there'.... that being said, i kind of liked it, can't have quality literature without books like this, right?

 
Confusing, Slow, Interesting
The Tiger's Wife

I have no idea why this book would be on the best seller's list. Didn't learn anything, didn't really have any interest in boring characters. Would not recommend this.

 
Book Club Recommended
Poorly Written, Graphic, Romantic
Fifty Shades of Grey

one needs to check reality at the door to enjoy this poorly written book of cliches. I enjoyed the fantasy of it, in the same way I enjoyed the Twilight series

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Informative, Adventurous, Insightful
Poisonwood bible

got about half way through, no interest in characters or what happens to them

 
Dark, Pointless, Unconvincing
The Human Stain

ever get into a movie then someone tells you what happens next? Philip Roth starts with a preposterous premise and the story goes down hill from there. Near page 60, he tells you the two characters who are talking are dead soon. Really? they were the only likeable characters, I stopped reading after that.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting
wild

wow, she really hated herself. it's a well written story about how she learned about herself and learned to like herself

The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
The Language of Flowers

This is the story of people who have major tragedies in their lives, whether its their doing or the circumstances and if and how people can deal with this and possibly even overcome them. You want these people to be able to find happiness.

Secret Daughter: A Novel by Shilpi Somaya Gowda
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Secret Daughter

An informative story about how the 'haves' and 'have-nots' live and the choices they make. The ending is just perfect, although maybe not what you will be expecting.

The Piano Teacher by Janice Y. K. Lee
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Pointless, Confusing
The Piano Teacher

didn't know anything about what was happening in Hong Kong during WW2

Night Road: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Night Road

after the first few chapters, the rest is totally predictable and obvious. dislike books like. that being said, there is quite of lot of discussion that can come from the circumstances

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
 
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
What Alice Forgot

She should have left it forgotten....

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting

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