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Interesting, Slow
Not one of her best

I have enjoyed Anne Perry's Books in the past, but this wasn't one of her best. I was the only one in the group that was able to finish it, mainly because I do have an interest in the Civil War. She did a great job misdirecting, in terms of the murder mystery, but there may have been too many red herrings in this one. I recommend Ms Perry, but I'll go back to the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series, which I enjoyed immensely

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Peering into the Glass Castle

We probably talked more about this book than we have ever talked about a book in our meetings. We all liked it and many of us found a way to relate it to our own lives (especially me). It helps to know that no matter how crazy your life has been, someone has had it as harder if not harder.

More Than You Know by Beth Gutcheon
Confusing, Scary, Slow
We were divided

I was one of the few (maybe the only) that liked the book. Some thought it was poorly written and incomprehensible. The ghost was scary, but some of us found it hard to follow the two stories (one depression-era, the other late 1800's) and really what the two had to do with each other. It was slow going in places, and I am unromantic enough (read cynical) to have any faith in teenage romance.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Book Thieving

I identified with the protaganist, a little german orphan girl who stole books because they had significance for her. I especially liked the scene in the Mayor's library and I shared her overwhelming joy at being surrounded by something she loved so much. As a history buff, I was interested in looking at Nazi Germany from the inside out, even though the author was careful to make the protagonist and her family easy to identify with. It was interesting, sometimes jarring, and certainly colorful, to have Death as the narrator. Sometimes his asides were helpful, sometimes breathtakingly poignant, sometimes they just interrupted the flow. An interesting device.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
What I always suspected

If you want a beautifully written insight into the lives of Afghanistanian women, read this book. Some of us found it confusing that the author left one of the characters to introduce the other character, and I kept wondering if he would take us back to an important event, but it was ultimately a skillful weaving together of two lives in a way that was horrifying yet believable. I kept hoping for a happy ending, but really, as bad as things were, how could there be? I wanted to go to Afghanistan, sweep up all the women and save them. Having been a victim of domestic violence, I felt every hit, every demeaning word. This is an important book and I think everyone should read it.

A Winter Haunting by Dan Simmons
Gloomy, Scary, Slow
Talk about not living up to the Hype!

For once, we were pretty unanimous in our feelings about this book. Several of us were unable to finish it. The rest of us were disappointed that it wasn't as scary as we were led to believe it was. I had forgotten how it ended, having read three books after that one. Some of the imagery was rather murky: What was the point of that _____? Why did they do ______? Don't believe the cover blurbs and perhaps you won't be disappointed.

Winter's Bone by Daniel Woodrell
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dark
Split decision

Most of us enjoyed the book, there were a few that were unable to finish. It does get off to a rocky start with colloquilisms that some us had difficulties with, but got interesting about halfway in and ended well. Most of us are Missourians and have family or were raised ourselves in the Ozarks or small towns, so we could find something to identify with. It is a look at poverty and drugs in rural America, with the centerpiece a determined girl, who overcomes great obstacles to protect her disabled mother and younger brothers. It's seamy and raw, so beware, but in many ways an accurate description of how the other half live.

The Magic of Ordinary Days by Ann Howard Creel
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Is there Magic in Ordinary Days?

We all really liked this book. Those of us that have seen the movie recommend it as well.

Dramatic, Interesting, Beautiful
Geisha Memoirs, but who cares?

I just don't have any interest in Japanese or Geisha culture. Nothing about this book interested me and I couldn't get into it at all. I know I am in the minority here, so enjoy it if you like. It's just not my cup of sake.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
A view into history

Everyone liked this book, even the ones that weren't able to finish in time for the meeting. We loved the characters, the language, the story. We felt she did an excellent job dealing with a distastefull part of American History and helped us understand what it felt like to live back then. It did so without being particularly judgmental of most of the people involved. We highly recommend this book and are looking forward to seeing the movie when it comes out later this year.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Fun
A Murder is Announced

Everyone agreed that this was a winner, unusual for us. A couple gave up and watched the movie, but enjoyed that as well. Miss Marple turned out to not be a major character in the novel that we expected, but did turn up to solve the murder, brilliantly as usual. The Ms Christie is British and the setting is post WWII England, so some struggled with words and references that were decidedly Brit. I got so caught up in the narrative that I forgot to keep track of clues and will admit that I was disgusted by a glaringly obvious Red Herring, but a rompous read anyway. I would recommend it to any book club with varied members with eclectic taste. This may just be the read for all!

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Red Tent

I really enjoyed this book. It took the story of Jacob, his wives and Joseph and turned it on edge. While the book started slowly, I really got into it and enjoyed it. The people of the Bible were shown to be real people with weaknesses and failures that real people have. Parts of the Biblical story were interestingly played down, specifically, the episode of Jacob being "mugged" by the river and none of the Jacob's ladder or angelic visitation was given. I think the author did a good job showing how ancient jews lived and the traditions. How the women of the family didn't necessarily believe in the One True God of her husband, and that somehow, the husband didn't care. If you are interested in the Bible story (or not) and would like to know more about biblical women (who are sadly left largely out of history) this is a good, good book.

1st to Die: A Novel by James Patterson
Fun, Adventurous, Gloomy
A Novelist's novel

This novel was written for the popular market and it shows. Nothing wrong with that, the guy is making a lot of money and he has his following. We found it predictable and formulaic and the ending far-fetched and unbelievable. And we couldn't quite figure out why the main character had a deadly disease throughout the book (except to formulaicly raise the tension) only to recover miraculously at the end. If reading popular fiction is your cup of tea, go for it, it would be just for you on a snowy evening by the fire. Otherwise, go for something with a bit more meat.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
Not so funny

We were looking for a more comedic break, and while this is a fun, quirky, inspiring little book with a view into small town life, we didn't find it to be the knee slapper we were expecting.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
driving as life

This is a darling book, told from the point of view of the family dog, who is so human. You won't look at Man's-Best-Friend in the same way, ever again. He stays loyal, but truthful, about his best friend, who faces many of life's most difficult challenges. There are some wonderful moments to make up for the sad moments. We can't recommend this one highly enough.

Flatscreen: A Novel by Adam Wilson
Pointless, Boring
Heard of Chick Lit? This was Dick Lit.

If, when you were younger, you thought snot, barf and fart jokes were funny, you might find something humorous about this book. The jacket blurb said it would be funny. Maybe, if you think masturbation and pot smoking non-achievers are funny. I hung in there till page 111, then took it back to the library. Honestly, I don't know how some people get published. Don't bother. Thank God I didn't waste money on this book. Just sorry the library did.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Interesting

Interesting, Insightful, Boring

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