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

A wonderful book, important for all to read.

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Confusing, Difficult
Suite Francaise

IMportant for all of us to know about WWII, especially from an eye-witness to the events in France.

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Slow
Bel Canto

Not everyone in our group liked it, but if you let yourself be there with the hostages, it really grabs you.

 
Slow, Boring, Insightful
Freedom

This book is tough going. Way too long, and too unpleasant. Wouldn't have finished it if I didn't have to for the club.

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

Must-read for every age and interest!

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Not easy to read, but eye-opening.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Loving Frank

Difficult to know this information, but important and interesting.

State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
State of Wonder

Unusual plot, product of a highly imaginative mind!

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Inspiring
These Is My Words

A fascinating look at how the southwest was settled--a brave, gifted woman!

Strength in What Remains by Tracy Kidder
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Difficult, Dramatic
Strength in What Remains

This is an inspiring story about a young man who survived the 1994 genocide in Burundi, and went on to become a success.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie

Flavia De Luce is a captivating 11-year-old who saves the day and solves the mystery! A delightful book, first in a series.

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

Well worth reading--an amazing story!

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
Gone Girl

Well-written, excellent characterization, amazing plotting. Unexpected ending!

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

Universally liked by our club.

Orphan Masters Son by Adam Johnson
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Graphic
The orphan master's son

Very challenging, but informative.

Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Defending Jacob

A page-Turner, but some questionable plot twists.

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

Interesting to read about Hadlley.

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Optimistic
My Beloved World

Sonia Sotomayor is an inspiration! It's great to know how she brought herself to this high position.

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker

Great background information on the Civil War, slavery, and the Lincolnshire. And the true story of an amazing black woman of that time.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Wonder

We loved it!

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Young Messiah

An unusual take on Jesus' childhood.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Behold the Dreamers

An insightful look at the New York life of an immigrant couple from Cameroon. It makes us think twice about our immigration system.

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