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

The author allows us to walk in another's shoes so very well. The characters are developed beautifully. The book demonstrates the power of women when they unite for a common cause. The injustice and terror of living under Jim Crow in the South is fully realized.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Graphic, Dark
The Millennium Trilogy

Dark, disturbing and addictive, once you start this series you will not be able to put it down. The beginning of The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo is a little slow and the Swedish names and locales a little difficult, but stick with it for the ride of your life! Each novel represents a different type of crime fiction: The Girl with The Dragon Tattoo is a who-done-it, The Girl Who Played with Fire is in the mode of the lone avenger and The Girl Who Kicked a Hornet's Nest is a spy-thriller.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Page turner

Game Change reads like a thriller. I could not put it down. Fascinating look at the 2008 presidential candidates and running mates warts and all.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
The Postmistress Does Not Always Deliver!

My rating is of three stars reflects my love for the character Frankie and her plot line taking place in Europe, but as for the characters set in Homefront USA, I would give it a two. The book does stimulate discussion.

Wench: A Novel (P.S.) by Dolen Perkins-Valdez
 
Book Club Recommended
Graphic, Informative, Insightful
Wench

The story of four enslaved African women who accompany their Southern male owners to a summer retreat in the free state of Ohio is an interesting premise. Lizzie, the main character, takes an emotional journey through her association with the other women and the events that unfold during the summers she spends at the resort. Even in this idyllic setting where the women may breathe a bit of freedom in the air, the brutality of slavery and its impact on the slave and master are graphically depicted. The ending is abrupt and leaves the reader with many questions that should stimulate discussion. The concept of the resort is based on fact.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Warmth of Other Suns - Epic and Addictive!

The years of research that Isabel Wilkerson expended on this book have paid off in full. This is an addictive page turner that reveals the epic story of the African American migration from the South to the North and West during the Jim Crow era through the personal narratives of three individuals. Each of the life stories reveals the conditions in differing areas of the South and the response of the persecuted to the injustices suffered. The difficult journeys to the North are revealed, as are the not-so-idyllic conditions in the Northern cities where the exodus ended. An inspiring and informative work, The Warmth of Other Suns is worth the time and effort to read.

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