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Name : Laura J.

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

This book was very compelling reading... could not put it down. It was almost like I loved to hate it. I liked it a lot more after I finished it. Great book for discussion. Everyone had an opinion. This was our first book club choice and I think it was a good one.

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

I absolutely could not put this book down. i found it very compelling reading. Great book on rural Mississippi living in the 40s. I loved it. This book generated some very animated discussions in our book club. All the characters touched a nerve with us in one way or another. Highly recommended.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

This is a beautiful book that explores women's friendships and relationships. While I was reading this book, I hardly came up for air... I was completely enthralled. It just captured me and exported me to another time and place. I love when books do that. Can't wait to read Shanghai Girls.

Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
Just not my cup of tea...

This might quite possibly be the worst book I have ever read.
My book club chose this… WHY?!!! There are no issues to discuss
or interesting topics to debate. Definitely NOT book club material.
I kept reading part of it and then starting and finishing another book
before starting back up again. Sorry… but Flavia is just not believable.
Her vocabulary and her interests are not of an 11 year old. Her relationship
with her sisters is SO annoying. I don’t blame them for the way they treat her.
Some have compared this to Nancy Drew… I say more like Scooby Doo.
I have never written a negative review or so wholeheartedly disagreed
with so many positive reviews. Who are these masses of people
who think this silly story is worthwhile? This book did not make me think
or challenge me in any way. I was not entertained. It was a complete bore.
Absolutely hated this book.

Interesting, Informative
Spoken From the Heart

I love Laura Bush. I think she has so much class and was an awesome first lady. The first half of her memoir, Spoken from the Heart, was all about her childhood and growing up years. I must admit... it took me back to my own childhood and made me remember my children's upbringing. Many things that happen in Laura's young life really do explain why her personality is somewhat shy and reserved, in many ways avoiding the spotlight. The first half of the book is truly... spoken from the heart.

The second half... not so much. It just got so boring. It was as if she was just reading her notes about her years in the White House, telling about every foreign leader who came, what they served for dinner, what the decorations were, and what she wore... who cares? She devoted a few pages to 9/11, a few pages to Katrina, and one page to Jenna's wedding. She told us only what we had read in the newspaper. I wanted the scoop... her opinion about what went on. Instead she just drones on from her notes.

It was almost as if the first half of the book was written early on when she had time to be thoughtful and reflect... and the second half was hurriedly put together for the deadline. We read this in our book club and only 2 of 17 people actually finished the book... and it had been a unanimous pick. If you are interested in the Laura Bush story... I would recommend An American Wife. It tells the same tale in novel form.

The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Do not miss this book!

Oh my... The Murderer's Daughters should def be on your "to read" list! Absolutely could not put this one down from start to finish. I was completely mesmerized by this book. The characters drew me in and held me even after I finished. Perfect for a book club selection... so many interesting and thought-provoking topics to discuss. My new fav to recommend to others. So SO good. Five big stars! Do not miss this book.

A Happy Marriage: A Novel by Rafael Yglesias
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Brilliant, Adventurous
You will love A Happy Marriage

This is a unique book in that it alternates chapters about the couple's courtship and the end of the couple's marriage. I know it doesn't sound like it... but it really works. This was a can't put it down book for me. I read the entire thing in 3 days. I loved reading about the beginning of the couple's relationship, while simultaneously learning about their life together later on. This was in in depth look at a REAL marriage... how they were able to deal with some really difficult things and still end with a happy marriage. I really really loved it.

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

I was completely mesmerized by Still Alice. The way Alice responded to her illness was so realistic. I felt as if I were right there or that it could easily be me. The book showed how the progression of Alzheimer's affected Alice as well as her husband and her children. It was really a sobering look at the disease. One word of caution if you choose this book for a book club... it was VERY difficult reading for those who have family members suffering from the disease. I highly recommend this book, but def be sensitive to those in your group who may currently be dealing with Alzheimer's. I think it may make them face realities they may not be ready to think about.

The Dovekeeper by Alice Hoffman
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Epic, Informative

Loved.This.Book. Seriously could not put it down. I was truly transported to another time. Yael may be my favorite character from any book I have ever read. Her determination, bravery and passion inspired me. This is a tome at almost 600 pages but it seemed to fly by. Highly highly recommend this book. 5++ stars.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting

Fun, Adventurous, Interesting

The Murderer's Daughters by Randy Susan Meyers
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

Inspiring, Adventurous, Fun

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Insightful, Informative, Interesting

Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Interesting, Fun, Insightful

Swim Back to Me by Ann Packer

Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

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