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Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
 
Slow, Difficult, Romantic
Well written and interesting

This was a very interesting book to discuss. Each member noted different parts of the story. The book was recommeded by a male friend who defined it as, "one of the greatest love stories ever written." That reference must be from a male viewpoint.
The authors writing style was very colorful and interesting. The book flowed from one chapter to another.

As a group we would recommend this book. One of the more interesting and controversial novels read yet.

 
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Interesting
Story about the Hazen Family and their struggle to survive in the frigid Adirondacks

On October 12, 2006 , we had the pleasure of having a special guest at our book club meeting, author Tom Bailey. It was fascinating to hear how he wrote this book and each of the character's developments in his head. Bailey described the process as, "the voices in his head." He actually said, "that the characters would talk to him."

In his short story book, Crow Man, he has the story where this novel came from. Originally, he snatched the idea for both from a news clipping.

I found the book lacking strong female characters. Of course the character of Gary Hazen was created to overshadow all the other characters with his strong beliefs of right and wrong.

The book is worth reading with a hot cup of cocoa. You will understand that comment after you read the last chapters of the book!

Enjoy!

Daddy's Girl by Lisa Scottoline
 
Easy read , if that is what you want.

The book is an easy read. Fairly simple plot line and lacking when it comes to any deep discussion material.

 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Well written, very interesting

A wonderful novel for a book club discussion. Filled with interesting facts, it takes you into another world. Highlights the power and inner strength of women throughout the world, even under oppressive conditions.

 
Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
Good book for a women;s group

A book on sisterhood and the bonds of friendship. I really liked this book. Excellent flow, easy, and interesting reading. Great for discussions.

 
Persuasive, Dramatic
Not one of the best Grisham books

Book is okay. Not a cliffhanger. To anyone associated with the law field, it is predictable in its outcome. It is not one of Grisham's best.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Wonderful book

This writer is going to be hailed as one of the best of our modern times! A wonderful book with keen insight into the life of women in a repressive regime. I was so thankful to be born an American woman. Excellent for discussion, this book will live on in your heart forever!

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
Wonderful book

I could not put this book down. I cried. No, I wept at the emotional ride that Khaled took us reader's on. It is beautifully written. It is a page turner. It is a powerful book on redemption and love! It is a gift to its readers! A must for book clubs!

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Good book club choice

A captivating look at getting old and life in the circus! An interesting mix. The novel jumps back and forth through memories. I got that, I wanted to stay in the past after awhile. Not thrilled with the ending, but over all a good read.

Wednesday Letters by Jason F. Wright
 
Inspiring, Romantic, Optimistic
Not worth the hype

I chose this book for our club and greatly regretted it. It was juvenile in its plot and writing style. Lacked any kind of emotional attachment to the story line. Not sure why this book was rated so high?

 
Boring, Inspiring, Slow
Book was supposed to be a book of self discovery

Not sure what she discovered in her exploits? I was bored with this woman and her quest after the first few pages!

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Excellent discussion book

This is a well written, provocative book, on love, life, and choices.

Amazingly, I had never heard the story of Frank Lloyd Wright's love affair with Mrs. Cheney or the tragic ending of their affair.

This book is a well-written, well-researched, novel with the backdrop of the woman's movement in the early 1900's. The questions on: love, happiness, and life, are as pertinent today as back then!

A great novel for book club discussions. I would highly recommend the book.

Charity Girl by Michael Lowenthal
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative
Interesting book

Interesting to read of how times have changed for women. We have come a long way in so many ways. And...not so far in others.

Cotton Song: A Novel by Tom Bailey
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Difficult
Slow read

Tom Bailey was at our book club for our discussion of his book. It takes some getting over the southern dialect and starts out slow, but gets better as you move along. I think this book would make a great movie!

 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Adventurous, Informative
Overall good read

This book is long and filled with details that men might like and women don't need. But, even so...it is a good read. Pointed out the futility of life in those days.

Barefoot: A Novel by Elin Hilderbrand
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Fun
Not one of my favorites

A grown woman having an affair with a teenage boy is not my idea of entertainment. The characters lacked character.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Really enjoyed this book

I really had an easy read with this one. The writer writes like she is talking to you. Our book club did extras like visiting falling waters, researching newspaper clippings on the couple and the murder, and watching the A&E story on Frank Lloyd Wright. Amazing to me that this was one of the most horrific murder/love stories and I knew nothing of it!

 
Difficult, Boring, Unconvincing
Not for me

This one was a little too far fetched for even my imagination!

 
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Interesting
Like Tom as a person...did not like this book

Tom was at our book club for this and I was told to, "be nice," by the other club members. I could not hide my dislike of this book. Just felt like it was a long book that could have been written in a few pages. Also there were no strong female characters.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Didn't find this book that interesting

The book was okay. Easy to read, but it seemed to be a story written around history dates.

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Not a good read

This author was described as being like the author of the kite runner. Absolutely no comparison. This book was slow. Had some interesting medical facts and myths, but that was about it!

The Confession by John Grisham
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Persuasive, Dramatic
Good discussion book

Good for discussions as is any controversial subject like the death penalty.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Good read

The author takes you on the ride of a lifetime! Excitement from beginning to end.

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Scary
Read this upon the recommendation of Time Magazine reviews

Thrilling ride thru the snow! This book keeps you guessing... even when you have it figured out the plot twist and turns one more time. I enjoyed the ride. Would not want to read during the first snowfall though!

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