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Name : Carol Ann T.

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

I felt the pacing was off, and it could have been copy edited down a bit. This topic and these people may have been better served in a non-fiction treatment. I recommend it to book clubs since the ladies in our book club liked the story and others might as well. I just didn't find it convincing.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Insightful
One Day

Pope Joan: A Novel by Donna Woolfolk Cross
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Interesting
Pope Joan

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Graphic, Interesting
This is Where I Leave You

The Young Wan by Brendan O'Carroll
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting
The Young Wan

Nostalgic read, bearing in mind the setting and time frame of this story. I can say honestly, I am encouraged enough by this book to go ahead and read the second in this series.

One September Morning by Rosalind Noonan
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Scary
One September Morning

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
The Submission

Sink your teeth into this story and stay with it until the end. It's worth it. Excellent for book discussions.

Book Club Recommended
Confusing, Slow, Interesting
The Tiger's Wife

Nicely written. Fable-like tone. I enjoyed the read very much, but Book Clubs, be warned, it might be a divisive read. Having said that, good choice for book clubs.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Rules of Civility

This story was a piece of marzipan. Beautiful, yet small (not a voluminous tome) on the outside, yet complex, sublime, layered with flavor and completely satisfying on the inside. I noted "Insightful" twice in my word selection to describe, "Rules of CIvility". There were several passages as well as single sentences that were remarkable simply because of the images or feelings they represented to the reader (me!). Towles is nothing if not pithy when conveying a large idea. Technically, the text was tight and the editing spot on. Perhaps I wished for a different conclusion, but that's what happens after you eat a confection. One always wants a little more.

The London Train (P.S.) by Tessa Hadley
Boring, Interesting, Pointless
The London Train

It wasn't that I disliked the book. As a group we certainly had an interesting discussion regarding character motivation, but I personally wasn't satisfied with how the character conflicts were resolved. Having said that, it was a nice piece of writing and I might consider reading more of Ms. Hadley's work, but this book was a bit confusing and, as I've said, left me unsatisfied.

Book Club Recommended
Poorly Written, Graphic, Romantic
50 Shades of Not-So-Much

I only recommend this book so you're not left out of all the hoopla. More of a Twilight with explicit sex: a sophomoric read. That said, if you're looking for more titles like this one, there is far better erotica fiction available.

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

A must-read for book clubs.This novel will really get your club members talking. "Still Alice" is a great read, given the subject matter. Kudos to Genova's editor. The story was concise and to the point. While there were one or two loose ends we as a club weren't sure about, the story's impact was tangible. Genova says so much in a relatively short novel, you feel immensely satisfied with the reading experience itself, even if you feel completely anxious during the reading! "Still Alice" is great piece of writing and you are pulled right in to what Alice herself is experiencing. And honestly, with books like "Still Alice" out there, why bother with Fifty Shades of Grey?

One Breath Away by Heather Gudenkauf
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Scary, Interesting
One Breath Away

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Dramatic
World Without You

Lots of things to talk about with this one. Made for an interesting and lively discussion.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
The Good House is a Good Read...

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Difficult, Inspiring
Ko's writing is stellar.

Realistic and much to discuss with this one.

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