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Name : Maureen L.

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The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson
Boring, Difficult, Confusing
I didn't get it.

I know this book has been well-reviewed and has won awards but I had a hard time with it. The writing was good but I just did not "get" the point or the story. I really disliked the book (as did all other members of the club) but was surprised about the conversation it did strike in book club. We all did have a lot to say.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Heartbreaking Historical Period

This was a beautiful story about a period in history that Americans do not often delve into. The book brought up some good discussions about race and love.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Well-written Puzzle of a book

Our club was very divided on this book with members either loving it or hating it. I loved the interwoven stories that led you to put together a picture of who Olive is. Like real people she is complex, multi-faceted and interesting. The writing style was so innovative. This is a book I would have read in a college course and written pappers on.

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Graphic, Interesting
Hilarious AND Heart-breaking

I love this book! I know it sounds cliche but I sincerely laughed out loud AND cried through the entire book. The cast of characters is just too much and they will stay with me for awhile. I liked the look this book gave the reader into the male psyche. I predict this will be made into a great movie!

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
One of My All-Time Faves

I had read this book 10 years ago and re-read it for book club. This is still one of my all-time favorite books. When I see people pick it up in a bookstore I always have to tell them that they need to buy it! Our book club had such a good discussion on each of the characters in the book and everyone loved the book which is not always the case. It's a MUST READ!

Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Bland Wife

I found Hadley to be a little boring and bland. If I knew her I would probably not choose to be her friend. I found myself wanting to read the story from Hemingway's point of view then realized that was the whole point of this book to present the stories we already know from her viewpoint. The book just really never drew me in or kept my attention. The others in our book club did like it quite a lot though. The club meeting was fun as we did a Paris theme and served quiche, nicoise salad and creme brulee.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Thought-Provoking Winner

I was not sure if I would like this book when I began reading it. I did find it fascinating and very interesting. It is written on the level of a non-science major yet still gets inot details. It is the perfect interweaving of three stories: 1) The life and family of Henrietta 2) The burgeoning of celluar and genetic research 3) The author's personal story of dedication to the topic and making the book happen. Brings up so many issues of medical ehics to discuss. Would make for a fascinating and lively book club discussion.

Interesting, Pointless, Confusing
Great Premise, A Little Disappointing

I love the premise for this book but was a little disappointed in the actual book. To me food does hold so much emotion and passion I could imagine having this type of talent to be able to feel the emotion of the chef while eating their food. I would rather it had taken a little differnt turn. The storyline with the brother was a little too bizarre even for me. I do like the way the author writes and would be interested to read another of her books. Feel like a book club discussion would mainly be about what was confusing in the book and what we didn't "get".

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway
Slow, Boring, Gloomy
Didn't Get It

Say Her Name: A Novel by Francisco Goldman
Boring, Dramatic, Slow
Say Her Name

I really wanted to like this book and was disappointed. I never connected with the characters and found it hard to care about what happened to them. I wanted to connect emotionally to the tragedy and grief of the story and I just didn't. The book was well written in it's descriptive language but not in character development.

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