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Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
It's real life, like it or not

Strout is a brilliant writer and her turn of the phrase and descriptions are spine-tingling. However, the short story per chapter format was a bit hard to follow. Some of our members could not "slog" their way through the book but those who did were well rewarded especially by the last chapter. We all agreed that this book was true to life, in fact so much so that some did not want this heavy a dose of real life. This book seemed to bring out personal revelations from some of our book club members.

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
An interesting case study fictionalized

Written by a neuro-scientist Left Neglected tells an interesting story of a woman with a head injury from her viewpoint. The set-up and the ending were a bit contrived. The main part about the rehabilitation was good and evoked lots of interesting conversation at the book club.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful
Give your tearducts a workout

This book carries you along and is completely engaging. There are moments of humor and many more of touching inspiration. The overall theme is faith and doubt (in a non-religious sense). The characters change and come to terms with their lives and the mistakes of the past and learn how to forgive themselves and each other. Everyone is our book group loved the book and are recommending it to their friends.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Fantastic
Excellent characters, Interesting setting

You are transported to the sheep country of Montana and the life in the small town bar all from the perspective of a 12-year-old as remembered years later. I did not want this book to end. Highly recommend this!

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Inspiring but Crushing

This is the story of what might be the largest human migration in history, most of it undocumented at the time. The research for this book is prodigious but Ms Wilkerson brings this big story to the human level with the individual stories. The stories are compelling and carry the reader quickly through this sizable book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Fantastic
Brilliant character development

Told through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy as remembered 30 years later. Ivan Doig captures the insecurity and naivete of youth The Montana characters in the story ring true and are varied and interesting. The author's device that allows Rusty and his friend, Zoe to observe the adult world undetected was very effective in bring color to the story.
The story ends with a dramatic climax and tidy wrapping up of character stories. All in all very satisfying.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Members disagreed

Some felt the book was poorly written while most said that they enjoyed the book and the view of Paris in the 20's as beiing quite interesting.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Fun, Adventurous

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