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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
An Insider's Perspective on the Old South in the 1960's

The Help allows us to see into the family lives of families of both races who made up Mississippi in the 1960's, and gives us some insight into just how personal and pervasive the racial bigotry of that day really was. It's an unblinking look at a variety of relationships over time, which were at times both ugly and beautiful. The sense of "What's going to happen next?" came early on, and stayed with me throughout the book. The ending is not one that Hollywood would think of, but it rings more true for it, as do all the characters throughout the book.

The Confession: A Novel by John Grisham
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Gloomy
Starts Slow But Grabs Your Heart

It started slow for me, but at some point I found it difficult to put down. It was very thought-provoking, especially on the issue of capital punishment.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Optimistic
Full of ups and downs, like life.

The story follows the path that Dr. Greg took, and it's "A Long and Winding Road." You share all his frustrations and tears and inspirations along the way. It's well worth the trip.

Emily and Einstein by Linda Francis Lee
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Beautiful, Optimistic
It's all about how we can change ourselves

I thought Sandy started out as a selfish, self-centered, shallow, spoiled brat. Emily's love frightened him and challenged him to become a better person, but not until he had an intervention from On High. Our challenge is to see ourselves honestly and become the person we want to be without having to see ourselves "through the veil."

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
Fascinating!

I learned a great deal about the assassination, and had several mistaken beliefs corrected. I learned much more about Booth and his attempt to escape than I expected. What an amazing story. It should be used in American History classes, instead of the insipid version I was taught.

Cuckold Creek by Enis St. John
 
Pointless, Confusing, Poorly Written
The Reader is the Cuckold

This appears to be two books in one cover, and the advertised mystery left me disappointed. Too many loose ends made it confusing, and too much story time on extraneous details about the College Acting President seemed pointless to the mystery. A separate book about the College and its travails would have better served the reader.

And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Fascinating Puzzler

No one in our club was able to figure it out before reading the ending. It kept us all guessing.

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