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Celia Garth by Gwen Bristow
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Informative
Historical Fiction - American Revolution

This classic book was re-printed in 2008 but is currently unavailable on Kindle. The story is of a young girl who makes her own future after being raised by her good-intentioned but unassertive uncle, miserly aunt and opportunistic cousin. It packaged insight into Charleston's role in the revolutionary war into a charming story of gumption and hope. It shows Tories and Revolutionaries as family and neighbors and each side including individuals of varying degrees of character.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
Fun, interesting read

The characters and environment were interesting, and it encouraged me to read other books in the Armand Gamache series.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative
good story

Learned about life in Stalinist Russia. Liked this book better than Firefly Lane. Continues with the theme of people holding on to issues to the extent of affecting their current experience in a negative way; but at least these seemed to be making progress throughout the book.

Left Neglected by Lisa Genova
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Insightful and Believable

The book presented a very believable family dealing with an interesting after-effect of a brain injury. The book was a cautionary tale of leading a too frenzied life and also a hopeful tale of blessings and improvements coming out of seeming tragedies.

The American Plague by Molly Caldwell Crosby
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative
surprisingly readable

Learned about how medical advances are made. Surprisingly readable and interesting.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
interesting insights into authors

I liked that there were 50 authors of very well known books and each had a section of 4 to 6 pages. Almost all were very interesting, but I would have enjoyed a few positive ones. Most of the authors came across as dramatic and pretty selfish. There was an interesting shift in tone between the write ups for the deceased authors and those that are still living. (The authors are discussed chronologically by their book publication date.)

 
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
didn't ring true

We were split; half of the group enjoyed the book and the other half didn't. Those who enjoyed it thought it was adventurous and informative. Those who didn't enjoy it thought it was unconvincing and mis-informative.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho
 
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic

 
Interesting, Romantic, Informative

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
 
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful

 
Insightful, Beautiful

 
Adventurous, Inspiring, Dramatic

The Perfume Collector: A Novel by Kathleen Tessaro
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful

 
Difficult, Interesting, Informative

 

Place Called Freedom by Ken Follett
 

 
Interesting, Insightful, Informative

Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Informative

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
 
Dark, Interesting, Dramatic

The Man Who Fed the World by Hesser Hesser
 

Love and Ruin: A Novel by Paula McLain
 
Interesting, Pointless, Boring

 
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
 
Informative, Dramatic, Inspiring

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
 
Fun, Insightful, Interesting

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Inspiring

 
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic

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

The Reckoning: A Novel by John Grisham
 
Dramatic, Interesting, Unconvincing

 
Beautiful, Interesting, Inspiring

 
Informative, Fun, Slow

Lost Roses: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
 
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic

Red Tent by Anita Diamant
 
Beautiful, Interesting, Epic

 
Interesting, Inspiring, Informative

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