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Name : Karilyn M.

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Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Sarah's Key: a fresh perspective on the Holocaust

Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay is a gripping and unique view of a young girl's experience of the Holocaust.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help: a historical novel for all time

Kathryn Stockett's captivating debut novel The Help is by far one of the most realistic yet timeless works of historical fiction published in recent years.

Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - a Dreadful Book turned popular

It is disturbing that so many female readers seem to enjoy a book that involves such graphic sexual violence against the heroine, as is the case with Stieg Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society: Try it with your literary club!

Don't be put off by the hard-to-recall (and spell!) title; the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a must-read!

Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks: an Eternally Long Read!

Although the true story behind The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an intriguing one, this work of nonfiction drags on and doesn't seem to get to the point.

Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Three Cups of Tea: Great Charity Work, Not so Great Book

Greg Mortenson deserves accolades for the important work that he has done to improve education in other countries; so much cannot be said for Three Cups of Tea. The book Mortenson wrote about his experiences is written in the third person, which makes it difficult to follow, and distances the reader unnecessarily.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: An Insightful Novel about Cultural Intersections

A true page-turner, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford tells the touching story of young love between a Japanese-American girl and a Chinese-American boy who meet during World War II.

Book Club Recommended
Dark, Adventurous, Confusing
Harry Potter and the Disappointing Ending!

J.K. Rowling so carefully established the rules of her world of wizardry in her earlier Harry Potter novels, then threw them all out the window in attempt to satisfy fans and critics (and tie up loose ends) in this unsatisfying end to the series. Worth discussing for fans of her earlier work who want to critique it and perhaps vent their frustrations.

Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
The Heretic's Daughter: Sins of Poor Research

The Heretic's Daughter by Kathleen Kent could have been a real gem of a tale about the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692, but instead is riddled with historical inaccuracies that could have been avoided by more careful research.

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