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The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
We All Enjoyed It

Our book club is located in a retirement community in TX, so we are all of a certain age. Those of us who were raised in the South confirmed that the book was accurate in its portrayal of the time and place. We marveled at how much progress has been made in 50 years, and yet, how some things are still pretty much the same.

A Map of Home: A Novel by Randa Jarrar
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
I liked it...not eveyone's favorite

Not eveyone in our book club enjoyed this one as much as I did! I found it to be a refreshing perspective of a difficult time in the life of a teenager who is working hard to become an adult. The language didn't bother me, but it did some gals. As a traveler, I enjoyed learning about the locales where the book took place.

The Widower's Tale by Julia Glass
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Slow, Dramatic
Club Members Had Mixed Opinions.

Wonderful character development and dialog. Some club members thought that there wasn't enough story to keep them really interested, although they enjoyed the book. I would read anything that Julia Glass wrote, because I like the way she expresses herself. Different strokes for different folks, I guess!

Cutting for Stone: A Novel by Abraham Verghese
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Our club loved it!

Thaumbs up all around.

The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain
 
Informative, Adventurous, Fun
It's a LONG Book!

It was interesting to contrast my impressions of places that I been with the descriptions of the author in 1865. Parts of the book were very funny...but not enough parts.

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

We all enjoyed it...which is kind of unusual! We were all amazed at how different the lives of the characters were from the lives we\\\'ve led. Google the term \\\'lost generation\\\' and see if it helps clarify their lifestyle.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Informative
Best Book I\'ve Read in Years

Don\\\'t miss this one. It\\\'s fast paced, exciting, and informative. Most Americans don\\\'t know that there was an Armenian genocide. I don\\\'t know how the male author manages to write from a female protaganist\\\'s point of view so convincingly!

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Who Knew?

The Armenian genocide is not widely known of in the USA. I'd heard references on occasion, but didn't know if it was a real thing or not. Now I know. It was real. This book forced me to go to maps on the internet and to explanations of the history of this region. It was absolutely fascinating, and I'm so glad I read it. One of our members found it to gory and depressing. The rest of us loved it.

Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
 
Book Club Recommended
Crossing to Safety

Stegner does a great job with rich character development. He has the ability to make the reader feel as though he or she is in the story as a slient observer. His love of nature always shines through in his stories, which I enjoy. I expected that some of our members would say that it was too slow for them, but everyone loved it!

The Butterfly's Daughter by Mary Alice Monroe
 
Predictable

Our members all agreed that the best part of the book was the info on Monarch butterflies at the beginning of each chapter. We found the book too much like a soap opera....

 
Informative, Difficult, Slow
A challenging read!

A challenging read

Our book club, with many members who volunteer at our local library, voted to read this book. They universally hated it! Too many unfamiliar names of people and places; too much history of Mali. But they all agreed that they had learned something, from the member who had never heard of Mali, to the members who had only heard of Timbuktu in their youth, as a reference to a far away place. We all know much more about NW Africa, Mali, the struggle that so many Islamic cultures experience with jihadists, and the dedication of one man to save the history an important time and place of intellectual history. A good map or two at the reader's side will make the reading much easier!

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