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Name : Ronniejean I.

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Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Interesting
The Girl Who Played with Fire

2nd book in page-turner trilogy. Cleverly woven plot. Continues theme of justice/revenge for women against men who abuse women. Story of courageous Lizbeth Salander's search for father who so abuse her mom that she was institutionalized, only to discover a brother of the same fabric.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

15 members read Hotel on Bitter/Sweet and all but I really liked it. Part of the discussion included Jamie Ford's website slideshow of sites from the novel with narrative. I felt this was one more book bouncing from current to past; one more oh-how-ugly-we-treated-the-Japanese guilt trip. I thot it moved slowly. I thot it was preposterous that a black jazz man and 12 yr old boy would be such close friends and travel to the Montana concentration camp. Yet, it was a bitter sweet story of 1st love, the ugliness of unfair treatment of whoever was the newest immigrant population that we need to understand, an explanation of both the Chinese and Japanese cultures in the US, the story of modern son vs dad hanging onto the "old ways" contrasted in two generations, and it was about moving on.

Interesting, Confusing, Beautiful
Out Stealing Horses

This book has won all sorts of awards yet only 7 of 15 in our club could finish it. That said we had a very robust discussion...mostly centered on who did what when and why as we were all confused by the jumping around in time. We learned some WWII history. Maybe the names threw us off; maybe the scandinavian mentality. It was a brooding story. We thought of Hemingway's Old Man in the Sea.

Book Club Recommended
Life Changing, Informative, Inspiring
Mountains Beyond Mountains

Author Tracy Kidder accompanies (& backfills) the ascendancy of Dr Paul Farmer as a modern day Albert Schweitzer. It is a collection of amazing vignettes as Paul is introduced to Haiti, its poverty, TB,& AIDs, and struggles to find affordable healthcare for the world. He climbs mountains beyond mountains to find better cures, convince the medical community, convince benefactors, and convince voodoo believing patients. The book is not a compulsive read but it has an important message. You are richer for being exposed to the genius and dedication that is Paul Farmer.

Informative, Graphic, Poorly Written
1001 places to See before you die

I did not feel this book really hit the high spots of places I have been in Russia (Moscow, St Petersburg), Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Europe.

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