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Name : Mary D.

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The Wednesday Sisters: A Novel by Meg Waite Clayton
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Fun
A thought-provoking time capsule of the early 1970's.

This lovely novel tracks the lives of five friends as the life-changing events of the 70's unfold. Their lives evolve as the country expands into women's rights, diversity and space exploration. If you do not identify with at least one of the women in this book, then you did not live through this era. And, if you did not, this novel will help you, perhaps, understand some of the issues your own mother dealt with as traditional ways of being female were changing dramatically.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Thought provoking

Quite a discussion ensued on the rights of patients versus the needs of scientific research. The book also highlighted the racial issues of the times and how the Lack's family felt shocked and used by the medical system.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Boring, Slow
Makes You Think

This book covers a wide variety of topics, including Ron Popeil, the homeless and how to evaluate a good teacher. Surprisingly, each chapter brought new information and insight that had us saying: "I never knew that!" As with all of Malcolm Gladwell's books, he talks about complex issues in a reader-friendly way. What he writes about has consistently created wonderful discussion for our book club.

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
A teen book, but a gripping read

I could not put this book down and am continuing on with reading the 3-book series. It is a fascinating futuristic novel about a young girl living under an oppressive government that sets up yearly survival games to keep the people in their dependant positions and quell rebellion. This violent book about a young heroine will have your book club talking about social justice, government and survival. The movie version is due to be released in March, 2012.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Inspiring
Interesting to see how society has changed its views toward disabled people

The most striking aspect of this book was noticing how much legal and cultural views towards people with disabilities has changed in recent years. The setting of this book is an institution that in 1968 still warehoused disabled individuals in unsafe, unclean and abusive situations.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
A wonderful read!

This is a young adult book that captivated me. Death is the narrator. Nazi Germany is the setting, and a young girl is the primary character. Her life, her relationships, her learning to read and live by and for words is fascinating, frightening, sad and amusing. Do not be fooled by the length of this book. I found the chapters fast-moving and I was so interested in the characters that I could not put it down.

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