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Name : Lori G.

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The Weight of Silence by Heather Gudenkauf
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Slow, Adventurous
The Weight of Silence

Calli is such a remarkable heroine that I couldn't put the book down. I just had to find out what happened to her. I particularly loved the way she thought of her "voice."

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
Girl with the dragon tattoo

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Informative
The Other Boleyn Girl

I had seen part of the movie and I wasn't impressed. So I was not looking forward to reading this book. It didn't take long before the book won me over. It was so engrossing. I was disappointed when it ended.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Henrietta Lacks

Wonderful insight into an amazing woman and both her family and the cellular industry that she gave birth to physically. But of which neither Henrietta nor her family profitted from the industry that wouldn't be where it is today without her. Was it her or the medical technicians who used her cells, realized the find and shared it with the world who should have the credit? Profit? Decide where you stand in this debate.

The Hunger Games (Book 1) by Suzanne Collins
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
In the footsteps of Buffy...

It's great to see another strong heroine. It's not just that she got to kick but, but her skill (developed after years of hard work and sacrifice) was tremondously valued, and saved not just her life, but her partner as well.

Throw in a love triangle (one blond, one brunette), a male mentor and a bow and arrow instead of a stake and you've got post apocalyptic Buffy.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Forgotten Garden

I thought it was better at connecting the stories across several generations than other books. It doesn't take long before you're hooked on solving the mystery of the Authoress and Eliza Makepeace. I really loved the fairy tales interwoven throughout the book.

A Stranger on the Planet by Adam Schwartz
Gloomy, Unconvincing, Difficult
Not what I expected

I expected some sort of SF or Fantasy novel. Clearly it was a pun that Seth felt he was the stranger on the planet. A member of our book club suggested that it was really Seth's mother who was the stranger on the planet. It was difficult to read. I didn't understand why Seth couldn't make his marriage work. It seemed like any observation he made was too late. I don't think the short story that was mentioned so much in the book, being inserted at the end, really explained too much. It wasn't a good way to end the book. Seth was supposedly sharing it with his niece, but she'd barely been introduced in the book. If there'd been an established relationship, maybe. I was disappointed.

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Moloka\\\\\\\'i surprises

Initially I really didn\\\\\\\'t want to read this book. Who would. Who wants to read a book about leprosy. And that\\\\\\\'s the point. How did Hawaiians deal with their afflicted citizens, friends and family. To overcome our hesitancy, Alan Brennert created an engaging heroine, Rachel. Rachel is fun and adventurous and not afraid to break the rules. She grows into a wonderful woman. Molokai follows Rachel from the time when, as a little girl, she\\\\\\\'s diagnosed and segregated to live on Molokai away from her family. Rachel is the conduit through which Alan highlights the joys and sorrows of those living in the leper colony on Moloka\\\\\\\'i, so by the end I did feel as though Rachel was living through the Perils of Pauline (a bit), the woman she grew into faced everything with dignity. I recommend this book.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Surviving war

Tom had to kill in order to survive WW1. He never recovered emotionally. This is really a story about what he had to do to find some peace of mind.

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