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Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter

Fun book set in Italy in 1962 and present day Hollywood with a few years intertwined in between. Richard Burton (yes, THAT Richard Burton) is a character in this novel. Easy read - a beach book or to take on a trip. Out book club really enjoyed it.

Reconstructing Amelia: A Novel by Kimberly McCreight
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous
The Divers Clothes Lie Empty

Fun, fast read about a young thirty-something woman who goes on a solo adventure to Morocco to escape her recent painful past. The book is written in the second person referring to the protagonist as "you", allowing the reader to become the central character in this novel.

Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
 
Slow, Interesting, Dramatic
I Couldn't Pick It Up

Our club previously read Liane Moriarty's "Big Little Lies" which was a fantastic read. This was a very slow read and definitely not a book that I simply couldn't put down. There was good character development, but the plot dragged and the ending was anti-climatic.

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Confusing, Interesting
Lincoln In The Bardo

This is a fun and unusual book. The book is based on historical fact - the death of President Lincoln's son, Willie - woven with some very creative fiction - most of the characters are ghosts. It's a small snapshot of Lincoln struggling with and grieving for his young son's death while at the same time having to lead the country during the Civil War. The ghosts swirl around the cemetery where Willie is buried, a few interacting with him, many interacting with each other, while most ponder their current state and why and how they arrived in their 'sick-boxes'.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
The Girl With Seven Names: Escape From North Korea

An riveting autobiography of a young woman's life in North Korea and her subsequent journey to freedom. It is an easy read with a lot of insight into the North Korean regime, the people and culture. This is a must read!

 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic, Scary
It's A Great Pick

Our book club read "The Woman in Cabin 10" in January and I selected "In a Dark, Dark Wood" by the same author as I enjoyed our January book club selection. It's a great pick for a book club. Everyone really enjoyed this book.

 
Difficult, Poorly Written, Boring
Scholarly Read

This is a well-written scholarly book about the life of Eleanor of Aquitane who became the Queen of France and later, Queen of England. The book contains maps, illustrations, pictures, a bibliography, notes on the chief sources, notes and references, genealogical tables, an index and a reader's guide. It's a great book for someone interested in European history, but not a great book for the average book club. I gave the book one star as a book club read. Its appeal is to a narrow audience and best read on an individual basis.

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Unconvincing, Fun, Interesting
Beach/Pool Read

Good choice for a book club. The characters were interesting and we had fun discussing them. Lots of twists and turns. Perfect beach or pool read. If you like Liane Moriarty, you will like this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Addictive
Thelma and Louise in the FBI

Atlee Pine, the main character, is a young, single, no nonsense female FBI agent with the main responsibility of investigating crimes in and around the Grand Canyon National Park. Along with her assistant, Carol Blum, a woman of a certain age, after being told to stand down on an investigation of a dead mule and missing rider in the Grand Canyon, they set out on a road trip that could change the course of the U.S. government. They kick butt and take names along the way.

Atlee Pine's twin sister, Mercy, was kidnapped from their bedroom when they were six years old and Atlee remains determined to find out what happened to her sister.

The majority in our book club had not read any books by this author previously. It is the first in a series of books that he is writing about the Atlee Pine character (called the Atlee Pine series).

The book kept my interest and I would consider reading the second book in the series when it is published.

 
Book Club Recommended
Scary, Addictive, Dramatic
Psychological Thriller in the Music City

New author R. J. Jacobs psychological thriller is a winner read for book clubs.
Set in Nashville, Tennessee, the main character, Emily Firestone is a psychologist who is challenged to manage her bi-polar disorder. Her boyfriend, Paolo Ferrera, is a microbiologist. After a romantic evening in a boat out on a lake in a state park, Paolo is missing. Where is Paolo? Emily's life and mental health start to unravel after Paolo's disappearance as she tries to find out what happened to him. The author is a psychologist and is able to get into the mental state of Emily living day-to-day with bi-polar disorder. The book has lots of twists and turns and this book will keep you guessing until the end.




 
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Beautiful, Interesting, Inspiring

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