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A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful
A Man Called Ove

This is definitely my favorite book read in 2015. I've known old men like Ove, and haven't always liked them, but maybe I would have loved them eventually as I came to love Ove by the end of the book. He is grieving the death of his wife, loses his job, tries numerous times to kill himself, but always ends up interrupting the suicide attempts to help his feckless neighbors. It is filled with so much humor and humanity and is just a treasure.

This Is How It Always Is by LAURIE FRANKEL
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Informative
This is How it always Is.

This is an emotional book in which each member of a large family deals in his/her own way with the gender dysphoria of one of their members. It is informative and interesting as a realistic presentation of the issues and trials for an individual child and the family, with friends, neighbors and school personnel. When Penn and Rosie's fifth son, Claude, insists that he is a girl and wants to be called Poppy, they believe her and support her in the transition, BUT they don't tell non-family members that she is physically a boy. The family is a fun, dysfunctional conglomerate of intelligent loving people and just a delight to read about. The issues and problems are heartbreaking to read about. It is a book that I will remember forever and recommend to a lot of people.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

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