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Name : Courtney S.

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The Good German by Joseph Kanon
good action but little character development

This was a great book for discussion as it dealt with serious issues such as one's personal responsibilty for the actions of one's country, especially at a time of war. The constant name dropping of German places and such bogged down the book for me, and I wasn't able to form much of an attachment for the main characters. However, the insight into Germany after WWII and the actions of Allied forces in Berlin made it worth the read.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Great insight into family -- love, loyalty, responsibility, & survival

As Jeannette Walls recounts her life, you wonder not only how she survived but how became such a strong and successful woman. She lived through many shocking and truly horrible things basically inflicted upon her by her parents, but she tells of them with more affection than bitterness or judgement. This book made me examine my prejudices, sense of entitlement, responsibility to my children, and loyalty to my family.

A Widow for One Year by John Irving
Dark, Gloomy, Dramatic
Great book for discussion!

This book explores the essence of storytelling -- reality vs. imagination. Many different stories exist within this one novel, but the beauty is that they all serve to enhance the main story. The author is a true "craftsman" if not an "artist". He examines pornography, the macabre, violence, prostitution, and promiscuity along the way. He gives you a lot to think about as well as discuss.

Interesting, Dramatic, Epic
excellent exploration of gender identity but so much more!

Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Explores the enduring spirit of women in ancient China

This book is intense as the main character experiences footbinding, arranged marriage, and the pains and joys of a lifelong friendship. What I found most powerful was the way these women flourished or floundered in a society that measured their worth by the size of their feet and the frequency with which they bore sons. The bonds they formed with other women, even in using a secret language only women knew, had to have been essential in surviving as a second class (if that) citizen.

Boring, Inspiring, Slow
witty and friendly book but often self-indulgent

This book was an easy and enjoyable read but I often felt myself annoyed with the author for her self-indulgent behavior.

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