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State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
The State of Wonder

This is a popular discussion book, thus my recommendation for book clubs. A bit of a mystery, a bit of a medical book, a bit of sci-fi, a bit of a love story...but not well done in any of those genres. Never the less many find it worth reading.

Caleb's Crossing: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Caleb's Crossing

Brooks takes on a subject that I knew nothing about and makes it interesting. She usually enthralls me more than this book did. But I do believe it is a good discussion book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Inspiring
The Story of Beautiful Girl

A gentle read. I can imagine something like this almost happening. A good behind the scenes look at institutions. Well written, although one needs to suspend belief in areas. I liked the characters and the prose.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Rules of Civility

delightful...absorbing character study, extremely well written...

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dramatic
the yellow birds

if you are looking for a book about the Iraqi war -look elsewhere the theme of this book is universal and wonderfully crafted. I believe it will be used in schools to teach prose, alongside classics.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Light Between the Oceans

a good book, but not quite as heart wrenching as the plot could have been

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Dramatic
The Ocean at the End of the Lane

A well written, arresting mystical folklore tale. Highly recommend it to people new to such a genre. Possibly not as wonderful to those who read may similar books.

Necessary Lies: A Novel by Diane Chamberlain
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dramatic
Necessary Lies

A well written novel covering difficult subjects. The author set the atmosphere of marital relations in the 60's well and did a good job with the social work issues. A very discussable book club book.

The Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
The Round House

Not quite as interesting or dramatic as some others by the same author, but worth the read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Hillbilly Elegy

an unemotional look at a slice of society, an elegy to the loss of hope, but not dreary

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