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Name : Chris B.

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Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
Beautiful writing style, rich in history, interesting characters ..... excellent book.

Although you would think this book would be depressing, it shows the main characters strength and love of life. You actaully feel transported to the late 1800's and can feel the Hawaiin breeze. Strong main character and a wonderful supporting cast. You feel many emotions reading this book, with many twists and turns. Wonderful read.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
See the world through a 15 year old autistic child .. easy read.

Facinating book that gives you a glimpse of the mind of a 15 year old autistic child. Family struggles, challanges, and a mystery (that involes a dog)encompass this short book.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Strong female character, wonderful supporting characters with depth....this book takes you back in time.

Fell in love with the main character, then fell in love with the supporting characters. The women in this book are strong, witty, and diverse. Wonderful story line that only history could create. You feel transported to the wild west, and live their lives. Highly recommend!!!!

Rise and Shine: A Novel by Anna Quindlen
A beach read ....... movie material.

No depth, not earth shattering, just an easy read for fun and discussion.

Skipping Christmas by John Grisham
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Dramatic, Difficult
Perfect book club book to read before the holidays.

Easy read that makes you laugh. Great read during the hectic holiday season.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
A classic!! Timeless story line. Beautifully written.

One of my favorite books. A book topic well before it's time. Strong characters and story line. I did not want the book to end, I feel in love with the characters. A must read. Our book club had a wonderful discussion involving the book, the author (she never did write another book and rumors that she did not write it, Truman Capote (was he modled as one of the characters?).

Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Could have been a good read ... but was not.

Our book group was disappointed with this pick. Loved the idea of the book, however, the writing did not pull it off. Had to force myself to finish it.

Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Dramatic, Epic
Classic soap opera with wonderful writing.

A timeless story line of good and evil. Spectacular writing that is timeless. A must read or re-read.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Epic, Brilliant
A timeless treasure ... a gem for all times.

Take yourself back in time and another country. Vividly written, and pulls you in emotionally. This story could take place in any country, at any time. The ending will remind you of a 21st century capitalist family. Timeless.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
As they say "truth is stranger than fiction". Amazing true story.

You have to remind yourself that this is a true story and not fiction. Many emotionals surface during the reading of this book. You feel guilty laughing at some parts, and can't help crying in others. Walls does a wonderful job showing the whole picture of her life. You keep cheering her on in the book and hope for the best. Great for book club discussions.

Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
True Love Story - One of my favorite books

Catch a glimpse of the behind the scenes of an old time circus. The life, the hierchy, the cruelty, the business, the unwritten rules of a circus. Throw in a mean boss, a pretty lady, a strong main character (that you root for), interesting supporting characters and you have a GREAT story line. Best of all (for me) it's a love story where love wins (for the people and animals). Also, you see the perspective of a senior citizen living in a senior center(the narrator and main character) and fall in love with him.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Pointless
Over 40 Funny For Beach

A book to borrow, but not buy. A perfect beach read - short, funny, no thinking involved. If you are over 40, you will laugh with the author. Not the best Book Club selection since there is really nothing to discuss (except what ailes you) and life in NYC (if you have experienced it).

World Without End by Ken Follett
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Interesting, Insightful
Same As "Pillars Of The Earth"

If you read "Pillars of the Earth", this is the same book with different names to the characters. You still have the peasant who gets revenge, the rich who do good, the knight who is brutal (in life and sex). Almost an identical read .... dissapointed. However, we did have a discussion as to which book was better. We were split in our group. I prefered Pillars. I felt the story line (in Pillars) was more complex and the writing was better. Read one, but not both .. too many other books to read.

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Romantic, Beautiful
A Classic is a Classic

A "classic" book is considered a "classic" because of it's excellent writing style, grabbing story line, and timeless content. This book can be described as a romance, but also a mystery. You can picture the characters and estate in your mind. Some twists and turns happen that are not expected. Great for a discussion (the book, the author & Hitchcock adaptation to screen). A classic worth re-visiting.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Adventurous, Inspiring
A Fun Read

A great book for the beach or vacation. Creatively written (drink recipe starts every chapter)and Orion has a great sense of humor. Also gives you information on tourist (and not so tourist) sites around the US.

Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Great Cause, Boring Book

One of the few books that I never finished. The first chapter was interesting. Downhill from there. The names of the towns and people were confusing. The writing style was awful.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Frank - Who Would Have Known?

A historical fiction book based on Frank LLoyd Wright with romance. Strong female character that made tough choices for a women in her time. Gain insight on the architect - he was not as simple and clean as his architecture. The ending comes as a shocker. Interesting read for Book Clubs.

Still Alice by Lisa Genova
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Eye Opening

Interesting perspective having the patient (Alice) give her viewpoint of her illness. Good character development of the whole family. Interesting to have a linguistics proffessor (Harvard no less) with Alzheimer's. Informative. Great book for a book club discussion (we are still talking about it after we met). Wonderfully written.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
Historical Fiction with Interesting Characters

Set after WWII in England, a female writer befriends the town of Guernsey after reciving a letter from a resident. An idea for a book is seeded for the main character, she corresponds, and visits the people of Guernsey. The characters are diverse and each show the humanity of WWII. You learn about the Channel Islands and WWII. The book is witten as letters from character to character. Charming book.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
A Slice of Americana

The development of the characters was excellent. Each unique and add to the story. The viewpoints of the "help" and the lives of the employers was an eye opener. You get a feel of the birth of the desegregation movement and life in the deep south. In the end, you see that color is not a barrier to friendship and love if you let the walls down.

Brooklyn: A Novel by Colm Toibin
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Slow
Young Irish Immigrant Girl In Brooklyn - Her Early Years and A Choice To Make

A young Irish girl has the decision made for her to immigrate to Brooklyn for a better job and schooling. Insight into her family life and community life in her Irish town and then her her new life in in the Irish community in Brooklyn. She unexpectedly has to come back to Ireland. Will she stay or go back to Brooklyn where she started a new life?

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
For Mystery Lovers

Mysteries are not my pick. However, this one had lots of twists and turns and kept me going. Very slow begining, and when you find out "who did it", the story kepps going (and going) to close up something that happened in the very begining. Sometimes Larsson was too descriptive - he wrote almost a whole page on the specs of the new computer that a main character was purchasing. I don't think I will be reading the rest of the series.

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Inspiring
Quick and Fun Read

I normally do not enjoy non-fiction, but this was an exception. Starts a little slow (when Lilly was very young), but turns into a page turner. What a strong female character. You learn about life out west, ranching, survival, and a wonderful person/family. I would like my daughter (13 yeards) old to read this book.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
If You Liked "The Help" Pick This Book Up

Written in the style of "The Help" (one chapter, one characters view point) and the subject matter (racial tension, family dynamics). I read this book in a week. Excellent character development while providing an interesting story line. Each character is so different, however their lives all intersect or intertwine.

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Great Discussion Book

Although the topic (hostages, living in captivity) is a tough one, this book provoked many questions and a lively discussion amongst the moms in our group. Creatively written (from the viewpoint and language of the 5 year old child) you ask your self, what would I have done? The dynamics between all the characters is intersting (Jack and mom, mom and Jack with the grandparents and steppa). More detailed things to say, but don't want to give away the book. Interseting little twists and turns.

Book Club Recommended
Dark, Informative, Insightful
A Non-Fiction Book That You Keep Turning the Pages

An eye opening book regarding the Vietnam war period and the people it affected. A true story about a boy and his family, how the fall of Siagon changed their lives, the struggle to stay alive and stay human.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
A Fun, Clever and Quick Read

Very clever story line. After Alice bonks her head at the gym and thinks it's 10 years prior (with no memory of what happened the last ten years, including 3 kids, relationship with sister, neighbors and husband .... or is it ex husband?) she tries to solve the mysteries in her life (why are we seperated, what happened to my relationship with my sister, what happened with Gina). At the same time, you are trying to put the pieces together in her life. Easy, quick, addictive, and entertaining read.

Sutton by J.R. Moehringer
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Informative
Romantic Bank Robber

You fall in love with Sutton (main character) even though he is a bank robber. The author develops all the characters beautifully. The story of Sutton's life is woven in the story when he is interviewed by a paper after he is released from jail. You live his life, meet his friends and his love through his memories, and find Sutton lovable. Believe it or not, there is true love and romance in this book too!!!! The end has a little twist as you root for Sutton to make peace with his past A very good read. I also enjoyed "Open" and "The Tender Bar" by this author.

The Dovekeeper by Alice Hoffman
Beautiful, Epic, Informative
Slow book

Interesting that this book was based on historical events. Should have been pointed out in the beginning. Loved the premise of the book and the characters, but the writing went on forever, and ever and ever. The book could have been written with half the verbiage. Great story, interesting characters, but the writing style is too wordy.

The Tender Bar: A Memoir by J. R. Moehringer
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Even if you don't enjoy non-fiction, this book is an exception

Hard to believe that the people in this book are real and not made up characters (although they read like characters). Meohringer has a unique writing style that grabs you. Short, to the point, but descriptive. You start reading, and don't want to to put the book down. You want to know more about ever character and become involved in their lives. A touching book about the coming of age of Moehringer, but we see glimpses of people we know. One of the few non-fiction books that does not read like non-fiction (fact oriented, predictable, one dimensional). Wonderful read. He also co-authored "Open" (excellent book even if you are not a tennis player).

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
"Gone" Reading

I'm normally not a mystery fan. However, this book was addicting. Interesting story line and characters. I really liked the writing style and how each chapter changed from his and her "viewpoint". Disliked the ending.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Beautiful Book

This book was recommended during a call in with J R Moeringer. A book worth reading on your own or for book club (great discussion on characters). In each chapter, the books travels from the 60\\\'s to present, from Italy to America to develop a brillant book. The time line also goes back and forth to weave an intersting story. The character development is excellent. Ahhh love and choices.

The Lifeboat: A Novel by Charlotte Rogan
Dramatic, Poorly Written, Insightful
Great Story Line but......

When I heard about the story line, I thought this would be an intense book with interesting and developed characters and and strong story. Wrong. Writing style boring. Nothing is FULLY developed, the characters or story line. Too bad, I was looking forward to a good read.

Palisades Park: A Novel by Alan Brennert
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Adventurous, Interesting
Easy read, not as good as Molokai

Wonderful backdrop for a story line. As in \\\"Molokai\\\", Brennert has a wonderful easy reading writing style, developments interesting characters, gives you a little history, and allows you to visualize the characters and setting. This book was good read, not a great read. Better than your average \\\"beach read\\\", but will not be a classic. Great for a quick and easy read. Wonderful insight on the history of Palisades Park and the people involved in carnivals.

Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Page Turner

xI\\\'m normally not a fan of \\\"mystery type\\\" books. However, I keep reading and reading due to the writing style (a part is the father being cross examed and part the story) and the plot. A child is accused of murder. The dad is the town\\\'s prosecutor. Family secrets from the past and possible parental denial. Great book for discussion. What would you do? What if this was your child?

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes
Insightful, Slow, Pointless
Too Much Hype

I think this book is getting so much buzz is because no one understands the end. It\\\'s so confusing, that I had to google the meaning of the book. I\\\'m not the only one confused. Many google hits on the ending it\'s meaning, and not just from readers, but from critics/reviewers as well (that has to tell you something). I did not like the writing style to begin with. I understand what the author was trying to convey, but the storyline, writing style and characters fell short. I think if he was not a previuosly known author, the book would be a total flop.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
A Modern Classic

Beautiful writing. You can visualize every character and you fully understand each one. You get wrapped up in their lives, their decisions, their motives. Very lively book club discussion regarding the book and decisions made on a personal level.

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

The book is not long, not a fluff "beach read", the character development is excellent, you gain some insight of life on a reservation, try to solve a mystery, and you keep reading.
I was either addicted to reading this book, or thought some areas could be shortened. However, I really liked this book. Set on a reservation (present day), events unfold that bring and tear apart families. Family dynamics, history, and emotions are explored. A good book club pick.

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Dramatic
A Modern Mystery

An addictive and entertaining book. Easy to read, and you keep reading. The main characters are women of various backgrounds in a small Australian town, with children in the same kindergarten class. Their lives intertwine with small personal secrets revealed to the reader. You know in the beginning of the book that someone dies under questionable circumstances. But who dies and how, and who did it? Keep turning the pages to find out.

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
War on the Human Level

The beginnings (and end) of WWII through the lives of two different people. One is a young French girl that loses her eye sight before the war starts and an orphan that is \\\"drafted\\\" in the German army. Both stories are unfold and their lives intersect in the most unusual way. The writing style is brilliant, the story line is very interesting. Wonderful read. We discussed this book at length during our meeting (some books only last a 30 minute discussion).

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful
Don\'t Judge a Book By It\'s Cover .....

Two very unlikely main characters meet and discover that they have more in common than they thought. One has Asperger\'s and the other is a rebel. They find a friendship of sorts when they are on the \"hunt\" for Rosie\'s biological father. I found myself chuckling at some of the antics and personality traits of the main characters (and supporting characters). A sweet story of friendship, relationships (partner and family) and love. A very enjoyable and entertaining book to read. The ending did explain everything, but I did not like the way it was written. I\'m sure that will be a discussion topic for our book club.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Many Stories, Not One Tale

Our book club was split as to liking the writing style and book (most liked it). This book does NOT have a storyline with main characters. It is the description of many characters and a timeline of Japaneese brides coming to California, their struggles, children, and internment camp. I hated the writing style (just descriptives of many people, actions or experiences), but some in our book club loved it. It was a book that brought a lively discussion on Japaneese internment camps and the struggle of these brides.

Beautiful, Inspiring, Romantic

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Adventurous, Interesting, Brilliant

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful

Open An Autobiography by Andre Agassi
Insightful, Interesting, Inspiring

Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
Slow, Brilliant, Insightful

Interesting, Insightful, Adventurous

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
Interesting, Informative, Insightful

Peep Show by Joshua Braff

Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

Homer & Langley: A Novel by E.L. Doctorow
Insightful, Interesting, Informative

Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative

The Killer Angels: A Novel by Michael Shaara
Insightful, Informative, Brilliant

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch
Inspiring, Insightful, Optimistic

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

Adventurous, Informative, Fun

Dark, Slow, Interesting

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

The Fountainhead by Ayn Rand
Insightful, Dark, Interesting

Informative, Interesting, Insightful

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
Fun, Graphic, Interesting

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting

Night (Night) by Elie Wiesel
Life Changing, Insightful, Dramatic

A Friend of the Family by Lauren Grodstein
Dramatic, Dark, Scary

Dramatic, Dark, Interesting

Shantaram: A Novel by Gregory David Roberts
Adventurous, Beautiful, Fun

Romantic, Fun, Insightful

Informative, Interesting, Confusing

Difficult, Insightful, Adventurous

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Rosemary - We Have Not Forgotten You

What an eye opening book on the "forgotten Kennedy daughter", how metal illness was perceived and treated decades ago and another insight into the Kennedy family. I am normally not a fan of non-fiction. A worthwhile read that sparks many discussion questions.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Dramatic
Amazing Book

The story line (although a depressing one) grabs you in. The character development and writing is brilliant. You visualize each character and hear them speak as you read. Each character seems simple at first, but have their own history and flaws and become complex. Highly recommend.

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

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Fun

Adventurous, Scary, Persuasive

Daisy Jones & The Six: A Novel by Reid Taylor Jenkins
Interesting, Fun, Addictive
Great Hype .... Boring Book

After being on so many lists as a "hot read", I did read it. If it was not written in the manner it was (the characters speak in their voice and you may get two/three views on a topic in their voice) it would have been VERY boring. The characters could have been developed more, nothing really goes on except the usual sex, drugs and rock and roll (and you kept reading because you thought something may happen), and it's predictable. I would put this in a "beach read" category. No use of brain cells and really nothing to discuss with anyone after.

This Is How It Always Is by LAURIE FRANKEL
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
An Interesting Topic

Great book for a book club. A very 21st century topic written in a fiction book that promotes thought. The characters are developed beautifully.

Beneath a Marble Sky by John Shors
Addictive, Adventurous, Romantic

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic

The Engineer's Wife: A Novel by Tracey Wood Enerson
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative

The Personal Librarian by Christopher Victoria Murray Marie; Benedict
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting

West with Giraffes: A Novel by Lynda Rutledge
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting

Horse: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

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