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Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Little Bee

A beautifully written book, so descriptive that I could feel the hot sand of the Nigerian beach and taste the terror in my mouth as the men came down the beach with the machete. Little Bee is an unforgettable character as is her protector, Sarah, and her side-kick, Batman. Read the book, you'll understand! It will make you laugh, cry, and more importantly think about the plight of the refugees who come from countries such as Nigeria, fearing for their lives, and are treated poorly and returned to face an often deadly fate.

The Second Opinion by Michael Palmer
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Scary
The Second Opinion

A very thought provoking medical mystery.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
The Art of Racing in the Rain

A lovely book but not being a dog person or a race car person I wasn't as much into that part of the story as I was the love story between the racer and his dying wife.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
The Thirteenth Tale

I had to know what happened to the author's family. I was so absorbed I didn't want to put it down.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
The Art of Racing in the Rain

I am not a dog lover, nor a racing fan, so this book did not grab me as it did some of the other people in my book club. However, I did enjoy the story of a man so in love with a strong willed wife that he will do anything for her. And, in doing so almost loses his daughter after his wife dies. The vindictive in-laws were well defined antagonists and this part of the story I enjoyed greatly.

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Gloomy
Olive Kitteridge

If I had read a copy of this book with the original title of ON THE COAST OF MAIN I would have read it in a different way. With the title change to OLIVE KITTERIDGE the focus of the book narrowed to this one character and this reader found herself focusing more on where Olive would pop up in the story than the delight of the individual short stories about the inhabitants of Crosby, Maine. Of course Olive would be a central character in this town as she had been a 7th grade math teacher in the local school for years and terrified generations of local children. Everyone had memories/horror stories of her. As a teacher she also knew more about the other residents and perhaps because she taught so many of them she felt she had the right to invade and evaluate their lives. Though caustic in nature, Olive does have have empathy and love for others; however, she is not able to find a way to convey these feelings and comes off as overbearing, and even mean, instead.

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