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Son of a Witch: A Novel by Gregory Maguire
 
I couldn't get through it. Only one book club member actually liked it.

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
I really enjoyed the story save for the very end, which was OK.

I actually give it higher than 3 stars, maybe 4 1/2 but it wouldn't let me change it.

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
 
Informative, Insightful, Inspiring
We had a great conversation with this one.

I enjoyed the book, it definitely made me think and evaluate the culture that I was brought up in.

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Informative, Adventurous, Insightful
Loved most of it.

I loved about 2/3 of this book. It seemed like the last third was really unnecessary. We had a good discussion about it although we were trying to keep the ending a secret for one of our members that didn't quite finish it in time.

Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
 
Beautiful, Dramatic
Couldn't Get Through It

There are two main characters that "voice" this book. I assume that their lives intertwine at some point, I just couldn't get there. I liked one of the characters while really not enjoying the way the second character was written. Oh well... Most of our book club didn't make it through either.

Suite Française by Irène Némirovsky
 
Dark, Confusing, Difficult
I Loved This Book!

This has been one of my most favorite books in a long time. I read it cover to cover, all the end notes, addendums etc. This is another look at WWII from a perspective often forgotten, the occupied. Sure, when WWII comes up, you think about the Holocaust, Pearl Harbor, the atomic bombs in Japan, D-Day, but this is about reacting to, coping and living with an occupying force. This book spurred a wonderful discussion.

Like Water For Chocolate by Laura Esquivel
 
Romantic, Fun, Epic
We all seemed to really enjoy this one. There was a lot to discuss too!

 
Inspiring, Informative, Insightful
Inspiring - mostly liked it.

I did like the story although it was dry in some parts. The book felt a little too on the upsale for donation money, like one extremely long pamphlet. On a whole his life's work is quite inspiring!

Moloka'i: A Novel by Alan Brennert
 
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
I Loved this Book!

I became wrapped in the story very quickly and loved it all the way through.

Tar Baby by Toni Morrison
 
Couldn't relate to the characters and didn't like the story.

Ines of My Soul: A Novel by Isabel Allende
 
Informative, Inspiring, Fun
Not one of her best, but still enjoyed... We also had a good discussion about it.

 
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
While I enjoyed it, the group was very divided - you either love or hate it.

 
Really enjoyed 90% of it & we had a great discussion as well!

 
The group really didn't like this book - if you want to read something similar but much better, read something by Phillipa Gregory!

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