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Name : Diane S.

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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
An insightful glimpse into another time when women celebrated their sisterhood

This was the first book that our book club tackeld. Since our initial membership was made up of a small group of women it was a perfect book for us.

Philosophical, wretching, dramatic - this book has it all. It's a real page turner and hard to put down. It explores the ancient mysteries of the feminie Divine and draws a clear picture of how close to paganism the first and second generation of Abraham really were. This book celebrates being female in a way that few women today even stop to think about in their hectic, day to day lives.

Night (Night) by Elie Wiesel
Life Changing, Insightful, Dramatic
A must-read for every member of the human race

Night is an elegantly written view of both human evil and human triumph. Though not an easy book to read, it is a necessary book to read. The only way to prevent the horror of future holocausts is to remember what happened during World War II in the Nazi death camps.

Some of our book club members had a difficult time reading the descriptions of evil that was handed out by the Nazi's. You find yourself unable to put the book down even though the events that are being recounted are horrific. As a book club reader, this is an easy book to draw discussion questions from. You can be sure that every member in your club who reads this book will have an opinion!

A good book - but it's not the Red Tent!

This is a well written book that documents the account of King David's relationship with Michal, daughter of King Saul. The script stays fairly close to the scripteral accounts of these individuals. Our book club enjoyed reading and discussing this book, but it definitely did not have as much depth as the Red Tent. It was more difficult to come up with discussion questions even though there is a Readers' Guide in the back of the book. If your group enjoys reading historically based novels about characters in the Bible, they will enjoy reading Queenmaker. If they enjoy discussing book characters that have a great deal of depth to their personalities, they may find this book lacking.

Interesting, Informative, Optimistic
This book contains many springboards for discussion in book clubs.

Sidney Poitier is a man who has obviously spent time in thinking about his life, how his experiences shaped him and what he believes. You have to admire any person who has such a sense of self and examines himself that closely. My book club found that this book gave us many springboards for discussion of social issues. We also now have a great deal of interest in seeing his movies and finding out even more about this fascinating man.

Dark, Adventurous, Confusing
This highly anticipated book didn't disappoint!

We have several die-hard Harry Potter fans in our book club. Needless to say, they couldn't wait to get together and discuss this highly anticipated final book in the series. One of the members even brought homemade snacks with a Harry Potter theme! I was not able to find discussion questions already prepared for this book. I composed my own questions and they worked well. We had a two hour discussion of the themes that were in the series and the last book in particular and the discussion never lagged.

Nineteen Minutes by Jodi Picoult|Jodi Picoult
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
Best Discussion Ever!!

Our book club had the best discussion that we have had to date with this book. I had notes and discussion questions prepared but I never even had to look at them. Our group took this book and ran with it! This was the first Jodi Picoult book that many members had read and now they are all talking about the next book of hers that they want to read! I highly recommend this book for other clubs.

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