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The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Love Hemingway

This was a fictional account of young Ernest Hemingway and his life written in a historic fashion. The author did extensive research, making the book factual, but fun and not dry. Good reading for a book club.

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
"Why we love the Lindberghs"

Quick read and interesting topic. Truth vs. fiction - hard to tell...

The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Gloomy
Lahiri writes well

The Lowland was a good book. Be prepared for some depressing parts, but it was well worth reading.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Romantic, Insightful
Excellent Club Read

Not a page turner, but I couldn't put it down. Great story about relationships, and couldn't have guessed the ending. Definitely a top ten of the year for me.

The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Gloomy, Brilliant
Catcher in the Rye is a classic

I haven't read this book since high school, but really enjoyed reading it again. Great story and pretty much timeless.

Angel City by Patrick D Smith
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Informative, Gloomy
Angel City

Interesting book about tomato pickers in south Florida. Kind of depressing, but a very positive finish.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting
The Goldfinch beautifully written

The book is long, but well worth the read. Great character development and it is beautifully written. Deserved the Pulitzer Prize.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful

No Country: A Novel by Kalyan Ray
 
Gloomy, Slow, Dark
No Country needs some editing

The book is too long. Dark doesn't even describe the depressing events in the book. A friend of mine described it as "devastating." There is good history of Ireland, India, England...

Some Luck: A novel by Jane Smiley
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
First Jane Smiley book I\\\'ve read

I read this book and truly enjoyed it. Keep in mind it\\\'s the first of a trilogy. The second book is due out in May. Each chapter is numbered sequentially in years and follows the Langdon family. I believe the trilogy covers 100 years. Great character development and beautifully written. Can\\\'t wait for the next one!

The Reivers by William Faulkner
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Adventurous, Difficult
Faulkner\\\'s easiest read?

My book club reads Pulitzer winners and this is one of them. The characters and story are phenomenal. It is not a page turner, but is well written and worthwhile. It left a great impression on me.

 
Interesting, Pointless, Romantic
Is it truth or fiction?

In mentioning real people in this book, the reader finds themselves questioning what the author made up and what is real history. It made me uncomfortable and I didn't enjoy reading this book.

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

 
Book Club Recommended
Difficult, Brilliant, Dark
Worth the effort

The Sympathizer is not an easy read, but it is a story that needs to be told, and it is done so with some humor and some pain. The discussion we had was one of the best. I downloaded "The Sympathizer: A Guide for Book Clubs" by Kathryn Cope which was VERY helpful. I would recommend at least one person in any book club download the guide to aid in discussion.

Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Insightful
Very Well Written

I really enjoyed this book. The character development was excellent and Ms. Patchett's writing was so enjoyable. There was some jumping around in time, which tends to annoy me, but it was not excessive or confusing. This book should win awards.

A Bell for Adano by John Hersey
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Beautiful, Insightful
Great Book and winner of the Pulitzer

A Bell for Adano is extremely well written, and is a wonderful story of a man who comes to a town and is as changed by the townspeople as they are by him. This is John Hersey's first book, and it's a great read!

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