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Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Hotel On the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

We had 17 of our members attend the discussion on this book yesterday. Many of us never new we had interned our own Americans of Japanese decent during the 1940's. We learned so much from this book as to how life was for them and those around them during that time.
Chinese family respect and honor came at a hard price to pay when a young and innocent romance sprang up with two young Americans who were of Japanese and Chinese decent. 16 of us enjoyed this book.

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Gloomy, Boring
The Casual Vacancy

As most everyone says, this book is slow to start. I was determined to finish it. I kept wondering when I would enter the part of the book where J K Rowling\'s unbelievable imagination takes over, but it didn\'t happen. From the middle of the book on I knew what was going on in the story. By the end of the book, as I closed the last page, I gave a great sigh --- just so very happy to get my mind out of that situation. THEN IT HIT ME, I believe that was what the author wanted, for us to actually feel what it is like to be in these situations, a drug community like the \"Fields\" would be extremely difficult to get out of and to get away from. Barry Fairbrother was able to do just that, but it wasn\'t clear for a long time in the book.
Our author shows us that even in the \"regular\" world of Pagford and with their Parish Council, the one where success happens, that many of the families there had at least one member who was troubled, and troubled enough to cause distress or harm to the family ---- and that is where the comparison is for both the town and the Fields families. All it takes is one person (without help) to bring down a family.

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Brilliant
Night Circus

Intricate plot taking us beyond the realm of our imaginations. Illusionists playing a game with other peoples lives. Lavish midnight dinners. The visuals in this book takes us up and away in every tent in the circle. Is it all real or an illusion?

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

As we discussed this book it was surprising how many had stories of WWII that we either remembered or that was handed down to us from our parents or grandparents.
It was amazing how these two sisters with such different personalities had helped so many people and in their own different ways.

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