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The Shoemaker's Wife: A Novel by Adriana Trigiani
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Beautiful, Inspiring
The Shoemaker's Wife

The Mill River Recluse by Darcie Chan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Inspiring, Interesting
Mill River Recluse

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
My Name Is Mary Sutter: A Novel by Robin Oliveira

 
Book Club Recommended
The Homecoming of Samuel Lake

A powerful first novel, very much reminded me of other novels of southern tradition like To Kill A Mockingbird and Fried Green Tomatoes. Beautiful story of family and sacrifice

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous
The Forgotten Garden

This book was beautifully written. Our book club members overall really enjoyed trying to figure out the mystery. " Just when you really think you have it all figured out" said one member, "the author shows you how wrong you are".

 
Slow, Boring, Informative
The Lives They Left Behind: Suitcases from a State Hospital Attic

Interesting book but more like a textbook poorly written.

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
The Aviator's Wife: A Novel

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative
Winter Garden

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

Wow! This book was a great read. You will love it if you’re into mysteries with plenty of psychological twists, ambiance and above all – suspense! Any book lover must read this because basically it\\\'s a book about books, writing books, reading books, book lovers... but that\\\'s just the back ground to it. In the novel there are continuous mentions of \\\"Wuthering Heights\\\", \\\"Jane Eyre\\\", \\\"Woman in White\\\", and so on. Each reference has a significance to the central plot. I felt truly drawn into this novel

“Our lives are so important to us that we tend to think the story of them begins with our birth. First there was nothing, then I was born...Yet that is not so. Human lives are not pieces of string that can be separated out from a knot of others and laid out straight. Families are webs. Impossible to touch one part of it without setting the rest vibrating. Impossible to understand one part without having a sense of the whole. - Vida Winter”
? Diane Setterfield, The Thirteenth Tale

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Beautiful, Brilliant
Burial Rites

All the book club members present at this gathering were impressed with the book. Several thought it moved along rather slowly but they all agreed that the story was really interesting and informative.

Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative
The Winter Garden

Everyone in our Book club loved this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea

Everyone in the book club really liked this book. Comments like \\\" I was overwhelmed by their stories\\\" \\\" My eyes were really opened to how difficult it was to survive in North Korea\\\" \\\" I still can not understand why anyone would ever want to go back \\\" This book was so very informative and interesting. Our book club highly recommends it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful
an interesting look at a different kind of life

Our book club really enjoyed reading this book. Most people seem to know someone who was dealing with autism and felt it gave them a new understanding into what it is like. Many found that they could identify with one trait or another that Dan exhibited, which lead to great discussion. The book really was funny and we would all recommend reading it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting
The Goldfinch

The opinion of this book by members of our book club was really varying. Some thought that parts moved along rather slowly. Some really liked certain aspects of the story. Everyone agreed that it was very well written but perhaps a little to long.

Suspicion by Joseph Finder
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Suspicion

Our book club members enjoyed the book. Some said it was \\\"a page turner\\\". Lots of suspicion to live up to its name.

 
Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Dramatic, Informative
A Wow could not put it down book

Our book club loved this book. We live in Minnesota and were pretty much oblivious to the actually facts about the brutality taking place in Mississippi. This book leaves you hanging with lots of unanswered questions and a real need to read the last book in this series.

The Traitor's Wife: A Novel by Allison Pataki
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
The Traitors Wife

Our book club really enjoyed this book. When you hear the name Benedict Arnold what comes to mind. Most of us knew nothing about him other than he was a traitor. This historic fiction gave us insight into the man his family and the times.

Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Life Changing
Great book

Oak Point Drive Bookclub found this book difficult to read at first because of the way the author constructed his sentences. Nevertheless they thought it very informative and interesting. It lead to great discussion and the realization of how important it was to identify our own need to understand that people are all the same but are very different in many ways

A Gentleman in Moscow by AMOR TOWLES
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Brilliant, Insightful

The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Dramatic

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

 
Informative, Insightful, Interesting

The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman
 
Interesting, Scary, Informative

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
 
Optimistic, Romantic, Informative

Hotel Moscow: A Novel by Talia Carner
 
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous

America's First Daughter: A Novel by Stephanie Dray, Laura Kamoie
 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

The Ladies' Room by Carolyn Brown
 
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
 
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting

 
Fun, Adventurous, Interesting

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
 
Informative, Dramatic, Inspiring

The Book of Polly: A Novel by Kathy Hepinstall
 
Fun, Beautiful, Addictive

The Peach Keeper: A Novel by Sarah Addison Allen
 
Fun, Romantic, Beautiful

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