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Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
A feel-good book, with a surprising and happy ending.

 
Informative, Gloomy, Scary
Grisham should stick to writing novels

This book is a fast and easy read, and a important story to tell which led to good discussion on forensic science and the death penalty. Grisham writes it in a very straightforward style, but he can't seem to help adding tones of irony and cynicism throughout.

The Little Friend by Donna Tartt
 
Unconvincing, Pointless, Dark
A haunting portrayal of a childhood in a specific time and place

Tartt gives brilliant descriptions and rich characterizations. The reader's satisfaction is derived from the atmosphere evoked, more than the story that is told.

 
Epic, Dramatic, Adventurous
The epic story of building a cathedral during hte middle ages.

Rich characters, great plot, enlightening historical fiction. This is Ken Follett's best book.

 
Book Club Recommended
A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

If there was any consensus on this book it was that it was both sad and funny and while it meandered in plot, the characters-- and especially the language they used--kept us reading. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian presented many dichotomies of an immigrant family--political and emotional. In the end, it was hopeful and that's a good omen for our new year in reading.

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Storyteller

Not just a holocaust story, many discussion-worthy themes.

Orphan Masters Son by Adam Johnson
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Graphic

The New Colossus by Marshall Goldberg
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dramatic
The New Colossus

Historical fiction with a local connection to Western PA reveals what it was like for a woman in the 1880's who had talent, ambition and courage.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
Short book/Expanded essay

Junger is a journalist but in this short book/long essay he is postulating ideas based on his observations, interests and experiences. These are valuable insights, not just opinions. He doesn't prescribe solutions and some readers may wish that he did. However, the book serves as a good discussion starter. No matter how diverse our country is, we do need a sense of common good, and shared ideals. We do need to look out for the others in our tribe.

 
Fun, Inspiring, Optimistic

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