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Name : Cari G.

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Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Insightful
The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears

An inspiring and subtly told story about all the contradicting emotions an Ethiopian political exile experiences while living in america. His search for "home" is an emotionally confusing journey, and his clumsy attempt at appropriating his new "home" is very poignantly told. A realistic depiction of isolation and cultural disparity, told without manipulating your emotions. If you are yearning for a dramatic and emotionally told story about political immigration like "Little Bee" you may be disappointed, but if you crave a lovely and subtly told story, and one that may very well enrich your perceptions about what it may be like to be a political exile living in america (or anywhere really), then "The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears" is for you.

Words in a French Life by Kristin Espinasse
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Fun, Inspiring
Words in a French Life

Kristin Espinasse's blog about being an American mom, wife, neighbor and friend living in France, translates well into book form. Her short stories are touching and often times funny. The author has a sensitive and sharp eye for seeing the idiosyncrasies of her surroundings and of her loved ones and conveys this with humility and prose. These are feel-good stories... one for every day.

The Schopenhauer Cure by Irvin D. Yalom
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Informative
loved reading the Schopenhauer Cure

This is the first book I have read by Irvin Yalom but after reading "The Schopenhauer Cure" I immediately ordered his novels about Spinoza and the one about Nietzsche. If you like philosophy or are curious about knowing about these renowned philosophers, Yalom is a great source. The Schopenhauer Cure, much like Sophie's World, is informative but one never forgets it is a novel. One gets attached to the characters and hope that they will be fulfilled, healed, and happy. The story is revealed through chapters that alternate between a modern Day therapy group and the life of Schopenhauer. It is essentially a story that opposes two different points of views about life, should we give importance to the attachments we have (emotional or material) or should we aim for a complete detachment from those things much like the buddhists or isolated intellectuals such as schopenhauer and the character Philip?

The Casual Vacancy by J. K. Rowling
Slow, Gloomy, Boring
Casual Vacancy.... Casual Spending

Everyone in our book club disliked this book.. We found it very slow and uninteresting... it was painful to finish as it NEVER got interesting... Rowling should stick to what she does best which is write for a younger audience.. I enjoyed reading the Harry Potter books, but the style in which she has written this books resembles more of an amateur pretentious writer who thinks that a good story needs to be complex and constantly moving. I could not get into the book and our club is highly upset about having contributed over 250 euros amongst us all to her already ridiculously large account and are outraged by all the media hype which leads readers to believe that it is a MUST read. Save your money dear book lovers!

Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
A beautiful story, beautiful written… and still pertinent today

I like so many things about this book… the story is told form the perspective of a little girl.. a perfect voice to put into words all of the incongruous things she witnesses, and there are so many. Taking place in the still segregated southern US, Scout and her brother and raised by a single dad… a just man, intelligent and discreet.. and a lawyer. All of the characters are confronted with so many contradictions and often prejudices.. seen from the perspective of a child, it all takes on a different angle. A truly beautiful coming of age story. This is the kind of book you wish you had bought in hard cover to keep for generations in your library and to read and reread.

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