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Poorly Written, Boring, Slow
Annie Freeman's Fabulous Traveling Funeral

Repetitive and not terribly well written. Plot was pat, forcing the power of female frienships down the reader's throat. Characters not well-developed; male characters (few and far between) incidental at best. Not recommended.

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
don't fall for the marketing of this book

Little Bee was a most special character. Her outlook on life is inspirational. Charlie, the little boy, is sweet though quirky. Facinating portrayal of genocide and mimigration policies in Britain. I "read" this on CD; the reader was outstanding and added to my enjoyment of this book. NOTE: the martketing of this book did it a disservice, imo. There is nothing in the story that needs to be kept top secret in order to avoid spoiling the book for others; this was misleading and did cause some disappointment among a few of the members of my group.

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Interesting, Adventurous
If you appreciate fine prose... will love this book! Ivey's description of the Alaskan wilderness makes the reader feel as if s/he is there, hearing the crunch of frigid snow underfoot, feeling the warmth of the earth pour through the fingers, seeing the tangled hair of the woodland sprite, tasting the cranberry liqueur. While there is a fantastical aspect to this book (not usually my favorite), the beautiful story and character development, paired with the historical fiction aspect made this book most enjoyable. I highly recommend it.

Insightful, Poorly Written
If you want to hear about the granddaughter...

read this book. Rather than being about Elsa, the 100+ year old of the title, the book addresses briefly Elsa's philosophies, but the author (Elsa's granddaughter) then shares with the reader how she has applied these philosophies to her own (less than fascinating) life. Entire group agreed we'd have much preferred hearing more about Elsa's life, and much less about the author's. I in particular would have been interested in learning what brought about and how Elsa rose above the nervous breakdown to which the author very briefly alludes. Our group is fortunately as one of our members is 102, so we have our very own Elsa, and greatly enjoy hearing about her life.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
Saving Cee Cee Hunicutt

While the author ties the story into a neat little bow, suspending belief just a tad, I found this novel to be moving and fun. It is a coming of age story set in Savannah in the early 1960s. For me, that hits the trifecta, period novel addressing coming of age, in the south. Heavy reading? No. But did it delve into emotions and inspire a great discussion at our book club meeting? Oh, yes!

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