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The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
The Language of Flowers

The majority of members in our book club enjoyed this book. Many thought it was inspirational and we all enjoyed learning about the corresponding meaning of different flowers.
Several of us thought parts of the book were unbelievable and that the ending was to "canned."

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
The Invisible Wall

West with the Night by Beryl Markham
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Beautiful, Inspiring
West with the Night

Beautifully explicit prose. Beryl Markham\\\'s childhood in a remote area of what is now Kenya, hunting with the Masai and helping to train her father\\\'s thoroughbred race horses is fill with adventure. It is these attributes of adventure and fearlessness that led her to become a pionier in aviation. An admirable women for any century.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Insightful
The Sparrow

If you are not a Sci-Fi fan, don't be turned off the synopsis of the book. I avoided reading this book for several years because I usually don't like Sci-Fi. This book has less to do with science fiction and more to do with expansionism and faith

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

This is an enjoyable, romantic novel that emphasizes the bonds of national pride and culture. The novel delves into how our past experiences, our family and our country constitute who we become and how we interact with others. There are several instances in the book that are a bit \"too coincidental\"
All around a very good read!

Space Between Us by Thrity Umrigar
 
Book Club Recommended
The Space Between Us

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Inspiring
Lone Survivor

Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Life Changing
Same Kind of Different As Me

 
Interesting, Insightful, Confusing
And the Mountains Echoed

Totally entranced at the beginning, great story line, then Mr. Hosseini went off on some many random tangents the story line lost all of it\'s momentum.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
wonder

Reflective, for folks of all ages

Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Defending Jacob

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

The Cellist of Sarajevo by Steven Galloway
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting
Cellist of Sarajevo

Very intense, but thought provoking. I felt the author did an excellent job of transporting the reading into the lives of 3 different characters in a war torn counrty. although the book was written about the Sarajevo siege the main concepts are transferable to many warring countries

Voyage of the Heart by Soraya M. Lane
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Interesting
Voyage of the Heart

A nice read

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Persuasive
This I Believe.....

Thought provoking. Good discussion book for bookclubs.

Orphan Masters Son by Adam Johnson
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Graphic
Orphan Masters Son ~ informative and frightening read

A peek into life under dictatorship

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Orphan Train

Interesting read about an event in US history of which I was unaware. Some parts a little to contrite, or unbelievable, when characters keep running into each other throughout the book Otherwise a fun, quick read

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dark
Behind the Beautiful Forevers

Intense content. Peek into the desperate and tragic real lives of millions of people!

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari, Eric Klinenberg
 
Insightful, Interesting, Informative
Modern Romance

I did not find this book very insightful regarding dating in the US. I will admit I found the information about how different cultures (particularly the Japanese) view dating to be "interesting".

People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
People of the Book

Informative.

 
Beautiful, Romantic, Insightful
The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

I wanted to like this book, but it was so unconvincing and the main character so overly dramatic I ended up not liking it at all. Tin Win practically starves himself to death when his "love" goes unannounced to visit relatives in the mountains. Then as an adult,
he abandons his wife and daughter to go back to Burma to find the love of his life? I don't call that a love story I call that ego centric and heartless.

The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Interesting
The Wright Brothers

First half was very interesting, but became to arduous with too much detail and description.

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