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Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Interesting Details for Pre-WWII History Buffs

As in Devil in the White City, author Erik Larson takes us into smaller lives to improve our view of the big picture. A misfit US ambassador to Germany and his promiscuous and narcissistic daughter are in Larson's view, "...complicated people moving through a complicated time, before the monsters declared their true nature." These characters add a dramatic dimension beyond what most people could imagine. Ambassador Dodd frugally resists the Berlin glamour scene, while his Bohemian daughter entertains notorious Nazis and even a Russian spy. Larson seems to have done careful research-- a good 25% of the book (on my Kindle) was devoted to end notes. If you like history and want to know more about Berlin politics in the 1930's and events leading up to Hitler's control of German, this book is for you.

 
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Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Who Wants to be a Millionaire?

Amor Towles paints the 1930's NYC social scene with both wannabes and those in charge. His intriguing characters captivate the reader as he brushes in historically accurate local color. The philosophizing of Thoreau and George Washington plied their influence on the young characters --and added fuel to our discussion. Our book club enjoyed the author's website and jazz playlist, too. We nearly field-tripped from RI to Canal Street to take him up on his offer to attend!

 
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Adventurous, Inspiring, Interesting
Wild

Reading of Cheryl Strayed's struggles and courage to embark on a challenging journey on the Pacific Coast Trail was inspiring and thought-provoking.

 
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Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic
Jump Aboard--You Will Not Regret It!

What an enjoyable read! From this book, we learned many exciting details about the sport of Crewing, as well as detailed background information on the 1936 Olympics. We saw how the Olympics were used as a vehicle for Goebbels\\\\\\\' and Hitler’s propagandizing while utilizing the groundbreaking filming talents of Leni Riefenstahl.

We loved the personal stories of the individual crew members, particularly that of Joe Rantz, who displayed an incredible amount of fortitude from the time he was a child. An excellent non-fiction choice for our voracious readers! Although a few members found the crewing descriptions too tediously detailed for their tastes, many of us said we enjoyed this book even more than Unbroken, which is on our list of favorite past selections.

 
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Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
A Page-Turner

Our club members found themselves reading this book almost in one sitting because they wanted to know who "dunnit." Red herrings camouflaged the solution until the very end. Well done!

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
The House Girl

Very interesting and convincing plot. The slave owner got credit for the slave\'s work for years, but it was finally figured out. Solid research by the author and good attempts at a parallel contemporary plot.

 
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Interesting, Informative, Adventurous

 
Adventurous, Insightful, Beautiful

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