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Name : Lauren L.

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Book Club Recommended
Fun, Unconvincing, Pointless
Laugh out loud book

This memoir is a hilarious account of a materialistic, egotistical woman's fall from the good life into the Chicago unemployment office. In the beginning I wasn't sure if I'd like the book because I hated Jen's shallowness, but unemployment gives Jen a new perspective on life. Of course, there were still moments when I found myself saying, "Oh no Jen, you did NOT just say that! You're so bad!" She's brutally honest and doesn't really have a filter for her thoughts. Readers will either love her or hate her. I think she's hilarious.

Pointless, Unconvincing, Fun
Not as good as "Bitter"

I enjoy reading Jen Lancaster's memoirs, but this one is slow, has an uncompelling theme, and ... I'm all for creative grammar when it enhances the author's voice, but using a question mark in the middle of a sentence for emphasis? is a grammatical structure that makes this former journalism major want to rip her hair out.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Body Rules

I feel like I learned so much by reading this book. Both about our rights to our own bodies in medicine, but also a deeper look into the dark history of incidences when medicine took advantage of what it considered to be inferior people -- especially with the Black community. It's presented in a very straight forward narrative style that was easy to read. Very thought provoking and very much recommended.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Insightful, Persuasive
A more serious Jane Austen novel

I love Jane Austen romance novels. The characters are full of life, the writing is beautiful, and I always leave a novel feeling complete and pretty content with how things shaped up. Compared to the others, this novel is my favorite because it's real. I think most women can relate to the emptiness left behind after leaving a "love of your life." I think many women (and men for that matter) can relate to the painful awkwardness of seeing that person again. This story has more meaning and insight than many other Jane Austen novels I've read. I actually felt like I took away some wisdom from it.

11/22/63: A Novel by Stephen King
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
I couldn't finish it

This was the first King book I've ever read. I think he's a talented writer, but he needed to hire an editor who could simplify the book down to it's bare necessity. I felt like I was reading the never ending story. I also didn't like how dark it was, but I'm told that this is a trademark of King novels. I don't think I will pick up another novel of his anytime soon. But, all that being said, some people in our group really liked it. So give it a go if you're already a fan of King.

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Informative
Insightful finance

A finance guru friend suggested this book to me because I have a moderate fascination with personal finance - especially after the Great Recession. It was written in 1996 and it was written specifically for 40 to 60 year olds, so you have to keep this in mind while you are reading it. But it does present some potentially life changing information about how average people become rich and why most people who look wealthy are actually quite poor (the book uses the analogy "big hat, no cattle"). It's worth a read whether you're concerned with money and your personal finances or not.

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