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The Dovekeeper by Alice Hoffman
 
Beautiful, Epic, Informative
Well written, but I didn't care

Though this historical fiction is very well written I found I did not identify or sympathize with these four (really five) ladies whose voices narrated the novel. This is ultimately a tale of survival. In a doomed situation some find a way to survive, but there is no real hope or triumph and most disappointing ... no real love. The food for club was good... era apro yummies.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Brilliant, Interesting
Magical and Mature

When I found myself half way through this book I stopped and breathed and thought to myself that I was in the best place possible. I wanted to stay in this beautifully developed world that I could not only see, but taste and smell as well. Of course, I couldn't stay in that wonderful comfort forever, but the ending was ultimately satisfying... not slippery and sweet, but surprising and complete. I haven't loved a book like this in a very long time!!!!!

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Loved this!

We didn't even have to choose this book for our club as all the members had picked it up independently. So rich and satisfying.

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Romantic
made for Book clubs

We found this book not only great for discussion, but we loved the movie, too. The movie managed to maintain the lure and wonder of the circus. The book, being darker, sullied that for us.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Good discussion

Our group found this historical romance interesting, but sometimes confusing (some of us kept notes or often refered back to the character guide at the end of the book).

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative
Book of the Decade!

This book was hard to read and hard to put down at the same time.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
The perfect book club book

This literary fiction is perfect for the book club! There are so many references to other books that you could do several spin offs for book choices (most notably Jane Eyre). Great characters and a wonderful very discussable twist at the end!

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Fun, Insightful
Different

Our club chose this book because we so loved The Book Thief. Like that title, this one is different and unpredictable. What unfolds can be inspiring and is certainly great for discussion. Not just for Young Adults.

Sarah's Key by Tatiana De Rosnay
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
only the ending is disappointing

this was such a great book for discussion and spring- board recommendations from our group members. We thought it was well written and a compelling read but were unsatisfied with the ending.

Bel Canto (P.S.) by Ann Patchett
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Slow
Tragicomedy-- if you like that sort of thing this is the book for you

Enjoyed this book. So often the books we choose for book club are, well, bookish. So, having music at the center of this plot was a refreshing change. The characters-- both the hostages and the terrorist-- were sympathetic, funny and varied. The plot was well paced and the ending was both realistic/tragic and surprising/romantic. Good conversation piece and fun to plan the club meeting.

Enchantment by Orson Scott Card
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Fun
Nothing wrong with it, but we found it hard to finish

Our discussion found its pace when we started talking about the author's view of religion and the meetings of different cultures. We enjoyed the interesting plot and pacing. We found characters interesing, but some of us found we didn't much care about the love story. We found the antagonist most interesting.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Made for fabulous discussion

Made for fabulous discussion. We all learned something new.

Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
 
A Classic

That the book is better than the movie is not surprising. This classic provides many interesting topics of discussion. The primary being "isolation" is very applicable to our culture. The "romantic" style is a bit much for me, but this story is quick and readable.

Secrets of a Charmed Life by Susan Meissner
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Informative, Boring, Slow

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Adventurous

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