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Queen of America: A Novel by Luis Alberto Urrea
 
Book Club Recommended
Queen of America

Such a refreshing setting: southern Arizona at the turn of the century.
We loved Teresita and her fascinating father, Tomas, and especially their relationship.
Philosophical, moving, and laugh-out-loud funny.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Interesting, Brilliant
one of our best discussions

"The Giver" generated one of the best discussions we've had in our Book Club. People were passionate about the ideas in the book and the feelings they generated. "The Giver" is coming out as a movie later this year, so this is a good time for a read. Was a very quick read too, which people always appreciate.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
Surprising!

Avid readers know that it's a rare book that can truly surprise us. This was one such book! Twists and turns, a unique narrative voice, and complicated moral dilemmas provided a lively discussion at our meeting. Much more than "chick lit."

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Informative

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful
Excellent discussion

Our book club had a lively discussion on this book. It was well-written and the story was unique, romantic, and thought-provoking. We'd highly recommend it for other book clubs.

The Silver Star: A Novel by Jeannette Walls
 
Book Club Recommended
Unconvincing, Interesting, Insightful
Generated a great discussion

This is a book that I liked better after we had discussed it at our Book club. There were several sub-plots and themes and putting them all together made for a great book club meeting.

The Aviator's Wife: A Novel by Melanie Benjamin
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
Talk about dysfunctional!

Just when you think this family has dealt with every twisted issue possible - another one rears it's head. This book will definitely generate discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Dramatic
A piece of art links WWI France to present-day England

We've read a couple of Jojo Moyes books and she writes books that generate discussion. Less controversial than "Me Before You", this one also delves into current ethical issues and gives you a twist at the end that no one saw coming.

The Japanese Lover: A Novel by Isabel Allende
 
Interesting, Beautiful, Romantic
imho

Although several members of our club liked this book, I did not. I found the protagonist very unsympathetic. I will admit that our book club discussion caused me to realize that some of her flaws may have been deliberately written into her character by the author. Too late for me to change my opinion, though.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Not great, but generated discussion.

Some of us liked this book, and some of us (vehemently!) did not, but it did generate a good discussion. The unusual setting of Africa in the 1920s made it at least somewhat interesting to everyone.

Yellow Crocus by Laila Ibrahim
 
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
good book, but wouldn't recommend for book clubs

Everyone liked this book, but there really wasn't a whole lot to discuss at our meeting. Once we all agreed that "yup, slavery was terrible" we didn't have much else to say.

Good Mourning by Elizabeth Meyer
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting
Bet you haven't read a book like this before!

None of us had ever read a book written by a woman who worked at a high-society mortuary before. The novelty alone made this a read that most of us enjoyed quite a bit.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
Beautifully written, inspiring message

Everyone loved this book. We especially enjoyed discussing the title, which had different meanings for each of us. If you liked "The Nightingale", we highly recommend this one.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Informative, Inspiring
And you thought your life was hard

Everyone in our book club really liked this one. Mary Hamilton's life was incredibly difficult when compared to our own lives, but she remained upbeat and full of faith in the future.

The Life We Bury by Allen Eskens
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
great discussion

We had a very lively discussion about "The Life We Bury" so I would certainly recommend it for any book club.

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