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The Language of Flowers: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Interesting
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The Dovekeeper by Alice Hoffman
 
Book Club Recommended
Epic, Informative, Beautiful
If you liked "The Red Tent"...

...you may also like this book about how four brave, strong women survive in ancient Judea. Based on historic events.

 
Book Club Recommended
Return to 17th century Italy

Fictionalized account of Baroque painter Artemesia Gentileschi, her difficult but interesting life and career.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Fun
Three generations of Southern women

Strong, well-developed characters made this a big hit with our book club. Humor softened this dramatic tale about family, relationships, betrayals, secrets, and ultimately, love. Includes some strong language and sexual situations.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Adventurous, Dramatic
"CSI" meets "Bones" in the peat bogs of Ireland

This mystery is well-paced with interesting characters. We chose it for October to set the mood for Halloween. It was a hit with our club. One member read it in 2 days! It does include a lot of Irish terms and names. The paperback version did not include the glossary but one is available on the author's webite. This didn't seem to bother readers, though.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Life Changing, Dramatic
Personal account of surviving the Rwandan genocide of 1994

Serious topic but interesting to read of first-hand account of survival and forgiveness.

 
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
Love story that never happened

This story was about dreams and illusions, reality and delusions. Ultimately, it was about doing the right thing. However, I was disappointed. There was only 1½ likeable characters and no less than 7 different plot lines.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dark
Lots of "Life and Death" but very little "Hope" in Mumbai Undercity

This book is a look into the lives of several resilient slum-dwelling families. Many topics for discussion are touched on: poverty, corruption, government, health, justice system, gender roles, economics, religious beliefs, value systems, powerlessness, etc. Difficult, disturbing subject matter to read but worthwhile.

 
Insightful, Slow, Dramatic
Character-driven novel

This was very hard to get into at the beginning because of too many characters\\\' back stories. The pace picked up but there were still too many stories going on at once. This would be good for discussion for book clubs that like character-driven novels with some drama added for effect.

The Postmistress by Sarah Blake
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic

The Miniaturist: A Novel by Jessie Burton
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Interesting
Family secrets in 17th century Amsterdam

Unusual setting in time and place. Members generally gave positive reviews. Some said it was slow/hard to get into at first but last 2/3 went pretty fast. Interesting, complex characters but left some unanswered questions. Very dramatic ending.

This Is Where I Leave You by Jonathan Tropper
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Graphic, Interesting
Sibling rivalry at its best

Some members of our book club said they laughed out loud. Novel is written from man's point of view. Fast, easy read. Good discussion of characters and situations. Movie version on DVD.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Dramatic, Interesting

Fiercombe Manor: A Novel by Kate Riordan
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Dramatic

Dollbaby: A Novel by Laura Lane McNeal
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Addictive, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Dark
Gave me goosebumps!

This was our club's Halloween selection. Most members gave it a thumbs up. For me, it was funny in spots and a little bit spooky. Our discussion revolved around ghosts/haunted houses, restoration of old homes & furniture, and the relationship between Melanie, the main female character, and not one, but two, male admirers.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Fun, Inspiring
Believe in your dreams

All 5 members at our meeting gave this book a thumbs up. The novel's uplifting messages were believe in yourself, believe in your dreams, and believe in love & romance. It showed how books & reading can unite a community.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

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