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Beautiful Sacrifice: A Novel by Elizabeth Lowell
Adventurous, Scary, Slow
Beautiful Sacrifice

For the first time in the history of our book club three of our five members did not complete a book. It was just too slow moving in too many places. There were some adventurous and scary parts but I would not recommend this book. We have made a new book club rule that any member who fails to complete the new selection has to buy dinner for the whole group. So next time we get stuck with a read like this one, we must persevere!

The Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
The Weird Sisters

This book is an interesting look at the relationships of three very different sisters who as the cover says, "love each other but don't like each other very much". The author has done something interesting with the narration which only one of our club members noticed right away. We were glad that we read this book.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
What Alice Forgot

It was kind of interesting for club members to consider how our lives have evolved over the past ten years. Too many story lines in the book made it confusing at times and the book drug on far tool long before Alice started recovering her memory. We wondered why the author had the story conclusion in the an epilogue rather than outing it in the last chapter. The book was okay but not one of our favorites.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Paris Wife

Our club members just met to discuss this book. We all liked it. It made us curious about reading one of Hemingway's books!

I, Nemo by J. Dharma Windham, Deanna Windham
Unconvincing, Confusing, Adventurous
I, Nemo

The book was easy to read because of the writing style which flowed well. But without an understanding of sea going vessels it was hard to relate to. The many breaks in the diary of Captain Nemo due to supposed damage to his journal were distracting. We also felt that the authors included an X rated encounter with Nemo and a woman that really wasn\\\'t needed in this book. There was plenty of violence. Just not our cup of tea but we won copies of the book in the giveaway so it was a \\\"free read\\\".

The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Storyteller

This book is very different from some of the \"fluff\" books Jodi Picoult has written. It is well writen and readable considering the difficult subject of the Holocaust. Our group enjoys historical fiction books so this was a good fit.

The Pursuit of Lucy Banning by Olivia Newport
Book Club Recommended
The Pursuit of Lucy Banning

This book was an easy read. Chapters are short. The setting was early Chicago during the time of the World's Fair. The story for the most part was failry predictable but had an ending that was unexpected.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
The Great Gatsby

Don't be put off by the wordy descriptions at the beginning of this book. The story takes interesting twists and turns. You will be glad you read it.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Light Between Oceans

All the members of our club liked this book. We had a great discussion of all the issues raised by the actions of the characters in the story.

Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker: A Novel by Jennifer Chiaverini
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Slow
Mrs. Lincoln\'s Dressmaker

This book provided a different perspective of Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln and we learned some incites into his presidency! It was well writen.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Orphan Train

Everyone in our group liked the book. No of us had been aware of orphan trains in our country's history.
Vivian's story was fascinating.

Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
Gone Girl

Our book club is composed of 3 ladies in their early 40's and two ladies over 65. The younger members seemed to like the book more than we older ones. Hard to believe a married couple would have such a sick relationship--possible, I suppose but depressing to imagine it.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
The Glass Castle

This book is a true story based on the author's childhood. It is well written and easy to read. The book starts out when the author is riding in New York City in a limo and sees her mother, homeless and digging through a trash can. This is a tale of an incredible childhood and astounding parental behavior.
The book isn't depressing but a true tale of survival.

Book Club Recommended
Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting
The Mermaid Chair: A Novel

The author, Sue Monk Kidd, is a good writer. Her stories are easy to follow. This book made "Google" to learn more about the plant "dead finger" and information on Mermaid's chairs.

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Kitchen House

Great book for book clubs. Interesting inside look at the old south with slavery and indentured servants. One of our ladies found that her library had a book club bag for this book with 10 copies in it and a folder with discussion questions and other information. Ask your library if they do this for any titles.

Divergent by Veronica Roth
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting

This book seems to be a copy cat of Hunger Games. But this book is not as good as Hunger Games. I got tired of reading about fights between characters

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