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Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
Rules of Civility

I did find the beginning a little slow but then it took off and there were parts that were so wonderful I had to listen to it again. (I audiobooked it.)
The chapter involving the flying of paper airplanes was exquisite; I will remember it always.
I also have an interest in George Washington and was enthralled that he had written a tenet on comportment.

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

I wish the word "fascinating" was an option in the word description choices because its a step above "interesting".
I felt a kinship with Hadley and wanted to be her confidante. I wanted her to have more appreciation of her self worth. I wish she had a friend who consistently buoyed her.
Her marriage to Hemingway gave excitement to her rather mundane existence. It didn't kill her; it made her stronger.
I listened raptly to this book.

 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Informative, Adventurous

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Fun, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Slow, Interesting

Drugs and alcohol, especially alcohol, but in this book both, seem to be the coping mechanisms of most protagonists in the current lit. It is so depressing! But Theo does grow and redeem which are two qualities I seek in my main character and this book provides that. That being said, I was never so happy to leave Las Vegas (when that moment occurs) in my life!!

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

The Dinner by Herman Koch
 
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Interesting, Slow
A trip to the dark side

Because I am inherently buoyant and kind person, this book was very difficult for me. I listened to the audio version. I had to stop and return several times for the intense negativity got to me and I needed a break!
However, our book club discussion was excellent and made my uncomfortable journey worthwhile.

Red Hook Road by Ayelet Waldman
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
over the top Hallmark or Lifetime channel movie plot

It did well depicting grief but the climax was so unbelievably melodramatic that it was a little laughable.
I begrudgingly gave it a thumbs up for our book club did have a good discussion.

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