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Dramatic, Informative, Insightful
The extreme hardships of children pulled into adult wars.

This book was my selection for the book club I'm in, and it did not disappoint us. This is account Ishmael Beah's life before, during, and after his involvement in the civil war in Sierra Leone. I know some will have to find where Sierra leone is on a map, but the problem of children being used as soldiers in war is a reality.

Ishmael Beah lived with his family, and was a "normal" pre-teen boy. That is, until the day his village was attacked by rebels. His discription of his search for his family, is heart breaking. The atrocities Ishmael saw and committed as a boy soldier make me wonder how this boy, and now young man, survived physiclly and mentally.

I had the opportunity to hear Ishamel speak at a local college. I now understand how he did live, and become the man he is today. Is was not only with the help of others, but by his spirit, and determination to live his life.

Three Junes by Julia Glass
 
Slow, Interesting, Inspiring
Three Junes

Although well written, I found there were too many loose ends which the author, or certainly her editor should have picked up on. Also, the three Junes in the book were not as obvious as I thought they should be. How this book won an award is something I'm still left wondering.

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
The Lost Symbol

Dan Brown has used the same format as DaVinci Code and Angles and Demons, but sometime it is better to stick to what works. This time it takes place in Washington, D.C. I enjoyed this book, and it did have some very good twists and turns in the plot. I especially enjoyed the scientific aspect of his writing which combined extremely well with the religious side of the story. How Dan Brown combines science, religion and the history of the U.S. is what kept me turning the pages. He also brought in the use of steroids, which is an issue faced by many these days. All in all, I truly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to friends and family.

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

I loved this book and could not put it down. If you are having doubts about reading it, don't. You will not be disappointed.

Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dark, Pointless
Her Fearful Symmetry

Although I did enjoy the Time Travelers Wife more than this book, I did like this book. The plot and character development was very good. The ending fell a little short for me. I felt the author was just trying to finish it up.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
The Art of Racing in the Rain

I enjoyed reading this book. I am a dog lover, and having the story told as seen in the eyes of a dog who wanted to be a man was interesting. I think Enzo (the dog), gives humans a life lesson with the way he looks at things. Also, Denny (the master) is a very good person, and someone I would like to know.

Little Bee: A Novel by Chris Cleave
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Little Bee

With so much cruelty in the world I just had to admire the courage and hope of Little Bee.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Brilliant
Life of Pi

I had to keep reminding myself this was a work of fiction and not a true story. It was very well written and provided an insight into the nature of animals (humans too) which I did not know or understand.

Home Safe: A Novel by Elizabeth Berg
 
Boring, Slow, Interesting
Home Safe

This is the second Elizabeth Berg book I have read. I don't think I'll need to read another. It was somewhat the same as A Year of Pleasures, only not written as well.

 
Insightful, Interesting, Fun
The Center of the Universe: A Memoir

This book was very disappointing. I did not care for the writing. The only thing I liked was that, since I'm familar with Providence and vicinity, I knew some of the places the author mentioned.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic, Optimistic
Very Valentine

I did enjoy this book. It was interesting learning about shoe making and fashion. However, a friend of mine, who is 1st generation Italian said that the family was not realistic of Italians and had been quite "Americanized". :-) That was ok with me. I enjoyed the time Valentine was in Italy and especially the island of Capri. I felt like I was on vacation in Italy while reading that portion of the book. This is not a "heavy:" book.... Just fun.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Informative
Crossing to Safety

Had to force myself to get through. It was somewhat slow, but overall I did like it. It was "ok". Not my most favorite book.

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Dramatic, Beautiful
Jane Eyre

This just goes to proove that books like this are timeless. The story of Jane Eyre can be applied to many young girls today who are tossed out, but manage to get an education, find love, and live up to their full potential. I loved reading this book again (I read it in high school many years ago).

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
The Scent of Rain and Lightning

Having read the Virgin of Small Plains, this book followed a similar format. However, Nancy Pickard does always have a twist in the end.

French Lessons: A Novel by Ellen Sussman
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Romantic
French Lessons

I think everyone should go to Paris and have a French tutor take them around for a week. Altough not a literary achievement, the book was fun to read and my book club members could relate to the characters, and what they were going through in their lives.
For those who don't care to read about sex (there was a lot of it), you may want to pass.

Cutting for Stone: A Novel by Abraham Verghese
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
Cutting for Stone

Excellent book. I highly recommend. I would recommend listening to this book, rather than reading.

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