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

This is Hadley Hemingway\\\'s story, well written historical fiction. Ernest comes off as a brilliant, adventuresome person who is very emotion driven and alcohol plays a big part in his life with Hadley and it turns into the lives and loves of Ernest. Made for a good discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
My Berlin Kitchen

Enjoyed reading, liked the recipes and the "at home" feel about the author who felt displaced but really found herself grounded by the end of the book. Inspiring recipes.

Bleachers: A Novel by John Grisham
 
Book Club Recommended
Bleachers

The members found this a sad story concerning the reunion of high school football players with the coach on his death bed. The feeling was that the high school "superstars" hadn't made it far past their high school days. The football talk was interesting and well written, but we ended up feeling sorry for the small town.

 
Book Club Recommended
Whose Names Are Unknown

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Slow, Pointless
Wreath of Snow

The group overall loved this Scottish tale of holiday romance during the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"Victorian\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" period. Liz Curtis Higgs does a great job at combining the elements and the human struggle for forgiveness and relationship. A great holiday read.

The Almond Tree by Michelle Cohen Corasanti
 
Book Club Recommended
The Almond Tree

This novel was very brutal in it's rendering of life in occupied territory. The constant stress of trying to feed your family and make a life for yourself all overshadowed by racism and terrorism and intolerance. It made for a good discussion.

 
Dark, Graphic, Gloomy
Down the Darkest Road

The Book Group pretty much agreed that this title was dark and although well written no one liked any of the characters. The person who selected this title said after her selection she thought a different title by this author would have been better.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Boring, Optimistic, Insightful
The Necklace

Very readable, interesting read and made for a lot of discussion. The "sorority" and "friendship" that came from sharing made for good discussion. What else could bring people together? Everyone liked the charity benefits, etc.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic
I Still Dream About You

Fannie Flagg is so FUN to read. She is just one of the best storytellers, all the tales woven into a great tapestry. We so enjoyed retelling all the stories and characters in this tale.

Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Fun, Romantic
Big Stone Gap

Pretty much a \\\"chick-lit\\\" book, but fun and a nice feel for the Virginia Holler\\\'s with great character development. It has been casted for a movie with the author as director. Romantic but very sweet. Just a nice summer read. Book group loved it, and the cannolis were a great snack.

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer, Annie Barrows
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Fun
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Loved this book! The discussion was full of all the adventures and characters that we grew to love from this wonderful story. What a creative way to tell the story through letters. Everyone enjoyed the story and they were glad we didn't make potato peel pie for the treat.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Informative, Romantic
Becoming Josephine

I enjoy historical fiction, and this was not a let down. I really knew very little about Josephine and was captured by her story. I had to do a little research to see if the fiction was close to the truth and found out that it Heather Webb did a great job.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Graphic
The Dirty Life

Unlike our usual fair, the Book Group, reads a lot of fiction and you need to remind yourself that it's fiction. The Dirty Life, I need to remind myself that it was non-fiction. The title made for good discussion, many were not fans of the "gore" and detail of life on the farm. The living conditions were very basic, but hard to fathom, no electricity and running water. But the writing was outstanding and many of the members have looked up the Facebook page and website and enjoy seeing pictures of the farm and animals, etc.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
The Giver

The group revisited this title having read it in 1994 and now in 2015. It made for good discussion. What the future Utopian society would include, etc. Interesting book and well written.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Informative, Optimistic
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

Thank goodness there is a "prologue" or you could easily lose heart in the opening chapters of this title. The struggle to exist let alone flourish under the outrageous conditions of William's life make this an unbelievable yet inspiring book. You will want to cheer him on and hopefully that is what you will do if you connect with him to help support his endeavors in energy.

 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Romantic, Fun
A Nantucket Christmas

Great character development by Nancy Thayer, a FUN, romantic "fluffy" Christmas read. This was exactly what our book group needed for this year in December. It was wildly predictable but just the right light read for this time of year. Members loved hating the bad guys and enjoyed the overall optimism of the holiday.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Dramatic
Small Victories

The group generally did not like this read. However, sometimes, that makes for a great discussion book. Members felt it was disconnected and they didn't believe how much work she did for the "community". Felt it was depressing, dis-functional, and sad.

Palisades Park by Alan Brennert
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
Palisades Park

Great read! Lots of interesting and multi-dimensional characters. Historical fiction and a pleasure to read. Each time I put it down, looked forward to when I could read it again. Book discussion was full of reminiscences from all the members of life in the 30's,40's and 50's.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful
Me Before You

I liked reading this book, I didn't agree with the "outcome" but think it would make a good book discussion read.

Pax by Sara Pennypacker
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Confusing
Pax

Touching story of a young boy in the throws of war and the bond between an animal and his owner. The complex relationships we develop with each other and the world around us. Great juvenile historical fiction read.

The Immortal Nicholas by Glenn Beck
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Adventurous
Immortal Nicholas

The group was mixed on this one, but it made for great discussion. Several liked the "Nativity" parts and the following of Joseph and Mary...but didn't think it should have gone any further. However, they agreed that they did like the "witness" of all the life of Jesus and had sympathy for Krampus and Nicholas.

A Dog's Purpose by W. Bruce Cameron
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Fun, Beautiful
A Dog's Purpose

OK, I didn't really care much for this book, however, the book group seemed to LOVE it. It made for good discussion. And the leader of the discussion brought great treats with a dog bone cookie and Mississippi Mud cake. Almost put the book down (no pun intended) after 90 pages, but after reading other reviews decided to go back and finish the book it did get better later in the book and I see from the movie trailer that they also removed a few of the opening stories.

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

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Insightful

Love Walked In by Marisa De Los Santos
 
Book Club Recommended
Boring, Dramatic, Romantic
Love Walked IN

A predictable, but fun, romantic read. Our group had some difficulty "getting into the read" but it made for a good discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Beautiful, Interesting
Lttle Paris Bookshop

Loved the characters that were created by Nita George. The settings were crafted so well, I felt like I was in the story. Many in our book discussion were interested in reading more of her work. The Little Bookshop made for a great discussion and almost everyone loved the book, as usual, we had a few members that thought it was a little slow, but on the whole we really liked the story and settings and loved the characters!

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