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Interesting, Insightful, Informative
Fictional book on the topic of illegal immigration

Novel on what some people are willing to risk for a chance at the "American Dream". Very good book. Ending leaves something to be desired--I hated the ending!

The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
A young girl without a mother searching for something to cling to while running away from her abusive father.

Excellent, sad story about a teenage girl who leaves home with her African-American nanny (whom she frees from jail) in search of something from her mother's past. A story about finding love from a girl who never feels loved by her abusive, neglectful father. Will have you laughing and crying with Kidd's use of language and descriptive images.

 
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
Novel about an autistic boy who sets out to find the person who murdered his neighbor's dog.

An autistic boy sets out to discover who murdered his neighbor's dog. The boy lives with his father after his own mother's death. In the search to find the murderer, the boy stumbles onto other information as well. Makes you appreciate being able to hug your own children!

 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
great book!

How Jeannette Walls cannot be bitter at how she grew up is beyond me! It simply amazes me to read about how much this girl went through growing up & how her parents could call themselves parents! Truly an amazing book I couldn't put it down.

 
Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting
Good book!

Not as good as The Secret Life of Bees, but an excellent book just as well. Full of imagery like Bees.

 
Dark, Dramatic, Difficult
Excellent page-turner!

Wonderful thriller book that will be hard to put down.

Seduction of Water by Carol Goodman
 
Interesting, Dramatic, Adventurous
Another excellent book from Carol Goodman!

Like "The Lake of Dead Languages", this is another page-turner that you will not be able to put down!

The Drowning Tree by Carol Goodman
 
Another excellent book from Carol Goodman!

The Ghost Orchid: A Novel by Carol Goodman
 
Another excellent book from Carol Goodman!

 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting
Great book!

Interesting details of circus life in the 1930's during the depression. Many of the stories contained within are drawn from real life. Very interesting plot, hard to put down. Great read.

 
Inspiring, Life Changing, Beautiful
Excellent story of friendship.

Gods in Alabama by Joshilyn Jackson
 
Dramatic, Fun, Dark
Plot twists to an ending that you never expect!

 
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
Great story about society's expectations of beauty.

 
Brilliant, Fun
People who knit will love this book!

Bad Girls Club by Judy Gregerson
 
Great read about mental illness and how it rips one family apart.

Great and interesting book about a family ripped apart by mental illness and child abuse as a result of the mental illness. Judy Gregerson spent 7 years writing this book and it shows. How she had the insight into writing this book is just amazing to me.

 
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Wonderful, horribly sad read about a father's decision to separate his twins at birth with good intentions...

This book was wonderfully written. Amazingly sad book about a young couple having their first child. The father, who is a doctor, has to deliver his own baby due to a horrible snow storm. His wife ends up having twins. The boy in fine, the girl has the visible signs of downs. The doctor makes a split-second decision to send his daughter away to spare his wife and his son the pain of raising a child with downs. He has the best intentions at heart, but his decision slowly eats away at him and his family. Gut-wrenching story about regret, redemption, and unintentionally hurting those you love. I loved this book.

 
Great book!

Heart breaking story of a girl and the horrible things her birth father does to her thus causing her teenage troubles later in life which this story focuses on. A mother's struggle to save her daughter's life. Wonderfully written book!

 
Great quick read!

A great collection of wonderfully written, quirky short stories from the late Lucy Grealy.

Between, Georgia by Joshilyn Jackson
 
Poorly Written, Slow, Unconvincing
Another great read from Joshilyn Jackson!

Another great read from Joshilyn Jackson.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
 
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Great story about more hardships than one child should have to endure...

Great story about the author's hardships of growing up. This child went through more hardships than any one person should ever have to endure during an entire lifetime. Amazingly, the author is unskathed from it all and chooses to share these stories in this amazing read you will find hard to put down.

 
This is a novel...but is it really Nicole's life story or part of it???

I think this story comes straight from the pages of Nicole Richie's life...even though the book is a novel. I read this book trying to figure out if the main character, Chloe Parker, was supposed to be Nicole or not.

Confessions of an Heiress: A Tongue-in-Chic Peek Behind the Pose by Paris Hilton, Merle Ginsberg, Jeff Vespa
 
Quick read, a little bit interesting.

The Magician's Assistant by Ann Patchett
 
Interesting, Beautiful, Fun
Great read!

A magician's assistant finds out her magician's secrets after his death. Full of unexpected plot points. A great read by Ann Patchett.

Taft: A Novel (P.S.) by Ann Patchett
 
Another great read by Ann Patchett!

Great read by Ann Patchett. I did not understand the ending however, as the story seems to go back and forth between two different scenes. I enjoyed the story, just wished I understood the ending better!

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett
 
Interesting, Romantic, Slow
Lovely story which unfolds like a dream.

Wonderful story which unfolds like a dream. Unexpected ending. Patchett uses wonderful descriptions through out this story.

 
Another great read by Ann Patchett!

Lovely story about a young pregnant mother who sets out for St. Elizabeth's home for unwed mothers...but Rose is wed to a man she runs away from once she realizes that she is not in love with him. I initally liked Rose, but by the end of the story I did not because of the way she pushed everyone in her life that loved her away from her. Great read! I think this is Patchett's greatest novel, not Bel Canto as everyone else says.

 
Boring, Inspiring, Slow
Okay book...

This book was almost hard for me to get through. It took me months to finish just because it did not really peak my interest much. It is divided into three portions, and I found that the last third of the book was the part that I liked the best.

 
Wonderful eye-opening story.

Would recommend this book. It was a very interesting book and story. Easy read...I sat down and read this book in one evening. Very eye-opening story that is heart breaking in many parts.

Run by Ann Patchett
 
Insightful, Dramatic, Addictive
Another wonderful story by Ann Patchett!

I loved this book. Most of it takes place over 24 hours with many unexpected little plot twists and turns. A wonderfully created story about how peoples' lives are intertwined.

The Girl Who Stopped Swimming by Joshilyn Jackson
 
Interesting, Dark, Dramatic
Another wonderful book by Joshilyn Jackson!

I loved this newest book by Joshilyn Jackson. Unexpected turn of events. Full of little plot twists and turns that Jackson is so good at! This was a page turner...I read this book in two days!

The Sonnet Lover: A Novel by Carol Goodman
 
Another great read by Carol Goodman!

I love Carol Goodman novels! This one is full of twists and turns like her other novels. The ending is unexpected. Will not be able to put this book down!

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
Wonderful story surrounding the crisis in Afghanistan today.

Wonderfully written novel surrounding the mess in Afghanistan and the surrounding areas today. Puts into perspective what these peoples are going through and the hardships that they have to indure just to survive. Especially the hardships of the women and how their lives have little value in this part of the world. Highly recommended story.

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