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The Servant Economy

This is an excellent book, and if a club wants to tackle a serious book about our economy, I would recommend this one. It is neither liberal nor conservative, Republican nor Democrat, but presents a very scary picture of our economic future in the US.

 
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Adventurous, Graphic, Dramatic
Interesting, but not riveting

This is an interesting true story about a plane crash and a rescue. It is very carefully factual, uses actual pictures, and is an enjoyable read. It may not be the best choice for book clubs because there isn't much to discuss.

 
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Inspiring, Informative, Optimistic
An inspiring read

Great discussion points about the power of curiosity and perseverance, and fascinating cultural talking points. What an amazing young man.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Another great book from Lisa Wingate

Another fabulous book from Lisa Wingate, but this one takes a different turn. Lisa has taken actual events, the adoption scandal of The Tennessee Children's Home Society that was exposed in 1950, and has woven an engrossing account of lives changed. It is told in two different voices in two different times, but unlike some books that doesn't prove a distraction. It is very easy to keep it all straight, and it adds to the suspense by taking you up to a point and then pulling you back to a different aspect of the story. The characters are well developed, and you are allowed to peel back the layers slowly to get the big picture. As Rill's story unfolds, you are held spellbound by the unrelenting sadness of her situation, and horrified by the fact that these things really happened to some children. Wingate has a gift for imagery that pulls you into a scene. But in true Lisa Wingate fashion, there are also plenty of happier moments to relieve the sadness and many truths uncovered. Avery's story gives some interesting insights into how political families live their lives on display. She wasn't the most sympathetic character in the beginning, but she did grow on me as she learned to be more aware of her own aspirations and feelings. A well-crafted new effort from Wingate, it is one of those books you can't put down and you don't want to end!

 
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Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Adventurous

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

A Gentleman in Moscow by AMOR TOWLES
 
Beautiful, Brilliant, Insightful

 
Insightful, Interesting, Persuasive

 
Informative, Slow, Insightful

 
Slow, Poorly Written, Unconvincing

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
 
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
 
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful

Unwind by Neal Shusterman
 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting

Lost In Shangri-La by Mitchell Zuckoff
 

 
Beautiful, Difficult, Insightful

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