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Thunderstruck by Erik Larson
 
Informative, Insightful, Slow
Not quite up to Devil in the White City

Too much detail. Ponderous. None of the characters are people I really want to know more about.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Fantastic
America's Team

Putting the grunts of 2007 in Cowboy stadium could not provide a better view of America in battle. Watching a 19 year-old come to grips with the disconnect between his reality and the reality of a citizenry connected to his war through imbedded video is a brilliant way of explaining why war persists and why soldiers choose to risk their lives. It makes one wonder if it's an evolutionary flaw that permits us to romanticize armed conflict over the past 250,000 years.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Confusing

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Inspiring
Discussion inducing.

This book probably caused more discussion than any other we've read. We came away with 2 schools of thought. One, the author's, that the religion Islam and its "True Believers" must be opposed for any progress to be made for Muslim women. And two, that the author paints two broad a picture of the worlds 2nd largest religion and falls into the same trap as the "True Believers" and does no acknowledge the peaceful non-fanatical muslims.

 
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Interesting, Informative

 
Slow, Unconvincing, Pointless
Mildly informative of the 1850-80s life of an arranged marriage depressedwife in the SW.

But the overloading of spiritualism turns the book into meaningless meandering. The medical approach to treatment of depression would have been a good central theme. The ghost overlay just destroys the books credibility.

 
Dramatic, Beautiful, Insightful

 
Insightful, Interesting, Difficult

The Great Alone: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Adventurous, Dramatic, Addictive

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