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Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
All The Light We Cannot See

\"The way this man writes is magical.\" (I\\\'m stealing this phrase from our local Bookshop). And as one of our members pointed out, written in the \"present\" makes you feel that you are really experiencing what he writes. Getting to know the 2 main characters was done in an interesting way - you knew they were going to interact at some point, so any \\\"suspense\\\" is gone, but so well developed it didn\'t matter. One of our members felt it should have been a bit shorter - a book this long is intimidating before you even start reading. All of our members at the meeting gave it a 4 or a 5, so it was a really well-liked book.

Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Inspiring
To Kill a Mockingbird

I\'m probably the only person who just read this book for the first time - but I DID see the movie - several times.

I loved the book. What controversial topics the author presented and worked through, in a very open and forward style. Written from the perspective of a young white girl, Scout, made it an even more interesting read. The ending had me thinking and questioning for a few minutes, which I liked too.

Book Club Recommended
Epic, Informative, Brilliant
Tale of Two Cities

I had to re-read the book immediately after I first read it because I missed so missed and was confused because of the writing style. First read thru, I was less than impressed. Second read thru I was astounded. The way he introduced seemingly unimportant characters in the beginning and wove them into the story to become major characters towards the end was brilliant.

At first I didn't understand how it was considered a love story. After reading it again, there were several love stories in the book and it added to the complexity of the story.

They WERE the worst of times. People were desperate and brutal. It's hard to understand how they enthusiastically gathered to watch the beheadings...... how they sharpened their tools to attack others, etc. How were people so vile?? Are humans basically full of hatred? Is it easier to hate than it is to love?

There is plenty for a book club to discuss about this book, particularly about human nature and unexplainable behavior.

Girl at War: A Novel by Sara Novic
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Gloomy, Interesting
Girl at War

Written by a deaf woman from a child's perspective. A visit to Croatia a few years ago is what inspired me to read this book. It was tough to imagine what this young girl endured, but I now appreciate more the hardships of war. So very sad. World Peace is essential, but how are we going to achieve it?

Fool Me Once by Harlan Coben
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Adventurous, Addictive

A very quick moving book with twists and turns that keep your interest. There was plenty to discuss at book club. Not our typical type of book, but it was fun for once to read a "mystery" and be entertained.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

I couldn't put it down. Based on a true story, there were many things that happened in France during WWII that astounded me. I was gripped with horror and fear, yet realized this was a reality experienced by many and needs to be recorded and never repeated. Kristin Hannah has a true gift as a writer. Big round of applause. Great discussion with the group.

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