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Gone Girl: A Novel by Gillian Flynn
 
Dramatic, Dark, Interesting
Gone Girl

I was thoroughly annoyed with the characters and was tempted to leave the book unfinished.

Beach Girls by Luanne Rice
 
Book Club Recommended
Summer reading

This book is a nice read for summer. It has sympathetic characters and a happy ending.

The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Adventurous, Insightful
The Poisonwood Bible

I think that this book gives a good insight into the character of Americans as seen by people of other cultures. It also has a good deal of accurate research on the conditions in "the Congo" during the time just before its "revolution." The book is long, and it can become tedious if the reader is not sufficiently engaged in the dynamics of the lives of the characters.

The Dollmaker by Amanda Stevens
 
Book Club Recommended
The Dollmaker

The Dollmaker has some sympathetic characters and some that the reader will "love to hate." However, there were many sub-plot lines that went nowhere, causing some confusion.

On Strike for Christmas by Sheila Roberts
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Inspiring
On Strike for Christmas

This was a good Christmas read and made several salient points about our need for control as well as our tendency to manufacture "traditions."

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

This story illustrates the similarities in human experience regardless of their place in time.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Slow
Mother, Daughter, Me

This was a believable memoir, and I think it was honestly written. It was interesting to watch the "me" mature.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fear Nothing

Once again, Dean Koontz provides characters, human and animal, that the reader immediately bonds with. Koontz\\\\\\\'s poetic descriptions and philosophical musings weave artistically throughout the novel, turning the plot into a tapestry of color and sensation.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Informative
Handle With Care

This book gave a great deal to discuss as far as moral choices are concerned as well as questions regarding what constitutes love.

No Safe Secret by Fern Michaels
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Insightful
No Safe Secret

This was a well-written book with well-drawn characters. I read it in one day.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
A good read

Our book club enjoyed the book. The discussion questions were great and raised a lot of differing opinions.

Postcards from the Edge by Carrie Fisher
 
Boring, Slow, Confusing
Postcards from the Edge

The first third of the book does give the reader some insight into the mind of the addict, but the required disjointedness makes it difficult to read. The second third is repetitive. Many of our members skipped it. The last third reads easily and does give some relief from the heaviness of the topic.

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Insightful
Wreckage

This is a book with strongly drawn characters. The ways they react to the different influences cause the readers to identify with them in several ways. The setting is described beautifully without weighing the reader down with description.

Animal Dreams: A Novel by Barbara Kingsolver
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Insightful, Informative
Animal Dreams

This book is neither as intense or as dark as The Poisonwood Bible. However, Kingsolver again gives insight into the human characteristics the most of us share. I loved the richness of the setting, the American Southwest.

Same Kind Of Different As Me by Ron Hall, Denver Moore
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Life Changing
Same Kind of Different as Me

Everyone in the book club LOVED this book. We could not believe that we missed Ron Hall and Denver Moore when they were first writing the book and speaking. This is a book that will certainly change outlooks, if not lives.

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