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Name : Michelle T.

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The Dutch House: A Novel by Ann Patchett
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic

Normal People: A Novel by Sally Rooney
Beautiful, Addictive, Pointless

American Dirt: A Novel by Jeanine Cummins
Dramatic, Addictive, Adventurous

The Art Forger: A Novel by B. A. Shapiro
Informative, Interesting, Insightful

Inspiring, Informative, Insightful

There There by Tommy Orange
Dark, Insightful, Boring

The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
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Adventurous, Dramatic, Interesting

Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison
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Dramatic, Informative, Adventurous

When Life Gives You Lululemons by Lauren Weisberger
Fun, Dramatic, Pointless

Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Adventurous, Fun, Addictive

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic

Informative, Interesting, Insightful

Dramatic, Interesting

A Piece of the World: A Novel by Christina Baker Kline
Insightful, Interesting, Beautiful

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful

Awakening Kali by T. S. Ghosh

Hollow Kingdom by Kira Jane Buxton
Fun, Interesting, Confusing


Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative
Excellent Book for Today's Culture of Miscommunication

Alan Alda's lifetime love of science shines through in this engaging work that is perfect for today's culture, where the simple act of talking is so fraught with conflict and misunderstanding. Alda challenges readers to step out of their own comfort zones, and he makes no effort to spare himself from scrutiny, recounting time after time where his own missteps have thwarted relationships and conversations.
As a former journalist, I cringed as he related an experience where false assumptions and poor communication skills nearly derailed his first interview for his award-winning PBS "Scientific American Frontiers" program.
Short chapters and a conversational writing style make for an easy read that will have you reviewing your own perceived strengths and weaknesses. Alda includes research and insights gleaned from interviewing scientists and experts from sociology and psychology in a way that is informative and ultimately, inspiring. I challenge you to read the book and not hear Alda speaking directly to you in his recognizable voice.
He also recounts his own journey to improve scientific communication, starting with the 11-year "Scientific American Frontiers" broadcasts but continuing far beyond through television, podcasts and on college and research campuses worldwide. The work sparked a mission as impressive as his acting chops -- and perhaps more far-reaching and impactful. Today the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University continues guiding scientists to become better communicators. And ultimately ensuring that science can be equally fascinating and understandable.
As for my book club, we had one of our best discussions ever, finding connection and correlations within our own lives. I think this book will resonate with all of us for a long time!

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