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Name : Jean T.

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Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful
Wonderful Group Discussion

Me Before You created a great group discussion. We started with the meaning of the title, talked about the author's intent, personalities of the main characters and what we would do in that setting. This is a book that you do not want to put down.

Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Thought Provoking

The moral issues presented in this story provided at least an hour of good discussion. The way in which the book begins is a bit coincidental and the group felt that there were gaps at the very end that should have been covered. A great read for a book group.

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Dramatic
Prompts a Great Discussion

Tell the Wolves I\\\'m Home is appropriate for both adults and young adults. It covers a time in the late 80\\\'s when Aids was very much in the news and being gay was a badge of shame. Although this is central to the story, the issues and how they are faced by family members are more important. It isn\\\'t a perfect book but it does raise some very good discussion points that kept our group going and on task for longer than usual. We had a lot of questions so brainstorming for answers was really helpful.

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Inspiring, Romantic
Humorous dialogue/serious subject.

Not sure the words above really describe this book. One of the best things about it was the dialogue between the main characters. I have to describe the dialogue as often humorous and witty but the subject matter is extremely serious.

Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
All the Light

Our discussion was held on the same day Anthony Doerr received the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Everyone enjoyed this book, often for different reasons. A general feeling was that it bogged down a bit in the middle. So many questions and so many insightful reflections on interpretations of light and dark contrasts in the story. This is a great book for discussion.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Fun, Insightful

Sometimes it is fun and informative to read a book written for young teens. As a young girl at the turn of the century, Calpernia Tate bonded with her grandfather and became much more interested in natural science than in domestic science. Having six brothers, her parents expected her to learn to cook, sew, knit, tat, etc. and she struggled with it all. A warm, wonderful story.

Book Club Recommended
Addictive, Interesting, Insightful

Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Fun, Insightful
Couldn't Put It Down

Would you have done what A J Fickery did? The themes and subplots are serious but never depressing. This is actually a fun read.

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

The novel is based on a historic event that occurred over a period if years in the early twentieth century. Children from New York City and other major east coast cities who were considered to be orphaned or abandoned were sent by train to the Midwest to be "adopted" by families. The story is told through the relationship between a troubled teenager in a foster care setting and an elderly woman who is trying to put her life in order. The foster care portrayal is somewhat stereotypical but aside from that, this is a very good telling of an event that was meant to be benevolent but did not always turn out as intended.

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

This novel is based on the role of the resistance in France, particularly the role played by women. Isabelle and her sister fight for France in different ways-Isabelle places herself in dangerous settings while Vianne quietly saves her own child and others. The writing is graphic at times but the horror of war needs to be remembered.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Adventurous
A Little Known Part of WWII History

This novel tells the story of an elderly woman who trained with the Women's Airforce Service and the young girl whom she hires to write her memoirs. The chapters go back and forth between the two characters. I had difficulty at first sorting out the characters but after the first few chapters it became easier to follow. The elderly woman made agonizing choices in her life and these choices were the basis of a good discussion. An interesting and informative read.

A Gentleman in Moscow by AMOR TOWLES
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Brilliant, Insightful
An Uplifting Story

Every member of our group loved this book. When the Count is confined to the Metropole Hotel for life he could have become bitter but chooses to adapt to his environment. Witty, charming, heroic. I hope they make a movie or maybe not. There are no current actors capable of portraying the Count.

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