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Book Club Recommended
Fun, Unconvincing, Romantic
Death Comes to Pemberley

I really enjoyed the book. P.D.James is an really great mystery writer and she kept to Jane Austin\'s language and tradition in her writing. It was a fun combination and easy to read.

The Paris Wife: A Novel by Paula Mclain
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Paris Wife

I really enjoyed this read. I knew very little about the personal lives of the American artists and writers in Europe at that time. Now that I have read about Hemingway\\\'s personal life and first marriage, his early works make more sense.

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

The author describes her Somali background and culture with quotes from the Quran which utterly repress women and children. Her escape to Holland and commitment to exposing the harm being done to women and girl children in the practice of Islam is dramatic. Fortunately, not all Muslims interpret the Quran as she experienced. But the book made me think about that unique place where religion and culture intersect for harm or for good.

A Changed Man: A Novel by Francine Prose
 
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Insightful, Optimistic
A Changed Man

This is an unusual premise: a white supremacist walks into the office of a human rights organization headed by a Holocaust survivor and tells them, \\\"I want to help you guys save guys like me from becoming guys like me.\\\" It is a story of trust, learning to live a larger life than most of us are given, but it also tells of the costs to relationships, family, for the people doing this work.

It\'s a good story.

 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
One Thousand White Women

Jim Fergus writes in the voice of women and so convincingly, that I was sure this was a true memoir, and not fiction. The history and geography of the West was so well researched and the story is well told, and the premise for the book is based on an actual historical event.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
David and Goliath

Gladwell\\\'s approach to exploration of issues related to meeting the \\\"big guy\\\" was an interesting read for me.

Mrs. Poe by Lynn Cullen
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Slow

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Life Changing
Dakota Changed My Life

This is my second reading of Dakota, many years after the first read. Kathleen Norris describes western Dakota near where I grew up , but on the Montana side. Reading it, I felt as if Norris had gotten inside my head and described the culture of my youth. She uses humor in her writing, which is beautiful and poetic.

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