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Name : Mary ellen G.

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Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Beautiful
Well written and thought provoking

this book lends itself well to a book club. it is thought provoking and well written; the characters seem real and the imagery was very vivid. I could very clearly picture the people and places almost as if it was a movie, which I'm sure it will be. It was, though a very sad book.

People of the Book: A Novel by Geraldine Brooks
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
An amazing book!

I loved this book. It was challenging but so incredibly well written and interesting.

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Dramatic
One of my favorite books of 2011

I adored this book- it was truly one of my top picks of the year. Beautifully written and fascinating characters that stayed with me for a long time after I'd finished it.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dark
Reads like fiction

Hard to believe this isn't fiction. Well written account of the Chicago Worlds Fair and a serial killer. This was the beginning of my love affair with Erik Larson- he has yet to disappoint me!

Tell the Wolves I'm Home by Carol Rifka Brunt
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Beautiful, Dramatic
Quite possibly my favorite book of last year

I loved this book- loved, loved,loved! It does deal with sensitive issues and may not be appropriate for all book clubs but I thought it was beautifully written; sad, hopeful, wonderful and real.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
another winner from Erik Larson

 
Why a thumbs down?

Because I love Ann Lamott- I mean I think she is brilliant and funny and real and I really want to sit and have coffee with her and talk for hours about God and Jesus and how we all need to be a little bit kinder to others (and ourselves). Having said that- this could be a tough sell for a book club. If your a traditional Christian you are likely to be offended by her and if your not a Jesus follower you probably think she's a little nutty. For those of us who are a little nutty like her this is the most lovely gift of a book. In fact, I've gifted this book close to a dozen times.... so read it! But maybe not in your book club.

What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Interesting
Perfect Beach book/book club book

I think this is one of those books that looks like very light chick lit but underneath the surface are some very thought provoking questions. If I woke up and had lost the last 10 years of my life would I recognize who I had become? Would I like her? Great book- I didn't read it for a book club but hoping our group will choose it this year- I think it could make for a fascinating discussion.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Informative
great read!!!

this is a fascinating look at the world of top restaurants and food critics in NYC but it is so much more! As Ruth dons her disguises she finds she becomes the character and it proves to be incredibly insightful. This book made me want to go to New York and find that fabulous sushi place!

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Optimistic
a lovely book....

this is one of those books that is just sweet and thought provoking. you can recommend it to your grandmother or your neighbor without fear that they might be offended.

 
Book Club Recommended
Hard to put down

This book was compelling; I really could not put it down once I started it. While the subject matter was dark, the book was so well written and the characters so vivid I was in that place a friend once described as a "book coma"- where you literally are unable to do anything but read until the bitter end.

Eat Cake by Jeanne Ray
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Fun
love this book!

this is one of those books that just makes you smile. There were a few of us in book club that found it a bit unrealistic and tied up all neat and too tidy at the end but most agreed it was just a fun, well written book that made us all happy. And all of us with daughters thought Jeanne Ray's description of Camille was uncomfortably spot on!

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
Beautiful Book

This book is beautiful and thought provoking... it's hard to believe Ann Morrow Lindbergh didn't finish typing this on her mac. The issues she writes about are timeless ones. This would not, perhaps be a first choice for my book club- although with a small intimate group of friends it could be a great choice

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring
Another fantastic book from Lee Smith

I just finished reading Guests on Earth and literally could not put it down. As usual, Lee Smith drew me in with characters I instantly cared about and a story that was interesting and well written. The historical facts relating to both Zelda Fitzgerald and the treatment of the mentally ill were fascinating and the setting in one of my favorite places only added to my interest and enjoyment of this novel.

The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarty
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Addictive
Good Read

This is another great offering from a writer I really enjoy. I have to say I didn't love it quite as much as What Alice Forgot or her new one Big Little Lies... still a very compelling read.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Addictive, Interesting
Had to finish

I couldn't put this book down... I loved the drama of it and while it has been compared to Gone Girl, I actually enjoyed it more.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
Beautiful and nostalgia inducing

My book club read this a couple of months ago and we all felt incredibly nostalgic about it. It really did bring us back to a time of small towns, neighbors who knew you and your family and the ways we were brought up (we are aged 50-60)... well written, lovely and ultimately hopeful.

Be Frank With Me: A Novel by Julia Claiborne Johnson
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Optimistic

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