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Book Club Recommended
Mystery thriller

This book was very capivating. The reader doesn't know who the killer is until the detective does.

The Reader by Bernhard Schlink
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

I didn't totally dislike the book but I didn't like it either. Somewhere between the two. It does give you a lot to think about and could be a good discussion book. Maybe it was just me, but I felt like there was something lost in the book.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Dramatic
How does money and love affect one?

The reader gets to follow the American heiress in her quest for independence and growing up. Cora (the heiress) has to navigate the differences in society from America and England, how money can ruin love, and how to survive in her marriage.

Marilyn Monroe: The Final Years

A wonderful book. It allowed one to see the real person that Marilyn Monroe was. It clearly laid out what happened to Marilyn in her final months.

Probably not the best book club book but would be possible.

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Adventurous
Modern Gothic

I really enjoyed reading the Historian. The story pulled some aspects from Mary Shelley\'s Frankenstein and some aspects from Ann Radcliffe\'s novels.

The Painted Veil by W. Somerset Maugham
Book Club Recommended
Life Changing, Dark, Insightful
The Painted Veil

The Painted Veil follows Kitty\'s decisions about her life and their consequences. While learning more about what she wants from life, she has to learn how to read the action of others too.

This book provided a good discussion for our club. We used questions from a reading blog found on Google.

Agnes Grey by Anne Bronte
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Interesting, Insightful
Agnes Grey

I really enjoyed reading \\\"Agnes Grey\\\". It is a very enjoyable story which transport you to another time.

In a round-about way, Agnes Grey reminded me of Jane Austen\\\'s \\\"Mansfield Park\\\" because the main character is always on the outside looking in.

The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Inspiring, Dramatic
Glass Castle

I didn't like it but I didn't dislike it either. I think this would be a better audiobook to try than a reading book. Reading it seemed to lack the personal interaction especially the stories that are harder to believe.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
Growing up in Nazi Germany

This is a story of one little girl learning how words can affect ones life. She has to learn who she can trust with her secrets.

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
The Help

I enjoyed reading the book. The characters are interesting and at the end you are wanting them to succeed. This is early on in the civil rights era.

Plainsong by Kent Haruf
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Insightful, Beautiful

The book has a "soap opera" feel to it. The characters are interesting.

Book Club Recommended
Good Luck of Right Now

I really liked the book. I was worried when I started it that the first chapters were sort of scattered. Once the story got started it was easier to follow. But the characters are good. It is eccentric and sweet.

Loving Frank: A Novel by Nancy Horan
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Dramatic
Loving Frank

It was a well written novel. The main character was very progressive for her times but sometimes in Infuriating.

Don't look up character in internet search before reading the book! What I did find interesting is the 3rd sister who lives with Mamah in the book looks to be fictional. It was interesting to see that the author felt the children needed a mother figure.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Inspiring, Interesting
Silver Lining Playbook

It was a great read. It had one guessing what happened in main character's pass up until the end.

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

Cecilia is what I would term "the perfect wife". She doesn't seem to crack under pressure until she reads the letter her husband wrote years ago. The story follows how her decisions after reading the letter affect others around her.

Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
Book Club Recommended
Dark, Dramatic, Interesting
Dark Places

This book keeps ones interest.

Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous

This isn't an easy book to describe without giving too much away. So, my best description is quirky.

Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Life Changing, Informative
Elizabeth is Missing

Maud has dementia (or a similar disease) and we follow Maud as she tries to figure out what happened to her beloved friend. This triggers in Maud's memory when her sister Sukey went missing after World War 2.

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