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Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The world of Room

This wasn\\\'t a book that I thought I\\\'d enjoy - the subject matter is scary to contemplate. But the story as told from the point of view of 5 year old Jack is one of resilience and bravery and a mother \\\'s love. Highly recommended! It was a book that I couldn\\\'t put down.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Adventurous, Insightful
The Curiosity

This was not the type of book I would usually pick up, but it drew me in right from the start. It combines the idea of new scientific possibilities with a bit of romance and historical fiction. It will really make you think about life. Imagine being brought back to life in a brand new time period and in the time of tabloid news and reality tv. I loved this!

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

My club loved this book, a fictional biography of Ernest Hemingway's first wife and their lives in Europe after WWI. It was interesting to view this more personal side of the author.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Dramatic, Poorly Written
A coming of age novel spiced with mystery and the paranormal

I loved this book, although it was very different from my usual reads. Sylvie is a 13 year old girl who is trying to come to terms with what happened the night her demonologist parents were murdered. She has had an unusual upbringing and the kids in town view her family as strange. Although I found some parts a bit scary it is not a horror novel by any means. I felt that I was right alongside Sylvie as she begins to learn the truth. The novel switches back and forth from the present to the months leading up to the murders. I couldn't put it down. I cannot wait to read more from this author!

Rhett Butler's People by Donald McCaig
 
Epic, Romantic, Addictive

Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Romantic, Beautiful

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting

Frog Music: A Novel by Emma Donoghue
 
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Informative, Slow

Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Poorly Written, Dramatic

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

The Paris Architect: A Novel by Charles Belfoure
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
Collaborator to savior

Set in WWII Paris during the occupation, this is the story of an ambition French Architect, Lucien Bernard, who discovers that he is actually "a righteous man." When Lucien first agrees to build a secret hide-away for a Jew, he is only looking to get a large commission. The gentleman who hires him to design these hide-aways can also get him commissions to design factories for the Germans. Lucien does not see himself as the collaborator the Resistance labels him, but slowly he begins to rethink his work for the Germans. As the occupation drags on, Lucien finds that he not only getting revenge on the Germans who have taken over his beloved city, but he begins to empathize with those he is saving. But the Germans have discovered one of his hiding places and are determined to find who built it, and one of his designs has failed terribly. Danger is moving and closer and Lucien has too much to lose.

Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
Great for Book CLubs

This book gave the group so much to talk about. The issue of foster care both now and in the past, love and loss, resiliency, and so much more.

Lilac Girls: A Novel by Martha Hall Kelly
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Inspiring
Wonderful debut novel

This impressive debut novel brings to life the stories of three very different women during WWII. Based on the life of New York socialite Caroline Ferriday, it is a historical novel full of both heartbreak and hope. Caroline is working for the French embassy in NY when war breaks out. Her philanthropic efforts extended from French orphans to the women later released from the concentration camps. The character of Kasia, based on actual survivors, is a young Polish girl who gets caught up in the resistance and is sent to the women's camp Ravensbruck along with her mother and sister. There she is subjected to the medical experimentation of Dr. Herta Oberhauser, the only female defendant at the Nuremburg Medical Trial. This is recommended for those who are interested in WWII, especially some lesser known events. Despite the horrors and tragedy, the novel is one of human resilience.

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

 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Beautiful, Addictive

A Fall of Marigolds by Susan Meissner
 
Book Club Recommended
Optimistic, Romantic, Informative

We Never Asked for Wings: A Novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Unconvincing, Interesting
Topical fiction

A dramatic story of motherhood, family and the lives of undocumented immigrants. Letty is a 33 year-old mother of 2 who has allowed her children to be raised by her parents while she works 3 jobs. When her parents suddenly decide to return to live in Mexico, Letty is finally forced to be a mother to 13 year-old Alex and 6 year-old Luna. How can she provide them with a good life when she has only a high school education? How can she be a parent all on her own? Along the way, Alex risks everything for the love of his girlfriend, an illegal immigrant. Letty must finally grow up herself so that she raise her children. This is a heartfelt story about a mother searching for a way to give her children the American Dream.

 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Unconvincing, Interesting

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