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Book Club Recommended
Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting
Tried too hard to combine too many elements

I recommend this book for a club because it was fun to talk about all that could have been better. There were too many typical elements: magical negro, mother/daughter conflict, marriage conflict (for no real point), magical/mystical story line, dead father, monks, psychic dog, psychic child, ya-ya sisterhood friendship, etc etc. It tried to introduce so many elements but did none well. It \\\"told\\\" us stuff but didn\\\'t \\\"show\\\" us anything. None of us particulary liked the book but it did lead to lots of good discussion.

The Ghost Bride: A Novel by Yangsze Choo
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Slow
Was I reading a poor Amy Tan book?

Our book club got this book for free and it was only OK. I liked the Chinese culture explanations but also felt like I was reading just another Amy Tan book. There were parts that didn\\\'t quite connect. But I find that poorly written books or books that make our club angry get the best discussions going because we can talk about how to improve the book. So I would recommend it.

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