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Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
A novel of long term women's friendships.

Nice light read for the summer.

Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
Loved this! Good discussion of trying to understand other cultures.

Eating Heaven by Jennie Shortridge
Inspiring, Beautiful, Insightful
Light read but good for discussion

Middlesex: A Novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
Interesting, Dramatic, Epic
I didn't think I liked this book but found that I couldn't put it down.

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
Compelling-many themes to discuss

We tried this book this year with out sophomore English students. They loved it! There were so many themes to discuss: family, a way to be good again, inherent evil, lasting consequences of choices, male/female roles, etc. The students focused on different things than my female book club, who also loved the book.

The Emperor's Children by Claire Messud
Put this down three times before I finished it.

I found this one of the dullest books I've read. There wasn't much of a plot and the characters were not interesting.

Montana 1948: A Novel by Larry Watson
We use this book with our 9th grade students in my school. I

This book is great as a discussion starter: making choices when neither choice is a good one, right vs. wrong, family loyalty, racial injustice, tolerance, etc.

Brilliant, Fun, Beautiful
A great book to discuss!

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Beautiful
The Book Thief

Great Book

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

Interesting-We discussed the role of affluent women in that time.

The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
The Kitchen House

Loved this book-wished there was a bit more detail at the end but couldn't put it down.

Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Informative, Beautiful
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet

This is one of my favorite books of the summer.

State of Wonder: A Novel by Ann Patchett
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Interesting, Dramatic
State of Wonder

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
In the Garden of Beasts

Reads like fiction-covered areas of history that I was unaware of.

Mudbound by Hillary Jordan
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting

Have recommended this book numerous times and everyone who has read it loved it. It was the freshman read for Appalachian State University last year.

Bel Canto (P.S.) by Ann Patchett
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Romantic, Slow
Excellent Book

One of my all-time favorites!

The Boston Girl: A Novel by Anita Diamant
Interesting, Informative, Insightful
The Boston Girl

Slow-a nice narrative but not terribly interesting

Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Addictive, Dramatic
Nothing deep here but great fun

This was a great, quick read-perfect for vacation reading.

Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Dramatic, Inspiring
Great Characters-

Interesting story

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