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Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
(Five Stars!) A book Club You'd Love to Join!

When I first started reading this book, I was like, oh no, I don't care to hear about smoking housewives with cheating husbands and problematic children. And I especially don't like books where I need to draw up a character chart with dotted and dashed lines to clarify who's who. However, since my friend gave the book an enthusiastic 10-star recommendation, I figure I will read further. At least it's about a book club.

Glad I did. There were moments I bursted out laughing, and moments my heart felt heavy. You never quite know what the next chapter will bring, except that it would be a good read, as you follow the five women through the ups and downs of their lives. Grant is definitely not the only one wanting a membership in.

 
Gloomy, Confusing, Difficult
poetic at times and filled with gems of wisdom

The way the author writes conversations (with a dash) took some getting used to though. The story is poignant and heartfelt, poetic at times and filled with gems of wisdom. My favorite one is: "Fear is a journey, a terrible journey, but sorrow is at least an arriving."

 
Insightful, Dramatic, Brilliant
a moving tale

Such a story! It's really moving. I have to give credit that this is one book where I simply hate the protagonist but love the story.
The story falters a bit int he middle, when the author fills in the blank between what happened after he arrived in U.S. But overall, it's an excellent book that will captivate anybody.

 
Dramatic, Insightful, Interesting
Excellent for book club discussion

This is one book you would want to share, to talk with people about. Is it right? Is it wrong? When is enough enough? What would you do? Could you really do what you said you would, should you be in those shoes?

This is one thick book but very fast to read, because it's so un-put-down-able!

The author is very skilled in writing the story from so many viewpoints. Honestly it's the most I have seen. In some scenes, the scene continues but the first person changes from one to the another, and then it carries on to the next, like a well edited cinematography.

Don't want to sound smug, but I do somehow imagine the ending as it. Because, truly, that is the closest to a happy ending as can be.

 
Adventurous, Interesting, Informative
observant eyes and lively pen

The author very successfully created May as a very real woman, passionate, intelligent and herotic. So real I have a hard time believing she is fictional. Nothing escapes her observant eyes and lively pen as she captures her journey into the west and the daily lives of the tribe she lives in. The funny moments made me chuckle, the sad ones made my heart heavy. And heavy it did get when I finally closed the book. (I hope this is not a spoiler, but frankly I haven't read a Native American story of that era that was a happy ending, except Disney's Pocahontas. How the west was "won" was a bloody part of history IMHO.)

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger
 
Romantic, Interesting, Beautiful
One of the best novels I've read this year.

This is a very captivating book. Time travelling is not exactly rare in the fictional world, but the way it is presented in this book is very novel. I would be perfectly happy if this were just a witty, humorous love story, but the author delivers so much more. The characters are so blood and flesh I feel that I am living among them. Eagerly I lap up their story, until suddenly the realization that something dark and large is looming in the horizon. Yet I continue to be drawn towards it...


 
Informative, Dramatic, Interesting
hauntingly beautiful, as exquisite as a handcrafted fan, as delicate as the nushu, and as intricate as an embroidery

I cried so much while reading the book my husband got quite alarmed. I tried to explain to him what the story was about (as I truly want to share it, though it was a miserable attempt) and that started another round of tears and sniffles.

This book is hauntingly beautiful, as exquisite as a handcrafted fan, as delicate as the nushu, and as intricate as an embroidery. Every time I opened the pages, I fell mesmerized into the world of Lily and Snow Flower. The writer spent a lot of time and work on researches and it shows, as rather than portraying a generic Chinese village, she paints a vivid picture of the special locale and its unique culture.

 
Fun, Interesting, Inspiring
A book Club You Long to Join!

When I first started reading this book, I was like, oh no, I don't care to hear about smoking housewives with cheating husbands and problematic children. And I especially don't like books where I need to draw up a character chart with dotted and dashed lines to clarify who's who. However, since my friend gave the book an enthusiastic 10-star recommendation, I figure I will read further. At least it's about a book club.

Glad I did. There were moments I bursted out laughing, and moments my heart felt heavy. You never quite know what the next chapter will bring, except that it would be a good read, as you follow the five women through the ups and downs of their lives. Grant is definitely not the only one wanting a membership in.

 
Unconvincing, Insightful, Interesting
Quite a Disappointment

I didn't read Secret Lives of Bees but due to all the hype I picked this one up. Story is not exactly bad, just isn't captivating and not what I would call exceptional, compare to tons of fictions out there.

 
Beautiful, Informative, Interesting
Excellent Story

Tan delivers another great tale again. A unique story.

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