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Name : Joanne S.

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Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
The Buddha in the Attic

Beautifully written. Poetic. Haunting. The story of Japanese picture brides coming to America and what they experience living here. Small book that manages to pack in a lot of information. Written in an interesting style.

Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Dramatic, Informative
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand

Amazing story of Louis Zamperini - true grit and salvation.

Retribution by Carmen Rodríguez
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Dark
Retribution - an uplifting novel

RETRIBUTION is an uplifting, challenging, yet emotionally riveting story of three generations of Chilean women. Their lives are torn apart, as is their homeland, and this novel charts their journey of struggle and survival from one home to the next. What binds them together is their love for each other. I learned a lot about Chile, its history and politics, and gained an insight into the courage and resilience of the Chilean people - especially during the Pinochet\\s reign.

Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Interesting
Outliers- A Fascinating Read.

Really enjoyed reading this book and how the author presented facts to debunk some popular thoughts. Didn't care so much for his earlier book "BLINK." Can't wait to read his latest book "David and Goliath."

Ender's Game (Ender, Book 1) by Orson Scott Card
Book Club Recommended
Adventurous, Dramatic, Brilliant
Ender\\\\\\\'s Game - Rated one of best Sci-Fi books of all times

This is a great book despite the genre. It says something profund about the human condition with a strong message; and yet, it is a joy to read. Winner of the Hugo and Nebula Awards.

Book Club Recommended
Informative, Interesting, Insightful
How the World Got Its SWERVE on

Fascinating non-fiction book that reads like fiction. You\'ve probably read the description about the book already so I won\'t be redundant. I will say that this book will provide lots of discussion with your book club about many things. If you select this book for your book club, make sure to read my \"Do you have suggestions\\\" section below. There\'s an article by Jim Hinch that does a great job of presenting the \\opposing side\" for this popular book. I think it is a must-read and will help present a different viewpoint.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel
Book Club Recommended
Brilliant, Dramatic, Epic
Can be a tough read for some but well worth it

I attended two book clubs discussing Hilary Mantel's WOLF HALL. Both groups had people in both camps: you either love the book or hated it (well couldn't finish it; were confused by the writing, etc.). I loved this book. You feel as you're walking around London with Cromwell back in time. Wonderful writing. Brilliant historical novel.

Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic

Interesting, Insightful, Informative

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring

Informative, Interesting, Inspiring

The Source: A Novel by James A. Michener
Book Club Recommended
Slow, Interesting, Adventurous

The Hellfire Club by Jake Tapper
Poorly Written, Interesting, Adventurous

Set in the 1950s, I thought the author threw in so many tidbits of historical facts. Peppered with information comes to mind or everything but the kitchen sink. It was distracting from the flow of the story. Yet, I am glad I prevailed in finishing the novel as I enjoyed it. Suspenseful political thriller.

Interesting, Insightful, Informative

Insightful, Dramatic, Interesting

Our book club didn’t like this book yet found it made for a good book discussion Makes one think “what if” women had the power.

Adventurous, Insightful, Dramatic

Boring, Interesting, Fun

Insightful, Interesting, Dramatic

The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd
Informative, Insightful, Inspiring

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