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Night (Night) by Elie Wiesel
 
Book Club Recommended
Life Changing, Insightful, Dramatic
Generated interesting discussion about then and what is happening in the world now.

Everyone appreciated reading this book. We had an excellent discussion. One of our members is the daughter-in-law of a family who experienced similar circumstances, but made very different choices with different outcomes. We also related this book to current world situations. It is an easy read and puts another face on this time in world history.

 
Dramatic, Beautiful, Insightful
Excellent way to learn about Africa

Everyone in our group enjoyed reading this book. Although it is not always a pretty picture of life, it is very real and enlightening. The author has a talent for description that we all appreciated.

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
 
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful
We all enjoyed it

Our book group has enjoyed both of this author's books. First, The Kite Runner and now this one. It generated interesting discussion and gave insight into the lives that women lead in oppressive countries.

 
Nonfiction that reads like fiction

Our book group enjoyed the discussion generated by Unto the Daughters. It was amazing to us that this is not fiction. The secrets kept in families and the quiet whispers can truly affect generations, as Karen Tintori relates so well. It is very readable and does make one wonder what really happened to the people involved. The puzzle comes together in the end, except for the last few pieces, which we will never find. We see the possibilities, but will never really know which pieces fit.

 
Informative, Insightful, Slow
Mixed reviews from us

We all enjoyed Snowflower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See, however this book got mixed reviews in our group. Some loved it while others thought it was rather strange. It did generate some very interesting and lively discussion about women and the differences between cultures and beliefs, especially regarding the afterlife experiences.

Defending Jacob: A Novel by William Landay
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Insightful
What would you do? Generates good discussion

What would you do if your child is accused of a major crime and you are the prosecuting attorney? Is a tendency to violent behavior nature or nurture? Our group had a lively discussion about this book. We were not satisfied with the ending, but it also generated some good discussion.

My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Optimistic
My Beloved World

I thought that this book might be boring, but I was pleasantly surprised. It is very interesting. It is well written and I learned a lot about the early life of Judge Sotomayor. I would recommend it. Everyone in our book club expressed the same opinion.

The Nightingale: A Novel by Kristin Hannah
 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Inspiring
Everyone loved it.

Occasionally everyone in our group agrees on our book. This is one of them. We all enjoyed it a lot. We found it to be a rather quick read, because the reader wants to know what happens next. It brought tears to the eyes of each of us (one of our discussion questions). The book includes many storylines including adventure, love, war, historical, survival, espionage, and family.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Interesting
A difficult child grows to be a Met star!

This book is an insightful look into the life of a child raised in family violence and his ability to escape the cycle and enter into the world of professional opera. It is an easy read and gives many details of his struggles and his determination to succeed. One must admire the adults in his life who helped him along the way, which was not always an easy task. There are many details about the physicality of singing that I enjoyed, as a singer, but others may find them more difficult to understand. I will definitely follow this young man as he continues his career.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio
 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Insightful, Beautiful
How to deal with"different" people.

This book captured what it is like to grow up "different" and how the world around reacts to someone with physical deformities. It focuses on fifth grade students and their ways of dealing with Auggie, the new student. It also showcases a supportive family, as well as some of the parents of Auggie's classmates, and the school personnel. I like that it the story is told from several points of view. It is a great book for adolescents, but our book group enjoyed it as well.

 
Book Club Recommended
Inspiring, Interesting, Informative
A major event in WWI that I never learned about in school.

This book is well researched and written. Living 150 miles from Canada, I never knew that at one point in time the US considered annexing our neighbor to the north. This event played a significant role in the relationship now enjoyed by our countries. The collision of two ships in Halifax harbor and resulting explosion was terrible, but the aftermath during which people came together to help each other and rebuild was inspiring. The impact of World War I and this event on the lives of people and what they accomplished subsequently was truly inspirational. It is not easy to read about war and tragedy, but I found it very interesting.

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