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Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Adventurous
Mr. Penumbra\'s 24-Hour Bookstore

The ratings for our group ranged from a 2 to a 5, most rating it in the middle. Someone described it as being a bit \"rabbit-down-the-hole\" like, a la Alice in Wonderland. It generated a good discussion about the future of books and there was much agreement on the quality of Clay\'s friendships. One likened them to a band of super heroes, each with a super power.

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Optimistic, Inspiring
A very sweet book

Members of our book club loved this book. For me it's a good in-between book to read. Doesn't require much out of you, makes you smile, and gives you a breather before you start on the next really intense book. Refreshing.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Interesting, Dark
A Land More Kind than Home

A Land More Kind than Home is about family and each member\'s response to the circumstances which life presents it. I\'m a fan of southern literature and its gothic appeal, but this novel\'s incredibly slow-moving first half disappointed me. The writing is good and the use of alternating voices works. There\'s more to this book than just snake handling, but if you\'re interested in reading others in a similar vein, try Flannery O\'Connor\'s Wise Blood or Saving Grace by Lee Smith. Both better.

 
Book Club Recommended

While Beauty Slept by Elizabeth Blackwell
 
Book Club Recommended
Fantastic, Dramatic, Addictive
While Beauty Slept

I recommend as a book club read with reservations. It's an easy book, slow at time, but an interesting take on a much-read tale. My reservation is that there isn't a lot of material for discussion or at least I didn't think so (our club did use it as a springboard for a talk about women's positions at the time). A good story.

 
Book Club Recommended
Dramatic, Informative, Epic
The Monuments Men

You don't have to be an art historian to read, understand, and enjoy this book. Although it is longer than the average book club read, I felt it read quickly and not sluggishly or pedantically. The Monuments Men were unsung heroes and the stories in this book are ones seldom heard about WWII (and other wars, I'm sure). We're fortunate Robert M. Edsel wrote this book and educated a few more of us.

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
 
Book Club Recommended
Romantic, Insightful, Addictive
Eleanor & Park

A touching friendship/love story. Very convincingly written and lovingly done. We read this as an adult book club read, but I can see why it has been given such good reviews as YA fiction. It touches the heart without being maudlin and ends on a realistic note.

The Dovekeepers: A Novel by Alice Hoffman
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic

 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Interesting, Insightful

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

A Long Way Home: A Memoir by Saroo Brierley
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Poorly Written, Insightful
Would be a better lecture

I wish there would have been an "It was OK" rating because that's what I would have given this book. I also needed a middle ground for recommending it for a book club, although members of ours (aside from me, I think) liked it. The book didn't have enough material, as is, to be a fully-fleshed and interesting memoir for me. In the current world of great memoirs, this one is pretty mediocre. I lay this at the feet of the book's editor, not particularly the author.

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Dramatic
What a wonderful book!

All the Light We Cannot See is a beautifully written, poetic book and a delight for the senses. You can hear, touch and as a reader, see so much. The character of Marie-Laure is particularly well developed and moving with her throughout the book is an incredible experience.

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Inspiring, Dramatic

Pretty Is: A Novel by Maggie Mitchell
 
Book Club Recommended
Pointless, Confusing, Unconvincing

The Invisible Ones by Stef Penney
 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Informative, Dramatic
The Title Says It All.

The Invisible Ones provides an interesting and "mysterious" look at a way of life not known to many. I found this book intriguing and it also pulled at my heart. Something to enjoy and discuss.

 
Interesting, Fun
Old Herbaceous

It's a sad, gentle period piece, somewhat like Downtown Abbey, the television series. I gave it a thumbs down for book club because there's not really much for a book club to discuss unless it wants to dwell a lot on class distinctions.

The Round House: A Novel by Louise Erdrich
 
Book Club Recommended
Insightful, Informative, Interesting
An incredible coming-of-age story

The Round House has so many facets to it. It is a moving coming-of-age story, a murder mystery and rape tragedy, a look at reservation life and an introduction to the intricacies and inequities of tribal law.

The Heart Goes Last: A Novel by Margaret Atwood
 
Pointless, Dark, Fun
The Heart Goes Last

Started out rather interesting, but the further I read, I just thought it to be silly. Difficult to find the social commentary that is so often quite transparent in other Atwood books, which I typically love.

A Man Called Ove: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
 
Book Club Recommended
Fun, Insightful, Beautiful

 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Dramatic, Interesting

 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Insightful, Dark

 
Book Club Recommended
Interesting, Confusing, Difficult

War Brides by Helen Bryan
 
Book Club Recommended
Informative, Dramatic, Insightful

Our Souls at Night (Vintage Contemporaries) by Kent Haruf, Alan Kent Haruf
 
Book Club Recommended
Beautiful, Insightful, Inspiring

Grendel by John Gardner
 
Epic, Difficult, Interesting

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