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Book Club Reads

  • Krueger, William Kent: The River We Remember: A Novel

    Krueger, William Kent: The River We Remember: A Novel

  • Groff, Lauren: The Vaster Wilds: A Novel

    Groff, Lauren: The Vaster Wilds: A Novel

  • Rutledge, Lynda: West with Giraffes: A Novel

    Rutledge, Lynda: West with Giraffes: A Novel

  • See, Lisa: Lady Tan's Circle of Women: A Novel

    See, Lisa: Lady Tan's Circle of Women: A Novel
    I learned so much about China in the 1400s and specifically about the unusual female doctor that this book is based on. The cultural information was fascinating although the details about foot binding were gruesome. An enjoyable and well-written book. (****)

  • Gunty, Tess: The Rabbit Hutch: A novel

    Gunty, Tess: The Rabbit Hutch: A novel
    It won the National Book Award and sounds interesting, but it's (to me) not well-constructed and drags in many spots where there is too much description, too much dialogue or too much heavy philosophizing. I found the writing self-indulgent and pretentious with tortured metaphors and passages that even after re-reading I couldn't completely understand. I'm hoping it will provide a decent discussion at least! (**)

  • Verghese, Abraham: The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club)

    Verghese, Abraham: The Covenant of Water (Oprah's Book Club)
    The positives were the immersion into the culture and history of India, the fascinating medical stories and the beautiful ending. What I didn't enjoy were the length of the saga (much too long and dragged at times) and the sometimes underdeveloped characters. The love stories also left me cold. (****)

  • McBride, James: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel

    McBride, James: The Heaven & Earth Grocery Store: A Novel
    Very well-written but a jumble at times and full of fascinating but overwhelming characters. The ending was unbelievably beautiful and took it up to 4 1/2 stars. (****)

  • Patchett, Ann: Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick

    Patchett, Ann: Tom Lake: A Reese's Book Club Pick
    Because of the lovely writing (typical Patchett) I rated this one higher than I would have normally. It's slooowwww.There is no action and no plot; most of the events take place in the past. I'm not sure how we'll talk about this at Book Club, so I'm hoping for excellent discussion questions! (****)

  • Napolitano, Ann: Hello Beautiful (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel

    Napolitano, Ann: Hello Beautiful (Oprah's Book Club): A Novel
    Although it wouldn't be everyone's style, I bonded strongly with this family saga and its complicated and endearing characters. I found it well-written (sometimes repetitive), and emotionally satisfying. It isn't plot driven and the family members are messy and confused at times, but overall, it was an excellent read. 4 1/2 stars (*****)

  • Brooks, Geraldine: Horse: A Novel (Random House Large Print)

    Brooks, Geraldine: Horse: A Novel (Random House Large Print)
    At the beginning I thought it would be a solid 5 star, but I didn't find the modern-day stories (especially the love angle) compelling. It often felt like a vehicle for sending messages about the dangers in the present, as well as the past, for black people in the U.S. (tragically true) The parts about the horse, horse racing circles, Jarret, and the pre- and post-Civil War era were absorbing and deserve 5 stars. (****)