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Book Club Reads

  • Lemmie, Asha: Fifty Words for Rain: A Novel

    Lemmie, Asha: Fifty Words for Rain: A Novel
    This book isn't badly written, but showcases a creepy(nearly incestuous) half brother/sister relationship, and is a perfect example of "tragedy porn." The ending was a huge disappointment, as well as the rest of the book. 2 1/2 stars. (***)

  • Daré, Abi: The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel

    Daré, Abi: The Girl with the Louding Voice: A Novel
    Although it took a while for me to get used to the vernacular (difficult to read), the story itself was riveting, horrific and inspiring. It should be an excellent discussion at BC. (****)

  • Kline, Christina Baker: The Exiles: A Novel

    Kline, Christina Baker: The Exiles: A Novel
    I'd never read anything about the exiling of criminals to Australia, so the history behind this was interesting. The writing wasn't outstanding, but it should elicit a decent discussion. (****)

  • O'Farrell, Maggie: Hamnet

    O'Farrell, Maggie: Hamnet
    This was saved from three stars by the ending, which was beautiful. Life in the Elizabethan era was brutal and difficult, but I was impressed by the descriptions of those times and of the grief of losing a child. The writing style was a bit too choppy for me though. (****)

  • Bennett, Brit: The Vanishing Half: A Novel

    Bennett, Brit: The Vanishing Half: A Novel
    The first part of the book was compelling, and the writing excellent. Then the story started to meander, focused on other characters besides the twins, and lost my interest. It had great potential, but didn't fulfill its promise. (***)

  • Alan Brennert: Moloka'i

    Alan Brennert: Moloka'i
    Yet another 3 1/2 star--3 stars for the writing which was pedestrian, but 4 1/2 for the characters and story. The history of Hawai'i and Moloka'i was both fascinating and tragic. (****)

  • Eowyn Ivey: The Snow Child: A Novel

    Eowyn Ivey: The Snow Child: A Novel
    Although some disliked this book at Book Club, I absolutely loved it and found it entrancing. You have to like magical realism and fairy tales though. It was beautifully written and captivated me! (*****)

  • Liz Murray: Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard

    Liz Murray: Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard
    This story was supposed to be inspirational(homeless to Harvard) but was mostly depressing and repetitive. It focused too much on the homeless and not enough on the transition to Harvard. And did I already mention DEPRESSING? (***)

  • Ann Patchett: State of Wonder

    Ann Patchett: State of Wonder
    Although the ending was contrived(still loved it by the way), I adored the writing, the plot and the ethical dilemmas of this novel. It was also extremely well-written! (*****)

  • Tawni O'Dell: Fragile Beasts: A Novel

    Tawni O'Dell: Fragile Beasts: A Novel
    A wonderful read, especially the first half of the book. The ending was far fetched, but I really enjoyed the rest of the book. (****)