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Book Club Favorites

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The list author says: "Some books naturally lend themselves to be shared and discussed. Included in this list, are books that have been chosen for the book club in my school. Once a month, teachers get together to discuss the book chosen by one of the members. Lots of good food, friendly talk, and camaraderie is had by all."
The Help
The Help
"Fantastic novel that created much discussion.  Not only did the novel provide an entertaining story, it also gave a feel of what it was like in the South for African American maids in the 60's. One can't help but feel the ignorance of the "white" high-society, and the fear of those who worked for them."
Water for Elephants: A Novel
Water for Elephants: A Novel
"This story is different, heartwarming, and dramatic. So much to learn about the characters and the setting. This circle story grabs your attention and doesn't let go from cover to cover. Strong narration from the main character who weaves the tale of his time in the circus. The author gives an inside view of the traveling circus of old, and the characters who filled the tents and trains."
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
The Art of Racing in the Rain: A Novel
"Enzo, a lab terrier mix tells of his life with race car owner, Denny. Enzo wants to be human.  He believes that when a dog is ready, it is incarnated into a human.  Enzo connects the act of being a good race car driver to the act of living a good life.  Superb book that moves at a good speed (no pun intended), and keeps the reader's attention.  Warning: You will cry."
The Paris Wife: A Novel
The Paris Wife: A Novel
"A story told by Earnest Hemmingway's first wife.  It gives an inside view of Hemmingway's early years of writing in Paris. This is fiction, but based on the first marriage of Hemmingway. After reading this book, one can't help but think that Hemmingway was forever sorry that he ruined his first marriage. Hemmingway is portrayed with all of his human faults and indiscretions. Great read!"
Nineteen Minutes: A Novel
Nineteen Minutes: A Novel
"This is a thriller about a high school shooting.  Peter Houghton, who was bullied for years by the popular crowd, brings guns to his high school and one day opens fire, killing 10 people. We find out how bullying caused Peter to retreat into his own world.  This novel is riveting and terrifying."
Olive Kitteridge: Fiction
Olive Kitteridge: Fiction
"Thirteen stories woven together by one woman, Olive Kitteridge, depicting small town life in Maine. The stories are sincere and offer an insight into the everyday life of those around Olive.  I really had a love/hate relationship with the character of Olive. I wanted to slap her and hug her at the same time.  This novel is a gem. I highly recommended this book."
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
"This is a story about a missionary family who move from Georgia to Africa.  Nathan Price, the husband of Orleanna and the father of four daughters, live in a tiny village of the Congo.  Narrated by the females of the family, the story gives the reader a view of village life and insight into the bullying character of Nathan Price. A good read."
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
"Christopher John Francis Boone, is a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as a mathematician with some behavioural difficulties’ living in Swindon, Wiltshire. Christopher is autistic and determined to find out who killed his neighbor's dog. The story is about the turmoil in Christopher's family and in his life. This is a short, easy read."