The list author says: "I'm always looking for a great read that is intelligent and will inspire conversation in my book clubs. I belong to five book clubs (!) and have a lot of experience with what really works as a book club selection. All of these on this list are tried and true and will inspire discussion and get a lot of positive response from book club members."
"Excellent novel by the same author as "Awake in the Dark." Inspired enthusiastic dialog. There is much to discuss in this book, a lot of complicated issues that are as important today as they were in the time period of the book (1947). We forget sometimes that we have soldiers in wars. War affects us all. Also a gripping suspense story, and a love story. Something for everyone in the book club."
"Strange book that is hard to get into but once you do, it takes you to very interesting places. A meditation on mortality in the end. Our book club had a very spirited discussion about "the meaning of life" after reading this book. Highly recommended."
"Did this in all five of my book clubs. Voted as "best all-time book club book" in two of the clubs, and "Top 10" in the others. Inspiring, emotionally gripping, beautiful and haunting. Inspires intense discussion. Everyone can relate to this book. A must-read."
"Beautiful and moving. In two of our clubs, we read this together with Shira Nayman's "Awake in the Dark." They make excellent companion books, as they take up some similar themes from different points of view. Nayman's book packs a more powerful emotional punch, but in the end, both books are great and they work well as a team."
"Intriguing book. More intellectual than the books we usually read but many people really found it worthwhile. "Learned a lot" and "relevant to my own life" were comments heard in the book club that did this."
"Perfect for the "lighter reading" meeting we include at least twice a year in our book clubs. We like to keep variety in our reading and this adds the light touch. We also watched the movie together and we all cooked a recipe from the Julia Child's book. Great fun."
"worth revisiting. always creates good discussion and you'll always find a few members of the group who haven't read it before and they're grateful to have the chance to do so. again, can rent the movie to watch together. great performance by mia farrow."
"we do this on "book club French night." Not really French, but set in Paris. We bring French food to the meeting--someone even baked croissants from scratch! That was pretty amazing. Hemingway holds up even as the years pass."
"Fascinating to read this in 2010. We women have come a long way, and yet there are still important things that resonate with everyone. Inspires great conversation about "where women are today" and in particular, where each of us is today."
"Who can't love Heathcliff? Inspires discussion about passion and intensity. Get people talking about their husbands: we did a "compare your husband to Heathcliff" theme and it was hilarious. Important ingredient for this discussion: one bottle of wine consumed per book club participant!"