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The Wind Done Gone: A Novel by Alice Randall

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1 Liked It
1 Neutral
2 Disliked
1 Hated It

Comments:
• A bit far-fetched, although I liked the premise. – Brandi
• I enjoyed watching Gone With the Wind again with everyone better than reading this book. – danica
• I didn’t understand the references to the movie and found it tedious and annoying. – Stephanie

Conclusion: Pretty luke warm response.

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Cannery Row by John Steinbeck

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Comments:
• I am a sucker for Steinbeck, I love everything by him. – Lilac
• Chapter 2 is just an unbelievable piece of poetry. I could have put the book down then and been completely satisfied. – danica
• One of my favs. – Julie Ann
• One of my favorite books!!! – Stephanie

Conclusion: Most people like Steinbeck. We liked Steinbeck. We still like Steinbeck.

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A Lesson Before Dying: A Novel by Ernest J. Gaines

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1 Hated It

Conclusion: We seemed to mostly like this one. Unfortunately it is really hard to please everyone : )

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On another note…
For those of you who missed it, the wee ones just about out-numbered the adults! Next Gen of Babe(ies) with Brains. I think they were discussing “The Very Hungry Catepiller” this month. Next month’s selection… “Goodnight Moon.”
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The Sea Hunters: True Adventures with Famous Shipwrecks by Clive Cussler

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1 Liked It
1 Neutral
2 Hated It

Comments:
• Some chapters were better than others. – danica
• Boring. – Stephanie

Conclusion: Most of us lost interest and did not finish. I think it would have been a better idea if we read one of Cussler’s pure fiction novels.

This was the first book where we decided to implement a change on how we choose which books to read. The new scheme is as follows. One member is chosen per meeting to bring in two to three books to present for a vote. We all vote and a new book is chosen. We choose two months in advance so there are always three books in our queue.

I, Lucifer: Finally, the Other Side of the Story by Glen Duncan

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1 Liked It
1 Neutral
1 Disliked
1 Hated It

Comments:
• Didn’t finish it… just didn’t like it. – danica
• Very contrived and insincere. – Stephanie

Conclusion: We had such high hopes for this one. The premise sounds like it could be fascinating. Some of us didn’t like the writing style while others just got bored, although a few did like/love it…

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn

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1 Liked It
2 Neutral
2 Hated It

Comments:
• Hated it, and then some. – Marlo
• Weird, sick and without merit. – Stephanie

Conclusion: This is one of the rare books were we completely ran the gamut of loved to hated. There were definitely some strong opinions that came up in book club. Not necessarily recommended but it did engage us.

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Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

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3 Liked It
1 Neutral
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Comments:
• I found Memoirs of a Geisha more believable than the “real” memoir. – Kerry
• Very interesting. – Lilac

Conclusion: Well liked and a good comparisons to Memoirs of a Geisha which most of us read and loved but is fiction.

Life of Pi by Yann Martel

3 Loved It
1 Liked It
Neutral
1 Hated It

Comments:
• Cool twist at the end. – Lilac
• This is the one book club book that I did not even start but it keeps coming up at meetings that I really should take the time to read it. – danica
• One of my favorite books ever! I think of it often and recommended it to lots of people. -Stephanie

Conclusion: There was definitely strong feelings about this book. For the most part, it was well liked.

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Dude, Where’s My Country? by Michael Moore

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3 Liked It
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1 Hated It

Comments:
• Didn’t have time, but wanted to read it. – Brandi
• Michael Moore is entertaining. – Lilac
• Not as good as Stupid White Men …and Other Sorry Excuses for the State of the Nation! by him but Moore is always very funny. – danica
• A fresh look at the troubles of America. – Stephanie

Conclusion: It sparked less of a conversation than I think we expected but we had still had a good book club.

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