Geisha: A Life by Mineko Iwasaki

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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

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1 Liked It
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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.

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown

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Comments:
• A fun read! – Brandi
• Fast read. – Lilac
• Loved the ideas and it kept my interest but it was very poorly written. – danica
• I couldn’t put it down even though the writing was terrible! – Stephanie

Conclusion: We overwhelmingly liked this one. A definite recommendation to other book clubs. We also had a really good religion and philosophy discussion because of it.

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Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West by Gregory Maguire

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2 Liked It
3 Neutral
Hated It

Comments:
• I had such high hopes for this book and it just did not deliver. – danica
• I loved this book! I keep recommending it to others who just don’t share my enthusiasm. The plot was layered, and the idea of such a politically charged climate in the land of Oz just really entertained me. – Marlo
• I liked it for a long time but got bored by the end. – Stephanie

Conclusion: Some loved it, some didn’t. We did have a good discussion though and I think most of us finished it…

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Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Book 5) by J.K. Rowling

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1 Neutral
2 Hated It

Comments:
• Just not a Potter fan… Sorry.  Didn’t help that I never read the first 4.  Couldn’t finish it. -Brandi
• I didn’t finish it. – Stephanie

Conclusion: It seems like you either love the Harry Potter books or hate them. Maybe it wasn’t such a great choice to choose book 5 when half of the group had never read any of them before.

Odd Girl Out by Rachel Simmons

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1 Disliked
1 Hated It

Comments:
• All the more relevant now that I have a daughter. I plan on re-reading it soon! – Brandi
• Anyone who knows girls (or is one) realizes how mean girls can be. Wished she had more ideas on prevention/solutions. – Kerry
• Educational, gave insight to the future family therapist. – Lilac

Conclusion: A very important read for us both as women having gone through similar sitautions and for us as teachers/mothers/aunties of girls.

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Catch Up Month

Because we had a lot going on this month, an anniversary, a wedding, the beginning of a pregnancy (with a baby boom to come – it was contagious), too many books that we started and did not have a chance to finish and life of course, we decided to take a book free month and just get together for dinner. A good time was had by all.

Suspension by Richard E. Crabbe

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3 Hated It

Comments:
• Forced myself to finish it and sorry I did. – Kerry
• I don’t even remember if we talked about the book past a raise of hands of who finished. – danica

Conclusion: After the lesson we learned from slogging through Possession: A Romance by A. S. Byatt (we hated it), most of us ended up putting the book down for something more enticing. This book club we mostly enjoyed each others company.

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