The Manhattan Project by Cynthia C. Kelly

2 Loved It
1 Liked It
0 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• The book is really fascinating. It really takes the best parts of many different books on the subject and places them as a a cohesive narrative. Very informative and the pictures are great. – Sarah
• I really enjoyed the first part of the book – it’s fascinating. I hope to finish it one day. – Steph
•  I loved this book. The science was incredibly interesting and I found it very timely, reading it during the Iranian nuclear talks. – Danica
 
Conclusion: Those who read it really loved it, those who didn’t were pretty much convinced to give it a try after our discussion.

Joyland by Stephen King

1 Loved It
3 Liked It
2 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• The story was short which was nice. It was not scary at all. – Sarah
• I am enjoying it and will finish it. – Tami
• I had never read Stephen King before. I now understand the following. I am a fan! – Melissa
• I really enjoyed this book. It was fast and an easy read. Could really visualize the characters. – Carrie
• I liked the style and the book was easy to read. I didn’t like the story that much – not very rich. – Steph
• This is the first Stephen King book that I have ever read. On a whole, I enjoyed the characters and story. There were a few pages here and there where he mentioned modern day pop culture and politics, that pulled me out of the story and felt unnecessary. – Danica

Conclusion: Most enjoyed the book although we didn’t have a whole lot to talk about except for clearing up a few questions about happenings from the story.

The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway

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2 Liked It
3 Neutral
1 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• Before this book, I had only read A Farewell to Arms by Hemingway. That book, I loved, this one, not so much. The incredible detail he writes with feels important when describing war, when describing the antics of a bunch of privileged Americans running amok through Europe, it was so rough for me. – Danica
• This story was very stacato and it was nor as good as I thought it would be. I guess I just had high expectations. – Sarah
• This was my 1st Hemingway novel. Not sure what all the hype is. Quick, easy read. I did like it as it related to The Paris Wife. – Carrie
• I liked the style but it was a little too slow and leisurely to finish by book club. – Steph
• I have decided that I’m not a huge fan of Hemingway. – Melissa
• I enjoyed my first Hemingway. I think I particularly enjoyed it after reading The Paris Wife. – Kerry

Conclusion: A mixed bag, but we did have fun discussing this book and comparing it to The Paris Wife which we read a few months ago.

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I’m Walking as Straight as I Can by Geri Jewell

2 Loved It
4 Liked It
0 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• Geri’s honesty and humor made reading her memoir enjoyable! Having Geri at our book club was priceless! – Melissa
• Awesome book. I love her honesty, vulnerability and her strength through life’s experiences. -Dina
• This was a great personal insight into Geri’s life. Not only was it enlightening to gain more understanding and admiration for how determinedly she has overcome and succeeded with her CP, but it was also relatable to anyone who has experiences of growing up. – Marlo
• Geri’s was so incredibly honest with her writing that I felt like I knew her even before she arrived at book club. Her positivity, determination and humor is inspiring. It was so generous for her to come and indulge us in a wonderful conversation at our book club. – Danica
• I enjoyed reading this book. It felt like I had known Geri forever after I read it. A great evening talking with the author! – Kerry
• I really enjoyed reading about her life. She is an amazing lady. – Tami
• I really enjoyed this read. It was easy and fun. I felt so connected to Geri and so invested in her life. Her honest, humorous writing style was refreshing. – Carrie
 
Conclusion: We loved meeting Geri and had a wonderfully thought provoking conversation with her. Thank you Geri for joining us!

Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg

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4 Liked It
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0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• This was a necessary perspective on women’s roles in society today – whether in business or in the home. – Melissa
• I liked this book. She was likable and interesting and the topic is very close to my heart. It was a good read. – Steph
• Good food for thought. I think she covered it all. – Kerry
• I really liked the descriptions of gender issues in the working world. However, I don’t necessarily  agree with her proposed solutions but at least she is proposing something. – Sarah
• I could relate to many of her examples and anecdotes, it all rang very true to a lot of my working experiences. The only thing that I felt was missing was the topic of dress and visual presentation in a male dominant working environment. But overall I think it was a very important book for our generation. – Danica

Conclusion: We had a great discussion with a wide range of experiences and opinions. Everyone who read it had something to relate to.

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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

1 Loved It
4 Liked It
2 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• This was definitely an enjoyable read. Although there were points that seemed either slow or tedious traits to the characters, I enjoyed the glimpse into 1920’s Avant Garde Paris. Specifically, it was inspiring to read about how Hemmingway wanted so hard to become the writer he was. – Marlo
• I enjoyed the glimpse into the lives of the clearly influential members of artistic and literary history. – Melissa
• I really liked it at the beginning and liked the insight into Earnest and his personality, but he really was a horrible person. – Sarah
• I really enjoyed this book – good, interesting story and very well written. Yay! – Steph
• This was not one of my favorites. I did not get drawn in until the end and then I was angry, nauseous and crying. – Carrie
• I loved the setting and descriptions of their friends and travels however, the main character’s passivity really bothered me, especially towards the end. – Danica

Conclusion: We naturally started discussing the book even before formally doing so and also decided to put The Sun Also Rises on our schedule because of this book. I’d say it was a good choice.

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Temple of a Thousand Faces by John Shors

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3 Liked It
3 Neutral
2 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• It took me awhile to get onto the book. I enjoyed the different status levels of the characters and how each dealt with the war. – Melissa
• The book was boring. The author did not do a good job of pulling the reader into the time period and the dialogue felt too modern. – Sarah
• I liked the book, but it did take me awhile to get into it. About half way through I started to get really drawn into the relationships and experiences. I enjoy his descriptive writing and feel able to picture the scenes he describes. – Carrie
• I found the language too simplistic and I never connected with the characters or felt invested in the story. – Steph
• Although I didn’t like it as much as his previous work, I did appreciate the multiple perspectives on the same event. His descriptions of the surroundings was also a highlight. – Danica
• I did not enjoy reading this book. I was bored by the description of the battles and violence. I did enjoy the descriptions of the temple. – Kerry
• This was a well constructed story, with all the components for an epic historical novel – romance, intrigue and combat. I felt it could have been condensed, but liked the quickened paceas they went into battle. The descriptions of Angkor and surrounding areas brought me there. When I looked up pictures after reading, it was exactly as I had imagined. – Marlo

Conclusion: We had a fun phone conversation with John, so all in all, it was a great book club.

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

0 Loved It
0 Liked It
2 Neutral
2 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• The author was just trying too hard to be taken seriously as an adult author and it just did not work. – Sarah
• I thought it was an easy read. Difficult to relate to any the characters who were mostly, unlikable. – Carrie
• I am 87% in. It has kept my interest so far. Not sure what to think of it overall. – Kerry
• I made it about a 1/3 of the way in and just didn’t connect with it. I was having trouble with motivating to pick it up and read so I decided to abandon it instead. – Danica

Conclusion: Didn’t go very well, not much to talk about except for comparing her previous work to it.

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Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

1 Loved It
3 Liked It
1 Neutral
2 Disliked It
1 Hated It

Comments:
• Hated the first half and the end. The second half was not bad but the characters never grew or changed. – Sarah
• I hated the characters, I felt they were vapid and toxic, no redeeming qualities. Because of that, I hated every word, action and story development. – Danica
• I liked the first part, but strongly disliked the second part. I felt the story lacked. – Steph
• Very warped story but a quick read. I enjoyed it. – Vicki
• Have not finished it, but am liking it a lot. I do plan on finishing it! – Tami
• What a fun book! For all those who have witnessed/been a part of adultery and desired revenge, this book was a treat! Loved the characters… enjoyed it all! – Rachelle
• I’m not done yet, but I’m really liking it. – Melissa

Conclusion: We we very divided on this one but it did lead to a fruitful discussion. There was a lot to talk about.

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Brave New World by Aldous Huxley

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1 Liked It
2 Neutral
0 Disliked It
0 Hated It

Comments:
• I loved the setting but really disliked the story line. It definitely gave me some things to think about. – Danica
• Glad to have finally read this book! I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would… but interesting. – Steph
• Some parts were interesting but the story didn’t come together as much as I hoped it would and I didn’t love the ending. – Shannon
• It was better than 1984. I thought it closer to what the future may be. – Sarah

Conclusion: We had a very lively discussion that connected current trends and event to the setting of the book. Even those who didn’t end up reading it were able to participate. I call it a success!

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