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Thursday, December 10, 2009

2009 Book Reviews #8

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

A very good book. The book in the title is a rare Haggadah. The people in the title are those who owned the book or had some other connection to the book over the 300+ year history. This is a very well written story that brought to life the many persecutions that people have gone through because of their beliefs. A nice work of historic fiction.

The Known World by Edward P Jones

I stuck with this but don't know why. A depressing, story that was a drudgery to read.

We Are All Welcome Here by Elizabeth Berg

I enjoyed this story. There were just enough twists to it to keep it interesting and a little less predictible. I felt like I knew the characters and that's always important to me for enjoying a story. The story also gives you things to think about as far as stereotypes and prejudices. A good one.

She Got Up Off the Couch:And Other Heroic Acts from Moreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel

A continuation of Ms Kimmel's memoir. Interesting life.

The Beautiful Fight by Gary Thomas

I read this with my Bible study group. A good book for that setting that made me think - but not my favorite from Mr. Thomas.

The Used World by Haven Kimmel

A big disappointment. I've enjoyed the memoirs written by Ms Kimmel, but this story was hard to get into, then a little entertaining, but then took another turn that made the storyline seem a littel contrived to me. I wish I had not taken the time to read it when there are so many more books out there worth the time and effort.

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