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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith

This was my book club’s choice for October. I’d heard good things about it recently and was happy for the excuse to read it.

Published: 1943

Genre: fiction

Length: 493 pages

Setting: Brooklyn, 1900s-1920s

Summary: Short version: An unapologetic view of growing up in Brooklyn in the early 1900s. Continue reading


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Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

This is our book club choice for August.

Published: 2014

Genre: hard-boiled detective/mystery

Length: 436 pages

Setting: a big city (it felt like California, but I’m not sure it was explicitly stated), 1987

Summary: Short version: Ex-detective has to find the mass murder before he kills again Continue reading

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Killers of the Flower Moon by David Grann

This was my book club book for the month of July

Subtitle: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI

Published: 2017

Genre: nonfiction historical crime

Length: 291 pages of story, 338 pages total

Setting: Osage County, Oklahoma, early 1900s

SummaryShort version: White people screw Native Americans again in Osage, OK Continue reading


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The Paris Wife by Paula McLain

This was our library book club choice for the month of April.

Published: 2011

Genre: historical fiction

Font: Caslon

Length: 314 pages

Setting: mostly Paris, 1920s

Summary: Short version: Ernest Hemingway was not a great husband Continue reading

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The Murder of King Tut by James Patterson

Miss Adventure managed to bring flu into our house and share it with everyone. I had enough energy to write a book review yesterday, but by the time I had a chance to sit down and type it up, I was out of energy. I feel a bit more energetic tonight, though.

I picked this book for our January book club book. I thought some nonfiction might be a nice change of pace. Plus, with Patterson as the author, it had high potential for enjoyment, or at least be a quick read.

Published: 2009

Genre: nonfiction history

Length: 332 pages

Setting: Egypt, 1357-1324 BCE, The Valley of the Kings, 1900-1920s, and present day Palm Springs, Florida Continue reading

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Life of Pi by Yann Martel

This was our book club choice for the month. Although several people had read the book previously, I had never had the chance.

Published: 2001

Genre: fiction

Length: 319 pages

Font: Adobe Caslon

Setting: mostly the Pacific Ocean, but also India in the 1970s and Canada in the 1990s Continue reading

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The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Borrows

This was our book club choice for October. Many of us had read it already (it’s really hard to find a book that 1/3 of us haven’t read. That’s what you get for having a group of dedicated readers in a book club), but we had never done it as a book club book. The library had enough copies so we decided to read it again.

Published: 2008

Genre: fiction

Length: 274 pages

Setting: London and Guernsey, just after WWII Continue reading

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