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PBR Review: This book is good. It's mostly sad, but also eyeopening as it looks at the criminal justice system in this country, and what happens when someone is wrongly accused and convicted of a serious crime. It also examines marriage and More


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Talking Points: A story that explores love and marriage especially when misfortune strikes. It shows that even the best of relationships are fragile and vulnerable when really tested and it's sometimes impossible to keep feelings from changing. Sadly love fades through no fault of our own.

PBR Review: Would you live your life differently if you knew your date of death? The date your brothers and sisters would die? It's an interesting concept, original and the basic premise of this bittersweet story. It's about four siblings, More


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Talking Points: When you know the exact date of your death, do you take more risks and live life to the fullest? Or do you live cautiously? What role do fate and destiny play in our lives? These are some of the issues covered in this book. It's also a family saga showing some very dysfunction, but common sibling behavior patterns. The author also delves deeply into the beginning of the aids crisis.

PBR Review: At the heart of this book are beautiful characters, and a captivating story filled with Chinese mythology, superstition, and culture. The setting is 1930s Malaya and it follows the lives of Ji Lin, a young woman making sacrifice More


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Talking Points: The Night Tiger has themes of servants and masters roles, Chinese folklore and superstition, and sibling rivalry. It also touches on family obligation and dysfunction as Ji Lin, a young girl makes many sacrifices to help pay off her mother's debt. There is also abuse and violence in the family unit. Recommend for book clubs seeking something different as this book is part mystery, part fantasy, and part romance.

PBR Review: The writing in this book is rich and intense, making you want to read slowly so you catch every word. But at the same time, you are entranced by the story and Greek mythology so you want to read as fast as you can. I loved this More


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Talking Points: This is a captivating but a timeless story about characters from Greek mythology. And yes, it's fascinating to read about all the Greek Gods, but there is much more to discuss. Like Circe's relationship with both her father and her brother. She is also known as the witch who turns men into pigs. If you are familiar with the PBS series Ancient Aliens, it would be interesting to compare how the Gods are presented in both the book and the TV series.

PBR Review: Without a doubt, this story gives new meaning to the term "unconditional love" and what a mother is willing to do for her child. I don't want to give away too much, but I will say The Dream Daughter tells the story of More


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Talking Points: This is a story about what a mother will do to save her child and the struggles of knowing the child you are carrying has a severe birth defect. It's a story of faith and determination and the importance of family. It also shows the miraculous advances in medicine.

PBR Review: In the Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, Robert Dugoni creates a beautiful story about a boy born with a genetic abnormality, ocular albinism or red eyes. Growing up and attending Catholic school, he is called "Devil Boy &q More


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Talking Points: A wonderful coming of age story about a boy born with red pupils. As a result, he is bullied and has few friends. Since there is a lot of discrimination: racial, sexual, disability, etc. there is much for book clubs to discuss. But it is also a book about strength and determination.

PBR Review: The Darkest Child by Delores Phillips has been on my TBR list for quite some time, and I'm sorry I didn't read it sooner. Phillips is an excellent storyteller and delivers an emotional read I thoroughly enjoyed. I listened to it More


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Talking Points: Book clubs will love this book because it has lots of discussion worthy topics; race issues, child abuse, poverty, and education. There is also plenty of family drama, and it touches on the issue of mental illness. The struggles of the main character are also noteworthy as she struggles to survive and find her true north.

PBR Review: If you like light suspenseful stories, with some family drama tossed in, this is the book for you. I found the writing style and plotting similar to Liane Moriarty and Jojo Moyes,so those who love these two, should jump right i More


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Talking Points: This is an interesting combination of psychological suspense and family drama. The story goes into abuse, drugs, sexual assault and the dynamics of dysfunctional family relationships. Relationships that are filled with tension, emotion, and secrets.

PBR Review: This is a beautiful story, but it should come with a warning. It is disturbing and covers some uncomfortable controversial topics.It is the story of two people; both abused as children. Wavy’s father is a drug dealer, and her mot More


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Talking Points: This book covers some uncomfortable topics, they are polarizing and will generate much discussion and passion, but may also not be for everyone. This is the story of two people, who were neglected as children, Wavy the daughter of meth dealer and Kellen who was also abused and neglected. As you can imagine, it explores issues of abuse, neglect, addiction, trust and different kinds of love.

PBR Review: I read “The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by this author and loved it, this surprised me because it’s a YA book. I bought this one, ”The Heart’s Invisible Furies” because I was curious to read an adult book by John Boyne, but als More


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Talking Points: Cyril was a gay man living in a time when he was forced to hide his true identity or face jail or even death. His teenage mother gave birth to him out of wedlock, which was reason enough for her family to publicly shame her and her church and community to run her out of town, penniless. A quirky couple adopted Cyril. They provided financially for him but continuously told him he was not a real Avery. Thus his childhood lacked the love and nurturing most children receive. The book is epic, following the lives of Cyril and his mother, and tackles many controversial topics and examines some critical issues from 1949 to present.

PBR Review: A young suburban couple decides their marriage needs a boost. There is nothing alarmingly wrong with their relationship, it just feels like it’s dipping into the doldrums and getting a bit stagnant. It doesn’t need a major over More


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Talking Points: Aside from the main topic of 'is monogamy best in a marriage', which will be a hot topic, this book also explores the issues of transgender shaming, dealing with an autistic child, and relationships. It also touches on the meaning of love and examines the concept 'is the grass always greener on the other side'?

PBR Review: A story so compelling, you will share it with everyone you know. Without a doubt, the writing style is beautiful and draws you in. However, the heart of this book revolves around the depth of the characters and the complexities More


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Talking Points: A remarkable story that takes an intense look at relationships between a mother and her children and also what it means to be a mother. The story examines parenthood, class, race and inter racial adoption. There are complex family dynamics with a focus on not passing judgment too quickly, and it is also an insightful look at middle class values.
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