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PBR Review: The Girl You Left Behind by Jojo Moyes is a moving and thought-provoking story. It has two female protagonists who tell their story. Sophie lives in a small French village occupied by the Germans in 1916. Her husband has go More

Talking Points: The story portrays women who are judged by society for the decisions they make. It's emotionally charged and asks many questions that do not have clear answers. This book will provide a lively discussion.

PBR Review: As usual, Jodi Picoult likes to write books about current topics. And in the past several years, the treatment of animals has become a hot one. In this book, she tells the story of the majestic elephants. She demonstrates how t More

Talking Points: This story is an emotional read on several fronts. It's has a complicated mother daughter relationship. It's a love story. And it dwells quite a bit on the topic of grief, providing many opportunities for discussion.

PBR Review: With varying degrees, everyone was touched by the events of the 911 terror attack. I live miles away from ground zero but can still remember the burning sensation in my throat and the eerie silence that descended upon the city as More

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Talking Points: People handle loss differently, but at the same time there is a common thread. Lives can be changed in an instant and feeling normal again is a hard and difficult personal journey. This is a story of 2 fires, with 2 very different causes but the end result is the same on a lot of levels. There is also a thread on fate and the feelings associated with it.

PBR Review: A story of four siblings planning their lives around a trust fund set up by their late father. Everyone is anxiously waiting for the youngest to turn 40 years old so the funds can be paid out. The "Nest" - initially More

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Talking Points: This book emphasizes the popular bumper sticker that says YOUR CHOICES MATTER. It defines how the impact of bad choices can be life long. It is a story of acceptance and reconciliation, living not just with bad choices, but bad choices someone else made that could not be undone. Throughout the story are threads of addiction, gay marriage, excesses of the rich, low self esteem and self absorbed dysfunctional personalities. A fabulous light read, good for travel or the beach but rich in conflict.

PBR Review: Ordinary Grace is fabulous a book, one I didn’t want to end. I think it was the beautifully developed characters, so believable and real that grabbed me. Or maybe it was the 1960’s setting vividly depicted and perfectly capture More

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Talking Points: The themes running through this book touch upon the everyday emotions of love loss and forgiveness. Franks father is a preacher so morality and faith in God play big in this book. But Kreuger goes deeper and also writes about the more volatile emotions of prejudice, insecurity loss of innocence and evil.

PBR Review: THE SUMMER BEFORE THE WAR by Helen Simonson is one the best book I've listened to in a while! I agree with the Washington Post when it says, " It's your cure to Downton Abby Withdrawl." I couldn't stop listening to t More

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Talking Points: Several threads run through this love story, which will provide excellent topics for lively discussions. The suffragette movement along with social class and family honor are active components of the story and will give your Book Club a lot to debate!

PBR Review: Ove is a “don’t judge a book by its cover kind of man.” When you first meet – he is different - the self-appointed mayor of the neighborhood who performs a series of daily tasks that annoy. He notices everything. He barks at th More

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Talking Points: Ove doesn't just show us how to be nonjudgmental, but also what the true meaning of family and friendship is. Other themes that run through this book are love, coping with loss and obtaining balance in life. What is it that turns quirky habits into endearing qualities or vise versa?

PBR Review: I listened to this book on Audio, and I wanted to discuss it with someone after the first chapter. Daisy, a beautiful young woman, is given the news her cancer is back, and she only has a few months to live. Her quest is to find More

Talking Points: Because the story is about a young woman facing cancer, it's an emotional read and shines a light on the many tentacles illnesses have, which are all worthy of discussion. It also forces you to examine how you would react if dealt the same hand. There's a lot to talk about in this book.

PBR Review: I found “The Brothers Sisters” by Patrick Dewitt to be a fresh and innovative novel. As a Man Booker contender, this book was an intimate glimpse into the hard and sometimes brutal Old West of the 1850’s. Two brothers, Eli and Ch More

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PBR Review: I listened to Whistling Past The Grave Yard by Susan Crandall on audio during a long car ride and found it to be a thoroughly entertaining book. It's a beautiful coming of age story set in Mississippi during the 1960’s. The prot More

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Talking Points: The story takes place in the 1960's, which was a turbulent time for America. Racism and class are a major thread throughout the book as well as family relationships and the dynamics, which occur within a broken family. It's told through the voice of a child, which adds an interesting spin to the book.

PBR Review: While attending the Book Expo in NYC, I had the pleasure of going to a panel discussion featuring Liane Moriarty. As a fan of her writing, I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her talk about her books and her life. She was so char More

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PBR Review: One of my all time favorite books is HALF OF A YELLOW SUN by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, so when AMERICANAH was released I couldn’t wait to read it. The word AMERICANAH is used to describe a Nigerian, who goes to the United States More

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