Friday Morning Bookclub

January 7, 2013

AND THE VERDICT IS IN! Our Favorite Book For 2012……..Defending Jacob by William Landay!

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Defending Jacob was a page turner complete with lots of surprises. It was a thought-provoking book. A book that you will not be able to get out of your head. A book you will just have to discuss as soon as you turn that last page.  This court room drama takes place in Massachusetts. Andy Barber is a well-respected assistant district attorney. He is a happily married man and has a son, Jacob. When a young boy in Jacob’s school is murdered the whole town is shaken. Who could have done such a thing? And then the unthinkable happens. Fourteen year old Jacob is accused of the crime. But…did he really do it? Defending Jacob was the perfect book club book and a must read!  The Friday Morning Bookclub’s favorite book for 2012!

state!girl!Second place goes to State of Wonder by Ann Patchett and The Story of Beautiful Girl by Rachel Simon. Yes it is a tie!  The State of Wonder takes place in the Amazon. Marina Singh works for a pharmaceutical company. When Dr. Anders Eckman, Marina’s colleague and friend is sent to check on the progress of a researcher in Manaus and dies mysteriously, Marina sets off to find out exactly what happened to him as well as what was going on with the study which involved the development of a miracle fertility drug. An engaging mystery which takes you into the depths of the Amazon.

The Story of Beautiful Girl is exciting from page one. The novel takes place in 1968. When Lynnie, a developmentally delayed white woman and Homan, an African-American deaf man from the South turn up one raining evening at Martha’s front door, she welcomes them into her home and offers them dry clothing and food. And then she notices the new born baby! Unfortunately before she even  has time to serve the meal she had prepared, there is banging on her front porch and the authorities arrive to take Lynnie and Homan back to the School for the Incurable and Feebleminded. “Hide her” is the last words Lynnie whispers in Martha’s ear as she is dragged from the house, leaving her baby behind. A beautiful, though provoking story and definitely a tear jerker!

wifeA close third place goes to The Lost Wife by Alyson Richman. When Josef is introduced to his Grandson’s new wife’s Grandmother, he feels it right away.  I know you from somewhere he tells her and she responds that he must be mistaken. And then he asks to push up her sleeve and sees the small birthmark and six numbers tattooed on her arm. “Lenka, it’s me,” he said. “Josef.  Your husband”. This is a truly unforgettable book and a beautiful love story.

Fourth place is also a tie. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, a wonderful mystery and Divergent by Veronica Roth, an exciting YA dystopian novel.

Thank you for voting and helping us choose our favorites. As always we welcome and appreciate hearing from you!.We hope you will continue reading with us in 2013!

March 16, 2012

The Friday Morning Bookclub Gives State Of Wonder By Ann Patchett 3.68 Omelets

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Amazon readers gave State of Wonder 3 3/4 stars

Barnes and Noble readers gave State of Wonder 3 1/2 stars

Another enjoyable read by Ann Patchett !

March 15, 2012

State Of Wonder By Ann Patchett: A Review By Dana

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Ann Patchett’s State of Wonder talks of a death that occurs on the very first page.  Dr. Anders Eckman, a research scientist for the Vogel Corporation, was sent to Brazil to obtain information on the whereabouts of Dr. Annick Swenson and the progress she has made in the development of a new drug. One that would significantly increase the number of years a woman would remain fertile.  How, why, or even when he died is not known and what is known makes little sense.

Dr. Annick Swenson, head of the project, is presumed to have all the answers,  but seems unwilling to share them.  In fact, she is completely unwilling to have people locate her for months at a time, since contact with the outside world only serves to obstruct her progress.

Who is to be sacrificed next and sent to live in the Amazon along with the poisonous insects, dangerous reptiles and malaria infested swamps to uncover both the truth about Eckman’s demise and the advancement of Dr. Swenson’s research? Is there something going on in the depths of the jungle that Dr. Swenson is deliberately hiding? A reason for her to refuse to even inform the CEO funding the project of her location and progress, ridding herself of having a phone to prevent disruption? Dr. Swenson wasn’t always a scientist, but once a renowned gynecologist who mentored many young residents, one of which is about to once again meet up with her and revisit her past.

This book provides a look into the mindset and personality of someone driven and possessed by scientific goals to the point of rendering herself a guinea pig. It addresses the hypnotic pull that lures some scientists into obsession.  A world of self experimentation and immersion into Amazon tribal cultures extremely foreign and bizarre to us.

A mystery from the get go, this book has you taste both the fear and wonderment of the Amazon.

March 7, 2012

Rate The Book: State Of Wonder By Ann Patchett

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Help us rate this month’s book! All votes are welcomed.

February 11, 2012

This Month’s Book: State Of Wonder By Ann Patchett

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When her mentor Dr Annick Swenson goes missing and her lab partner dies suddenly, 42-year-old Dr. Marina Singh, a research scientist is sent to the Amazon to find answers. Dr Swenson had been working on developing a miracle fertility drug. He had actually found a tribe of women  who could bear children well into their old age. The pharmaceutical company had already invested a substantial amount of money on this project and the drug would be worth millions!

State of Wonder has been described as engaging, entertaining  and suspenseful. Enjoy a good mystery? Looking for some adventure? Join us in reading State of Wonder!

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