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The Astronaut Wives Club
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel (40 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This was an excellent book...I loved how the author listed the names of the wives at the beginning of the book, and thought the novel was very well written. I would highly reccommend it for anyone looking for a good read!" -- mcpaters, 03/23/2015

"Great read!" -- eepick, 02/19/2015

"The Astronaut Wives Club is not well written but the subject matter kept me engaged. " -- katysouthern, 02/16/2015

"Could not put this one down. All women should read this book--this is a glimpse of what life was like for women of the 60's---especially if you concentrate on the details. Very interesting how the space race impacted their daily lives. After reading this, I found myself searching for more information on them all on the internet. Good winter reading program choice, glad that this story was told." -- Bernadette, 02/26/2015

"Very Interesting, had a lot of info in the book that is not well known. " -- loldson, 02/26/2015

"Not a book I would normally choose, but it was interesting to hear the early events of NASA from the view of the wives." -- readymcbookerson, 02/24/2015

"Surprising selection as the book selection, a lot o fat, not much meat." -- troy hill, 02/09/2015

"I enjoyed reading about the astrowives and understanding the space race from their perspective. " -- amandaponsot, 03/18/2015

"A pretty good book with insight into the lives of the astronauts and particularly, their wives. Thei lives were difficult in many,but different ways" -- Russell l Judd, 03/04/2015

"A great read about a special time in history, when the nation was focused on a goal that President Kennedy eloquently stated. Fascinating back story on the things the families had to do to keep up appearances." -- read-when-i-can, 02/03/2015

"Loved this book! Enjoyed reading about the history I lived through and also the effects on the families involved. " -- lbtdavis, 02/21/2015

"I was in high school when the space program began. I can remember watching launches on television. I don't think I realized how much the astronauts' families were put in the public. On television, I saw the astronauts and their wives in ticker tape parades. The book tells about how public the lives of the wives and children became. Annie Glenn had a stutter so she didn't like to speak in public. After her husband retired from being an astronaut, she took speech lessons which helped her overcome her stutter. Many of the marriages ended in divorce. The book gives a glimpse into the private lives of the astronauts' wives. " -- Elizabeth Frazer, 03/13/2015

"This book gave a different perspective to the space program. I really enjoyed it!" -- kimrohan, 02/14/2015

"I can't wait for the discussion of this book at Page Turner's.It is wonderful to take a look at the past and all the little details, clothes, the products, are great fun. I definitely recommend the book, and a lot of history recalled, but at the same time, it reads like a script for reality tv. Don't let that stop you. It's great fun." -- maxivon, 03/07/2015

"A revealing look at a time of social, cultural, political, scientific and religious change in our country through the eyes of 100 women who were the spouses of our first space explorers." -- lbucher, 03/02/2015

"I enjoyed the book although I found it a little slow at times. I am a child of the fifties and sixties so I remember some of the things that happened in the book. " -- Deedah66, 02/26/2015

"Very intriguing look inside the world of these strong women who held things together while their husbands made history. Highly recommend." -- rb91048, 02/23/2015

"Only fair." -- Teri, 03/28/2015

"Interesting information about NASA that I never knew." -- Judy, 02/08/2015

"Great read." -- ozreader, 02/18/2015

"Very much enjoyed this book. Like a backstage pass to the lives of the Astronaut Wives during a pivotal moment in history. Especially poignant for any of us who remember the early years of the space program and the historical moonwalk." -- caldtins, 02/16/2015

"It was okay. I appreciated learning about the wives and their struggles." -- debmomx5, 03/01/2015

"Drama! Drama! Drama! These ladies were caught in a time of deep stress with their spotlighted lives! I had actually checked out this book previously and just started a few chapters. So now I checked it out again and read the complete book. Interesting read. Many of their husbands were egotistic and women chasers and forgot about good values and holding up to honorable integrity. It was OK. " -- Innerlight, 03/06/2015

"Interesting history." -- rbellaver, 02/10/2015

"Loved reading about the wives of the astronauts and what they went through and their experiences" --, 03/16/2015

"I enjoyed this book because it came from a perspective that showed the real side of 1950s and 60s living. " --, 03/20/2015

"I didn't find this book very interesting to read but it did spark my interest in knowing more about the Astronauts and the space program." -- Jean P, 03/24/2015

"Very good read - it's the story behind the space program that you never knew about." -- GuineaPigLady, 02/04/2015

"This was a "Carmel Clay Reads" selection for 2015 and therefore was also part of the Critical Mass Reading Group selection for March. " -- Jhusain, 03/04/2015

"Interesting topic that could have been handled much better...more depth, better writing. I think it was too broad of a scope. I would have liked more in-depth info & feelings on each woman, but there were too many to be able to do that without making the book really long. " -- bookaddict, 03/17/2015

"A detailed account of the support these brave women gave each other through the years of the space program before Nixon cancelled it in 1972 after $25 billion was spent. But Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, while Janet Armstrong held the fort, as all 49 astronaut wives did. Not all astronauts got to space, but they were a wild bunch. Sadly, many had "Cape Cookies," women willing to engage them in extra-marital affairs. All but seven marriages ended in divorce. The fictitious "Primly Stable" character the women made up was the "perfect facade" they carried on, but, in the end, we were left with a legacy of Tang, Teflon and Velcro and a group of women who truly knew how to be friends through thick and thin. " -- ellietimberman, 02/09/2015

"Great book!" -- ftm22, 03/23/2015

"Interesting topic, interesting women, poorly written book." -- dianes, 03/04/2015

"Boring, poorly written, don't waste your time." -- mjscholer, 02/25/2015

"Wouldn't have picked this book on my own. But I totally enjoyed reading it." -- sailboat, 03/06/2015

"This book was an interesting look into the lives of the astronaut wives in the 1960s and how they were expected to be portray perfect wives and mothers during that time period. " -- Sunnygirl317, 03/29/2015

"I found it interesting and informative to get a glimpse of what the wives of famous men endured having to be supportive to their men, while also being in the public eye." -- beccareadalot, 03/01/2015

"The overly glib writing style and over emphasis on insignificant details about the women made this very disappointing and tough to get through." -- Grier, 02/27/2015

"This book reads like a collection of research notes all thrown together into a book that managed to be published. The editor should have done a much more careful job of editing the arrangement of content and the focus of the book." -- savery, 03/07/2015

"I'm sorry to say I didn't really enjoy this book. The overall story was interesting but I found the writing itself to be sub-par and keeping up with so many groups of wives was tiring. " -- MegB, 03/24/2015

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (12 Winter Readers liked this book)
"I enjoyed the way the story unfolded - told through three connected narrators. " -- CCPL_Lover, 02/03/2015

"I know - everyone is reading this book. I got tired of the alcoholism but enjoyed the characters and the plot moves quickly. The last few chapters were page turners." -- mkinietz, 03/02/2015

"This has been called the next "Gone Girl". The characters are not quite as disturbed as those in Gone Girl, but you still have the same sense of not knowing what is really going on, and the shifting from one viewpoint to another and the shifting in time periods as well. " -- Duckyb, 02/19/2015

"Like Gone Girl but with a better ending." -- riedling, 02/24/2015

"Lives up to all the hype." -- winterread, 02/09/2015

"Oh my goodness! To say this is a page turner is an understatement! This book twists and turns and you just don't know who to believe through the whole book. LOVED IT! It is really hard to put down, so be careful if you read it, you will want to finish it right away!" -- lklugar, 02/10/2015

"Having been fired from her job several months earlier, Rachel still takes the train into London every weekday so her roommate doesn't find out she's unemployed. The train often slows down near the house of a young couple, and Rachel imagines that their life is a lot happier than hers. Then the newspapers report that the young woman has gone missing. Has Rachel witnessed something that may help the investigation, or are alcohol and the memories of her own failed marriage clouding her perceptions? A quick, suspenseful read." -- ChristyAV, 03/04/2015

"excellent thriller" -- KeziaE3, 03/05/2015

"An alcoholic woman surmises who is responsible for the murder of a young woman based upon glimpses of the woman's life from the daily train. In my opinion, this does not live up to the rave reviews. Predictable and at times boring. " -- Cindy, 02/19/2015

"I didn't like this book. I found it boring and very hard to get in to. Plodded on but even the end took up way too many pages." -- smugipaw, 02/10/2015

"A good read - figured it out close to the end. " -- GuineaPigLady, 02/16/2015

"The Girl on the Train has more fun with unreliable narration than any chiller since Gone Girl&Paula Hawkins&[is] no slouch when it comes to trickery or malice&Ms. Hawkins scrambles the timing of scenes, with Megan gone in one chapter and then present in the next. She also shifts well among her narrators' points of view to keep the reader on edge, and only as the book progresses do these different perspectives begin to dovetail. Scrambling a story is easy, but it's done here to tight, suspenseful effect. " -- rwinters, 02/10/2015

The Nightingale
The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah (9 Winter Readers liked this book)
"I loved this book. It is set in WWII in France and is told from a woman's view. I would highly recommend. " -- loldson, 03/26/2015

"This is a great book. It is based on the life of a family during the German occupation of France in WW2. It is an incredibly powerful story and I could visualize her story, as I listened to it. I have read several of Hannah's books and enjoyed all of them, but this is by far her best. Highly, highly recommended." -- Joy, 03/06/2015

"It is a story about Vianne and Isabelle Rossignol in Carriveau and Paris, France during World War II. Their father Julian Rossignol is changed by his service in World War I. After his wife's death, he leaves his daughters with a woman in Carriveau to be raised. Isabelle is expelled from many schools for misbehavior and running away. Vianne marries Antoine Mauriac. They have a daughter Sophie. During World War II, Antoine is called up to serve with the French army. Isabelle goes to live with Vianne in Carriveau. When the German army moves into Carriveau, a German officer decides Vianne's house is a good place to live. Isabelle decides she must leave her sister's home. She joins the Resistance. She becomes known as the Nightingale and leads downed pilots over the Pyrenees to safety at the British embassy in Spain. Even though a German officer lives in her home, Vianne helps 19 Jewish children escape the Nazis. Which sister survives the war? During World War II, I had a chance to see what every day life was like for the French women and children. I also had a glimpse into life in the concentration camps. " -- Elizabeth Frazer, 03/24/2015

"World War II has launched so many beautiful stories, and this one, based in occupied France is one of them" -- maxivon, 03/07/2015

"Great book!" -- Teri, 03/28/2015

"An excellent story about the women in France who survived the Nazi takeover. Story of 2 sisters who each in their own way risked their lives during the war." -- raderc, 02/26/2015

"Wonderful descriptions that take you there!" -- jgareis, 03/24/2015

"My favorite book by this author. I could not put this book down - the sisters' perspective of WWII was very interesting to me, and I loved the family's journey. " -- Crash, 03/18/2015

"Great historical fiction. Characters are well developed no writing is good. " -- dleyndyke, 03/08/2015

The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins (7 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Couldn't put it down!" -- CFA, 03/24/2015

"Very good book! Exciting plot. I could not put the book down. I finished it in a day and a half while traveling." -- AliciaHavard, 02/24/2015

"This is "can't put down" story that rolls along at top speed like a West bound train. The reader slips in and out of reality with the narrators and it is a great read and a great ride." -- maxivon, 03/07/2015

"Sad" -- Teri, 03/28/2015

"Good book about an missing woman and an alcoholic who can't remember what happened" --, 03/16/2015

"Loved this book! So much has been written about this book that there's really nothing to add. What I liked--the structure, a page turner, good story, three different narrators, complex characters, the gradual way more info is revealed about each character. " -- bookaddict, 03/27/2015

"A worthy addition to Gone Girl suspense genre!" -- nkennedy, 03/08/2015

All the Light We Cannot See
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr (6 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This is an amazing, moving, heartbreaking story. Loved it." -- Amyj04, 02/11/2015

"A great read. Such descriptive writing and a page-turning story. Highly recommend." -- lexako, 02/21/2015

"Excellent book and I see why Amazon selected it as their book of 2014!" -- Jean P, 02/18/2015

"Interesting WW11 story; very sad." --, 02/24/2015

"Amazing story" -- dleyndyke, 02/14/2015

"Interesting story but difficult to follow because of switches in times." -- pamott, 03/02/2015

The Astronaut Wives Club
The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel (6 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Since it is a book club book, many have read. Worth reading. I remember all the articles and media about the first flights into space but don't remember all the hype on the wives. Interesting information and the roles they played and what they had to go through being the wives of these famous men who made history. I would not have chosen this as a read but am glad i read it." -- Lyn, 02/21/2015

"Some interesting info about the title women. " -- Love a Mystery, 02/17/2015

"I got the feeling the author lined up her notes in chronological order and wrote from there. It was not a good book. " -- Marymack, 03/02/2015

"A quick read, but poor writing and flow made this book difficult to get through at times. If you're expecting something like The Right Stuff from the perspective of the astronauts' wives, this is not it." -- lexako, 02/16/2015

"I loved this book. I'm taking it on vacation for my brother and his wife to read. So glad it was recommended by the library." -- smugipaw, 02/10/2015

"Behind the scenes story of the gemini astronaut wives' lives. Easy to read. " -- klpeterson, 02/11/2015

Station Eleven
Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (5 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Such a good read couldn't put it down. Not you typical apocalyptic novel." -- anagle, 02/16/2015

"Post apocalyptic story - weaves in the post and the pre story masterfully" -- Wintereader15, 03/24/2015

"On the same snowy night that actor Arthur Leander collapses onstage during a production of "King Lear," a virulent strain of influenza arrives in North America. Within a matter of weeks, the planet's population has been decimated. Years later Kirsten, an actress who as a child performed in that same ill-fated production, is a member of a travelling band of performers, journeying between the isolated settlements that are all that remains of human habitation. This vivid, thought-provoking novel, which could be a good selection for book groups, would appeal to readers who enjoyed Karen Thompson Walker's "The Age of Miracles."" -- ChristyAV, 02/05/2015

"Makes you think about what things would be like after a pandemic!" -- GuineaPigLady, 02/04/2015

"This was an absorbing read. Follows the few survivors of a worldwide flu epidemic as they adjust to a collapsed society. Although it sounds science fiction based, entirely relatable, honest and endearing with flashbacks to the characters' lives before the outbreak as well." -- MegB, 03/05/2015

The Boston Girl
The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A well-told young Jewish woman's coming of age story" -- Claudia, 02/01/2015

"This book tells the story of a young Jewish girl growing up in Boston. As the daughter of immigrant parents, Addie finds herself faced with conflicts between family expectations and her desire to be part of a more modern world. Her adventurous spirit and wonderful sense of humor makes her story an interesting book to read. I enjoyed it very much." -- Sanibel, 03/16/2015

"Good, easy reading about life in Boston at the turn of the last century" -- dleyndyke, 02/14/2015

"This book was as if my great Aunt told me about her life as a young woman. You learn about the struggles of immigrant families and of girls and women through the eyes of the Addie. It is an easy and compelling read." -- genevieve, 02/15/2015

Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand (4 Winter Readers liked this book)
"After his B52 crashed into the sea during WWII Louis Zamperini survived forty seven on a life raft only to be captured by the Japanese. Most of the book relates his life as a POW." -- Nancy, 02/16/2015

"It wasn't on the New York Times Best Seller list for four years for nothing. This is a powerful journey and the plot of the heroic fight for survival in a prison camp offers a deep look at heroism and the true American spirit. It can get pretty gruesome, but it is that suffering that makes the man and the book." -- maxivon, 03/07/2015

"Very hard to stomach. Pictures were graphic and disturbing. " -- realvamps, 02/03/2015

"What an unbelievable story!!!" -- louisewright, 02/09/2015

A Spool of Blue Thread
A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"I didn't enjoy this as much as her other novels." -- anagle, 03/24/2015

"i read this book in three days because I could not put it down. You never knew exactly where the story was going and that spool of blue thread was so elusive. I almost gave up on it ever being mentioned in the story- blue shirt, blue swing, blue paint but no blue thread till almost the end. " -- Barken, 02/20/2015

"Wonderful story, as always with Ann Tyler." -- dleyndyke, 02/28/2015

As You Wish
As You Wish by Cary Elwes (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Charming book about the making of the movie The Princess Bride. Contains the memories of not only "Westley" but many of the other cast members, the director Rob Reiner, and others associated with the film. Apparently, its making was a magical experience for them all. Makes me want to see the movie again! " -- Love a Mystery, 02/28/2015

"Recommend. The story behind the making of the princess bride.a little bit of the work that went into the film" -- grace lilly, 03/25/2015

"Cary Elwes wrote this book about his experiences while making the movie "The Princess Bride." I am glad that I chose to listen to the book rather than read it because it is narrated by Elwes and includes comments from other people associated with the movie including Rob Reiner, Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, and Robin Wright. I cannot wait until I get a chance to watch the movie again, now that I have more insight into the making of it." -- lisliben, 02/12/2015

Big Little Lies
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"This author was highly recommended by several friends and did not disappoint! A great beach read with a fun twist." -- cubansuzan, 03/27/2015

"Great character development - kept me in suspense until the end! " -- rb91048, 02/01/2015

"Recommend read! Keeps you guessing right up to the end!!!!=3" -- sljrncohn89, 02/05/2015

Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"A good book. Humorous,but series,written about her parens,their dementia and eventual death" -- Russell l Judd, 02/20/2015

"I recommend this for anyone dealing with aging/dying parents. After losing my mother, this memoir helps talk about everything we deal with during that part of our lives. It uses humor to talk about tough things. " -- MMC22, 01/31/2015

"So heartbreaking and so funny. I picture middle-aged women around the country reading this at the same time and either nodding in understanding, or imagining their future with their own frail and aging parents. Roz is brutally honest about her own mixed feelings throughout this ordeal. I read this shortly after reading Being Mortal by Gawande--quite a companion piece. Now I'm steeling myself for what might lie ahead with my mom and/or in-laws." -- hollyhal, 03/24/2015

Leaving Time
Leaving Time by Jodi. Picoult (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"Jodi Picoult never disappoints. I always enjoy the very thorough detail she puts into her subject matter. Be sure you have your box of tissues when you read this one. " -- sljrncohn89, 02/02/2015

" For more than a decade, Jenna Metcalf has never stopped thinking about her mother, Alice, who mysteriously disappeared in the wake of a tragic accident. Refusing to believe she was abandoned, Jenna searches for her mother regularly online and pores over the pages of Alices old journals. A scientist who studied grief among elephants, Alice wrote mostly of her research among the animals she loved, yet Jenna hopes the entries will provide a clue to her mothers whereabouts. Desperate to find the truth, Jenna enlists two unlikely allies in her quest: Serenity Jones, a psychic who rose to fame finding missing persons, only to later doubt her gifts, and Virgil Stanhope, the jaded private detective whod originally investigated Alices case along with the strange, possibly linked death of one of her colleagues. As the three work together to uncover what happened to Alice, they realize that in asking hard questions, theyll have to face even harder answers. As Jennas memories dovetail with the events in her mothers journals, the story races to a mesmerizing finish. A deeply moving, gripping, and intelligent page-turner, Leaving Time is Jodi Picoult at the height of her powers. Praise for Leaving Time Piercing and uplifting . . . a smart, accessible yarn with a suspenseful puzzle at its core.The Boston Globe Poignant . . . an entertaining tale about parental love, friendship, loss.The Washington Post In Jenna, Picoult has created an unforgettable character who will easily endear herself to each and every reader. . . . Leaving Time may be her finest work yet.Bookreporter A riveting drama.Us Weekly [A] moving tale.People A fast-paced, surprise-ending mystery.USA Today [A] captivating and emotional story.BookPage Praise for Jodi Picoult Picoult writes with unassuming brilliance.Stephen King Its hard to exaggerate how well Picoult writes.Financial Times Picoult writes with a fine touch, a sharp eye for detail, and a firm grasp of the delicacy and complexity of human relationships.The Boston Globe Picoult is a master of the craft of storytelling.Associated Press " -- rwinters, 02/10/2015

"Loved this book and learned alot about elephants as well. Very enjoyable. Did not want it to end..." -- Barn1006, 02/11/2015

orphan train
orphan train by Christina Baker Kline (3 Winter Readers liked this book)
"17 year old foster child Molly finds out just how much she had in common with 90 year old Vivian while doing a community service project. Vivian's lifestory tells of her journey from New York to Minnesota on a 1929 orphan train and how that shaped the rest of her life." -- Kathy5, 03/15/2015

"Loved it!" -- Barn1006, 02/11/2015

"Forgotten part of history- uplifting story" -- klpeterson, 02/11/2015