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message 1: by Lee (last edited Feb 28, 2010 07:44PM) (new)

Lee (kahi) The Lady in the Tower: Fall of Anne Boleyn is no longer available from Barnes & Nobles ebook store. For that reason the second most voted for book will be this months selection.

Saving Ceecee Honeycutt A Novel by Beth Hoffman

Right now I have myself set as the discussion leader, if someone else would like to be the discussion leader (i.e. Susie since you did nominate the book :))let me know and I will set you to be it

message 2: by Susie (new)

Susie | 20 comments I hope this book is as great as the reviews. Lee, please be the discussion leader. You have us off to a good start so keep us going.

message 3: by Abby (new)

Abby Thanks for bringing this book to my attention. I'll be reading it this month!

message 4: by Abby (new)

Abby I just finished reading this book ("Saving CeeCee Honeycutt") on the train ride home tonight. The book pulled me along, filled with loving, quirky characters. The story is a Southern Cinderella story of sorts. The South at the time this book takes place was a turbulent place, but this book with its rose-colored glasses glosses over that. I hope that if I'm old and alone I just happen into Tootie's home, that always seems to be able to accommodate one more soul.

message 5: by Susie (new)

Susie | 20 comments Abby, Glad to hear you enjoyed this book. I just started reading it last night and am already involved with the characters. Though not a deep or challenging book, it is a good read. Hope others join in so we can discuss it through the book club.

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Angela Cheney | 255 comments Mod
Karen wrote: "Hi! I'd be interested in reading this book....anyone willing to lend it to me? Thanks!"

Karen, I will. But tell me how I do that.

message 7: by Susie (new)

Susie | 20 comments I just finished reading "Saving CeeCee Honeycutt" and really enjoyed it! I loved the southern charm and eccentric characters. Though easy reading and appearing to be superficial, there are lessons to be learned and it is thought provoking.

message 8: by Abby (new)

Abby Karen--I agree. While I'm also WAAAAAAAAAAAAYYYYYY past the age of 12, I would still love to have a Mrs. Odell in my life.

message 9: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Sledge (sarah2read) | 3 comments Okay, I'm new to the group and I'll bite on this one. Give me a few days to catch up. My nook makes it EASIER to read multiple books at one time. What a great problem to have!!

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Lynneth (lyntwhit) | 4 comments What is the book for April?

message 11: by Susie (new)

Susie | 20 comments Lynneth, No book has been chosen for April. Would you like to start the nominations? Lee, where are you? We need help with the book club discussion. I read Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and liked it. It seems only 5 or 6 of us read it, though. Perhaps it was not a good choice for varied tastes, but it's hard to nominate something that you haven't read. I did so based on reviews I had read. Maybe the selection for April will garner more interest!

message 12: by Angela (new)

Angela Cheney | 255 comments Mod
This is my Goodreads review on Saving Cee Cee: "From the very first pages, this book made me want to cry. CeeCee is living with something that is just bigger than her, bigger than a child should have to go through. Early in the book, though, there's that glimmer of hope of resilience, possible when someone throws a child a lifeline through acts of kindness, and CeeCee is embraced by a circle of loving, quirky, women.

In many ways, this book is very much like "The Secret Life of Bees", a fairly common theme in women's literature, but well-worth re-visiting. And like "Bees", there's a transformative process that occurs for CeeCee, as she makes peace with her past, and is able to come to appreciate the positives of her mother as well as to bear the pain of thinking about and remembering her childhood.

It's very easy to read this book and visualize the setting, to almost "be" in the warmth of Georgia, rather than here, in North Dakota in the winter. "

I've already read it, but a book that maybe everyone else has already also read, but I absolutely loved, is The Book Thief.

I'm just starting Shanghai Girls, if you want to consider this as a nomination for April.

Or how about The God of Small Things?

message 13: by Susie (new)

Susie | 20 comments I have read Shanghai Girls and loved it! I would like to read either of your suggestions: The Book Thief or the God of small things. Your review of Saving CeeCee is excellent. Good way to sum it up.

message 14: by Abby (new)

Abby Shanghai Girls looks interesting. And I have been meaning to read The Book Thief, so I am of no help deciding which to read first, though I might be leaning towards The Book Thief.

My 2 cents' worth.

message 15: by Leanne (new)

Leanne Sarubbi (labajista) | 1 comments Hi all,
I just started The Book Thief, so I vote for that.

message 16: by Angela (new)

Angela Cheney | 255 comments Mod
Hi Karen, I just created a poll to find out if people want to read Shanghai Girls, or The Book Thief. I just sent out invitations (if I did it right!) to everyone who is a member of this group to answer the poll--with a deadline of Saturday, given that April is 1/2 gone. Hopefully, there will be some interest, and I'll start a separate thread for the discussion on Sunday. I've never moderated a discussion before, am open to anyone else doing this, or I will do it. Any advice on how to lead the discussion will be MOST APPRECIATED (and possibly begged for!)

message 17: by Abby (new)

Abby I got the poll and responded. Thanks for doing this, Angela2932!

message 18: by Elisa (new)

Elisa (elisatodd) | 23 comments I vote for the book thief.

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