Book Reviews of The Book Club

The Book Club
The Book Club
Author: Mary Alice Monroe
ISBN-13: 9781551667218
ISBN-10: 1551667215
Publication Date: 5/1/2003
Pages: 368
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 88 ratings
Publisher: Mira
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 4
Book starts out slowwwwww
But turns into a great story
I enjoyed the heartfelt read
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Helpful Score: 4
What a great story of friendship! As usual, Mary Alice Monroe has written an engaging tale with well developed unforgettable characters! A nice easy read! I hated to see it end. I felt like I had become a member of "The Book Club"!
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Helpful Score: 4
This book is about a group of women who become great friends because of a book club that they form. It is a good story line and a quick read. And the characters are believable and lovable. I guess I just wish the author had developed them over a longer time frame. Overall, I really did enjoy the book.
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Helpful Score: 4
Full of interesting characters and a good reminder of how important friendship is. If you are a member of a Book Club (or would like to be), you'll love this one.
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Helpful Score: 3
This book is an awesome read! I read this with an online book group and we got to chat with Mary Alice Monroe about it. You will laugh, cry, and scream with the characters. It will touch your life in a way that you will continue to think about it long after you turn the last page. They will become your best friends. I highly recommend this book. I have my copy and I won't let it go.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful book. Loved it. Of course I ususally love all of Mary Alice Monroe's books.
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Helpful Score: 2
I thought this would be a little "fluff" to read after i had spent a few nights reading some serious stuff--this kept me awake and up too!! I could not put this down. I found it so easy to read and liked the concept of the story of the five women that i got to meet.I just did not want to turn out the light and close the book. Each woman has a story to tell and each story just pulled me into the pages. All five women are connected by a book club that they attend once a month, so it really isn't about book reviews perse, but about the lives and how they become friends thru love, loss, jealousy, and just plain ole life lived behind closed doors. Fascinating read which leaves you with much to think about and makes you want to call your girlfriend and tell her how much she means to you. Loved this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
It's not so much a book club as a support group for women. No women should be without a support group. Very touching.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful story about five very different women in a monthly Book Club and how they connect their lives through each other and through what they read.
I want to read others by this author after reading this book.
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Helpful Score: 2
Another great book from Mary Alice Monroe - this is my favorite. After the death of her husband, a woman has to move on and go back to work. Her whole lifestage has to change as well as her attitude.
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Helpful Score: 2
Women so real you think they could be sitting across the table from you at a restaurant. Well -developed tale of five friends and how they cope over the course of a year that brings widowhood, divorce, a parent returning to town, and much more. Worth the time.
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Helpful Score: 2
Wonderful story. Best I have read in a long time. Love this author.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is an excellent book about 5 friends as they go through life transitions. The book club is where they meet to discuss not only the current book, but to discuss their lives. This book is about friendship, loss, honesty, change, aging and love. I would recommend this book highly. Sorry to see it end...will definitely read more of Monroe's books.
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Helpful Score: 1
On the surface it is a monthly book club.But for 5 women it is much more The BOOKCLUB explores the power of friendship, with tenderness honesty and understanding
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Helpful Score: 1
I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to reading more from this author. Would love to see a sequel.
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Helpful Score: 1
I enjoyed this book. The women all went through experiences of growth and it was interesting to see.
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Helpful Score: 1
Mary Alice Monroe is an entertaining writer. Sometimes her prose is a little contrived, but she populates her books with familiar and interesting characters. This one offered some food for thought.
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Helpful Score: 1
My first discovery of Mary Alice Monroe. A great story of relationships between women. You'll love it.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was an excellent book, stayed on my keeper shelf for a long time.
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Helpful Score: 1
The story of five women who start a monthly book clubfrom different walks of life-start a great friendship
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I cried! This was such a touching novel.
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On the surface, it is a monthly book club. But for five women, it is something infinitely more precious: a lifeline to hang on to and a chance to share their hopes, fears and triumphs. There is Eve, whose husband's sudden death has turned her safe little world upside down; cheating her out of every security that she had assumed was hers. Annie is a brilliant attorney who at 43 decides to have a baby, but all the determination in the world cannot change the cold reality of nature.

Doris, forced to acknowledge her dying marriage, will find the ultimate freedom through her husband's betrayal. Gabriella, the "perfect" wife, mother and friend, is afraid to ask for support for herself even as she offers such support to those around her. Finally, there is Midge - an artist who has always lived her life against the grain - but she suddenly feels like a stranger to the very people who should know her the best. These five women are women in transition and as they embrace the challenge of change, they will hold fast to the true magic of their book club - friendship.

Mareena was the one who found this book for me at our local library's book sale. I was intrigued by the book's plot because I love books that delve into people's relationships and the intricacies of women's friendships. This is the first time that I read The Book Club by Mary Alice Monroe and I am delighted to discover that she has written more books. I give this book an A+! and am immediately going to put Mary Alice Monroe on my TBR pile.
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Helpful Score: 1
An excellent book with characters that come alive on the pages.
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Great book about friendship, and the many facets of accepting who you are.
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What a great book! Wonderful summer read or winter read or anytime read!
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This is a great story of the friendship of 5 women who can always connect through their book club.
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Good read!
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This was the first Monroe book I had read. It was not my last. She is an excellent author!
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What a wonderfully written novel about the closeness, support and sometimes cruelty 5 friends can share. "The Book Club" is the central thread that keeps these women connected, encouraginf them to stay open to new ideas and expereinces. Through friendships the reader has had over the years, the charaters could have portrayed real women. A compelling read.
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A bit too soap-operaish for my taste, but a decent read.
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Love this book!
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Good characters and plot. Something we can all get into.
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great reading
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A fun read about the complexities of female friendship.
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The women in this book are strong in themselves and in their friendships. I enjoyed reading about them and how they faced the challenges before them, their own and those of their friends.
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A great story, by a wonderful author.
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I really enjoyed this book! Another great book from this author!!
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Very good!
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Full of interesting characters, well-paced, and a good reminder of how important real friendship is. If you're a member of a book club (or would like to be) you'll definitely love this one!
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A remrkable novel of the power of friendship of 5 women.
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Another great book by Mary Alice Monroe. Her books always flow easily, and make you want to keep reading. This book is more about the woman in the book club, what is happening in their lives and doesn't talk much, if at all really, about the books they are reading. Would recommend reading.
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Slow to get started but picked up as the characters developed. 5 middle age women in a book club go through various ups and downs in life but their friendship helps them through it all.
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never read...planning to before it gets swept away by another member!!