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Would your book group enjoy reading and discussing Turn of Mind?

Created: 05/28/12

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Posted May. 28, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jwbriggs13

Join Date: 05/09/12

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Would your book group enjoy reading and discussing Turn of Mind?

When it is my turn to select a book for my book group, I want to know more about the book than is offered on the book jacket. Discussions like those offered by BookBrowse are very helpful when looking for the right book. In considering Turn of Mind for my book group, here are a few of the reasons I think my friends would enjoy reading and discussing this book: 1) the main story line and several of the minor story lines are well developed; 2) the story is suspenseful; 3) the characters have many admirable qualities but are each flawed enough you are intrigued by them even if you don't find yourself closely drawn to any one of them; 4) most of the characters are well developed so you understand their motivations; 5) the book is presented in such a way that you find yourself reading "just one more page"; and 6) the book gives you plenty of things to discuss.

By the way, a member of my group (not me) selected Turn of Mind for our August meeting. I think we will have spirited discussion.


Posted May. 28, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
Suzanne

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This is such a "meaty" book with many twists and turns. The members of my group are all retired so the diseases of Alzheimer's and dementia is fairly close to our hearts. I know the subject would be of great interest. I plan to suggest Turn of Mind for our lineup in 2013.


Posted May. 31, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
lisag

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I'm not a member of any book groups right now but I could see this being an excellent selection. So many issues as someone else said and plenty to keep a group engaged.


Posted Jun. 06, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jacquelynh

Join Date: 06/14/11

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RE: Would your book group enjoy reading and discussing Turn of Mind?

Long before I read TURN OF MIND, my book club selected it as a book to discuss. We will be discussing it on June 20th and I anticipate a great discussion as most of us are a bit "long in the tooth" and some of us complain of short term memory loss. I predict we will identify with a bit of trepidation. I do feel it is important to be informed of what the future may hold and be able to discuss it. Of course, that doesn't mean we will remember but, perhaps, on some level, we might find the entire experience easier to handle when we or others we love experience any degree of dementia or Altzheimer's.


Posted Jun. 12, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
Alice LaPlante

Join Date: 06/05/12

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RE: Would your book group enjoy reading and discussing Turn of Mind?

If anyone on this forum reads the book for the book club, and would like me to "visit" via skype to answer any questions, I'd be happy to--just email me at alice.laplante@gmail.com. I love talking to book groups and finding out what they thought of the book. I do find that being "present" for an entire book group meeting tends to inhibit discussion, but if I parachute in at the end for 15 minutes or so we can have a lively discussion.


Posted Jun. 12, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
sweeney

Join Date: 05/24/11

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RE: Would your book group enjoy reading and discussing Turn of Mind?

I think that it would be a great book for our book club. We did Still Alice a number of years ago, but I thought that the way that the family members swirled around the story line here makes for interesting discussion points.


Posted Jun. 12, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
rebajane

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RE: Would your book group enjoy reading and discussing Turn of Mind?

It would be a great book for my book club. We are all at the age where Alzheimer's is a possibility for our parents. We are beginning to see signs of forgetfulness and senility. Its a good book to read to get a feel for what our parents might be going through


Posted Jun. 28, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jww

Join Date: 05/31/11

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RE: Would your book group enjoy reading and discussing Turn of Mind?

Unfortuately my book club would not enjoy this book. They prefer much lighter 'stuff'. That's why I belong to Book Browse...for mental stimulation and GOOD books.


Posted Jul. 14, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
jacquelynh

Join Date: 06/14/11

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RE: Would your book group enjoy reading and discussing Turn of Mind?

My book club selected TURN OF MIND before I had any knowledge of it. One member, upon completion of the book, emailed us all and said, "If you ever select a book on Altzheimer's again, I'm not coming!" I agreed with her. The book was great - the subject was "up" for today's world where we are living longer and longer and, sometimes, outliving our brains! This book seemed too real and too close for comfort. That said, the discussion was terrific and very pertinent to our lives and today's world. We were able to make connections in addition to an engaged discussion of the twists and turns of the book. It was a great meeting where all were actively involved. Recommend.


Posted Jul. 29, 2012 Go to Top | Bottom | link | alert
melissap

Join Date: 06/01/12

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RE: Would your book group enjoy reading and discussing Turn of Mind?

I teach summer literature classes for teachers in my district. One class I always do has adult books on the book list and this year we read Turn of Mind. It was an interesting discussion because some people loved it (one teacher read it in a day and said she couldn't put it down) and others did not like it because they found the characters to be nasty humans.

Melissa
http://melissasbookpicks.blogspot.com


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