Dave Eggers does a great job of building tension in this true account. It's a disturbing book; I always thought I had certain rights, living in this country. After reading this, I see that that isn't necessarily true. What happened to Zeitoun makes a mockery of our "system of law."
Niffennegger has an original mind; while I didn't like "Her Fearful Symmetry" as much as "The Time Traveler's Wife," I still give it a thumbs up. Her descriptions of Highgate alone make this worth reading.
At times this is hard to read, but it gives such an immediate view of what happened when the Russians "liberated" Berlin that it is worth reading. What happens to women in war is, unfortunately, still a timely topic.
"The Forgotten Garden" was an old fashioned story that spanned over a century and had multiple viewpoints and a mystery. Morton did a great job with this; her characters were likable and each story added a clue to the mystery. I enjoyed this book much more than her first one, "The House at Riverton."
I enjoyed the way Walbert told this story through the voices of different women. One thing that was clear through the generations was that women still have to make difficult choices (family v. career, etc.). Still, I thought the outlook on the progress of women's rights was rather bleak.
We're reading this for my book group. It will be interesting to see what people say about it. One thing I would like to explore is the idea of time travel as a metaphor for memory. This book is surprising in the matter-of-fact way time travel is treated; I expected, from the title, it to be more science fictionish. Niffenegger also does a good job using the distinct voices of Henry and Clare -- I especially liked the sections with the young Clare. More after our group meets.