TYC Book Club 2022 Season
We are looking forward to a new year and a new season of reading. The last few years during the pandemic have not been easy at TYC, but we have continued to meet, and many of us have found the book club to be a place of connection during these difficult pandemic years.
Our first book selection of the new season for our March meeting is Pachinko by Min Jin Lee. Claudia Lewis has volunteered to host our March meeting at her home on Sunday, March 20th from 12:00 p.m. until 2:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome, but please contact Claudia ahead of time to let her know you are planning to attend.
Hope to see you at the meeting.
Denise David and Linda Maddigan
Meeting #1 March 20th from 12:00 until 2:00 p.m.
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee is a book that covers four generations of a family. We think you will find it to be an engaging book to read.
It is the story of four generations of a poor Korean immigrant family who struggle to find a home in Japan. The story is absorbing as it moves through "love, loss, determination, luck, and perseverance." The book is a National Book Award Finalist. It is described as a page-turner even though it is 400 pages in length. It has been described as an "exquisite, haunting, epic." We think you will enjoy this book.
The New Yorker recently had an article about Min Jin Lee. This excerpt may help us think more fully about why she wrote Pachinko.
Amid a surge in anti-Asian hate crimes, Lee has also taken on a new role, becoming a kind of spokesperson for Asian Americans. “It’s a very strange thing because I would rather not say anything. I would rather not draw attention to myself,” she says. “But, because I’m trained in history, I realized how important it is to be visible for Asian Americans in this country.” It’s a reminder of the first line of “Pachinko,” which reads, “History has failed us, but no matter.”
Note: Sandy and Kim mentioned that Pachinko is now a movie that can be streamed through Apple+ TV
Meeting #2 Meeting Rescheduled to May 22 at 12:00 to 1:00 at TYC.
The Paper Bracelet is a novel by Rachel English, an Irish journalist, who writes this fictional account based on her interviews with women who had lived through a shameful legacy of the treatment of pregnant women in 1970’s Ireland. Pregnant women were sent to a home for unwed mothers where they were to repent their sin, deliver their babies, and ultimately sign away their children.
The book is described as an engrossing page-turner that you will not be able to put down, or when you do, it might be to compose yourself from reading this poignant story.
Meeting #3 June 12th from 12:00 to 1:00 at TYC
School for Good Mothers by Jessamine Chan is a novel about a future time where parents (mostly women) are sent to government-run reform school after they have been reported for being bad mothers. It is a fast, compelling read that reminds us of Margaret Atwood's Handmaid's Tale. There are some fairly explicit sexual references, but we think we will have some provocative discussion about this book.
Meeting #4 July 17th from 12:00-1:00 at TYC
This Tender Land by William Krueger
This Tender Land, which was recommended enthusiastically by a book club member, is the unforgettable story of four orphans who travel the Mississippi River on a life-changing odyssey during the Great Depression.
Meeting #5 August 21st from 12:00-1:00 at TYC
The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
This is the story of J.P. Morgan's personal librarian, a woman who rose to prominence in the early 1900's, but as if that is not remarkable enough she was actually an African-Ameican woman who passed as white. The book explores her life and contributions as well as the personal cost of "passing" in a society of Jim Crow, hangings, and incredible racial bias.
Reviewer Pamela O'Sullivan of the Library Journal writes of this book, "... excellent ... This fictional account of Greene’s life feels authentic; the authors bring to life not only Belle but all those around her. An excellent piece of historical fiction that many readers will find hard to put down."
Meeting #6 Sept. 18th from 12:00 to 1:00 at TYC
Music of Bees by Eileen Garvin
The Music of Bees may remind you of Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine, an earlier book club choice. It is the story of three unlikely people who find connection and friendship working on a bee farm.
The author, Eileen Garvin, is herself a beekeeper who lives in Hood River, Oregon, where she sets her story.We learn a lot about bees and about friendship, as well as about the power of compassion and the courage to start over.
Meeting #7 Oct. 2nd from 12:00 to 1:00 at TYC
To Be Announced