Sunday, November 24, 2019

Our 2020 reading season is over. Remarkably, we were able to meet safely for every meeting this year. Group members reported that reading has been one way that we have coped with the stress of living during a pandemic. We have had some wonderful discussions and have all enjoyed the connections with our TYC family.

 Book Suggestions:

We welcome any book suggestions anyone may have for next year. Please email them to Linda and Denise. We will make our choices in the next couple of months, at least the first few books. We are planning to meet again in March. It is possible we will have to use zoom, but we will have to see how things go. We will keep everyone updated. 

In the meantime, stay safe and healthy. 

Linda and Denise

 Fall Update for Book Club   updated   9/16

What a strange year this has been. However, our TYC Book Club has been meeting outside on the patio in the fresh air. We would like to continue to do that for the last two meetings of the year. 

We will meet on Sunday, September 20th to discuss Eleanor Oliphant, a sad and at the same time painfully funny story, and then two weeks later on October 4th, we will again meet outside to discuss American Dirt, (bring coats) the compelling story of a mother and child escaping Mexican drug lords. It is a page turner.

Both books can be read quickly so we thought that having our discussion only two weeks apart might work. We are concerned that if we wait too long into October, it might be too cold to meet outside. 

We look forward to seeing everyone who can make it, and we look forward to a time when everyone can attend. We will post our book club choices for next year later in the fall so we can all curl up in our cozy homes and read over the winter.  Please stay safe. 

Hugs to everyone,

Linda and Denise

We offer the following choices for the 2020 reading season. We select a range of fiction and nonfiction, books that have been recommended by members or books that have been favorably reviewed.  Our goal is to select a range of books that will lead to lively discussions.

The book club is a wonderful way to get to know other TYC members as well as to discuss some interesting books. Everyone is always welcome.  Please join us.

 Denise David and Linda Maddigan


Note change of date from June 21 (Father's Day) to June 28th. We are planning to have our meeting outside in chairs arranged spaciously apart.  Let's hope for a lovely June day!


Meeting #1               March 8th                     The Library Book 

                                                                          by Susan Orlean


  Our meeting will be held from 1:00-3:00 at the home of Claudia Lewis. 

Please RSVP to Denise  David or Linda Maddigan if you will be attending.


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 The Library Book begins with an investigation of the fire that destroyed the Los Angeles Public Library, but takes us on a journey following the history of libraries. We think you will enjoy this one.

"Weaving her lifelong love of books and reading into an investigation of the fire, award-winning New Yorker reporter and New York Times bestselling author Susan Orlean delivers a mesmerizing and uniquely compelling book that manages to tell the broader story of libraries and librarians in a way that has never been done before." from Good Reads

Meeting #2       May 17th    The Jell-o Girls: A Family History

                                                  by Allie Rowbottom

 Due to COVID-19 we scheduled our meeting online through ZOOM.

Jell-O Girls: A Family History

  This is a dark history of Jello that has been recommended by several members. Since Leroy, New York is the home of Jello, the book has a local connection.

"A memoir that braids the evolution of one of America's most iconic branding campaigns with the stirring tales of the women who lived behind its fa├žade - told by the inheritor of their stories."  ~from Good Reads


 Meeting # 3   June 21  June 28th

 Note change of date from June 21 (Father's Day) to June 28th. We are planning to have our meeting outside. Let's hope for a lovely June day!

 The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman

From a review by

"Arguably, every single historical novel should evoke those two much-quoted lines of William Faulkner’s: “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” But coming away from Alice Hoffman’s gravely beautiful new novel, “The World That We Knew,” historical fiction that transports you to Germany and France in the 1940s and, thus, the Holocaust, those words ring particularly true. Her subjects are preteen and teenage refugees on the run from Berlin and Paris, but with them, she conjures up contemporary children fending for themselves after being separated from their parents by today’s horrors."

Note: Some editions of the book include an additional essay  Hoffman has written about her novel. I will not copy the whole essay here, but I will include a few sections that I think might give us further insight into her novel.  Hoffman comments on her use of magic:
"The legacy of magic has helped me as I attempted to understand one of the darkest times in modern history, the Holocaust. This is an era that defies logic when the monstrous actions of men were fueled by hate rather than by logical thought, and their actions were impossible to understand. To try to make sense of a world ruled by illogical actions and terrible, inhuman deeds, I turned to the fantastical and miraculous. What cannot be comprehended intellectually may be understood by the heart. "
Some interesting comments about the golem. "Jewish magic and folklore contain a curious central figure, a mysterious being who is meant to protect Jewish people, a creature made of water and clay who is magically brought to life by mystics and scholars through a highly complex an illogical world, men can be monsters and monsters can have human hearts."

You may also be interested in this interview with Alice Hoffman.

Alice Hoffman Interview with Judith Light

Meeting # 4   July 19                          The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes

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  In this book of historical fiction, Moyes tells a story based on the real-life librarians, known as the Mule Pack librarians, who delivered books to remote areas of the Appalachians during the Depression.  

If you are particularly interested in this subject, there is another book worth reading entitled, "The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek" by Kim Richardson, which also focuses on the packhorse librarians. There has been some controversy about the similarity between the two books. The controversy appears to be unresolved so we can only recommend that both are interesting and worth reading.

Meeting # 5  August 23        She Said:  Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story  That  Helped Ignite a Movement           by  Jodie Kantor and Megan Twohey 

She Said by Jodi Kantor (Digital,2019) 

From Good Reads:

"She Said: Breaking the Sexual Harassment Story That Helped Ignite a Movement"  is a nonfiction book written by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, the two New York Times reporters who wrote the story that ended Harvey Weinstein's career, and which catalyzed the burgeoning #MeToo movement.


Meeting # 6       September   20.        Elinor Oliphant is Completely Fine 

                                                              by  Gail  Honeyman


Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

   From Good Reads:
"Smart, warm, uplifting, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine is the story of an out-of-the-ordinary heroine whose deadpan weirdness and unconscious wit make for an irresistible journey as she realizes. . . the only way to survive is to open your heart."



Meeting # 7   October 18   Date Changed to October 4th so hopefully we can still meet outside, maybe around a campfire. :)

We think everyone will enjoy this book and we don't want to miss our discussion!

The book is categorized as a suspense-thriller, fictional novel.

American Dirt by Jeanine CumminsImage result for American Dirt: Chapter Sampler Jeanine Cummins 

This from Good Reads~

"She runs a bookstore. She has a son, Luca, the love of her life, and a wonderful husband who is a journalist. And while there are cracks beginning to show in Acapulco because of the drug cartels, her life is, by and large, fairly comfortable."

And the book goes on from there. Highly recommended by Kim in our book club. Let's see what everyone thinks. It promises to be a page turner.

There has been controversy related to this book, which will be a part of our discussion. We have added a couple of links to the issues involved in the controversy. As always, we look forward to a thoughtful discussion of the book.


 Controversy over book 



As always, we look forward to book suggestions you might have for next year's choices.  We very much appreciate the thoughtful discussions that always seem to develop during our meetings!


Wednesday, December 9, 2015

TYC Book Club: 2016 Reading Season

TYC Book Club: 2016 Reading Season

Click on Tab at top for 2017 book list

Several years ago, we noticed that in addition to our interest in boating, many members of TYC also share an interest in reading. We decided that TYC members might enjoy having a book club. We were not sure how many people would come, but over the years we have been very pleased with the interest and the participation of club members. We meet once a month during the boating season from May through September,  usually on the third Sunday of the month from 12:00 until 1:00 at the clubhouse, and we have one winter meeting in March at a member's home, which will be announced.

The Book Club has become a special part of TYC. It is a great way to talk about some good books, but perhaps equally as important, it is also a good way to get to know other members of TYC. We have a good time, and we do talk about the books.  We hope you will join us at our next meeting. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you this season.

Linda Maddigan and Denise David

First Selection for 2016:  March Choice

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson
March 15th, 2016 from 7:00-9:00 p.m.


It has been over one hundred years since the sinking of the Lusitania, but the interest in the sinking of this impressive ship remains high. It was the era of elegant travel aboard one of  Cunard Line's fastest ships, one of those beautiful ships that regularly used to cross the North Atlantic. World War I had already begun for Europe It was only a few years after the Titanic had hit that fateful iceberg. Our questions abound, and  Erik Larson, who you may remember from In the Garden of Beasts or Devil in the White City,  once again writes a nonfiction book that has us on the edge of our seats. And, of course, there is the local connection: Elbert Hubbard of East Aurora, the father of the Roycroft movement, makes a small appearance as a passenger on the Lusitania. We have much to talk about.

Judy Brodie, lifetime member of TYC, has graciously volunteered to host the meeting. Please call her at 716-688-5224 or email her at to let her know that you will be attending. She will be happy to give you directions if you need them. See you there!

Second Selection  May 15th 

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

Meeting May 15th at the TYC Clubhouse

from 12:00-1:00 p.m.  



  The Nightingale  comes highly recommended by several TYC members. The book focuses on the story of two sisters living in France during the German occupation of World War II.  It is one of those books that lets us experience a life we have not lived, but allows us to consider the choices and decisions we might have made at such a time.  We look forward to another good discussion.

Third Selection  June 12th 
 Orphans and Inmates by Rosemary Higgins

Meeting June 12th 
 TYC Clubhouse     12:00-1:00 p.m.

 We selected this book in part for its local connection--the author is a graduate of U.B.  and the story takes place in the Canal District of Buffalo in the 1830's, but  the novel is historical fiction filled with lively characters set against the backdrop of the early years of social services for those who were poor, orphaned or labeled insane.  The author's description of the book follows:
"In the spring of 1835, at the pier of Buffalo's Canal District, the most dangerous square mile in developing America, 17 year old Ciara Sloane steps onto land, alone, save for her younger sisters, orphaned at sea on the voyage from Ireland." 

Fourth Selection July 17th
Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman 
from 12:00-1:00 p.m. 


 Again, this book comes highly recommended by several book club members.  Marriage of Opposites  is described as a " forbidden love story set on the tropical island of St. Thomas about the extraordinary woman who gave birth to painter Camille Pissarro; the Father of Impressionism." It is a compelling tale.


 Fifth Selection  August 21  
TYC Clubhouse    12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Me Before You  by Jojo Moyes


 This is a book for an August afternoon. Find yourself a place in the shade and settle in with this book. Yes, it is a love story, but it raises some profound questions. There will be plenty to talk about.

Sixth Selection September 11th

Sara and Eleanor by Jan Pottker 
TYC Clubhouse 12:00-1:00 p.m.
 (Please note: This date is correct!) 

There are so many books  about Eleanor Roosevelt that we have had a hard time finding just one. Claudia Lewis Del Russo has recommended Sara and Eleanor by Jan Pottker so we are recommending that for the group, but if you would like to read any other book on Eleanor Roosevelt we are sure that it would add even more to the discussion. 

Please note:  This book club meeting is a follow-up to the "portrayal" of Eleanor Roosevelt  by Denise Reichert at  the TYC Tea on Saturday, September 10th. The tea is $14 per person. It begins at 12:30. Please sign up in TYC clubhouse. You can pay at the door, but we need to know how many are coming. :)

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Eleanor Roosevelt statue at Franklin Roosevelt memorial in Washington, D.C.



 Seventh Selection  October 16th
12:00 to 1:00 at TYC Clubhouse.

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 

This is a novel about a grumpy old man, but as is the case with all of us, there is more to his story. The book was heartily recommended by several at the book club meeting, who described it as both funny and sad.
 See to hear it pronounced in Swedish.

We have not met in October in the past, but the group wanted to add a meeting this year so we will see how it works out!

The October 16th meeting was a great success so we will now extend our reading season from May through October with one meeting in February or March. 



Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Books Read in 2015

The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown


 American Olympic triumph in Nazi Germany

For readers of Unbroken, out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times—the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant.

                                                                                          ~Barnes and Noble 


 May 24th, 2015    Wild by Cheryl Strayed  12:00-1:00 p.m.


“Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” is at once a breathtaking adventure tale and a profound meditation on the nature of grief and survival. 

                                                    ~from NY Times review

June 7th, 2015    Sold by Patricia McCormick    12:00-1:00 p.m.



Sold is  the story of a girl named Lakshmi, who grew up in Nepal, but when the family needs money, she is sold into slavery in India. The novel is written in a series of short, vignette-style chapters, from the point of view of the main character.  


Mc Cormick is a journalist as well as a novelist.  Her comments on the research that she did for this novel add to an appreciation of the book. The link is:



July 19th, 2015    Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult      12:00-1:00 p.m.


We have not read Jodi Picoult for some time, but this new one seems a good choice for book club.  


" For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers."

                                                           ~from Good Reads

  Links to elephants' intelligence: Chris Macleod found this one. It is really incredible.

  Elephants Drawing  

Here is another link:

 Research on elephant intelligence


August 16th, 2015  All the Light We Cannot See      12:00-1:00 p.m.       by Anthony Doerr  


This is the compelling story of a blind French girl in occupied France during World War II and an orphaned German boy. It is a page turner. 


This is a link to a wonderful interview with Doerr 

Click here for interview with Doerr



September  20th, 2015      Inside the O'Brien's    12:00-1:00 p.m.

                                  by Lisa Genova



"From award-winning, New York Times bestselling author and neuroscientist Lisa Genova comes a powerful new novel that does for Huntington’s Disease what her debut Still Alice did for Alzheimer’s."