Thursday, April 11, 2019
Friday, January 12, 2018
Book Club Choices for 2019
Our last book club meeting will be on Sunday, October 20th. We invite you to join us in Jane Austen's parlor with some tea and sweets, as she would want us to have when discussing her book. Hope to see everyone there!
p.s. Her parlor is our usual section of the TYC Clubhouse :)
We are happy to say that the TYC Book Club is entering its eleventh year! We meet once a month on Sundays throughout the boating season from 12:00 p.m. until 1:00 p.m. in the TYC clubhouse from May through October. We have one winter meeting at a member's home in March of each year.
The book club has become a special part of TYC. Not only is it a good way to talk about books, but it is also a wonderful way to come to know other TYC members and strengthen the bonds of our community. Everyone is welcome to attend. Below you will find the list of books for this year. We hope you will join us.
Denise David and Linda Maddigan
Meeting #1. March 3 Judie Kocher has graciously volunteered to host the meeting at her home from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Please call Judie to RSVP if attending.Book Choice: Educated by Tara Westover
We are guessing that you have heard about this book which seems to have caught everyone's attention. It is the memoir of a young girl who grew up "off the grid" with her survivalist family in Idaho, and yet managed to leave her family to get an education, eventually a Ph.D. from Cambridge. It was recommended by many people!
All other meetings are held once a month at TYC Clubhouse on the following Sundays from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m:
Meeting #2. May 19 The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander, Newfoundland by Jim DeFede
The book is an uplifting account of 9/11 when 38 airliners were diverted to this small Canadian town.
Meeting #3 June 30 My Name is Mary Sutter by Robin Oliveira
In this work of historical fiction set during the Civil War a young midwife works at a Civil war hospital where she aspires to become a doctor.
Meeting #4. July 21 Summer Before the War by Helen Simonson
A story set in a small English village before World War I by the author of Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. It has a thoughtful slow pace in the beginning, but keep reading it. It is worth it.
Aug 18Changed to August 11
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
Note: Date Change to August 11th because Frank Del Russo's Mumeorial Service is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on August 18th.
From Good Reads~
"Perfect for fans of Barbara Kingsolver and Karen Russell, Where the Crawdads Sing is at once an exquisite ode to the natural world, a heartbreaking coming-of-age story, and a surprising tale of possible murder ."
Meeting #6. Sept 15 The Story of Arthur Trueluv by Elizabeth Berg
A touching story about three lonely people. Arthur is an eighty-five year old widower who visits his wife's grave each day, Maddie is seventeen-year-old girl who hides out at the cemetery because she is unhappy at school and Lucille is one of Arthur's lonely neighbors.
Meeting #7 October 20th Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
Several group members suggested reading a classic so we thought we would start with a well-known classic. We should have fun with this one.
Posted by Denise David at 9:26 PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
TYC Book Club: 2016 Reading SeasonClick 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 email@example.com 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. :)
|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 http://forvo.com/word/ove/#sv 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.
Posted by Denise David at 12:37 PM
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.
Here is another link:
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
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."
Posted by Denise David at 5:49 PM