Thursday, May 4, 2017

Reading Selections for 2017 Reading Season

We want to thank everyone who attended book club meetings last season. We have had a good turn out, and  we have been happy to see everyone, whether you have been able to attend one meeting or all of them. The discussions have been lively, thoughtful, and always interesting. And beyond the pleasure of the books and the discussion, there is the pleasure of getting to know one another better.  Thanks to all of you for making the book club such a successful part of TYC.

Denise David and Linda Maddigan

March Meeting:   Sunday, March 12th   12:00-1:00 p.m.

at Linda Maddigan's home. Call Linda for directions.

  Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien

 Madeleine Thien's novel Do Not Say We Have Nothing is shortlisted for the 2016 Man Booker Prize.

The book is described this way by Good Reads:
"Madeleine Thien's new novel is breathtaking in scope and ambition even as it is hauntingly intimate. With the ease and skill of a master storyteller, Thien takes us inside an extended family in China, showing us the lives of two successive generations--those who lived through Mao's Cultural Revolution in the mid-twentieth century; and the children of the survivors, who became the students protesting in Tiananmen Square in 1989, in one of the most important political moments of the past century

   May 21st at TYC         12:00-1:00 p.m.  

The German Girl by Armando Lucas Correa

Cover art

 The novel is described this way:
 A stunningly ambitious and beautiful novel, perfect for fans of The Nightingale, Schindler’s List, and All the Light We Cannot See, about twelve-year-old Hannah Rosenthal’s harrowing experience fleeing Nazi-occupied Germany with her family and best friend, only to discover that the overseas asylum they had been promised is an illusion.

  June 25th  at TYC   12:00-1:00 p.m.

The Children Act by Ian McEwan 

The Children Act

NPR review summarizes book this way:

A highly respected London judge hides her decision to separate from a husband who wants an open marriage, a loss that challenges her beliefs throughout a case involving parents whose faith forbids a life-saving transfusion for their son.

  July 16th at TYC          12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

Book Necessary Lies by Diane Chamberlain

  From Good Reads~

 "Set in rural Grace County, North Carolina in a time of state-mandated sterilizations and racial tension, Necessary Lies tells the story of these two young women, seemingly worlds apart, but both haunted by tragedy.  Jane and Ivy are thrown together and must ask themselves: how can you know what you believe is right, when everyone is telling you it’s wrong?"



August 20th at TYC      12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Hillbilly Elegy: Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis by J.D. Vance

Image result for hillbilly elegy book The book is described as a "must read" by the New York Times.





  The author is a former marine and Yale Law School graduate who writes about his own life growing up poor in America's rust belt. This is a nonfiction book. As always, we will have a gentle discussion of this book in the spirit of understanding the experience of another.




  September 17th at TYC    12:00-1:00 p.m. 

The Sound of Wings: The Life of Amelia Earhart

The Sound of Wings by Mary Lovell

We have selected this book for the Amelia Earhart discussion. There are many books about her life and much speculation about her disappearance, but this book will give us a good basis to understand her better and to more fully understand her relationship with George Putnam, her husband and promoter.

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Amelia Earhart home page

Please note:

Denise Reichard will do her portrayal of Amelia Earhart  on Sunday, September 10th at the TYC Tea. Tea begins at 12:30. You may sign up at TYC.

The  book club discussion of Amelia Earhart will be a week later on Sunday, September 17th.

October 15th at TYC         12:00-1:00 p.m. 

Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly

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Recommended by several Book Club members. This book is based on a true story and takes us into the history of World War II. If you liked Nightingale, you will like this one. We do not usually have two books related to World War II in the same season, but there seemed to be  such strong interest in this one that we have decided to include it.

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."

Friday, November 25, 2011


 Previous Books: 2012

                            My Own Country: A Doctor's Story 
                            by Abraham Verghese

 Since so many of us enjoyed Cutting for Stone, we selected My Own Country by the same author for our March choice. It is the personal story of Verghese's work with AIDS patients in rural Tennessee.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand   by Helen Simonson 

Front Cover

This book lets us live with retired Major Pettigrew in a small English village for awhile.There are definitely some funny moments in this book, but there also is plenty to discuss.


 Breakfast with Buddha   by Roland Merullo

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Breakfast With Buddha has been described as a "beautiful, moving and even necessary book."

   The Kitchen House  by Kathleen Grissom

                   Front Cover    

Kathleen Grissom's book gives us a new and
unforgettable perspective on slavery in the Old South.


    The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
                        by Mark Haddon

                  The Curious Incident of the Dog  

Although this book has been around for awhile, we thought it might be something the Book Club would enjoy talking about. The story is written from the first-person perspective of a 15-year-old boy who describes himself as ‘a mathematician with some behavioral difficulties.’  While the narrator does not use the words autism or Asperger's syndrome, descriptions of the book do.

    The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

 This book is about a futuristic society. The United States is gone. North America has become Panem, a TV-dominated dictatorship run from a city called the Capitol. The book is part of a trilogy, but stands on its own. We thought this might lead to some interesting discussion.