TYC Book Club 2021
Welcome to our new book club season! While we are still in the midst of a pandemic that has forced many of us to stay at home and limit social contact, we can still leave our homes through reading books and interact by talking about them!
Last year we managed to have all of our meetings through a combination of Zoom and in-person meetings on the TYC patio. We are looking forward to this year, even though we may have to begin with a Zoom meeting, but eventually we will be gathered on the sun-drenched patio loving life and talking about books.
However, our first meeting will need to be on Zoom on March 21 at 12:00 until 1:00 p.m. To have your name added to the list and to receive the password for joining the zoom discussion, please contact Linda Maddigan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you soon,
Denise and Linda
Meeting #1 March 21, 2021
Our first selection is The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett. It follows the lives of twin girls, both light-skinned Black girls, who run away from home at age sixteen and live very different lives. The story does not move in a linear fashion since it is told through the recollections of various characters.
An NPR review describes this book as a"... a
multi-generational family saga that tackles prickly issues of racial
identity and bigotry and conveys the corrosive effects of secrets and
dissembling. It's also a great read that will transport you out of your
current circumstances, whatever they are."
Meeting #2 May 16, 2021 at TYC Clubhouse (hopefully)
Our second selection is Four Winds by Kristin Hannah.
Four Winds is Kristin Hannah's most recent book, taking us to the Dust Bowl of the 1930's, a touching story of a harsh time period. Perhaps some of you remember reading The Grapes of Wrath in high school. This book has the same poignancy, but it is a woman's story, a woman, who along with other characters, faces great struggles.
The Book Club enjoyed two earlier books by Kristin Hannah, The Nightingale and The Great Alone. We think this one might lead to equally good discussions.
Delia Owens, author of Where the Crawdads Sing has this to say about Four Winds: "Through one woman’s survival during the harsh and haunting Dust Bowl, master storyteller, Kristin Hannah, reminds us that the human heart and our Earth are as tough, yet as fragile, as a change in the wind."
Meeting #3 June 13 at TYC Clubhouse
Our third choice is Hidden Life of Trees: What They feel, How They Communicate by Peter Wohlleben
We try to have a variety of books on our list each year, and this one a bit unusual, but we think you will find it intriguing.
It is a science/ecology book, and it is sure to lead to some interesting discussion. The book is beautifully written by an author who has a deep love of forests. He shares his own observations as well as some scientific research. He makes us care about trees, notice them, and think very differently about them. Do they work together? Do they communicate? We will have some fun discussing all of this.
Meeting # 4 July 18
Our July choice is Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell
This novel has been described as "a portrait of a marriage, a shattering evocation of a family ravaged by grief and loss, and a hypnotic recreation of a story that inspired one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time. Hamnet is mesmerizing and seductive, an impossible to put down novel from a gifted writer."
(And yes, the masterpiece being referred to is Hamlet.)
The NY Times named it as one of the best books of 2020.
Meeting # 5 August 15
Our August choice is The Guest Book by Sarah Blake
August is the time for some summertime reading, and that means stories that we can get lost in. The book follows three generations of the Milton family. The novel has been described as family saga and American epic. Curl up and get ready for a page-turning read.
Meeting # 6 September 12
Our September choice is Radium Girls by Kate Moore
A novel based on the incredible true story of the young women who fought against the dangers of the new wonder drug, radium. These women worked in the factories where they painted the numbers on the faces of watch dials.
Meeting # 7 October 3 TBA