Book Club Choices 2020
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
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.
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
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 façade - told by the inheritor of their stories." ~from Good Reads
Meeting # 3 June 21 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."
Meeting # 4 July 19 The Giver of Stars by JoJo Moyes
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.