October Book Club

Our October Book Club meeting will be held on October 9 (2nd Tuesday) at the home of Rick Greenberg. Rick has chosen the graphic novel, Fun Home: a FamilyTragicomic by Alison Bechdel. This book is a QUICK read.
From Amazon: “A fresh and brilliantly told memoir from a cult favorite comic artist, marked by gothic twists, a family funeral home, sexual angst, and great books.”
From Wikipedia:”
The memoir focuses on Bechdel’s family, and is centered on her relationship with her father, Bruce. Bruce Bechdel was a funeral director and high school English teacher in Beech Creek, where Alison and her siblings grew up. The book’s title comes from the family nickname for the funeral home, the family business in which Bruce Bechdel grew up and later worked; the phrase also refers ironically to Bruce Bechdel’s tyrannical domestic rule. Bruce Bechdel’s two occupations are reflected in Fun Home’s focus on death and literature.

Please contact Celinda Crego ’79  (cac432@aol.com) for additional information, or if you would like to attend or host an upcoming Book Club meeting.

September Book Club

The September 4th  ( 1st Tuesday, the day after Labor Day) Cornell Club Book Club Meeting  will be hosted by Eli Kaufman. Eli has chosen the book Grandfather Stories by Samuel Hopkins Adams.
 From Wikipedia: “Grandfather Stories is a book of 23 historical tales by journalist and novelist Samuel Hopkins Adams. Three were originally published in Woman’s Day and 15 in The New Yorker. Most of the stories take place in upper New York State, along the Erie Canal. Those stories told by his grandfather occur in the 1820s; others, when Adams was a boy in the 1870s and 1880s. Adams does not state how much of the tales is fact and how much is fiction; some are clearly his own memoirs, others are historical fiction, and still others seem to be a reconstruction of his grandfather’s life experiences.
Contact Celinda Crego ’79 at cac432@aol.com for additional information.

July Book Club

The July 10 Book Club will be hosted by Jen Friedman. Jen has selected “Born a Crime” by Trevor Noah. This nonfiction book is written by the host of The Daily Show. “[A] compelling new memoir. . . . By turns alarming, sad and funny, [the] book provides a harrowing look, through the prism of Mr. Noah’s family, at life in South Africa under apartheid and the country’s lurching entry into a postapartheid era in the 1990s.” —The New York Times
There are many copies in the library system.
For more information contact Celinda Crego ’79 at (cac432@aol.com)

June Book Club

The June 12 Book Club selection is “If You Were Here” by Jen Lancaster, at the home of Celinda Crego. This book is a humorous novel about buying and remodeling a house and is the fiction debut of the New York Times bestselling author of My Fair Lazy. There are many copies of this book in the Erie County library system. 

 

Contact Celinda Crego ’79 (cac432@aol.com) for more information.

April Book Club

Save the Date!

Book club will meet April 17th at the home of Catherine March ’14 to discuss The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, by Junot Diaz (Cornell MFA ’95).

Diaz will be in Buffalo on April 20th giving a lecture on the novel as part of the Just Buffalo BABEL series.

More information and tickets to the BABEL event at Kleinhan’s Music Hall available online