Book Club

Our book club meets monthly on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m. and reads a wide variety of books.

If you are interested in joining our group, just stop by the library and ask for the current selection. The books are provided on loan to us by the Potter-Tioga Library System.

 

 

Current book: Dead Wake by Erik Larson

On May 1, 1915, with WWI entering its tenth month, a luxury ocean liner as richly appointed as an English country house sailed out of New York, bound for Liverpool, carrying a record number of children and infants. The passengers were surprisingly at ease, even though Germany had declared the seas around Britain to be a war zone. For months, German U-boats had brought terror to the North Atlantic. But the Lusitania was one of the era’s great transatlantic “Greyhounds”—the fastest liner then in service—and her captain, William Thomas Turner, placed tremendous faith in the gentlemanly strictures of warfare that for a century had kept civilian ships safe from attack.

Germany, however, was determined to change the rules of the game, and Walther Schwieger, the captain of Unterseeboot-20, was happy to oblige. Meanwhile, an ultra-secret British intelligence unit tracked Schwieger’s U-boat, but told no one. As U-20 and the Lusitania made their way toward Liverpool, an array of forces both grand and achingly small—hubris, a chance fog, a closely guarded secret, and more—all converged to produce one of the great disasters of history.

It is a story that many of us think we know but don’t, and Erik Larson tells it thrillingly, switching between hunter and hunted while painting a larger portrait of America at the height of the Progressive Era. Full of glamour and suspense, Dead Wake brings to life a cast of evocative characters, from famed Boston bookseller Charles Lauriat to pioneering female architect Theodate Pope to President Woodrow Wilson, a man lost to grief, dreading the widening war but also captivated by the prospect of new love.

Gripping and important, Dead Wake captures the sheer drama and emotional power of a disaster whose intimate details and true meaning have long been obscured by history.

 

Other Books We’ve Read:

Don’t Go by Lisa Scottoline

Sounds Like Crazy by Shana Mahaffey

Liar Temptress Soldier Spy by Karen Abbott

Bright and Distant Shores by Dominic Smith

Speaking in Tungs by Karla M. Jay

One Last Thing Before I Go by Jonathan Tropper

Watermark by Vanitha Sankaran

The Year of the Hare by Arto Paasilinna

Life on the Color Line by Gregory Howard Williams

Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Double Bind by Chris Bohjalian

The Dog Stars by Peter Heller

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce

Crazy for the Storm by Norman Ollestad

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson

The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

On Beauty by Zadie Smith

Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson

Dragon House by John Shors

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein

Room by Emma Donoghue

The White Tiger by Aravind Adiga

Shakespeare Saved My Life by Laura Bates

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver

I Still Dream About You by Fannie Flagg

The Rebellion of Jane Clark by Sally Gunning

Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante

The Time In Between by Maria Duenas

Mozart’s Last Aria by Matt Rees

Elizabeth Street by Laurie Fabiano

Breakfast with Buddha by Roland Merullo

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

A Rare Titanic Family by Julie Williams

The Devlin Diary by Christi Phillips

Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman

Beautiful Boy by David Sheff

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

One Thousand White Women by Jim Fergus

The White Garden by Stephanie Barron

Sarah’s Key by Tatiana De Rosnay

The Red Tent by Anita Diamont

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian

The Courtier’s Secret by Donna Russo Morin

The Virgin Blue by Tracy Chevalier

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford

The Mermaid Chair by Sue Monk Kidd

Nobody’s Fool by Richard Russo

The Kommandant’s Girl by Pam Jenoff

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

The Long Walk by Slavomir Rawicz

Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

My Life in France by Julia Child

The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver & Priscilla Warner

Not Without Hope by Nick Schuyler

Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Every Last Cuckoo by Kate Maloy

Hope’s Boy by Andrew Bridge

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs

Heart in the Right Place by Carolyn Jourdan

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