Men's Book Group



The SYC Men's Book Group is inclusive and welcomes new participants to join for interesting and lively discussions.  The Men's Book Group meets each month except for July and August. The 2017 Book List and meeting schedule is shown below. Following our discussions, each book is 'rated' by attendees using the scoring protocol shown below, or with more creative criteria as members choose.

    Next meeting November 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM at SYC Mainstation
For more information, please contact the Men's Book Group Chairman, James White.         

Upcoming Book - November 2017 (description below excerpted from


2017 Book List 


Updated 2/26/17

Book Name
Author & Date
No. Pages



The Lost Book of Moses: The Hunt for the World's Oldest Bible
ISBN 9780062206411

Chanan Tigay
12 April 2016
WEDNESDAY 15-Feb A Torch Kept Lit
ISBN 9781101906217
William F. Buckley, Jr. and
James Rosen
04 October 2016


TUESDAY 14-Mar The Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became An American Hero
ISBN 9780544272880
Timothy Egan
01 March 2016
Hillbilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and a Culture in Crisis
ISBN 9780062300546
 J.D. Vance
28 June 2016
The Shipping News
ISBN 9780671510053
Annie Proux
01 June 1994
Red Notice: A True Story of High Finance, Murder and One Man's Fight for Justice
ISBN 978146755748
Bill Browder
20 Oct 2015
  July No Meeting
  August No Meeting
The Beautiful Country and  the Middle Kingdom: America and China, 1776 to the Present
ISBN 9780805092509
John Pomfret
29 Nov 2016
American Eclipse: A Nation's Epic Race to Catch the Shadow of the Moon and Win the Glory of the World
ISBN 9781631490163
David Baron
6 June 2017
TUESDAY 14-Nov Killers of the Flower Moon: Oil, Money, Murder and Birth of the FBI
ISBN 9780857209023
David Grann
20 April 17
    All meetings are scheduled for 6pm in Portage Bay Room
 2018 Book List Preview
 Tuesday 9 Jan-18
Rounding the Horn: Being the Story of Williwaws adn Windjammers, Drake, Darwin, Murdered Missionaries and Naked Natives - a Deck's High View of Cape Horn
ISBN 9780465047598
Dallas Murphy
11 May 2004
 Tuesday 13-Feb-18
The Underground Railroad
ISBN 9780385542364
Colson Whitehead
2 August 2016

Book Group Rating System  

  • 10 Quills: What an amazing book! This book is perfect. It made me laugh, cry, leap through emotional hoops. It's changed my life, I tell you. You MUST read this.
  • 9 Quills: This is a great read. Fantastic. It may not be life altering, but you wouldn't notice, because you're having such a great time reading it. Kudos to the author.
  • 8 Quills: This book was really good. It's different for its genre but that's why I liked it. Don't miss this read.
  • 7 Quills: A very good book. A fine example of its genre with perhaps only a single element missing to take it to the realms of the immortals. I would highly recommend this book.
  • 6 Quills: Want to read a good book? I figured or you wouldn't be here. This is a good representation of its genre, fun to read, enjoyable, but it doesn't quite have the oomph to take it to that next level. Still, I'd recommend reading it, if you like this genre.
  • 5 Quills: A decent book. It brings nothing new to the table, but it was a good read. Sure it has a couple of inconsistencies, but I liked it enough to ignore them. If you like this genre, consider reading this book.
  • 4 Quills: This book has a major flaw that prevents me from enjoying it. I can't in good conscience recommend it, though others may not be put off by quite the same elements.
  • 3 Quills: This book is not recommended. The errors in it would prevent just about anyone from enjoying it.
  • 2 Quills: This book is not recommended. This book is so flawed that it was almost painful to read.
  • 1 Quill: There is nothing to recommend this book at all. Not one thing. I'd rather read the side panel of a box of cereal.


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