Ptarmigan Ski Club

Founded in 1947, our non-profit organization is dedicated to the promotion of skiing, snow boarding, golf, music, and other year-round activities for the education and enjoyment of its members.

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Book Club


A Ptarmigan Ski Club Coed Book Group

*Our goal is to read and discuss books in a fun atmosphere.

Mary Laronge                                610-737-2349

Ronnie Rother                              610-657-6267

Welcome, reader!


Please note that your commitment to this group is as you wish. 

Join us every month or once in a while. 

One book is discussed each month, the third Wednesday of the month.  Discussions begin promptly at 6:30 PM and end promptly at 8 PM.


Meetings are held at Mary’s or Ronnie’s house. 

It is a BYOB (bring your own beverage) and a BYOF (bring your own food), 

if you wish.

You are invited to enjoy this event

from 6:15 through 8:30 PM.


I.   THE BOOK DISCUSSION     (60 to 70 minutes)

You are more than welcomed to join our readers’ circle… even if you have not read the book or have not finished the book (not everyone can finish every book and nonreaders have valuable insights to contribute!).   A designated person will lead the discussion.  After a quick thumbs up/thumbs down assessment of the book at the start, a discussion on the current book will commence.  At times, questions gathered from an Internet source will help guide our discussions and/or a more casual flow of conversation will guide us.  After everyone feels the book has been thoroughly discussed, a new book will be selected for the following month. 

II.   SELECTING a NEW BOOK for the NEXT MONTH     (10 to 20 minutes)

Anyone in attendance may suggest a book.  Please come prepared to share a book’s title, author, and a brief description of the book, if you wish.  However, please be sure the book you are suggesting is in print, no more than 500 pages in length, and has at least a four-star or higher rating.  If there are five or more books suggested, then (after a brief summary of each book) this number will be narrowed down to two or three titles by vote.  Of these books, the one receiving the highest number of votes during the next voting will be the next month’s book.  Books that are not chosen during a given voting process may be proposed again at a later point.  The next leader for the next book and the next meeting’s location will be noted. 


A notice for the next chosen book will be forwarded to PSC members and posted on the website   (within three days after the last discussion meeting).





Everyone is welcomed to lead a discussion.  Perhaps you would like to lead the group in discussing a book you suggested, one in which you have a particular interest, one that you have knowledge with the particular topic/plot/author, etc.  Please see Mary and/or Ronnie to secure a date to facilitate a discussion.  When there are no volunteers, Mary or Ronnie will conduct the meeting.



~A few side conversations are fine, however, please be respectful to the facilitator, the person presently speaking, time restraint, and to others who came to the meeting hoping to hear as much as possible about the book.  As we know…when more than one person speaks at a time, it becomes distractible to others.  (This is becoming more and more important since our attendance is growing.) Also, please refrain from dominating the discussions, speaking/commenting off topic, or not taking the discussion seriously.     

~In addition, we realize there are millions of possible ways to discuss a book and that for many of us one hour of discussion may not be sufficient.  So, go ahead…talk it up!  Enjoy!   BUT, please be sure that if you find your enthusiasm for a book has you discussing it prior to its formal discussion date, you are doing so with someone who wishes to do so.  And, no spoiler alerts!  Be cautious of whom might be within earshot!


At this time, this is our criteria.  Please be sure the book is:

               ~in print and readily available

               ~no more than 500 pages

               ~ a 4 star or higher rated book

               ~one that most members have not already enjoyed

In addition, in your opinion, the book you wish to suggest is one that will:

               ~lend itself to an in-depth discussion

               ~be of interest to both sexes

Fiction and non-fiction discussion questions. Click on the link below.
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Books Read to Date, Since Oct 2015

The Atomic City Girls:
A Novel
Janet Beard F (explores love, war and patriotism while making the WWII bomb in Oak Ridge, Tenn)
A Gentleman in Moscow:
A Novel
Amor Towles F  (Count is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat sentenced to hotel arrest)
Apr-2019 Marriage of Opposites Alice Hoffman F (marriage of Rachel and Frederick sparks a scandal on the island)
Mar-2019 The Long Walk: The True Story of a Trek to Freedom Slavomir Rawicz NF (seven prisoners escape a Soviet labor camp and walk to freedom)
Educated: A Memoir
(snow!- discussed in May)
Tara Westover NF (Tara’s quest for knowledge takes her away from her survivalists family) 
The Ice-Cream Queen of Orchard Street:
A Novel
Susan Jane Gilman F (Lillian Dunkle survives an accident and  Manhattan to become a “queen”)
Dec-2018 Ten Days in a Mad House Nellie Bly NF (first –hand account of life at Bellevue Hospital on Blackwell’s Island)
One Second After
(A John Matherson Novel)
William R. Forstchen F (America is back to the Dark Ages due to Electro Magnetic Pulse, EMP)
Oct-2018 Nothing Like It in the World: The Men Who Built the TR Stephen E. Ambrose F (two companies against each other in a race to complete the railroad)
Sep-2018 The Day the World Came to Town: 9/11 in Gander Jim DeFede NF  (personal stories behind events on 9/11 that inspired Come From Away)
Jul-2018 The Night Circus Erin Morgenstern F (a duel between two young magicians in which only one can survive)
We Were the Lucky Ones:
A Novel
Georgia Hunter F (a Jewish family separated at the start of the was struggle to reunite)
May-2018 The Great Alone Kristin Hannah F (former POW moves his family to Alaska hoping to cope better with life) 
Apr-2018 American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent
Tamer Elnoury
Kevin Maurer
N-NF (memoir of a Muslim American FBI agent fighting terror from the inside)
Mar-2018 The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America Erik Larson N-NF (true tale of two men: an architect and a serial killer and the 1893 World’s Fair)
Feb-2018 Underground Railroad: A Novel Colson Whitehead F (no mere metaphor, actual tracks and tunnels help slaves to escape bondage)
Jan-2018 Beneath a Scarlet Sky: A Novel Mark Sullivan F (Pino’s saga of WWII tells of his determination to survive)
Dec-2017 cancelled    
Nov-2017 Truly, Madly, Guilty Liane Moriarty F (3 couples trying to balance work and family life attend a BBQ) 
Oct-2017 Undaunted Courage Stephen Ambrose NF (biography of Meriwether Lewis and the Lewis & Clark Expedition)
Sep-2017 Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk Kathleen Rooney F (inspired by Margaret Fishback, poet and ad-writer for Macy’s)
Aug-2017 American Dervish Ayad Akhtar F (story of a young Pakistani-American boy and his struggles)
Jul-2017 The Alice Network Kate Quinn N-NF (true story of a female spy ring covering both WWI and WW2)
Jun-2017 The Woman in Cabin 10 Ruth Ware F (a journalist assigned to a cruise thinks she witnesses a murder)
May-2017 Deep Undercover Jack Barsky N-NF (a former KGB spy tells about his life as a spy living in America)
Apr-2017 Pillars of the Earth Ken Follett F (building of a cathedral in England in the middle of the 12th century)
Mar-2017 The Zookeeper’s Wife Diane Ackerman N-NF (true story about the Warsaw Zoo who saved many during WW2)
Feb-2017 The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Mitch Albom F (a talented Spanish war orphan raised by a blind music teacher)
Jan-2017 The Girl on the Train Paula Hawkins F (psychological thriller-told from the point of view of 3 women)
Dec-2016 cancelled    
Nov-2016 Hillbilly Elegy J.D. Vance NF (Vance’s memoir about Appalachian values & his life)
Oct-2016 The Alchemist Paulo Coelho F (follows the journey of a young Andalusian boy seeking a treasure) 
Sep-2016 Sons & Daughters of Ease & Plenty Ramona Ausubel F  (privileged family falls apart after their income disappears)
Aug-2016 And the Mountains Echoed Khaled Hosseini F (9 chapters-told from the different perspectives-tie together)
Jul-2016 Nothing to Envy Barbara Demick N-NF (learn about the lives of 6 North Koreans over 15 years) 
Jun-2016 Gold Finch Donna Tartt F (13 year old survives an attack, life is difficult but he has a painting)
May-2016 The Art Forger B.A. Shapiro F  (What is on the canvas-is it real or forgery?)
Apr-2016 The Boys in the Boat Daniel James Brown N-NF  (Joe Rantz’s  part in the ’36 men’s Olympic  rowing team)
Mar-2016 Smoke gets in Your Eyes Caitlin Doughty NF  (a licensed mortician tells of funeral practices)
Feb-2016 The Nightingale Kristin Hannah F  (endurance of Frenchwomen during WWII)
Jan-2016 News From Berlin Otto de Kat F  (a Dutch diplomat’s  quandary when assigned to Switzerland)
Dec-2015 Gumption Nick Offerman NF  (short essays about 21 Americans who inspired Offerman)
Nov-2015 Red Notice Bill Browder N-NF  (real foreign investing in the Russian stock market)
Oct-2015 The Enchanted Rene Denfeld F   (a death row inmate’s saga in an ancient prison)

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