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Book Club Selections for November and December

The Book Club normally meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, in member's homes. If you would like to join us, please contact Celinda Crego at cac432@aol.com for more information. We strive for variety and will be reading a diverse selection of books. Feel free to attend as your interest or schedule allows.

DATE: November 11
TIME: 7:00 pm
TITLE & AUTHOR: Lionel Asbo: State of England by Martin Amis
Des Pepperdine is a boy out of place. He lives on the thirty-third floor of a London housing project; while his peers pick fights, Des retreats to the public library. What's more, Des's uncle and guardian, Lionel Asbo, is one of the most notorious petty criminals in the city. Yet Lionel, full of inept devotion to his nephew, dutifully teaches Des the essentials of becoming a man (always carry a knife; pornography is easier than dating; pit bulls should be fed Tabasco sauce). To survive these lessons, Des seeks solace in a covert romantic union that would fill Lionel with rage. But just as Des begins to lead a healthier life, Lionel wins £140 million in the lottery. The money ushers in a public-relations firm for Lionel, along with a cannily ambitious topless model-poet. Through it all, Lionel remains his vicious, oddly loyal self, and his problems, as well as Des's, only seem to multiply. By turns outrageous and touching, Lionel Asbo is an exuberant Dickensian satire of crime, celebrity, and modern culture.

DATE: Dec 9
TIME :7:00 PM
TITLE & AUTHOR: The Natural by Bernard Malamud
You may remember the movie - starring Robert Redford, but I am told that it is different from the book.
"The Natural is a 1952 novel about baseball written by Bernard Malamud. The book follows Roy Hobbs, a baseball prodigy whose career is sidetracked when he is shot by a woman whose motivation remains mysterious. Whether she is acting alone or is part of a plot can be debated. Most of the story concerns itself with his attempts to return to baseball later in life, when he plays for the fictional New York Knights with his legendary bat "Wonderboy". (from Wikipedia)


October 22, 2014 (#)

Sixth Annual CAAAN Kick-Off Dinner

It's that time of year again for meeting with prospective Cornell students!

Buffalo-area CAAAN (Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network) volunteers and all interested alumni of Cornell are invited to our annual CAAAN Kick-Off Dinner, to be held at Chef's Restaurant in downtown Buffalo on Thursday, November 6, 2013. While enjoying your choice of Chef's delicious Italian specialties, you will have the chance to learn more about the CAAAN program - where alumni meet and talk with prospective students about the Cornell experience - while meeting other alumni and learning more about the Cornell admissions process.

For those who are new to the CAAAN program, please be sure to sign-up today at the following website: http://caaan.admissions.cornell.edu/.

The cost for the dinner is $20 per person, and will include a selection of a main dish with salad, dessert, tea, and coffee. A cash bar will be available. Attendees have the choice of pre-ordering Chicken Parmesan, Cheese Ravioli, or Chef's famous Spaghetti Parmesan with meatballs.

Chef's Restaurant
291 Seneca Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
716-856-9187

Cash bar begins at 6:30 PM, with dinner to begin at 7 PM.

Please register Here or paste this address into your browser: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/875128

For event questions or general questions about the CAAAN program, please contact Matthew Nagowski '05 at nagowski@cornell.edu.


October 17, 2014 (#)

Future Book Club Meetings

The Book Club usually meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, in member's homes. If you would like to join us, please contact Celinda Crego at cac432@aol.com for more information.

DATE:Sept 9
TIME: 7:00 PM
Cornell New Student Reading Project Book
TITLE & AUTHOR: Clash of the Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio by Amara Lakhous
Cornell has described the book as a "cosmopolitan, intercultural murder mystery narrated by a variety of unique, idiosyncratic and often comically outspoken residents of a modern apartment building in the center of Rome".
Copies of the book have been provided to the book club by the University Provost's office. Please contact Matt Nagowski, matthew.nagowski@gmail.com , to learn how to obtain a copy.
Some Cornell Classes also mail out copies - so you may have already received one. Several Cornell professors will give lectures on campus related to the book, and they should be available online early in September.

HOST: Nancy Spector

DATE: Oct 14
TIME :7:00 PM
TITLE & AUTHOR: Snow in August by Pete Hamill
"In 1940s Brooklyn, friendship between an 11-year-old Irish Catholic boy and an elderly Jewish rabbi might seem as unlikely as, well, snow in August. But the relationship between young Michael Devlin and Rabbi Judah Hirsch is only one of the many miracles large and small contained in Pete Hamill's novel." Amazon
HOST: Joan Alexander


August 15, 2014 (#)

Join the Club to Cheer on the Buffalo Bisons!

What could be better than an evening of baseball, racing mascots, hot dogs and fireworks in downtown Buffalo?! The Cornell Club of Buffalo will be attending the Buffalo Bisons game on Friday August 22 to watch the Herd take on the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRaiders. Game time is 7:05pm.

All family and friends are invited - the more the merrier!

What: Buffalo Bison's Game

When: Friday August 22nd

Time: game start is 7:05pm

Cost: $10.75 per person

Ticket sales through the link below will end on Friday August 8th at 11am so that we can purchase the quantity of tickets needed from the Buffalo Bisons.

REGISTER HERE or paste this url into a browser window: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/809095.

Email Eric Hoffman at erh53@cornell.edu with questions.


July 31, 2014 (#)

Cornell Club Takes in the Music of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Canalside

On Thursday August 7th the BPO will be playing a free concert at Canalside. This concert will feature the music of Michael Jackson and Earth Wind and Fire. If you enjoy this music or would simply like to get out and take in a free concert at one of Buffalo's coolest new venues, come join us! We will be meeting in front of the Naval & Military Park museum building (essentially the Liberty Hound restaurant) at 5:45pm and walking over to the concert area at 6pm. Feel free to bring chairs or a blanket to sit on. All friends and family welcome!

What: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert at Canalside

When: Thursday August 7th

Time: Concert starts at 6pm. Anyone who would like to sit with the Cornell Club group should meet in front of the Naval & Military Park museum building (where the Liberty Hound restaurant is located) at 5:45pm.

Where: Canalside Buffalo. Visit their website for more information: http://www.canalsidebuffalo.com/

Please email Patricia Herby at paa27@cornell.edu if you plan to attend so we know to look out for you at the meeting spot!


July 14, 2014 (#)

Summer Book Club

The Book Club usually meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM, in member's homes. If you would like to join us, please contact Celinda Crego at cac432@aol.com for more information.

JULY
DATE:July 8
TIME: 7:00 PM
TITLE & AUTHOR: The Trial by Franz Kafka
"A terrifying psychological trip into the life of one Joseph K., an ordinary man who wakes up one day to find himself accused of a crime he did not commit, a crime whose nature is never revealed to him. Once arrested, he is released, but must report to court on a regular basis--an event that proves maddening, as nothing is ever resolved. As he grows more uncertain of his fate, his personal life--including work at a bank and his relations with his landlady and a young woman who lives next door--becomes increasingly unpredictable. As K. tries to gain control, he succeeds only in accelerating his own excruciating downward spiral." (from Amazon)
HOST: Matt Nagowski

AUGUST
DATE: August 12
TIME: 7:00 PM
TITLE & AUTHOR: All the King's Men by Robert Penn Warren
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize. "This landmark book is a loosely fictionalized account of Governor Huey Long of Louisiana, one of the nation's most astounding politicians. All the King's Men tells the story of Willie Stark, a southern-fried politician who builds support by appealing to the common man and playing dirty politics with the best of the back-room deal-makers. Though Stark quickly sheds his idealism, his right-hand man, Jack Burden -- who narrates the story -- retains it and proves to be a thorn in the new governor's side. Stark becomes a successful leader, but at a very high price." (from Amazon)
HOST: Pat Potts


June 24, 2014 (#)

Hiking & Exploring at Little Rock City State Forest

Join the Cornell Club of Greater Buffalo as we explore Little Rock City, located in the Rock City State Forest in Little Valley, NY. This area is unique due to the large rock formations that are visible and scattered throughout the surrounding area. More information about the park can be found at www.dec.ny.gov/lands/77184.html.

Date: Saturday June 21st

Time: Meet at 11am

Directions from Buffalo:
1. Take Route 219 into downtown Ellicottville
2. Go straight/slight right onto Route 242 - go approx. 4.3 miles
3. Turn left on Whig Street - go approx. 1.9 miles
4. Turn left on Hungry Hollow Rd. - go approx. 1.1 miles
5. Turn right on Little Rock City Rd. and follow it until cul-du-sac at the end - go approx. 1.9 miles

A link to the destination on mapquest is below: http://mapq.st/1nlzgIE


This event is free, but please RSVP to Jack McGowan jam565@cornell.edu or 716-864-8670 by Friday June 20th.


May 27, 2014 (#)



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Recent updates

-- Book Club Selections for November and December (10/22/14)

-- Sixth Annual CAAAN Kick-Off Dinner (10/17/14)

-- Future Book Club Meetings (08/15/14)

-- Join the Club to Cheer on the Buffalo Bisons! (07/31/14)

-- Cornell Club Takes in the Music of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra at Canalside (07/14/14)

-- Summer Book Club (06/24/14)

-- Hiking & Exploring at Little Rock City State Forest (05/27/14)

-- Albright-Knox Art Gallery Tour of "One Another: Spiderlike, I Spin Mirrors" (05/06/14)

-- Cornell University Reunion June 5-8 (05/06/14)

-- Book Club - May and June Dates and Selections (05/06/14)

-- May/June Issue of Cornell Alumni Magazine (05/01/14)

-- Annual Meeting and Cornell Faculty Lecture is May 5 (04/01/14)

-- Future Book Club Meeting Dates (01/10/14)

-- Jan/Feb Issue of Cornell Alumni Magazine (01/06/14)

-- Big Red Hockey at Lynah! (12/09/13)

-- Cornell Baja Racing Needs Your Help! (11/25/13)

-- Upcoming Book Club Meetings (11/25/13)

-- Albright-Knox Art Gallery Tour (11/07/13)

-- CAAAN Kick-Off Dinner November 6 (10/28/13)

-- Albright-Knox Art Gallery Tour (10/28/13)

-- November Events (10/02/13)

-- Fall Issue of Cornell's EZRA Magazine (09/18/13)

-- Cornell Hockey vs. BU at MSG on Nov. 30! (09/14/13)

-- Sept/Oct Issue of Cornell Alumni Magazine (09/07/13)

-- Cornell vs. Boston U. Hockey Tickets on Sale Monday! (03/07/13)

-- Cornell Lacrosse Defeats Canisius in Buffalo (03/06/13)

-- Winter Networking Happy Hour at Marotto's Restaurant - Wednesday February 6th! (02/04/13)

-- Big Red Hockey in Ithaca! Cornell Men's Ice Hockey vs. Union at Lynah Rink - Saturday February 23rd (02/04/13)

-- Cornellians Volunteer at Vive la Casa for Cornell Cares Day 2013 (01/16/13)

-- Cornell Cares Day at Vive La Casa (12/27/12)

-- December 6 - Winter Cheer at Shannon Pub (11/27/12)


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