Nautical Book Group

Join Dr. Ely Brand and Jane Sherman for the newest club activity, the MYC Book Group, for monthly discussions of rousing tales of the high seas and local maritime histories. Jane is the co-leader who will lead the group during the winter season when Ely migrates south.


The group will meet monthly at the Clubhouse for two hours of banter and insights. Bring light hors d’oeuvres to share and adult beverages to enjoy as the group relives these epic tales and histories of nautical adventures, misadventures and just good fun.


Hope to see you there.


2019 - 2020  Book Group Dates & Books

January 23, 2020 - Thursday - 5 to 7 pm

  • Book:  Ten Hours Until Dawn by Michael Tougias
In the midst of the Blizzard of 1978, the tanker Global Hope floundered on the shoals in Salem Sound off the Massachusetts coast. The Coast Guard heard the Mayday calls and immediately dispatched a patrol boat. Within an hour, the Coast Guard boat was in as much trouble as the tanker, having lost its radar, depth finder, and engine power in horrendous seas.
  • Buy the book in Chatham at Where The Sidewalk Ends Bookstore and ask for the MYC 20% discount.

October 30, 2019 - Wednesday - 5 to 7 pm

  • Book:  Longitude  by Dava Sobel.
Longitude: The True Story of a Lone Genius Who Solved the Greatest Scientific Problem of His Time Anyone alive in the eighteenth century would have known that "the longitude problem" was the thorniest scientific dilemma of the day―and had been for centuries. Lacking the ability to measure their longitude, sailors throughout the great ages of exploration had been literally lost at sea as soon as they lost sight of land. Thousands of lives, and the increasing fortunes of nations, hung on a resolution.

September 26, 2019 - Thursday - 5 to 7 pm

  • Book:  The Hungry Ocean: A Swordboat Captain's Journey  by Linda Greenlaw.
Known to millions of readers of The Perfect Storm as the captain of the Hannah Boden, sister ship to the Andrea Gail, Linda Greenlaw is also known as one of the best sea captains on the East Coas

August 27, 2019 - Tuesday - 5 to 7 pm

  • Book:  In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick.
Winner of the National Book Award, Nathaniel Philbrick's book is a fantastic saga of survival and adventure,
steeped in the lore of whaling, with deep resonance in American literature and history.
  • Buy the book in Chatham at Where The Sidewalk Ends Bookstore


July 24, 2019 - Wednesday - 5 to 7 pm

  • Book:  The Enduring Shore by Paul Schneider.
    “A charged must-read for anyone who ever fell asleep in American History.” – Esquire
  • Buy the book in Chatham at Where The Sidewalk Ends Bookstore