MeetUp (11/12) - Discuss "American Salvage" (short stories)

  • November 12, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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On Tuesday, November 12, the Michigan Beer & Book Club will be having a meet-up to discuss "American Salvage" by Bonnie Jo Campbell, from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. 

Location is Liberty Street Brewing Company in Plymouth. This facility is a microbrewery, so there are no meal options (other than a few snack options and pizza).  At this establishment, you order beverages and snacks from the bar.

We will be meeting upstairs.

 

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  • Anna B

    Thanks everyone for a great evening and discussion. I truly enjoy hearing all different perspectives of the novel.

    2 · November 13, 2013

  • Chris

    I uploaded a screenshot between a quick conversation between Tim Chilcote and Bonnie Jo Campbell in the photos section of the "American Salvage" meet-up.

    2 · November 13, 2013

    • Sean

      Tim's a rock star.

      2 · November 13, 2013

  • Ellen B.

    Sorry I can't make it tomorrow. ..but I did read the stories. So many of them were downers. I found it a tough book to read. (Between these stories and "Breaking Bad," I have no interest in trying meth.) Every now and then in the stories, the writer would state something that summed up a lot. For example, in "Bringing Belle Home," Thommsen shares how it irks him that Belle never tips the bartender...and doesn't she realize that tipping the bartender and paying your child support are what keep a community going. That says a lot about the character's idea of community.

    November 11, 2013

    • Chris

      Thanks for letting me know Ellen. I went ahead and RSVP'd that you couldn't make it. We'll hopefully see you at one of the upcoming ones.

      November 12, 2013

  • Chris

    Hi everyone, our meet-up is next Tuesday. So I thought I'd mention that since "American Salvage" is a collection of short stories, I wanted to solicit particular stories of which people had strong feelings - stories they liked, they didn't like, or not sure if they liked it but it resonated with them anyway (haha). Feel free to post them here in the Comments section if you do.

    Also please be sure to update your RSVP if you've decided to go or not go, so I can let Liberty Street Brewing Co. know how many to expect. Thanks!

    November 6, 2013

    • Sean

      Solutions to Brian's Problems- I can't say it resonated with me but it had some nice tragic humor in it. Family Reunion was déjà vu all over again.

      1 · November 7, 2013

    • Heather

      I thought Fuel for the Millennium was amusing. I had a very strong reaction to Storm Warning. There was something about Falling that I liked. The whole collection was about awfully depressing topics, and yet it kept my attention!

      2 · November 11, 2013

  • Chris

    I would like to ask if there is anyone who's RSVP'd, but does not think that he or she will attend, to please update their RSVP now. The location we're meeting at tomorrow is not very large, so I only want to ask the facility's manager for enough space that would be sufficient. Thanks!

    November 11, 2013

  • John P

    This will be my first time attending; looking forward to it.

    1 · October 31, 2013

    • Julie D.

      Looking forward to meeting you John.

      November 11, 2013

  • Annie

    I would agree with Sean, solutions to Brian's problems was one that stood out to me. It captures tragedy in a really light and ironically casual way. The Yard Man was also touching though incredibly melancholy.

    1 · November 7, 2013

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