addressalign-toparrow-leftarrow-rightbackbellblockcalendarcameraccwcheckchevron-downchevron-leftchevron-rightchevron-small-downchevron-small-leftchevron-small-rightchevron-small-upchevron-upcircle-with-checkcircle-with-crosscircle-with-pluscrossdots-three-verticaleditemptyheartexporteye-with-lineeyefacebookfolderfullheartglobegmailgooglegroupshelp-with-circleimageimagesinstagramFill 1linklocation-pinm-swarmSearchmailmessagesminusmoremuplabelShape 3 + Rectangle 1ShapeoutlookpersonJoin Group on CardStartprice-ribbonShapeShapeShapeShapeImported LayersImported LayersImported Layersshieldstartickettrashtriangle-downtriangle-uptwitteruserwarningyahoo

January Book Club

  • Jan 20, 2015 · 7:00 PM
  • This location is shown only to members

We have increased the amount to attend the meeting to cover the cost of the author's meal.

Change Change Change Change Different Book Different Book

The Author will be with us for this meetup!

The E copy of the book is available to ALL. It is under 3 different formats to accommodate your needs. Please go under More tab to Files. There you will see the 3 formats for downloading the books.

There was a problem with the hard copies. Let me know if it presents a problem for you and I have a few solutions. CherylAnn

This month's read

Innocence Lost - A Childhood Stolen

by Philip Sherman Mygatt

I met Miriam Kabliski Cohen quite by accident, and for me it was a life-changing event. My ninety-four-year-old widowed mother had recently moved into an assisted living facility in Venice, Florida, after my step-father died in 2009, and Miriam was her next-door neighbor. One day when I was visiting my mother, Miriam or Mira - as her friends and family called her - stopped by to visit. My first impression of her was of a small, white-haired lady, who walked with a slight stoop and had a foreign accent that I couldn't quite place. She appeared to be in her late seventies, and what surprised me the most as we started talking, was that she was quite computer literate. She had her own active Facebook page, Twitter account and kept in touch with her large family through e-mails. After Mira had left the apartment, I asked my mother to tell me more about her. She told me that Mira was Polish and had been sent to Auschwitz during WWII, but that's all she knew. Since I was quite interested in WWII history, especially The Holocaust, I asked my mother to call me the next time Mira stopped by, and I would like to hear more about her life. A couple of weeks later, my mother arranged a meeting in her apartment. I didn't know what to expect as I wasn't sure if Mira wanted to talk about her childhood experiences. Our meeting started out pleasantly, but soon it became apparent that whatever had happened many years ago was something that she didn't want to talk about. I changed the subject because I certainly didn't want to make her uncomfortable by asking her questions about her past. She asked me where I worked, and I told her I was an author and that I had written several books, including one about WWII. The more we talked, the more she opened up, until she told me that she wanted to go back to her apartment and get something to share with me. Within minutes, she returned with a well-worn leather satchel. Opening it, she started pulling out scraps of paper until there was quite a large pile on my mother's coffee table. When I asked her what were on the scraps of paper, she replied, "My story." As I picked them up and examined them, I noticed they were obviously written in a young person's handwriting, and were in a foreign language; Polish I correctly assumed. As I was going through the scraps, she reached into the satchel, pulled out a well-worn rag doll, and handed it to me. "Meet Alinka," she said. Alinka's clothes were tattered and dirty, her bisque head was crackled and chipped, and one of her arms was badly repaired. But, when Mira reached over, took her back, and hugged her tightly to her chest, I got a brief glimpse of an eight-year-old Polish girl sitting across from me.

 



 

Join or login to comment.

  • Philip M.

    There was a comment made about Genevieve's age. She wasn't in her thirties, she was Mira's age. It was Frau Degenhardt who was in her late thirties.

    "She said she feared for her father’s safety more than anything else. Although she tried to live the normal life of a ten-year-old, she lived in constant fear. Every knock at their door, every unknown car or truck that parked outside their townhouse, every German soldier that seemed to pay extra attention to them as they walked down the street, all these simple daily events filled her with dread, and she found that she couldn’t sleep at night and her health began to suffer.

    January 21, 2015

    • Linda, W.

      Philip...It was a treat to have you join us. My question/comment to you -that I thought about after the meeting regarding Dr. Mueller. He was a doctor and probably took the Hippocratic Oath: First do no harm. I still wonder if his personality was shaped by the war or was he truly a Physician who before the war honored his profession and the oath and that his behavior in the book was formed by the war and he was programmed to do what he had to do (follow orders ). How did he reconcile saving lives and destroying life.

      1 · January 26, 2015

  • Linda, W.

    I thoroughly enjoyed the meeting. It was a treat to have the author join us. The conversation was lively, dynamic and engaging. It is always very interesting to hear everyone's reactions and perspective on the book. A most interesting group.

    1 · January 26, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just an idea for Phillip: in a rural area where we visit, the libraries have Book Club Kits, with copies of the book, questions for discussion, etc.. They sign the kits out to interested groups for Book Club Meetings. I thought you might be interested in this line of sharing for your book(s). Good luck and thank you for the Proof Copy! I will share that with a friend in West Palm, because I have the book in my I-Books collection complete with my notes/highlights.

    1 · January 21, 2015

  • Julia E.

    As always, I enjoyed the people, the review, and the food. It was a pleasure to hear from the Author; so very interesting.

    1 · January 21, 2015

  • Casandra W.

    excellent

    1 · January 21, 2015

  • Philip M.

    Thanks to all who attended. Your comments were well received and I look forward to attending future meetings as a member. A great group of readers!

    January 21, 2015

  • TERRI B.

    GOOD BOOK CLUB MEETING

    1 · January 20, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed very much, loved the book and enjoyed the author. I enjoyed the discussion.

    1 · January 20, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Book club confessions: I sort of became obsessed with the Outlander series over the holidays and failed to give myself enough time to finish this months book. I am enjoying Innocence Lost! I'm about half way through and want to slowly take in the end. Hope to meet you all another month :)

    1 · January 19, 2015

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to tonight's meetup!

    2 · January 20, 2015

  • Kathy C.

    Something has come Up, unexpected family in town so I changed my reservation. See you all in February.

    January 19, 2015

    • Julia R.

      I am confused as I thought I had been accepted to come a long time ago. Now I don't see my name on list. Please advise. Julia Rissler

      January 19, 2015

    • CherylAnn P.

      Check your messages through this website CherylAnn

      January 19, 2015

  • Donna

    One of the reasons that I love libraries, row after row of lovely books to explore, hold, etc. I love my kindle for it's practicality whilst travelling but physical books can never be replaced!

    1 · December 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I do live in a library.

      January 15, 2015

    • A former member
      A former member

      OK, bibliophiles! We have so many books, there is no need for any additional insulation!

      January 15, 2015

  • TERRI B.

    I have conflicting e.mails on what time we are meeting. is it 6:30 OR 7 ???

    January 12, 2015

    • CherylAnn P.

      Meeting is at 7:00. The restaurant changed the time

      January 13, 2015

  • Kathie

    Terri, the restaurant changed it to 7pm. Not the bookclub's choice. This is one of those times we have to just go with the flow.

    January 13, 2015

  • taffey /john l.

    Hi everyone
    Can't down load book. Impossible, on my computer and Ipad. Had an expert try. . Anyone have a HARD COPY of INNOCENCE LOST that I can borrow.?I will be very glad to pick it up and return to where ever .
    Thanks so much.
    Taffey

    January 3, 2015

    • CherylAnn P.

      Taffy Email me at [masked] and I can help cp

      January 4, 2015

    • ann v.

      Sorry, this is late, but if you want a hardback, you can order it at B&N, $16, they contact the printer and it takes about 5-6 days. It is a very small printing co.

      January 13, 2015

  • Chimi

    Thanks Cheryl - the book downloaded easily :)

    November 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am not able to download this book to my Kindle. Do you know where I can get a hard copy of it? I'm not finding it in the Pinellas County Library system.

      January 1, 2015

    • CherylAnn P.

      Did you go to the more page and go under files? There are 3 versions. One is set up for kindles. Use the send a messages and let me know if you still have issues. I have a few more solutions. CherylAnn

      January 1, 2015

  • Kathie

    Here is an interesting point of view that I wanted to share with you all. It comes from the book, The End of Your Life Book Club. "One of the things I love about bound books is their sheer physicality. Electronic books live out of sight and out of mind. But printed books have body, presence. . . . I often seek electronic books, but they never come after me. They may make me feel, but I can't feel them. They are all soul with no flesh, no texture, and no weight. They can get in your head but can't whack you upside it". :-)

    1 · December 28, 2014

    • TERRI B.

      I had not thought of it that way. But very true!

      December 28, 2014

    • Julia E.

      Although an avid Kindle User, I admit you are correct. Even though for many years my books are stored on my reader; I would love to walk into a room filled with the books I've read, enjoyed or not, and any others I should have or will read in the future. Books, as you say, do have a body and presence. I get that very near feeling when entering a library.

      December 28, 2014

  • Philip M.

    If you like the book, please go to its Facebook page and LIKE it, then post a review. Just search for INNOCENCE LOST.

    December 9, 2014

  • CherylAnn P.

    If you enjoy the book Innocence Lost please go to Goodreads and give the author Philip Sherman Mygatt a good review

    November 24, 2014

  • CherylAnn P.

    Please go under the More tab to File to download your copy of Innocence Lost

    November 23, 2014

25 went

Your organizer's refund policy for January Book Club

Payments you make go to the organizer, not to Meetup. You must make refund requests to the organizer.

Regardless of the refund policy set by the organizer, Meetup may issue refunds on an organizer's behalf if we determine that Meetup's Payment Policies have been violated.

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy