St. Pete Holiday Book Club

  • December 18, 2012 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read AFTER DARK by Haruki Murakami

A short, sleek novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the witching hours between midnight and dawn, and every bit as gripping as Haruki Murakami’s masterworks The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle and Kafka on the Shore.

At its center are two sisters—Eri, a fashion model slumbering her way into oblivion, and Mari, a young student soon led from solitary reading at an anonymous Denny’s toward people whose lives are radically alien to her own: a jazz trombonist who claims they’ve met before, a burly female “love hotel” manager and her maid staff, and a Chinese prostitute savagely brutalized by a businessman. These “night people” are haunted by secrets and needs that draw them together more powerfully than the differing circumstances that might keep them apart, and it soon becomes clear that Eri’s slumber—mysteriously tied to the businessman plagued by the mark of his crime—will either restore or annihilate her.

After Dark
moves from mesmerizing drama to metaphysical speculation, interweaving time and space as well as memory and perspective into a seamless exploration of human agency—the interplay between self-expression and empathy, between the power of observation and the scope of compassion and love. Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery.


GRAND INQUISITOR: Janice Taylor

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  • Janice T.

    Trisha, I am following up concerning April's selection, for which I suggested Peter Meinke's The Piano Tuner. I called Haslam's and they usually stock it. If they are out, they call him, and he brings copies in. It is also available new and used on Amazon. It is a paperback of short stories totalling 156 pages. Peter Meinke is a retired Eckerd College writing teacher who has lived here since 1966, so we would also be supporting a local writer. I was thinking each of us could write a short account of the story we liked best or found the most interesting or thought provoking. Let me know what you think. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

    December 20, 2012

  • Kathie

    Kevin mentioned a bookstore near Pia's Trattoria in Gulfport. That's possibly The Cottage Bookshop. Anyone interested in having lunch and visiting this bookstore with me over the holidays? Email me.

    December 19, 2012

    • Caroline R.

      Hi Kathie: If I'm available the day you want to go I would love to join you. Let me know your plans, Caroline

      December 20, 2012

    • Janice T.

      I'll be gone but wouldn't mind doing it another time.

      December 20, 2012

  • Kate S.

    So enjoyable and great to see everyone!

    December 19, 2012

  • Pattie

    We had a wonderful evening, fabulously planned by Trish. As usual she had every detail taken care of. The dinner was delicious and plentiful and we each went home with a new book to read over the holidays. There was so much to talk about, even After Dark - LOL. Happy Holidays to all and many thanks to Trish for all her efforts in making this a group I look forward to attending.

    1 · December 19, 2012

  • Janice T.

    Thanks, again, Trisha, for organizing the meeting. I really enjoyed the quotes you handed out for the book exchange.

    December 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Reminder all: update your RSVP so I can give the restaurant an accurate count. Because this is a large party they will be serving us family style at the tables (yes we will be at more than one table). The cost will be $25/person + tax, tip and beverage. If anyone has special food needs or allergies email me separately and I will notify the kitchen. For those of you who are new - this is generally not how the restaurants handle us nor are most we choose at this price.
    Don't forget to bring a wrapped book for the gift exchange.

    December 17, 2012

    • Janice T.

      This sounds fun and festive, Trisha! I typed my questions and made four copies so each table should have its own list.

      December 17, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    No. It was something we discussed at the October meeting. The book does not need to be new, just something you would like to pass along. Preferably not a book the group has read. It can even be a book you pick up at goodwill or the library paperback sales.

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I didn't know about the book exchange either, but it sounds like fun. I'm glad to know now so I won't show up empty-handed!

    December 13, 2012

  • Kathie

    I hadn't heard about the book exchange. Is this something new added at the last minute?

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Don't forget we will be doing a white elephant gift (book) exchange this month. Bring a wrapped book to exchange.

    December 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any location for this month's meetup yet? Making plans for that day and need to know where I have to be by 6:30.

    December 12, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really hope to attend as I've always loved Murakami's work! I'll know for sure once a location is announced.

    December 11, 2012

  • Kathie

    Anybody out there have a copy of The Life of Pi? I'll pick it anywhere in Pinellas County. Appreciate it sooo much!

    November 28, 2012

    • Kathie

      To borrow, that is. I'll take good care of it, promise.

      November 28, 2012

  • Kerry

    I couldn't make the last meetup as I realised, at the last minute, that it was in Gulfport rather than St. Pete. Oops! Looking forward to meeting you all.

    November 27, 2012

  • Dianne J.

    I hate to miss this book discussion and the book swap, but my sons will be home for the holidays and since they live in Asia, I only see them twice a year. I hope everyone has a peaceful and happy holiday season. See you all in January.

    November 21, 2012

  • TERRI B.

    wait list??? what is this??? did not realize we hadlimited numbers of people who could come to our book club.,

    November 17, 2012

  • Kathie

    Just finished After Dark. Strange book. But I really love the way the author writes, and some of his insights into ordinary people's lives. Going to look into reading some of his many other books.

    November 6, 2012

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