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Book Club

  • Apr 16, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read is The Piano Tuner by Peter Meinke

In The Piano Tuner, Peter Meinke writes of the foreignness that awaits us when we go abroad and when we answer our own front door to admit a stranger, that confronts us in unfamiliar cities and villages and in the equally disquieting surroundings of our memories and regrets.Often in these stories, what seems a safe, comfortable environment turns suddenly threatening. In the title story, a writer's quiet existence amid his antiques and books is dismantled, piece by piece, by a demonic, beer-bellied piano tuner. In "The Ponoes," a man recalls how, as a young boy living in Brooklyn during World War II, he became a collaborationist in the brutal pranks of two Irish bullies. In "The Twisted River," the sedate collegiality of a Polish university is disrupted when an American on a Fulbright grant attempts to blackmail two faculty members. And in "The Bracelet," a young anthropology student doing field work in Africa finds herself drawn further and further into the role of a priestess of Oshun, into a life dictated by the configuration of cowry shells cast upon the floor. Meinke writes of a world where our control over our lives seldom exists across a border, and often extends no further than our fingertips. Attempts to bridge two cultures, two lives are sometimes successful, as when an actor finds love in the arms of a tough-talking barmaid, but more usually lead to disillusionment, as when a hard-drinking salesman's career is shattered after he is drunk under the table one night by a Polish engineer, or when an English father struggles to find common ground with his American son. Riveting, almost terrifying, the stories in The Piano Tuner tell of decent men and women caught in events that they could never have predicted, would never have chosen.br> GRAND INQUISITOR: VACANT

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  • Kathie

    Have a safe trip and a good summer away from the heat. Hope to see you back in our group when you return.

    April 17, 2013

    • TERRI B.

      Thank you!! will reading along with you each month, Not sure when I will be see you all again, Knee replacement surgery 9/10/2013. At least I will have some good book reading time while I am getting better, best regards to everyone, Terri

      April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Me too, y'all. Enjoyed meeting new folks and rejoining a few others. I'd like to find some stability with a group that would both read the selection and show up for the discussion. Selzer's fine venue! GI - job WELL DONE!

    April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed the group discussion and the venue was good for food and conversation. Nice to see Margo and Patty and Alice and Cassandra again, although Alice is now doing the snowbird thing and heading north.

    April 17, 2013

  • Kathie

    Yes! I think we have found a place to put on our list of places to go back to. Great discussion, great food and service. Will have to Like them on Facebook, and get their free dessert for next time. :) Thanks so much to Janice for moderating this unusual short-story collection. A much-enjoyed change of pace for the group. See you all next month!

    April 17, 2013

  • Patti Moore Sauvageot W.

    Really enjoyed last night's discussion and company.

    April 17, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Gonna be stuck at work again.. Sorry all!

    April 16, 2013

  • CherylAnn P.

    If you go on Facebook and like Harold Seltzer you can get a coupon for a free napoleon.

    April 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I didnt get a window but I hope I get a napoleon...

      April 15, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      hope to see you tonight, Tracey!

      1 · April 16, 2013

  • Pat C.

    Sorry. I am sick.

    April 16, 2013

  • Kevin M.

    Regretfully I am going to be stuck at work again. I miss everyone and hope I can get back on a normal schedule soon!

    April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll try to drop in on my way home, if that's ok.

    April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where on earth did I come up with Janet??! I meant Janice!

    April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    same here, Tracey. probably will be inundated with FB ads now, but dang if I saw anything about a free napoleon-whatever it is. My past says it's a gooey dessert treat, but rather hoping it's a very exotic drink!

    April 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to work a 12 hour shift tomorrow. I won't be off in time for the meeting. I'm sorry to miss getting together with all of you. I will be there in May. I know you are in good hands with Janet!

    April 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    And another great book (from Tampa Bay Times reading festival last year) is Caveat Emptor, the real life story of Ken Perenyi, one of our neighbors in Madeira Beach, who made a career out of art forgery. Captivating story! And it's available in the Pinellas Libraries.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Everyone, I just wanted to drop a note that even though I haven't been to any of your meetups yet, I do lurk diligently and read most of the books. Lots of good books! So thank you so much - I'll try to get to HS; it's just down the road from me, but the challenge is getting there from work over in Tampa.

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I couldn't get a hold of the book in time. Maybe next month?

    April 11, 2013

  • Janice T.

    Hi, all. As this month's GI, I have a suggestion. Since we are reading short stories, I am asking each of you to note which story impressed you the most, for whatever reason. It can be the one you like most, liked least, the one you thought about the most after reading it, most unusual character, anything. We can share our thoughts at the meeting. Looking forward to seeing you!

    April 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This will be my first meeting and I am thrilled to be joining!!

    April 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    see you there

    March 26, 2013

  • Terri

    I miss being there!

    March 21, 2013

  • Janice T.

    This book is usually available through Haslam's. The author has lived in St. Petersburg since 1966 and retired from Eckerd College.
    A family medical emergency has kept me from attending, but I hope to return by April. In the meantime, I have been following the site.

    February 19, 2013

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