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February Book Club

  • Feb 19, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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This month's read HEART: A Personal Journey Through Its Myths and Meanings by Gail Godwin

"The Italians have a musical notation not found in any other language: tempo giusto 'the right tempo.' It means a steady, normal heat, between 66 and 76 on the metronome. Tempo giusto is the appropriate heat of the human heart."

One of the preeminent literary artists of our time turns her attention, her profound insight, and her passion to humankind's most enduring, important, evocative, and provocative symbol:

What is heart? It is the muscle of life, sending our most vital fluid coursing through our veins to every striving hungry part of our being. It is what keeps us striving against impossible odds; that fortifying something that is the cornerstone of every triumph. It elates us when we discover love and pains us greatly when that love is lost or proves unrequited. It is a gentleness that colors what we give to others. It is a symbol that we see on greeting cards: a small, red shape that was drawn on the wall of a cave in Spain more than 12,000 years ago

In this truly remarkable work, acclaimed, bestselling author Gall Godwin takes us on a breathtaking journey of the heart that spans the entire history of human civilization, combining literature, myth, religion, philosophy, medicine, the fine arts, and intensely personal stories from the writer's own past to explore the full and complex character of that unique symbol. Brimming with intelligence and wit, Godwin's explorations and meditations brilliantly track themes of the heart in life, legend, and art -- from the first valentine to the first stethoscope, from Gilgamesh to Confucius, from the heart of darkness to wearing one is heart on one's sleeve.

Here is a gift of the heart from an eminent American writer at the pinnacle of her creative talents. It is a work of extraordinary power, creativity, scholarship, and passion. Lively and moving, Heart offers us a profound new look at where we come from and what has sustained us across millennia-in short, what it is that makes us human.


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  • Pat C.

    We had a lively discussion despite the music. Enjoyed the camaraderie.

    February 25, 2013

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    A former member

    Great bunch of participants - if only we could have communicated over the live music!

    February 20, 2013

  • Kathie

    Thanks to Ellen for stepping up and leading our discussion tonight. We selected Still Alice by Lisa Genova, so that will go on our list of upcoming books. Great discussions tonight, if a little hard to hear over the one-man-band! :)

    February 19, 2013

  • Dianne J.

    There are discussion questions in the back of my book. You could just pass it around and let everyone have a go at it. We have done that before, and it's a nice change.

    February 19, 2013

  • Kathie

    Anyone up for being the moderator of tonight's discussion? I would, but I haven't read the book.

    February 19, 2013

  • CherylAnn P.

    I may not be able to make it.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry again on the late change.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry my schedule changed at work

    February 18, 2013

  • Donna D.

    So sorry to cancel so late but woke up with a cough & cold & wouldn't want to pass it along. Have a great meeting, see you next month. Donna Donnelly

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    maybe next time

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Where is the event taking palce ?

    February 18, 2013

  • Kathie

    Please don't be nervous, everyone. :) I called and confirmed our reservation tomorrow night, Tuesday, February 19th, at 6:30pm, at
    The Hangar Restaurant
    540 1st St SE
    St Petersburg. [masked]
    Reservation is under Kathie, but if you ask for the bookclub or the large group at 6:30, they will know where to find us.
    See you all tomorrow.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please confirm that tomorrow's meeting, 2/19, is at the Hangar Rest'nt. Above it says Needs a Locatiion - Coming Soon.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Trisha- I'm so sorry but I am unable to make this month's mtg. Look forward to seeing you in March.

    February 16, 2013

  • Kathy C.

    Would be happy to join everyone, but will be out of town for work. Please keep me on the book club list. Enjoy everyone!

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I can read this book in one weekend I would make it if I could. Hope you all have a great Valentines Day.

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If I can read this book in one weekend I would make it if I could. Hope you all have a great Valentines Day.

    February 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Depending on the location I would like to attend and suggest a book for a future meeting. Maybe nonfiction true crime?

    1 · February 8, 2013

  • Kathie

    For anyone making advance plans for this meeting, the group will be going to the Hangar Restaurant, 540 1st St SE, St Petersburg.

    1 · January 24, 2013

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