Book Chamber: March Book Choice

from Constance Hornig, Book Chamber Chair

February 8, 2023

Our choice for March is I Sailed With Magellan, by Stuart Dybek.  We meet Tuesday, March 21 at 6.30PM.

I sailed with MagellanTravel back to the South Side Chicago ghetto of the ’50s and ‘60s, not yet a black but then a Polish neighborhood, in Stuart Dybek’s I Sailed With Magellan, a collection of stories recounting memories of Perry Katzek.  Perry the little boy croons in dives to earn whiskey for his uncle Lefty Antic (and a root beer for himself); the youth meets eccentric locals such as Chickenman; the teenager hatches a plan to raise money for a trip to Mexico by stealing and re-selling orchids.  You can laugh at most of these stories, but ponder some solemn moments, too. The book rates a listing in Francine Prose’s Books You Should Read Immediately. Dybeck’s mastery of the short story genre won him the O’Henry award.