Literary Evening at Rock Lodge
2016 Program

Book Title / Subject Author Presenter
Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail - "Wild powerfully tells the story of her adventure, capturing the terrors and pleasures of a young woman forging ahead against all odds and the healing power of her trip." Cheryl Strayed Inese
Ross Poldark: A Novel of Cornwall, 1783-1788 (The Poldark Saga) - The first of a series of 12 books up through 1820. "Set in Cornwall just after the American Revolutionary War." "The perils and joys of mining and seamanship, farming, religion, banking, courting, medicine, justice, war, all form a backdrop for the day-to-day details as this time and place come to life. Winston Graham Sam
Ahab's Wife: Or, the Star Gazer: A Novel - "It has been said that one can see farther by standing on the shoulders of giants. Ahab's Wife, Sena Naslund's epic work of historical fiction, honors that aphorism, using Herman Melville's Moby Dick as looking glass into early-19th-century America." Sena Jeter NaslundBerdine
Objectivism: The Philosophy of Ayn Rand - "Dr. Leonard Peikoff's classic text on the abstract principles and practical applications of Objectivism, based on his lecture series." Leonard PeikoffSal
Awareness through MovementMoshe FeldenkraisSusan
Body Awareness as Healing Therapy: The Case of NoraMoshe FeldenkraisSusan
Hyperbole and a Half: Unfortunate situations, Flawed Coping Mechanisms, Mayhem, and Other Things That Happened - Non-fiction. "'Funny and smart as hell' (Bill Gates), Allie Brosh's book showcases her unique voice, leaping wit, and her ability to capture complex emotions with deceptively simple illustrations." Allie BroshSusan
The Kingdom of Speech - "Tom Wolfe takes us on an eye-opening journey that is sure to arouse widespread debate. …is a captivating, paradign-shifting argument that speech - not evolution - is responsible for humanity's complex societies and achievements." Tom WolfeCassandra
Related to the above, Gary recommended books by Steven Pinker, Canadian-born American cognitive scientist, psychologist, linguist, and popular science author. He is Johnstone Family Professor in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University, and is known for his advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.
Muika: A White Boy in Africa - "Through his innocent, young eyes, the story of the beginning of the end of white rule in Africa unfolds. Peter GodwinMarcy
I will Always Write Back: How One Letter Changed Two Lives - "The true story of an all-American girl and a boy from Zimbabwe and the letter that changed both of their lives forever." Martin Ganda and Catlin AlifirenkaMarcy
Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant: A Memoir - "Roz Chast brings her signature wit to the topic of aging parents. Spanning the last several years of their lives and told through four-color cartoons, family photos, and documents, and a narrative as rife with laughs as it is with tears." Roz Chast Marcy
How I Killed Pluto and Why I Had It Coming - "in 2005, astronomer Mike Brown made the discovery of a lifetime: a tenth planet, Eris, slightly bigger than Pluto. But instead of adding one more planet to our solar system, Brown's find ignited a firestorm of controversy that culminated in the demotion of Pluto from real planet to the newly coined category of 'dwarf' planet."Mike BrownGary
This is a Book - "This is the renowned comedian's hilarious foray into prose comedy."Demetri MartinPeter F.
The Invention of Nature: Alexander Von Humbolt's New World - "reveals the forgotten life of Alexander von Humboldt, the visionary German naturalist whose ideas changed the way we see the natural world."Andrea WulfK.C.
The Folded Leaf - "a classic novel from one of our most honored writers ... a serenely observed yet deeply moving story of two boys finding one another in the Midwest of the 1920's" William MaxwellAnn
Valiant Ambition: George Washington, Benedict Arnold, and the Fate of the American Revolution - "Valiant Ambition may be one of the greatest what-if books of the age - a volume that turns one of America's best-known narratives on its head." ---Boston GlobeNathaniel PhilbrickDianne
To Kill A Mockingbird - "Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving,… takes readers to the roots of human behavior - to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos." Harper LeeDianne
Influence:The Psychology of Persuasion, Revised Edition - "Influence, the classic book on persuasion, explains the psychology of why people say "yes"-and how to apply these understandings."Robert B. CialdiniDianne