Literary Evening at Rock Lodge
2019 Program

Book Title / Subject Author Presenter
A Gentleman in Moscow - pub. 2016 - “This singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.” “He can’t leave his hotel. You won’t want to.” Amor Towles Gary
Becoming - pub. 2018 -"Warm, wise, and revelatory, Becoming is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations - and whose story inspires us to do the same." Michelle Obama Nancy
Inside Out & Back Again - pub. 2012 - "Inspired by the author's childhood experience as a refugee — fleeing Vietnam after the Fall of Saigon and immigrating to Alabama — this coming-of-age debut novel told in verse has been celebrated for its touching child's-eye view of family and immigration." National Book Award! Thanhhà Lai Tina
Butterfly Yellow - To be published Sept. 3, 2019 Thanhhà Lai Tina
Weapons of Math Destruction: How Big Data Increases Inequality and Threatens Democracy - pub. 2016 - "A former Wall Street quant sounds an alarm on the mathematical models that pervade modern life — and threaten to rip apart our social fabric." Cathy O’Neil Al
The Library Book - pub. 2018 - "A dazzling love letter to a beloved institution - our libraries. After moving to Los Angeles, Susan Orlean became fascinated by a mysterious local crime that has gone unsolved since it was carried out on the morning of 29 April 1986: who set fire to the Los Angeles Public Library, ultimately destroying more than 400,000 books, and perhaps even more perplexing, why?" Susan Orlean Marcy
Palaces for the People - How Social Infrastructure Can Help Fight Inequality, Polarization, and the Decline of Civic Life - The following is a podcast of an interview with Eric Klineberg that Peter recommends as an addition to Marcy’s book recommendation. Give it a listen. Eric Klineberg Peter
The Perfect Horse: The Daring U.S. Mission to Rescue the Priceless Stallions Kidnapped by the Nazis - pub. 2016 - "Hard to put down... One need not be an equestrian or horse lover in order to appreciate this story." —New York Journal of Books Elizabeth Letts Laurie
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life - "Bestselling author Barbara Kingsolver returns with her first nonfiction narrative that will open your eyes in a hundred new ways to an old truth: You are what you eat." Barbara Kingsolver Sarah
The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African American Culninary History in the Old South - pub. 2018 - "Culinary historian Michael W. Twitty brings a fresh perspective to our most divisive cultural issue, race, in this illuminating memoir of Southern cuisine and food culture that traces his ancestry—both black and white—through food, from Africa to America and from slavery to freedom." Michael W. Twitty Cass
The Source of Self-Regard: Selected Essays, Speeches, and Meditations - pub. 2019 - "Arguably the most celebrated and revered writer of our time now gives us a new nonfiction collection--a rich gathering of her essays, speeches, and meditations on society, culture, and art, spanning four decades." Toni Morrison Cass
The Tragedy of Macbeth - pub. 1623 - "A tragedy written by William Shakespeare, and is considered one of his darkest and most powerful works. Set in Scotland, the play illustrates the damaging physical and psychological effects of political ambition on those who seek power for its own sake." William Shakespeare unidentified visitor
My Song: A Memoir of Art, Race, and Defiance - pub. 2011 - "An eloquently told personal account of an era of enormous cultural and political change, which reveals Harry Belafonte as not only one of America’s greatest entertainers, but also one of our most profoundly influential activists." Harry Belafonte &Michael Shnayerson Susan
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society - pub. 2009 - "A remarkable tale of the island of Guernsey during the German Occupation, and of a society as extraordinary as its name." Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows Inese
Washington: A Life - pub. 2011 - "Chernow shatters forever the stereotype of George Washington as a stolid, unemotional figure and brings to vivid life a dashing, passionate man of fiery opinions and many moods." Ron Chernow Ann
Finite and Infinite Games - pub. 2013 - Badly written but the core concept is brilliant. Read the reviews. James P. Carse Anthony
The Last Lecture - Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow pub. 2008 - In this book, Randy Pausch has combined the humor, inspiration and intelligence that made his lecture such a phenomenon and given it an indelible form. It is a book that will be shared for generations to come. Randy Pausch and Jeffrey Zaslow Gena

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