Diane Frederic: As a book club selection I’m reading “Humankind” by Rutger Bregman who makes “a revolutionary argument that the innate goodness and cooperation of human beings has been the greatest factor in our success”. I’ll admit that I have fallen recently into the trap of cynicism— especially during our current global pandemic, unprecedented fallout from a global climate crisis, political turmoil, etc. Really, can you blame me for losing hope in humanity? Turns out this is exactly the optimistic read that I needed right now. Bregman makes the case that despite the prevailing nature that humanity is a lost cause, people are inherently good. Copious amounts of studies and data are cited in this book to back up Bregman’s argument. Read it for yourself and see if you come to the same conclusion- is there anything lost in believing the best in people and that perhaps the first step in expecting goodness in humanity is behaving in a more decent, kind and trusting way myself?
Carol Patterson: Eclectic mix at the moment
- Change Your Thoughts – Change Your Life: Living the Wisdom of the Tao – Wayne Dyer (I read a verse daily)
- The Semisovereign People: A Realist’s View of Democracy in America by Elmer E. Schattschneider (a left over reread from grad school)
- Tahoe Rim Trail: The Official Guide for Hikers, Mountain Bikers, and Equestrians Paperback by Tim Hauserman (on my “to do” list)
- Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country by Steve Roper ( I was getting high on Helen Pelster’s high and getting a teeny glimpse near Mammoth after Renee Jacob’s FKT)
- Keep It Moving: Lessons for the Rest of Your Life by Twyla Tharp (she’s a treasure)
Renee Jacobs: I just finished ROAR: How to Match Your Food and Fitness to Your Unique Female Physiology for Optimum Performance, Great Health, and a Strong, Lean Body for Life by Stacy Sims and would highly, highly recommend that one for all the women out there. Right now I am working on one to help me as a mom (How to Talk so Little Kids Will Listen: A Survival Guide to Life with Children Ages 2-7 by Joanna Faber and Julie King, which is really good). Next up is another one for athletic performance – Breath: The New Science of a Lost Art by James Nestor, which is a Helen Pelster recommendation (always good!)
Jack Macy: Currently making my way through The Bonanza King (preference for paperback) and learning a ton about that incredibly formative time in California and Nevada history, the players involved, economic and natural forces at play, engineering innovation, etc. It’s filling in lots of gaps in my historical knowledge of the period (1850’s-1870’s). Solid storytelling nonfiction and a good immigrant rags-to-riches tale. I’ve never been to the Virginia City area, but now I need to go just to visit the setting, as well as see the names, hills and mines mentioned in the book.
Meggie Inouye: Currently reading, The Overstory by Richard Powers, a novel of metaphors and truths about trees and their interconnectedness and the people that understand them. In the words of the book cover, “a sweeping, impassioned work of activism and resistance that is also a stunning evocation of the natural world”. Thus far, a captivating book that has left me looking at leaves, needles, branches, trunks, groves, and forests with new eyes especially in light of climate change and recent wildfires.
Just finished, How to Be An Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi in the audio version read by the author… a powerful, lecture-like work exploring the concept of racism specifically in policies that create inequitable outcomes between people of different skin colors. Walks through the author’s life experiences from late 80’s thru current. Ends with hope for change with suggestions for individual actions and systemic changes. A must read.