Next Meetup: 9/13/17

Our next meetup will be Wednesday, September 13, 2017 at 6PM at Gangplank. We will discuss Facing Codependence: What It Is, Where It Comes from, How It Sabotages Our Lives by Pia Mellody.

From Amazon:

Pia Mellody creates a framework for identifying codependent thinking, emotions and behaviour and provides an effective approach to recovery. Mellody sets forth five primary adult symptoms of this crippling condition, then traces their origin to emotional, spiritual, intellectual, physical and sexual abuses that occur in childhood. Central to Mellody’s approach is the concept that the codependent adult’s injured inner child needs healing. Recovery from codependence, therefore, involves clearing up the toxic emotions left over from these painful childhood experiences.

August Meetup: 8/8/17

Our next meetup will be August 8th at 6PM at Gangplank. We will discuss Debt: The First 5,000 Years by David Graeber. From Amazon:

Here anthropologist David Graeber presents a stunning reversal of conventional wisdom: he shows that before there was money, there was debt. For more than 5,000 years, since the beginnings of the first agrarian empires, humans have used elaborate credit systems to buy and sell goods—that is, long before the invention of coins or cash. It is in this era, Graeber argues, that we also first encounter a society divided into debtors and creditors.

Graeber shows that arguments about debt and debt forgiveness have been at the center of political debates from Italy to China, as well as sparking innumerable insurrections. He also brilliantly demonstrates that the language of the ancient works of law and religion (words like “guilt,” “sin,” and “redemption”) derive in large part from ancient debates about debt, and shape even our most basic ideas of right and wrong. We are still fighting these battles today without knowing it.

Next Meetup: 12/14/16 *Different Location*

Our next meetup will be Wednesday, December 14. We will discuss Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. The book is available for free from Project Gutenberg and also free on Amazon Kindle.

Instead of our typical location, we will meet at the Hayden Library at ASU at 6 PM to experience the Frankenstein Bicentennial Project.

Next Meetup: 4/13/16


Our next meetup will be Wednesday, April 13 at 6PM. We will read Sowing Seeds in the Desert: Natural Farming, Global Restoration, and Ultimate Food Security by Masanobu Fukuoka.

This book is obviously near and dear to us living in Arizona. It’s not just about food and agriculture, but also about life and philosophy.

At this meetup, we will discuss and choose what books to read over the next six months. So, come with a list of book ideas!

Next Meetup: 3/9/16

wright bros

Our next meetup will be Wednesday, March 9 at 6 PM. We will read The Wright Brothers by David McCullough.

“A story of timeless importance, told with uncommon empathy and fluency. . . . A story, well told, about what might be the most astonishing feat mankind has ever accomplished. . . . The Wright Brothers soars.” (Daniel Okrent, The New York Times Book Review)

Connect on Facebook

Next Meetup: 2/10/16

reclaiming conversation

Our next meetup will be Wednesday, February 10 at 6PM. We will discuss “Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age” by Sherry Turkle.

According to Aziz Ansari, “In a time in which the ways we communicate and connect are constantly changing, and not always for the better, Sherry Turkle provides a much needed voice of caution and reason to help explain what the f*** is going on.”

Next Meetup: 1/13/16


Our next meetup will be Wednesday, January 13. We will discuss “Walking” by Henry David Thoreau. The book is available free on Amazon Kindle and also free online via Project Guttenberg.

From The Atlantic:

Henry David Thoreau, the naturalist, philosopher, and author of such classics as Walden and “Civil Disobedience,” contributed a number of writings to The Atlantic in its early years. The month after his death from tuberculosis, in May 1862, the magazine published “Walking,” one of his most famous essays, which extolled the virtues of immersing oneself in nature and lamented the inevitable encroachment of private ownership upon the wilderness.