Ben Tarnoff, author of The Bohemians: Mark Twain and the San Francisco Writers Who Reinvented American Literature and A Counterfeiter’s Paradise: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Early American Moneymakers, will be presenting “Mark Twain and the Bohemians of the Far Western Frontier” at Mckee Library on Oct 24, 2014 in the library’s Knowledge Commons. Convocation credit given.
Learn more about Ben Tarnoff at his website http://www.bentarnoff.com.
McKee Library has both the book and sound recording of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, plus these five movies.
David and Goliath: Underdog, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell.
Gladwell anchors this book with a dissection of the Biblical story of David & Goliath. Through this story and others, Gladwell identifies characteristics about seemingly disadvantaged people that actually make them better equipped for the challenges of life. As a professor of Social Psychology, I appreciate Gladwell’s presentation of social science principles in a ways that are intriguing and easily digestable. Furthermore, an unintended consequence of reading this book was that it profoundly impacted my faith as I realized even more that God’s “power is made perfect in weakness.”
Recommended by Professor Tron Wilder
Steal Like an Artist by Austin Kleon.
A great, concise collection of ideas that will bring clarity to anyone pursuing a creative discipline
-Recommended by Professor Zach Gray
The Last Hunger Season by Roger Thurow
This book is fantastic because it shows the reality of the hardships and blessings of the lives of small-holder farms in Kenya, but not only that, it describes a compelling story of social entrepreneurship.
-President Mindy Wiygul
The Road Less Traveled by M Scott Peck
This is a self-help book that I highly recommend to people who don’t read self-help books. It is an inspirational read, but in an old-fashioned way. It lacks rosiness and in its place puts self-discipline at the top of the list of values for a good life. If you are someone who believes there are no easy ways to self-improvement, and that things like commitment and responsibility are the seeds of contentment and joy then this a must-read!
-Professor Kristie Wilder