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Scott's Nominations

Winter's Tale by Mark Helprin
One of my favourite books of all time. Kind of what you might call an urban fantasy. "THERE was a white horse, on a quiet winter morning when snow covered the streets gently and was not deep, and the sky was swept with vibrant stars, except in the east, where dawn was beginning in a light blue flood."

My Antonia by Willa Cather
One of the great books by one of the great writers of American fiction, in my opinion. Embodies much of what help build this country. Check out the Amazon listing

Pebble In the Sky by Isaac Asimov
The is SF giant Asimov's first novel. I've never read it, but have always been curious about it. How can you go wrong with Asimov?

Good Omens by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Armageddon has never been so funny. This book actually made me laugh out loud; not something that happens often.

The Old Curiosity…

Aaron's Choices

My nominations for this round are a bit more lighthearted and focusing on fatherhood. If there are any objections, I will not take offense at all, and can certainly suggest a new list. Here they are with a link for your enjoyment:

How to Feel Manly in a Minivan, by Craig Boreth

Fatherhood, by Bill Cosby

My Kid's an Honor Student, your Kid's a Loser: A Pushy Parents Guide to Raising a Perfect Child, by Ralph Schoenstein

Zen and the Art of Fatherhood, by Steven Lewis

Family Man, by Calvin Trillin

Myles' Picks


Hello - glad to be joining the group (Thanks Brando).

Here's my nominations:

A Wild Sheep Chase - Haruki Murakami

Eternal Man - Truman G. Madsen

Them: Adventures with Extremists - Jon Ronson (author of 'Men who stare at goats')

Creativity: Flow and the Psychology of Discovery and Invention - Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

Three Cups of Tea - Greg Mortensen

Brandon's Nominations round2

1. The Ministry of Fear - Graham Greene I haven't read this, but Graham Greene is one of the best writers of last century, and this is supposed to be a really great spy-conspiracy-thriller kind of thing set in post-war england.
2. Tortilla Flat - John Steinbeck Always eager to try out some Steinbeck that I haven't read yet.
3. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell - Susanna Clarke One of my favorite books from the last few years. This is kind of if Jane Austen had written a fantasy book.
4. Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoevsky What can I say, I'm hooked on this guy. Plus, it'll be summer by the time we read any of these, right?
5. Lake Wobegon Days - Garrison Keillor Keillor's history of the town of Lake Wobegon. MN. Really funny stuff.



I suppose there are 2 different days floating around for the Karamazov discussion. The 17th or the 24th. Any preference? Either way, the meeting will be at my home-761 E 200 S @ about 7:00 p.m. I will serve Borshd and black bread for your enjoyment. Let me know.

My next nominations (I couldn't wait)

I'm not trying to butt in line, I just couldn't help myself from putting together my second list of MMBC nominations. I think after Karamazov, we've still got Brandon's first book choice before we even begin Round 2.

Here goes anyway. The theme is hobbies, which lends itself easily to a club meeting activity or outing:
The Colossal Book of Short Puzzles and Problems

Learn Chess

The Far Side Galleries

Rockhounding Utah

Birds of Utah Field Guide

A Manly Trip to Hell and Back


I propose that we meet at my place at 7:30 on Tuesday, then carpool up to the Oak Hills Rock Castle. It's about a 10 minute hike up the mountain, and it'll be hard to find without me, so it's better if we go together. Bring a flashlight.

I'd suggest we eat MRE's but I don't know where to get them . Or maybe we should find a live chicken and pluck it and make a stew? Or maybe hotdogs? I'll bring the dogs and buns and condiments. You guys bring any snacks and drinks. Does anyone have a big water tank we could use for hot chocolate? Or a small portable stove for boiling water?

If it rains, (20% chance, I guess), then lucky us, we'll make Audie Murphy proud. Or maybe we'll make him not proud and stay at my house.

Does this work for everyone? Let me know if we need to change it around.

Colonel Brandon

A place to sound our barbaric yawps

The next manly book meeting is set for Tuesday, September 8.

Time. Official start time will be 8 o'clock. An optional pre-meeting fishing experience will occur at 7 o'clock.

Tangent. I tend to think in terms of rivers and streams. Provo River is close and Diamond Fork is not so close. Normally I'd pick Diamond Fork hands down for the beauty, solitude and a better prospect of hooking a real nice fish. It's just kind of far for a weeknight.

Grub. Let's gather round a fire for tin foil dinners. I'll bring the meat, foil, seasonings and tongs. That leaves potatoes, carrots and drinks. If any first-timers plan to attend (as opposed to the three second-timers), perhaps the menu could grow to include s'mores.

Location. Let's go to Upper Falls on the Provo. It's just upstream from Bridal Veil Falls. Get off at Bridal Veil Park and you'll see a parking lot and a secondary road headed up the canyon parallel with (and below) the highway. Take that road and …
Yesterday's meeting was a success. We enjoyed Bratwurst, chips, Henry Weinhard's root beer and black cherry cream soda.

As a nod to Fosco, we indulged in lime tarts.

We're reading Zen (Myles' pick) for next month, and Karamazov (Joe's pick) in October.

Let the Voting Begin!


I like Myles' suggestion of voting like the AP coaches do. We vote for each persons choices at a time. So for Aaron, since he nominated 5 books, my top choice of his would get 5 points, my second pick would get 4 points, and so on down to 1 point. I say we post all our votes as a comment on each persons list of options. Then once everyone's voted we'll read the winner from each group of nominees. Sound good?

Aaron's Favorites

No "man" can go wrong with these choices:

1. To Hell and Back - Audie Murphy (WWII hero) writes about his real experiences during WWII

2. Band of Brothers - Stephen Ambrose writes about the 101st Airborne during WWII

3. The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseni writes about his experiences in Afganistan

4. The Screwtape Letters OR The Great Divorce - C.S. Lewis

5. Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln - Doris Kearns

Joe's Five

Born to Run: A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes, and the Greatest Race the World Has Never SeenChristopher McDougallIsolated by the most savage terrain in North America, the reclusive Tarahumara Indians of Mexico’s deadly Copper Canyons are custodians of a lost art. For centuries they have practiced techniques that allow them to run hundreds of miles without rest and chase down anything from a deer to an Olympic marathoner while enjoying every mile of it. Their superhuman talent is matched by uncanny health and serenity, leaving the Tarahumara immune to the diseases and strife that plague modern existence. With the help of Caballo Blanco, a mysterious loner who lives among the tribe, the author was able not only to uncover the secrets of the Tarahumara but also to find his own inner ultra-athlete, as he trained for the challenge of a lifetime: a fifty-mile race through the heart of Tarahumara country pitting the tribe against an odd band of Americans, including a star ultramarathoner, a be…

Brandon's Nominees

1. Walden by Henry David Thoreau "Originally published in 1854, Walden, or Life in the Woods, is a vivid account of the time that Henry D. Thoreau lived alone in a secluded cabin at Walden Pond. It is one of the most influential and compelling books in American literature."

2. The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle "The Valley of Fear is one of Sherlock Holmes' most exciting adventures. Set before his defeat of Moriarty in "The Final Problem," the excitement begins when "Porlock," the weak link in the villainous chain of Moriarty's empire, sends Holmes a coded message. Just minutes after Holmes decodes the cipher and announces that "Douglas" at "Birlstone" is in grave peril, a Scotland Yard inspector arrives with the news that "Mr. Douglas of Birlstone Manor was horribly murdered last night." Holmes heads for Birlstone at once, where his brilliant deductions lead him in an unexpected direction. While Holmes'…

Myles' Suggestions

Dean's Picks

1. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins,www.wilkie-collins.info2. Enchantment by Orson Scott Card,
3. The Power of Myth by Joseph Cambell, The Waste Land by T.S. Eliot,
5. Oil! by Upton Sinclair,!6. The Private Memoirs of a Justified Sinner by James Hogg,