Monday, April 28, 2008

I'm in Denver - where are you?

Sunday I drove with some co-workers from Provo to Denver to attend this conference.

It is put on by the American Association of Museums.
Last year it was here:

On the road trip we had a big discussion about books. I usually don't like to read but lately I've been a bit more into it. I told everyone in the BYU van about this book that I read in one day so I could go to Ann Dee's book club. I liked it.

These are some of the books my co-workers and the people at Ann Dee's book club told me about that I might read:
  • Collapse
  • Guns, Germs, Steel
  • Peace Like a River
  • 1776
  • John Adams
  • All Chiam Potok
  • A Man for All Seasons
  • The Great Divorce
  • David O. McKay and the rise of Modern Mormonism
  • Galileo
  • Into the Wild
  • Walden
  • Blue Sword
  • Good to great.
I would put links to all of them for you you and figure out who the authors are but I'm tired.

Do you have any other recommendations for an adult reluctant reader who does not like fantasy or science fiction?

So here is what I did today at the conference -
I went to two sessions about web 2.0 and museums. If you are reading this blog you are a part of web 2.0 by the way. Don't know what it is? Google it.

I liked both sessions. I'm trying to get the Bean out in the social web a bit and that is why I started this blog. These sessions got me more interested in social networking, flickr, podcasting, virtual worlds etc. I'm just not sure which ones are the best fit for the Bean.

The keynote speaker today was Terry Tempest Williams who wrote this book:

I bought it today but I didn't wait in line to have her sign it cause I was tired.

She talked about museums as storytellers. She talked about the interconnectedness of all things. She talked about environmental stewardship. She kept saying things like "it's not political, it's spiritual."

She is from Utah and used to work here as their education curator. I liked her talk. I'll read her book sometime and let you know if I liked it.

I'm out.


Stookey Family said...

kates good reading ideas might i say don't read into the wild or walden. I read both of those in collage and-refused to see the movie "into the wild" after reading those books I have never been more depressed in my life. Don't do it. In line w/ the great divorse a better read by cs lewis is the Screwtape letters and mere christianity. those are way intense and make you think like crazy. i still find my self pondering the thoughts you find in the screwtape letters. anyway a few ideas. steve and i miss you and would love to get together soon.

Kenon said...

So...apparently I got kicked out of the book club...but I still have some suggestions for you if you are interested. :)

Anonymous said...

A good, fast read is The Big Year...if you read you'll have to let me know what you think...I don't do much leisure reading and also don't like sci fi/fantasy...found this one hard to put down...AOR

max said...


I grew up as a reluctant reader. Now I write action-adventures & mysteries, especially for boys 8 and up, that kids hate to put down. Even girls and adults like these books. Some have said they are like being in an exciting or scary movie. My web site is at and my Books for Boys blog is at
Ranked by Accelerated Reader

Thank you,

Max Elliot Anderson

NEWSPAPER CAPER, NORTH WOODS POACHERS, MOUNTAIN CABIN MYSTERY, BIG RIG RUSTLERS, SECRET OF ABBOTT'S CAVE & LEGEND OF THE WHITE WOLF, are compared by readers and reviewers to Tom Sawyer, The Hardy Boys, Huck Finn, Nancy Drew, Tom Swift, Scooby-Doo, Lemony Snicket, and adventure author Jack London.

Katy said...

Kenon -
This is an entirely different book club. That other one is dead. These are a bunch of Ann Dee and Cameron's friends and I didn't know any of them. And I invited myself on the day of the book club. So no - you were not kicked out.

And I want to hear your suggestions.

Kenon said...

Katy...I was KIDDING about the book club. Hopefully you know me well enough to know that. I am reading "Book Thief" right now and I really like it.

Spencer said...

Sherman Alexie is huge NBA fan and writes occasionally for I haven't read any of his books so I'll be interested to hear what you think.

As for Refuge, I read it a couple years ago and I'll sum it up for you: The Great Salt Lake is AWESOME and a metaphor for everything. The author brings a fairly unique perspective as a female ex-Mormon environmentalist cancer survivor, but I'm clearly not a very a enlightened person because I lost interest early.

Dear Guest, said...

Hey coach its liz... Hey if you want me to get that book signed for ya terry is my aunt ha to funny

millie said...

My cousin started a blog with a bunch of book recommendations and reviews. Link from my blog. It is Desperate for a Good Read.

I had fun talking with you the other night. We should do it again some time.

The Roberts Family said...

My fav is "Pope Joan".

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