Kip's Desert Book Club
January: Death Vally in '49

616 The January 4th Book Club meeting will be featuring the book Death Vally in '49 by William Lewis Manly (and also be a party to celebrate my birthday on Wednesday!). This is a detailed chronicle of a man's migration from Virginia to the gold fields of California during the gold rush of 1849. What makes this bona fide desert literature is that the core of the book depicts the risky trip across Death Valley his wagon train attempted in the middle of winter. The ethical problems that rose to the fore will give us much to talk about. Keep an extra book mark handy so you can quickly refer to the excellent end notes, they are super informative. If you are pressed for time, chapters 9-14 are the ones you want to focus on for their harrowing desert survival stories.

We will be meeting at my house 63452 Winters Rd. in North Joshua Tree. From down town JT, Turn North on Sunburst, Right on Golden, left on Border, keep your eyes out for Pole and Del Oro signs and turn right on Winters, with the street sign on the left hand side of the road and the Book Club  sign on your right. Drive one mile and I'll be on the left with the reflective orange triangle on a post and another  Book Club sign. Can't wait to share cake and Ice cream with all my Book Club friends!

In February I'm happy to announce we will be reading The Wisdom of the Desert by Thomas Merton and have the good fortune to gather at the very special Mother House, a structure dedicated exclusively to spiritual practice. -Kip

See Book Club homepage for more information on this monthly gathering