Author Archives: Ron Boothe

About Ron Boothe

I am a Professor Emeritus at Emory University, currently living in Tacoma Washington USA.

Burk’s Reaction to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn

Our East Coast Member, Burk Ketcham, sent his reactions to A Tree Grows in Brooklyn via email, and I attach his comments here: Just finished  A Tree… and enjoyed the story. Both my parents and Helen’s parents grew up in … Continue reading

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Imagine Me Gone

In February we will discuss a book selected by Bill Hagens. Bill provides the following information about his selection: TRMBC February Book 2021   Imagine Me Gone by Adam Haslett, Little, Brown  2016) “… quiet and compassionate saga of a … Continue reading

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Why A Tree Grows in Brooklyn?

To start the new year we will be discussing a book selected by me, Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, originally published by Harper in 1943. So why did I choose this book? What follows are a few comments … Continue reading

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Bickerton’s Niche Theory of Human Language Origins

Derek Bickerton, Adam’s Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans, 2009. All page numbers in this commentary come from the Kindle edition. Just-So Stories As he admits at several locations in the book, Bickerton’s theory of language origins … Continue reading

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Underland

Our December book selection comes from member David Gilmour, Underland: A Deep Time Journey by Robert Macfarlane. Norton, 2019.

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Adam’s Tongue by Derek Bickerton

At our November meeting we will discuss a selection recommended by Jim Clifford, Derek Bickerton, Adam’s Tongue: How Humans Made Language, How Language Made Humans, Hill and Wang; 1st Edition (March 17, 2009).

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Burk Perspective On Liberty

Burk sent in the following commentary via email and I am posting it for him here: ——————————————————————— “On Liberty”  By John Stuart Mill – September 2020 To fellow members of the Tacoma Retired Men’s Book Club: I have just plowed … Continue reading

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John Stuart Mill’s Philosophical Ideas About Liberty

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, a philosophical essay published in 1859. The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy asserts that John Stuart Mill was the most influential English language philosopher of the nineteenth century. He was a child prodigy, started reading Greek … Continue reading

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John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty

At our September 2020 meeting we will discuss a book suggested by Mark Jensen:   John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, a philosophical essay published in 1859.

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A Mothering True Grit Sunday

Graham Swift, Mothering Sunday, first published in hardcover by Scribner UK, 2016. Charles Portis, True Grit, first appearing as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post in 1968 and then published in hardcover by Simon and Schuster later the same … Continue reading

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