Book Club: Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Last Saturday night our book club met to discuss Between a Rock and a Hard Place by Aron Ralston.
For my review on this book click here.

My mother, Becky, hosted and did an amazing job. We met at The American West Center housed in an old officers home in Officers’ Circle at the University of Utah. Becky used to work for the AWC, transcribing interviews and memoirs, including many of some of the pioneers of rock climbing and outdoor sport.

While sitting at an antique wooden table, surrounded by bookshelves and the dusty, distinct smell of history we enjoyed chocolate muffins (one of the food items Aron had with him when we he was trapped) and glasses of ice water (something Aron did not have very much of). Our invigorating discussion was prompted by quotes and philosophies pulled from the book, each one written on a slip of paper and passed around the table. Then, to top it all off, we toasted the book and the evening with sinfully sweet virgin margaritas (Aron craved margaritas during his ordeal) – salt and lime around the rim included – yum! As a parting favor Becky gave out a bookmark with a quote from the book – “It’s not what you do, but who you are.” – complete with a rock climbing carabiner.

I loved every minute of it and I think everyone else did as well. Round of applause for my mom and thanks to all who attended.

Also, many thanks to the American West Center for allowing us to use their conference room for the evening.

Here are some pics:

 Margarita, book and the cool bookmark.
 Much profound discussion going on.
 My sister, Carol. You can’t see it, but she has a Moab shirt on – very appropriate.
 The American West Center

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