Real Men Read – Roughing It, by Mark Twain

Thursday, June 27, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

For modern-day adventurers exploring the roots of the old west.

Part fact, part fiction, Mark Twain’s Roughing It takes readers on a high-spirited journey from Missouri to Nevada, California to Hawaii. Travel via stagecoach through woods, plains, hills, and gorges, as Twain spins yarn after yarn on the people he meets, and the towns they explore. Originally published in 1872, this semi-autobiographical semi-prequel to Innocents Abroad satirizes American and Western society in a way that only Mark Twain knows how. He recounts his attempts at gold and silver mining which led to his becoming a paper millionaire for ten days. He gets involved in real estate speculation amid his time in Nevada and California. He details his trip to Salt Lake City and encounters with the Brigham Young Mormons. At the end of the book, he travels to Hawaii and describes viewing the lava flows and eruptions from the volcanoes that are active even today.


Real Men Read is an open forum book discussion covering nonfiction books and fiction books that appeal to men…and even some women.  Our tradition in Real Men Read is to stick with books that have a colon in the title, even if it’s fiction. All are invited! Discussions are generally on the fourth Thursday of each month unless otherwise noted. To have a book set aside for you, contact Dave Anderson at 859-781-6166.


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