The Last American Man by Elizabeth Gilbert: Gilbert explores the meaning of manhood through the life of Eustace Conway, a countercultural man who lives in a teepee in the Appalachian mountain wilderness. She excels at capturing Conway's inflexibility and inability to keep friends, his "man of destiny" monomania, and his superbly honed, altogether rare skills.
Hold Me Tight and Tango Me Home by Maria Finn: Like Gilbert, Finn is a divorced woman who chooses to recover by embracing life. She learns about life from tango lessons—love and loss, how to follow and lead, how to live with flair, and how to take risks and find out what you really want. She also explores the culture, history, music, moves, and beauty of the Argentine tango.
Committed by Elizabeth Gilbert: Continuing the personal narrative begun in Eat, Pray, Love, Gilbert chronicles how the United States government gave her and her Brazilian-born lover, Felipe, an ultimatum—marry or Felipe cannot enter the country again—and how she tackled her fears through research and personal reflection on the institution of marriage. Written in conversational, easy-going style, this tale is intriguing and insightful.
Stern Men by Elizabeth Gilbert: In Gilbert’s only novel to date, a spunky young woman born into the midst of a feud between two factions of Maine lobstermen, attempts to negotiate an end to the conflict. The coming-of-age tale is peppered with lobster lore and a cast of sly villains and oddball characters. Authentic dialogue and atmosphere lights up this entertaining, thought-provoking romp.
"The ancient people understood that our world is a circle, but the modern people have lost sight of that. I don’t live inside buildings because buildings are dead places where nothing grows, where water doesn’t flow, and where life stops. I don’t want to live in a dead place. People say that I don’t live in a real world, but it is modern Americans who live in a fake world, because they have stepped outside the natural circle of life." --Eustace Conway
Meat Eater: Adventures from the Life of an American Hunter by Steven Rinella. This story chronicles Rinella's lifelong relationship with nature and hunting through the lens of 10 hunts, beginning when he was an aspiring mountain man at age 10 and ending as a 37-year-old Brooklyn father who hunts the remotest corners of North America.
The author interviews women who have been married 20 plus years in an effort to determine how they have made it work. The take aways from this book are: (1) that the only conventional marriage is the one that works for you; and (2) maintaing your identify apart for your marrage is key. As Khalil Gebron advises, "Let there be separateness in your togetherness."
Eustace Conway of Mountain Men I will live on Turtle Island one day. Paul and I love this show and all of the Mountain Men, BUT, there's just something extrordinarilly beautiful in Eustace's spirit. This is a great show.
Carolyn’s Pick. The Last American Man. By Elizabeth Gilbert. For more than 2 decades Eustace Conway has lived in the Appalachian Mountains, making fire with sticks, wearing skins from animals he has trapped, and trying to convince Americans to give up their materialistic lifestyles and return with him back to nature. Click the link below to search the Keller Public Library catalog for this Adult audiobook, http://fwl.ipac.dynixasp.com/ipac20/ipac.jsp?profile=kpl#focus. Posted 10/28/13.