Toad Fall Book Club

It’s back to the books! September 6th is National Read a Book Day so we’re checking in on the Toad Book Club. And by “Book Club” we mean “everyone read your own book of choice and then tell us about it.” So it’s more like show and tell, but for books… let’s not read into it. Here’s what we’ve got bookmarked for fall.

Quakeland by Kathryn Miles

“It’s a book about the history of major earthquakes in the US and understanding what is to come in our future! It is not super technical and can be read by anyone interested in earthquakes. It’s a page turner and told in story format. Great for anyone interested in geology but not necessarily wanting a science book.” – Sarah, HR

Navajos Wear Nikes by Jim Kristofic

“I just read Navajos Wear Nikes, it’s a memoir of sorts about a guy of non-Native American descent who grew up on a Navajo reservation in Arizona. Super interesting!” – Helena, Design

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

“I went to Paris in the spring so I’ve been on a Paris kick lately, but this simple memoir about Hemingway’s life in 1920s Paris takes the cake. He’s so good at capturing a place and a spirit. Definitely inspires me to really be in the moment.” – Daisy, Branding

Coyote America by Dan Flores

“A history of coyotes in North America that weaves in both scientific and Native American perspectives. It’s a really eye-opening book; you don’t realize how much coyotes are part of our nation’s history. They’re really smart, adaptable creatures!” – Thomas, Fit Model

All for a Few Perfect Waves by David Rensin

“This book is sick because it tells the story of Miki ‘da cat’ Dora and his travels. I am reading it because he spends a lot of time in Biarritz and Biadot, France, and I am headed there in a few weeks.” – Dr. Drew, Customer Service


Toad Book Report: Where Men Win Glory

Book Name and Author
Where Men Win Glory by John Krakauer

Fiction or Nonfiction?

Read By
Drew Brooker, Customer Service Lead

Premise of Book
Krakauer highlights Pat Tillman’s life in parallel with the conflict in the Middle East. Tillman’s sacrifice, free thinking spirit and overall valor are depicted throughout the entire book. The author sheds light on the protagonist’s death, the attempted cover up by military officials, and his family’s efforts to uncover the truth.

Your biggest Takeaway from the book?
I found this alternative side to the war, rather than what is covered in the news, fascinating. I knew quite a bit about Tillman prior to this read, however after reading this book I was left with the utmost admiration and respect for the man he was. He sacrificed, money, western comforts and love for his country.

Memorable Quote:
“But the great man is he who in the midst of the crowd keeps with perfect sweetness the independence of solitude….”