Book Club

The SLO RAM Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 2:00 PM. Meetings will be held at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, 1701 Fredericks St., San Luis Obispo.

Directions:  Take the Grand Ave. exit from Hwy 101. Proceed towards Cal Poly and turn left at the next street. Park against the fence next to the freeway and enter through the doors on the other side of the courtyard. Go straight ahead to the meeting area.

August 23 A Short History of Nearly Everything 
by Bill Bryson presented by Bob Dignan


“In Bryson’s biggest book, he confronts his greatest challenge: to understand—and, if possible, answer—the oldest, biggest questions we have posed about the universe and ourselves. Taking as territory everything from the Big Bang to the rise of civilization, Bryson seeks to understand how we got from there being nothing at all to there being us. To that end, he has attached himself to a host of the world’s most advanced (and often obsessed) archaeologists, anthropologists, and mathematicians, travelling to their offices, laboratories, and field camps. He has read (or tried to read) their books, pestered them with questions, apprenticed himself to their powerful minds. A Short History of Nearly Everything is the record of this quest, and it is a sometimes profound, sometimes funny, and always supremely clear and entertaining adventure in the realms of human knowledge, as only Bill Bryson can render it. Science has never been more involving or entertaining.”

September 27  The 100-Year-Old Man Who Crawled Out of the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson presented by Bernie Troy

Published Hachette Publishers, 2012.

“From goodreads.comAfter a long and eventful life, Allan Karlsson ends up in a nursing home, believing it to be his last stop. The only problem is that he’s still in good health. A big celebration is in the works for his 100th birthday, but Allan really isn’t interested (and he’d like a bit more control over his alcohol consumption), so he decides to escape. He climbs out the window in his slippers and embarks on a hilarious and entirely unexpected journey. It would be the adventure of a lifetime for anyone else, but Allan has a larger-than-life backstory: he has not only witnessed some of the most important events of the 20th century, but actually played a key role in them. Quirky and utterly unique, The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared has charmed readers across the world.”

October 25 Monuments Man
by James J. Rorimer  presented by Bernie Troy


“James J. Rorimer’s riveting first-hand account takes readers on a treasure hunt as he follows the Allied troops across France and Germany to save Nazi-stolen masterpieces of art.

James J. Rorimer, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, became a leading figure in the art recovery unit known as the Monuments Men, an elite group imbedded in the US Army, who risked their lives during World War II to save Europe’s greatest artworks from Hitler’s grasp.

If you are interested in participating in the Book Club Meeting or want to be added to the club’s email list, please contact Phil Keys at