Book Smart with Erik Kvarsten, Gresham City Manager

Posted on December 12, 2012

Book Smart with Erik Kvarsten

Gresham City Manager

This week ELGL caught up with Erik Kvarsten, the philosopher of city managers and someone who always has reading recommendations that will expand your horizons. Some of you may remember Erik’s presentation at an ELGL forum in 2011 which left many of us quoting philosophers while dealing with our daily work in local government.

So, if you believe the world won’t end on December 21 as predicted by the Mayans and you need shopping suggestions for your friends and family, here are a few recommendations from Erik.

The Far Corner: Northwestern Views on Land, Life and Literature – John Daniel

Who Owns the West? and Hole in the Sky– William Kittredge

Finding  Beauty in a Broken World – Terry Tempest Williams

A River Runs Through it – Norman MacClean

The Death of Ivan Ilyich – Leo Tolstoy

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Where the Bluebird Sings to the Lemonade Springs: Living and Writing in the West by Wallace Stegner

Crossing to Safety – Wallace Stegner

Works by William Wordsworth – Particularly “Tintern Abbey”

The Gary Snyder Reader:  Prose, Poetry, and Translations – Gary Snyder

Jefferson and His Time: The Sage of Monticello – Dumas Malone

Endurance: Shackleton’s Incredible Voyage – Alfred Lansing

The Last Place on Earth – Roland Huntford

Ethics for a New Millenium – Dali Lamma

Leadership – James MacGregor Burns

Meditations – Marcus Aurelius


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