Just got home with my wife from this month’s meeting of the Gadianton Polysophical Marching and Chowder Society.
The group was founded adjacent to the University of California at Santa Barbara many years ago, where some its members were either on the faculty or doing graduate work. My wife and I were invited to join at least a couple of decades back, and we’ve enjoyed it thoroughly. We meet monthly (though, for reasons of travel, my wife and I had recently missed several times) to discuss various books, Mormon and non-Mormon. Our hosts tonight were John and Helen Sorenson.
This month’s reading was Brandon S. Plewe, ed., Mapping Mormonism: An Atlas of Latter-day Saint History (Provo: BYU Press, 2012). Two members of our reading group contributed to the volume; a third declined the invitation to participate but now regrets having done so. The work of several others plainly influenced the text as it stands.
Mapping Mormonism is a treasure trove of interesting material, with nearly a hundred mini-essays on various topics and over five hundred maps, timelines, and charts. Surprising facts abound. It’s a perfect book for keeping on a coffee table or a nightstand for frequent browsing.