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Charlotte Rogan

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Charlotte Rogan graduated from Princeton University in 1975. She worked at various jobs, mostly in the fields of architecture and engineering, before teaching herself to write and staying home to bring up triplets. Her childhood experiences among a family of sailors and the discovery of an old criminal law text provided inspiration for The Lifeboat, her first novel. After many years in Dallas and a year in Johannesburg, she and her husband now live in Connecticut. The Lifeboat is being translated into 18 languages.

“Writing is my attempt at reverence—for the natural world and for the thing in people that will sometimes do the right thing in spite of the consequences to themselves and in spite of the cacophony of voices claiming privileged in...more


Average rating: 3.21 · 13,784 ratings · 2,630 reviews · 1 distinct work · Similar authors
The Lifeboat
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"The setting: an overloaded lifeboat adrift in the ocean. The dilemma: Would you kill to survive? Characters must choose in The Lifeboat, a historical novel set in 1914." ...More

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The supernatural is not as it claims, for it is inherently unnatural; it seeks to separate us from our natural world.Joe Iacovino
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Remainder by Tom McCarthy
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Brilliant novel about person trying to live authentically and make sense of unexplained accident.
The Lives of a Cell by Lewis Thomas
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This will change the way you see the organisms around you.
The First Man by Albert Camus
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The key to the rest of Camus.
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Read for story, language, and philosophy.
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“I wondered if all a person could hope for was illusion and luck, for I was forced to conclude that the world was fundamentally and appallingly dangerous. It is a lesson I will never forget.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat

“I had been allowed to believe in man's innate goodness for the twenty-two years of my life, and I had hoped to carry the belief with me to my grave. I wanted to think that all people could have what they wanted, that there was no inherent conflict between competing interests, and that, if tragedies had to happen, they were not something mere human beings could control.”
Charlotte Rogan, The Lifeboat

“When we are babies...we need an authoritative figure to guide and take care of us. We ask no questions about that authority and imagine that the small circumference of family life is the limit of the universe...As we mature, our horizon expands and we begin to question. This continues until we either throw over our creators--our parents--for good and take their place as the creative force in our lives or find replacements for them because the terror and responsibility are too great. People go one way or the other, and this accounts for all of the great personal and political divides throughout history.”
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