Archive for October, 2009

Larry’s Kidney: Daniel Asa Rose ’71

Author Daniel Asa Rose ’71 will be speaking about his new book “Larry’s Kidney: Being the True Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant–and Save His Life“.

Please join us for a reading and discussion:

Date: Wednesday Dec 2, 2009
Time: 7:30 pm – 9:00pm
Place: SOUK, 322 nw 6th avenue, suite 200, Portland (map)
Cost: Donation of $5 suggested (to pay for the room rental)

The Washington Post’s Andrew Ervin described the book this way:

“A stranger-than-fiction memoir by Daniel Asa Rose, serves as an enjoyable testament to the lengths to which we sometimes go to help family, even when doing so is a terrible, terrible idea. The absurdly long subtitle — “Being the Story of How I Found Myself in China with My Black Sheep Cousin and His Mail-Order Bride, Skirting the Law to Get Him a Transplant — and Save His Life” — should come with a spoiler alert. It’s not giving too much away to reveal that the plot involves a guy named Larry, who somehow persuaded his long-lost cousin, Daniel Rose, editor of the literary magazine the Reading Room, to leave his wife and kids behind and accompany him to China. There Larry hoped to get an illegal kidney transplant and meet his bride-to-be. The ensuing adventure is the stuff of slapstick comedy, as Rose and Larry navigate the Chinese black market, the dodgy medical establishment and their own relationship. It’s curious and occasionally tense, especially when after all that trouble Larry threatens to call off the operation if it’s going to be too expensive. Though their odyssey was a success in the end, Rose makes the moral of the story clear: “Don’t try to go to China for a kidney. We got the last one.”   Copyright 2009, The Washington Post.

You can also watch a short video of Daniel talking about the book on his website:

Fall Board Meeting

All alumni are invited to attend our fall board meeting:

  • Date:  Monday, October 19th, 7 – 8pm
  • Place:  5203 NE 32nd Place, Portland OR 97211 (map)

Please RSVP if you plan on attending (and haven’t let me know already)


1) Review past activities (summer picnic, happy hour at Lompoc)
2) Dec 2: Author of “Larry’s Kidney“, Daniel Asa Rose ’71
3) Dec 12 or 13: Volunteer day at Community Cycling Center
4) Jan 9 or 16: Holiday Party
5) Feb 14: Valentine’s Day poetry and chocolate tasting
6) March 12 or 13: Assoc. Professor of History Karl Jacoby, author of “Shadows at Dawn: A Borderlands Massacre and the Violence of History.”