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Feel free to discuss the books you're reading at the moment, your favorite authors or works, and so on. I'm sure everyone has a book they think others here might find interesting!

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Books of Interest to Atheists and Skeptics
Breaking The Spell by Daniel Dennett
A Devil's Chaplain, by Richard Dawkins
The End of Faith, by Sam Harris
The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins
God is Not Great, by Christopher Hitchens
Godless, by Dan Barker
Letter to a Christian Nation, by Sam Harris
Why I am not a Christian, by Bertrand Russell

Sites for Bibliotaphs
Audible.com
BookCrossing.com
BookMooch.com
The Internet Archive
LibraryThing.com
LibriVox.org
Project Gutenburg
Shelfari.com

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POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD

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Haruki Murakami

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Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

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Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

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Comment by Brian Magee on July 31, 2012 at 2:34pm

Luis Granados Delivers Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts
Latest Humanist Press Ebook Includes Online Reader Commentary, Linked Videos


For immediate release

Contact:
Humanist Press: Brian Magee, 202-238-9088 ex. 105, Mobile: (202) 681-2425 bmagee@americanhumanist.org
Luis Granados, Author: luis@luisgranados.com

(Washington, DC – July 31, 2012) – The power that comes from religious authority has been at the center of all human societies from time immemorial–but those claims of sovereignty have been disputed for just as long. In Damned Good Company: Twenty Rebels Who Bucked the God Experts, author Luis Granados explores twenty cases, from Socrates to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, of brave challenges against those claiming a special authority from God.

Damned Good Companyis a book about people, not about God. People who have preached about God, taken money for sharing what they say they know about God, and ordered others about to enforce what they claim to be God’s will–and a small band of heroes who stood up to them.

In short, Damned Good Company is a Profiles in Courage for humanists.

Some of the twenty heroes of Damned Good Company are well-known: Erasmus, Voltaire, Thomas Paine, Clarence Darrow, Atatürk, Nehru, Steve Biko. Others are not: people like Han Yü, banished from the 9thcentury Chinese court for questioning the worship of the Buddha’s finger, and Lucy Harris, who came within an inch of deflating Mormonism before it got off the ground.

Each hero is contrasted with a villain of his or her time and place: either a God expert like Martin Luther or Joseph Smith or a cynical politician like Mussolini, who never believed in God but exploited religion shamelessly to advance his political ambition.

The stories in Damned Good Companywill inspire those today who want to stand up to the Christian Right, the Muslim fanatics, the oppressiveness of Catholic and Jewish orthodoxy, the rising Hindu Taliban, and everyone else who claims a God-given right to tell the rest of us what to do.

This enhanced ebook has been extensively researched, with over 1,100 footnotes. It takes full advantage of state-of-the-art features with over 100 photographs, online reader comments, linked videos, and hundreds of useful web links.

Damned Good Company is available from www.HumanistPress.comand all major online ebook retailers.

A chapter excerpt can be found here: http://wdn.ipublishcentral.net/american_humanist_association/viewin...

Brief video summaries of each chapter can be found here: https://vimeo.com/album/2002877

A book launch party will take place on Sept. 20, 2012, 7-9 pm, at The Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Comment by Liz McLellan on July 22, 2012 at 4:35pm

Hey Folks - Liz here...aka cityzenjane (on youtube) - I am interested in a book list on the Founders, Separation of Church and State etc... US History...hopefully not from a theists perspective. I have Steven Waldron's book Founding Faith - but he runs Belief.NET so I am not sure how annoying I will or will not find it. Do you have any good books you can recommend along these lines?

Thanks for all you do! This looks like a thriving community!

Comment by Ian Mason on June 20, 2012 at 2:47pm

Just finished James Joyce "Portrait of the artist as a young man". Those Jesuits were fucking mental terrorists, claimint to know every detail of the sufferings in Hell. What a sadistic imagination.

Comment by Brian Magee on June 20, 2012 at 2:19pm

Is Molly hopeful or is she simply happy?

Visit www.HopeInSmallDoses.com

More videos found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gyfgFw8O2MI&feature=list_related...

Comment by Brian Magee on June 1, 2012 at 3:53pm

The latest book from Humanist Press is now available: Hope in Small Doses from Nikki Stern.

Rejecting hope that counts on divine providence or a guaranteed outcome, she embraces a version driven not by expectation but by possibility. Her hope is at once grounded in reason, energized by discovery, imbued with awe, and fueled by faith in our capacity to grow. Feisty, funny and deeply moving, Hope in Small Doses offers a workable blueprint for a life fully lived.

Visit www.HopeInSmallDoses.com

Available as a paperback or ebook.

Comment by Amy on May 26, 2012 at 2:20pm

I'm reading the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon ( for the 3rd time). I think these books are awesome. I can't wait for her next book to come out, Written In My Own Heart’s Blood in early 2013. Which I have been impatiantly waiting for for since 2009.

Comment by annet on May 12, 2012 at 11:41pm

Support a fellow heathen and AN member and buy this book. It is hilarious, insightful, and relatively easy on the wallet.

The Alabama Alien Abduction

 

http://www.powells.com/biblio/61-9781456511739-1

Comment by Johnny P on March 30, 2012 at 1:21pm

Just a reminder to anyone and everyone that my latest book, The Little Book of Unholy Questions, is available in paperback and Kindle formats. Check it out, it has unanimously great reviews and is a comprehensive cumulative case against an omni-God set out through 501 questions asked directly to God.

Cheers

Jonathan MS Pearce 

Comment by Brian Magee on March 28, 2012 at 4:01pm

Hello, everyone. A short note to let you all know that the American Humanist Association has just relaunched out publishing house, Humanist Press, as an ebook publisher.

Press release is here: http://www.americanhumanist.org/news/details/2012-03-humanist-press...

Comment by Nsajigwa sisi kwa sisi on March 28, 2012 at 9:04am

hi every one on this book reading nexus site...

I am to be in the intenet cafe for just a while...

i am a self taught Afrikan freethinker (refers my profile)...an autodidact book reading-"phile"...

i would hereby kindly wish to ask any generous freethinker to kindly either borrow/lent/give/grant me this book by giant Bertrand Russell, a history of western philosophy...

I have in mind the vision of writing philosophy in my swahili language just to get the general populace get introduced to it...

as of now it is the book in my list that i badly (or rather goodly?) need...

it saddens me much much to know/notice/realize that prophets Jesus Christ, and Mohamed are well known here, while Socrates the master icon of the iconoclast to start with, is not, not at all..!

Imagine that a paradox...it is my dream wish to intervene and may be change, to get philosophy (hereby freethinking) known too...

it is because there is lack of access (almost non existence)of such same here...and that's why i would kindly rely on your generosity...

i will comply to any terms of the would be lender of same...

humbly yours Nsajigwa in Tanzanian east Afrika

 

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