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Nexus Book Club

A group for those of us who like reading and books. Fiction, non-fiction, drama, poetry... everything goes.

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Welcome to the Nexus Book Club!

Hello to all our new (and old) members! We'd love to hear from you; please take the time to introduce yourself either on the forum or the wall.

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!

Also, don't forget to check out the page Books by A|N Members Who are Published Authors, located just under the members section on your right.


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

Discussion Forum

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P Oct 11, 2016. 0 Replies

The Last Blade of Grass

Started by Robert Brown May 7, 2015. 0 Replies

Top 5 Books on Atheism

Started by Steph S.. Last reply by Gerald Payne Apr 30, 2015. 5 Replies

Why do they all have "happy endings"

Started by Cory D Wells. Last reply by sk8eycat Jan 22, 2015. 5 Replies

New books on the secular life

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Randall Smith Oct 23, 2014. 1 Reply

POLLY AND THE ONE AND ONLY WORLD

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Sep 13, 2014. 1 Reply

Haruki Murakami

Started by Nick Bottom. Last reply by Michael Mann Sep 7, 2014. 1 Reply

"Cli-fi"

Started by Don. Last reply by Don Aug 31, 2014. 4 Replies

top 10

Started by Jeffrey. Last reply by Nick Bottom Aug 23, 2014. 17 Replies

book recommendations?

Started by Fester75. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 11, 2014. 5 Replies

Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

Started by Jenn Wiffen. Last reply by Joseph P Sep 10, 2012. 1 Reply

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on May 25, 2017 at 1:55pm

American Gods is also a tv series.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 19, 2017 at 7:55am
Just finished "The Book that Changed America (How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation)", by Randall Fuller.
From a single copy of "Origins", the intelligentsia of Concord eventually read and expressed opinions about Darwin's bombshell.
Only a few (Asa Gray and Thoreau) really accepted the theory of natural selection. The rest either totally rejected it or tried to assimilate it into their own beliefs (Emerson for one).
As I read the book, I was constantly (but not surprisingly) amazed at how the power of belief and faith (in god) swayed the opinions of very learned men and women (Louisa May Alcott). I am perplexed as to why reason and factual evidence were ignored. Spontaneous generation caused by a divine "Artist" was the prevailing choice.
Thoreau, however, stated "It is a vulgar prejudice that some plants are 'spontaneously generated', but science knows that they come from seeds". (I became a much greater admirer of him than ever before.)

Despite its "preaching to the choir", I do recommend
reading this book for its historical content. The account of issues and concerns that were a part of the mid 19th century are "still very much with us today, including racism and the enduring conflict between science and religion".
Comment by Randall Smith on February 15, 2017 at 7:26am

Always appreciate recommendations, Daniel.

If you're into astronomy, I learned a lot from The Glass Universe, by Dava Sobel. It's about "How the Ladies of the Harvard Observatory Took the Measure of the Stars", a historical story of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Comment by Plinius on February 13, 2017 at 1:39pm

Sounds fascinating, Daniel!

Comment by Randall Smith on February 3, 2017 at 7:21am

Quiz: What do you consider "Famous Works of Art" and why? Well, a book by that title answers the question (by John Nici).

The "art" includes sculptures and things like the Egyptian Great Sphinx and Tomb of King Tut. Also listed are The Parthenon Sculptures, Apollo Belvadere, Nike of Samothrace, and The Thinker.

The rest are paintings and one photograph. Ready? The Birth of Venus, Mona Lisa, Sistine Madonna, The Burial of Count Orgaz, Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer, Washington Crossing the Delaware, Luncheon on the Grass, The Starry Night, The Scream, American Gothic, Guernica, and Campbell's Soup.


The photo is Migrant Mother. And the author threw in The Vietnam Vererans Memorial for some reason.

Interesting history of each explaining why he chose the ones he did. If you want to know the artists, just ask (or google). I really enjoyed the book.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 27, 2016 at 7:05am

I agree, Bertold.

Daniel, we have similar tastes in reading material. I should re-read "Grapes". Of course, I've read all of Vonnegut, being a fellow Hoosier. Enjoyed "Augie March" by Bellow, way back when. As a young man, Michener's Fires of Spring inspired me to travel, as did Kerouac (sp?). I don't read many novels anymore, however.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 26, 2016 at 9:12pm

I finished The Big Picture a little while back. Great read.

Comment by Daniel W on December 26, 2016 at 7:51pm

Randy, I will have to look for Carroll's book.  I like your review.

Reading Steinbeck's "The Grapes of Wrath".  Way back when, when I was a young soldier stationed at remote posts in Turkey, I read most of Steinbeck's works  - and Vonnegut, and Bellow, and a bunch more.  I had forgotten how poetic Steinbeck wrote.  Wonderful reading.  Available from my library via Overdrive, which is great for me.

Comment by Randall Smith on December 6, 2016 at 7:41am

Yes, it's a hard read, even for a former science teacher, but I recommend The Big Picture, by Sean Carroll, "an unprecedental scientific worldview, a tour de force that will sit on the shelves alongside the works of Stephen Hawking, Carl Sagan, Daniel Dennett, and E.O Wilson for years to come."  Carroll frequently refers to himself as a "naturalist", rather than atheist. If you want to learn more about universe we live in, plus take home some human morsels, this is a good book to read.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 22, 2016 at 11:28am

Daniel, I don't think my library gives access to Overdrive.  Here is the library site:  http://www.marshallpl.org

I found kindle editions of my two books on Amazon, but they want $12.50 and $16 for them.  That price hurts my wallet a lot.

 

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