Nexus Book Club


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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Latest Activity: Feb 19

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
The Internet Archive
Project Gutenburg

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


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


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

Robert Jordan "Wheel of Time" fans?

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

Currently Reading: American Gods by Neil Gaiman

Started by The Big Blue Frog. Last reply by Cory D Wells Jul 24, 2012. 8 Replies

Comment Wall


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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:

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.

Comment by Randall Smith on November 19, 2016 at 7:23am

Thanks, Daniel, for the "overdrive" info and the book report. Sounds interesting.

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 1:47pm

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 1:45pm

Spud, does your library give access to Overdrive?  I was going to look it up, but didn't know what town.  You can actually read the books on your computer.  The print is bright and clear on mine.

I forgot to add in the book review about "To End All Wars", there is much about Charlotte Despard.  Another amazing antiwar activist, activist for the homeless, and campaigned against the Baer War which she called "wicked war of this Capitalistic government" and WWI.  He brother was chief of staff of the British Army.  Really amazing woman.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 18, 2016 at 12:08pm

I just checked-out 2 Mac computer books from my local library because they don't have them available on any other format.

With so many floaters in my eyes, reading books is quite annoying, but I'm slogging through them, and hoping the library will get more books I want to read on other formats.

Comment by Daniel W on November 18, 2016 at 11:20am

Just putting this out there so people are not limited by location or finances, and can read current books for free from their public library via computer, or tablet, or kindle, or cell phone.  My eyes are not good enough for cell phone.

You need a local public library card, and your device.  That's about all.

I think this is good for most libraries.  For example, I checked Spokane, Lafayette, Indiana and Boise, Idaho, and it looks like this works in all of those.  Also Newport, Washington.

I mostly use the audio books, which I listen to most of the day.  The ebook selection is much bigger than the audiobook selection.

I am currently reading Adam Hochshild's "To End All Wars" which takes place during WWI.  Among the stories are those of one of Britain’s most prominent women pacifist campaigners - inclulding Slvia Parkhurst, pictured below.  Excellent read.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 15, 2016 at 4:53pm
Comment by Daniel W on November 13, 2016 at 11:22pm

This looks really good.  I needed an inspiration to move on to a different history topic.  The author,  Adam Hochschild, also wrote one of the most interesting books that I have read, "King Leopold's Ghost"

Unfortunately not on Overdrive as an audiobook from my library, but it is there as an ebook. 

Spain in Our Hearts: Americans in the Spanish Civil War.

"From the acclaimed, best-selling author Adam Hochschild, a sweeping history of the Spanish Civil War, told through a dozen characters, including Ernest Hemingway and George Orwell: a tale of idealism, heartbreaking suffering, and a noble cause that failed
For three crucial years in the 1930s, the Spanish Civil War dominated headlines in America and around the world, as volunteers flooded to Spain to help its democratic government fight off a fascist uprising led by Francisco Franco and aided by Hitler and Mussolini."

I splurged and used audible to buy an audiobook.  I'm trying to read books on paper, but listening while walking or walking the dogs or driving is my main reading time.

Comment by Daniel W on November 2, 2016 at 9:43pm

Reading "The Secret History of Twin Peaks". Quite fun.  I love the weirdness of the Pacific Northwest as detailed in the book.  It also has a strong X-Files - like aspect which is also fun.


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