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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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

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

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Comment by Randall Smith on April 21, 2016 at 7:25am

Here's a guy we don't hear much of any more, and he was one of the greatest naturalists that ever lived. He influence Darwin, Bolivar, Muir, and many others. Who, you ask? Alexander von Humboldt, that's who. In Andrea Wulf's new book, The Invention of Nature, the life and times of Humboldt are rediscovered 200 years later. I highly recommend reading it.

Comment by Randall Smith on April 6, 2016 at 7:16am
I was born a couple of years before Franklin D. Roosevelt died, so he was my president for two years. I guess I was surprised to discover he was such a "tree hugger". Upon reading Douglas Brinkley's "Rightful Heritage", I have gained profound respect for FDR's passion for the environment, especially with regard to his Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC). But he did so much more for preserving the beauty of the United States. A very insightful book.
Comment by Randall Smith on February 20, 2016 at 7:40am

Just finished a very good book published in 2001, Darwin, His Daughter (Annie) & Human Evolution, by his great great grandson, Randal Keynes. At age 10, Annie died. The loss to Darwin was profound and everlasting. It deeply affected his beliefs. He referred to himself as an agnostic.

What was interesting about the book is that it wasn't necessarily about his actual theories on evolution, but how he came to formulate them based more on comparing "lower" animals with humans, including his daughter. It's a very poignant book, digging into the depths of Darwin's (and his wife, Emma's) souls. Keynes had access to personal letters and memories which makes the characters very real.  Sad, but enjoyable book.

Comment by Pat on February 2, 2016 at 1:03pm

I'd say Bernie did great. Think he'll take New Hampshire, but he seems to be weak among black Americans. And, after NH, South Carolina is coming. Hope he does well there. Keeping my fingers crossed, and voting for him here in the Illinois primary.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 2, 2016 at 7:09am

Thanks, Pat. I figured Ed Klein was grasping at straws in criticizing Hillary. I really didn't like his writing method. The book was in the library, so I didn't buy it.

Looks like Bernie did alright in Iowa!

Comment by Pat on February 1, 2016 at 1:23pm

Randall, I looked up the book on  I believe the author is Ed Klein. So, I looked him up, and found this article about him on Salon. The Salon piece is none to kind to Klein, referring to him as a deluded conservative and the 'king of hacks.' The article states most of Klein's accusations cannot be independently verified, and are more than likely made up. Just one observation. I tend to agree with Cornell West from Harvard when he said that when one hears Hillary's name, integrity is not the first thing that comes to mind. However, if she is to be criticized, it should be based on reality, and not Faux News types of distortions and dishonesty.

Comment by Joseph P on February 1, 2016 at 7:45am

She still wins by several orders of magnitude, in any comparison to any of the Republicans.  It's a sad day, when Lindsay Graham and Chris Christie are the reasonable candidates.

Well, maybe Pataki.  I don't know the first thing about him, beyond him being associated with New York, and I don't care enough to look him up.  He could be reasonable, but I neither know nor care.

When in doubt, suck it up and vote against the worse one.  I'm definitely going Sanders in the primary, though.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 1, 2016 at 7:32am

Damn. Just when I thought perhaps Hillary isn't so bad after all, and that if Bernie doesn't beat her, I could force myself to vote for her. After all, any Democrat is better than a Republican. But then I read Unlikeable (Ed Stein), an expose, if you will, on Hillary's two-sided nature. In a word, she's a bitch. Go Bernie.

Comment by Donald R Barbera on January 18, 2016 at 8:12am

Randall--Sure you could. It just takes a masochistic nature and unbridled youth with a cause to do it. However, I did reread both of them about five years ago and still feel the same except the communism angle is nearly worthless today considering other social experiments that are thriving. Of course, the Soviet Union was so tied to the Marx that no one  noticed how that implementation of Marx theories failed largely because of corruption.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 18, 2016 at 7:56am

Donald, I don't think I could plow through either of Marx's books! There were enough snippets in the biography that satisfied me. And since you mentioned Engels' name, I got the impression that he was equally important in "the cause", but never got the due credit. One thing that surpised me was Marx's hatred of Russia. Talk about irony.


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