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

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

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 Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 3:18pm

Thanks, I'll look for that title.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 3:06pm

Thanks, Cat. Here's another typical observation from the book:

  • . . . when hard-core conservatives deny climate change, they are not just protecting the trillions in wealth that are threatened by climate action. They are also defending something even more precious to them: an entire ideological project--neoliberalism--which holds that the market is always right, regulation is always wrong, private is good and public is bad, and taxes that support public services are the worst of all.
Comment by Grinning Cat on August 30, 2017 at 2:50pm
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 30, 2017 at 2:32pm

I just started a really excellent book by Naomi Klein titled No is not enough -- Resisting Trumps Shock Politics and Winning the World We Need.

Comment by Plinius on May 26, 2017 at 12:44am

I haven't watched the series, but I like the book very much! And I grew up with Ray Bradbury, he had really great stories.

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.


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