Book Club: Doubt

We'll be discussing Doubt: A History: The Great Doubters and Their Legacy of Innovation from Socrates and Jesus to Thomas Jefferson and Emily Dickinson by Jennifer Michael Hecht (nonfiction - history/philosophy). It's a long one, so get a head start!

This is an account of the world's greatest ‘intellectual virtuosos,' who are also humanity's greatest doubters and disbelievers, from the ancient Greek philosophers, Jesus, and the Eastern religions, to modern secular equivalents Marx, Freud and Darwin—and their attempts to reconcile the seeming meaninglessness of the universe with the human need for meaning.

Available on Amazon, Thriftbooks (used books, free shipping) or through Sac Library.

Come with a few thoughts/ideas about the book to discuss!

About the Venue
The Coffee Garden is a little coffee shop just off Broadway and 99. If the weather's nice, we're probably in the big table in the garden through the back door. Otherwise we're on the couches right inside the front door.

They serve all sorts of coffees and drinks, sodas, and a wide variety of sandwiches and salads perfect for dinner if you choose. They appreciate it if you at least buy a drink/pastry.

Please be courteous and do not bring outside food or drinks.

About the Book Club
We're glad to have you join us - if you hate the book, love the book, or even didn't finish the book. If you're a newcomer, get a head start on the book for next month by looking at the calendar!

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  • Janet O.

    Is there a new book to come?

    January 23

    • Brooke

      The books for the whole year are posted under each's month's calendar item, as well as the top discussion.

      January 24

  • Brooke

    Nice discussion on a DENSE book

    1 · January 20

  • Rae H.

    Thank you all so much. It was my first SacFAN event and you all were very welcoming. It was a fun night out for me.

    1 · January 20

    • Dina

      It was awesome meeting you. Yes, it was a fun time. I love books and bookish folks.

      1 · January 20

  • Rachael

    the author has an article that just came out this week in Politico magazine, titled "The Last Taboo: it’s harder in America to come out as an atheist politician than a gay one. Why?"­

    2 · December 13, 2013

    • Rachael

      Amusingly, I'm on my lunch break and I brought my book with me to read but got distracted by this article on my phone. Also, I didn't notice who the author was until I got to the second page and decided to look, if I'd read the next line instead it mentions she is the author of Doubt.

      2 · December 13, 2013

    • Dylan

      She was interviewed on Hardball on the 27th about that article as well:­

      1 · December 29

  • Brooke

    If anyone is having a hard time getting through this month's MASSIVE book, I suggest being ready to discuss at least one time period/chapter of your choice

    3 · December 16, 2013

    • Eric C.

      Loving it! I WILL make it through!

      1 · December 16, 2013

  • Robert C.

    Is there a website with a list of all the book titles for 2014?

    November 19, 2013

  • Robert C.

    This book has become essential reading. Amazing history and insight. So well written with so much to tell. Great nomination Dylan! A two hour talk may not be enough time to discuss it.

    3 · November 19, 2013

  • Susan C.

    The book on is 24 hours long, that's it being read to you. I have been listening to it as I sew. It is fascinating.

    2 · October 26, 2013

    • Rae H.

      Started listening....thanks for the heads up!!!

      November 14, 2013

    • Dina

      Thanks for telling me about I had never heard if it before. I ordered the book already, but it's good to know about this option.

      1 · November 16, 2013

  • Dylan­ - Podcast from 2009, an interview with Hecht about her book.

    2 · November 14, 2013

  • Eric C.

    Its an incredible book and just what I've been looking for in a history. The opening essay is AMAZING. However, I would also urge everyone to start reading it now!

    Thanks for introducing me to it!

    3 · October 26, 2013

  • Brooke

    Don't be worried if you end up on the waiting list...people's plans change all the time. Just check back as we get closer, and make sure to update your RSVP if you can't make it! (We've found that any larger than 15 and the discussion ends up splitting into multiple conversations/groups. But if a book is SUPER popular, we can always organize an additional section.)

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Fred M.

    Looking forward to finally coming out for a meeting, and excited to be discussing this book!

    2 · October 22, 2013

  • Susan C.

    Its on so I will be buying it and listening to it.

    1 · October 22, 2013

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