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Looking for book club recommendations!!

Brooke
kestrien
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 20
Please post any bookclub suggestions here, or bring them to our September meeting! I'll add them to the list below, and we'll be choosing our books for 2013 during the October meeting.

Under the Banner of Heaven (Nonfiction)
Jon Krakauer
Brothers Ron and Dan Lafferty insist they were commanded to kill by God. Krakauer's investigation is a meticulously researched, bone-chilling narrative of polygamy, savage violence and unyielding faith: an incisive, gripping work of non-fiction that illuminates an otherwise confounding realm of human behavior.

The 19th Wife (fiction)
David Ebershoff
The 19th Wife combines epic historical fiction with a modern murder mystery to create a brilliant novel of literary suspense. It is 1875, and Ann Eliza Young has recently separated from her powerful husband, Brigham Young, prophet and leader of the Mormon Church. Expelled and an outcast, Ann Eliza embarks on a crusade to end polygamy in the United States.

Our Lady of the Forest (fiction)
David Guterson
An emotionally charged, provocative new novel about a teenage girl who claims to see the Virgin Mary. On a November afternoon, in the foggy woods of North Fork, Washington, the Virgin comes to her, clear as day. Father Collins—a young priest new to North Fork—finds Ann disturbingly alluring. But it is up to him to evaluate—impartially—the veracity of Ann’s sightings: Are they delusions, or a true calling to God?

Letter to a Christian Nation (nonfiction)
Sam Harris
“Thousands of people have written to tell me that I am wrong not to believe in God. The most hostile of these communications have come from Christians. This is ironic, as Christians generally imagine that no faith imparts the virtues of love and forgiveness more effectively than their own.”

Idiot America (nonfiction)
Charles P. Pierce
In the midst of a career-long quest to separate the smart from the pap, Charles Pierce had a defining moment at the Creation Museum in Kentucky, where he observed a dinosaur. Wearing a saddle.... But worse than this was when the proprietor exclaimed to a cheering crowd, “We are taking the dinosaurs back from the evolutionists!” He knew then and there it was time to try and salvage the Land of the Enlightened, buried somewhere in this new Home of the Uninformed.

The Portable Atheist (nonfiction)
Christopher Hitchens
From the #1 New York Times best-selling author of God Is Not Great, a provocative and entertaining guided tour of atheist and agnostic thought through the ages — with never-before-published pieces by Salman Rushdie, Ian McEwan and Ayaan Hirsi Ali. Christopher Hitchens continues to make the case for a splendidly godless universe in this first-ever gathering of the influential voices — past and present — that have shaped his side of the current (and raging) God/no-god debate.

The Bible (nonfiction)
Karen Armstrong
The Bible has been transformed by translation and, through interpretation, has developed manifold meanings to various religions, denominations, and sects. In this seminal account, acclaimed historian Karen Armstrong discusses the conception, gestation, and life of history’s most powerful book. Armstrong analyzes the social and political situation in which oral history turned into written scripture, how this all-pervasive scripture was collected into one work, and how it became accepted as Christianity’s sacred text.

How to Build a Dinosaur (nonfiction)
John R. Horner & James Gorman
A world-renowned paleontologist takes readers all over the globe to reveal a new science that trumps science fiction: how humans can re-create a dinosaur. In movies, in novels, in comic strips, and on television, we’ve all seen dinosaurs—or at least somebody’s educated guess of what they would look like. But what if it were possible to build, or grow, a real dinosaur, without finding ancient DNA?

This Common Secret: My Journey as an Abortion Doctor (nonfiction)
Susan Wicklund
This is also the story of the women whom Susan serves, women whose options are increasingly limited. Through these intimate, complicated, and inspiring accounts, Wicklund reveals the truth about the women's clinics that anti-abortion activists portray as little more than slaughterhouses for the unborn. As we enter the most fevered political fight over abortion America has ever seen, this raw and powerful memoir shows us what is at stake.

Jihad vs McWorld (nonfiction)
Benjamin Barber
Jihad vs. McWorld is a groundbreaking work, an elegant and illuminating analysis of the central conflict of our times: consumerist capitalism versus religious and tribal fundamentalism. These diametrically opposed but strangely intertwined forces are tearing apart--and bringing together--the world as we know it, undermining democracy and the nation-state on which it depends

Genome (nonfiction)
Matt Ridley
The genome's been mapped. But what does it mean? Arguably the most significant scientific discovery of the new century, the mapping of the twenty-three pairs of chromosomes that make up the human genome raises almost as many questions as it answers. Questions that will profoundly impact the way we think about disease, about longevity, and about free will, questions that will affect the rest of your life.

Your Inner Fish (nonfiction)
Neil Shubin
Neil Shubin, a leading paleontologist and professor of anatomy who discovered Tiktaalik —the "missing link" that made headlines around the world in April 2006—tells the story of evolution by tracing the organs of the human body back millions of years, long before the first creatures walked the earth.

God Delusion (nonfiction)
Richard Dawkins
With rigor and wit, Dawkins examines God in all his forms, from the sex-obsessed tyrant of the Old Testament to the more benign (but still illogical) Celestial Watchmaker favored by some Enlightenment thinkers. He eviscerates the major arguments for religion and demonstrates the supreme improbability of a supreme being. He shows how religion fuels war, foments bigotry, and abuses children, buttressing his points with historical and contemporary evidence.

Making an Exit (nonfiction)
Sarah Murray
This is a journey into the astonishingly diverse ways in which we send off our dead Journalist Sarah Murray never gave much thought to what might ultimately happen to her remains—until her father died. Now, puzzled by the choices he made about the disposal of his “organic matter,” she embarks on a series of voyages to discover how death is commemorated in different cultures.

A Fish Caught in Time (nonfiction)
Samantha Weinberg
The coelacanth (see-la-canth) is no ordinary fish. Five feet long, with luminescent eyes and limb-like fins, this bizarre creature, presumed to be extinct, was discovered in 1938 by an amateur ichthyologist who recognized it from fossils dating back 400 million years. The discovery was immediately dubbed the "greatest scientific find of the century," but the excitement that ensued was even more incredible.

Absolute Monarchs (nonfiction)
John Julius Norwich
With the papacy embattled in recent years, it is essential to have the perspective of one of the world’s most accomplished historians. In Absolute Monarchs, John Julius Norwich captures nearly two thousand years of inspiration and devotion, intrigue and scandal. The men (and maybe one woman) who have held this position of infallible power over millions have ranged from heroes to rogues, admirably wise to utterly decadent.
Brooke
kestrien
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 21
Part 2:

Clarence Darrow – Attorney for the Damned (nonfiction)
John Farrell
Drawing on untapped archives and full of fresh revelations, here is the definitive biography of America’s legendary defense attorney and progressive hero. Clarence Darrow is the lawyer every law school student dreams of being: on the side of right, loved by many women, played by Spencer Tracy in Inherit the Wind . His days-long closing arguments delivered without notes won miraculous reprieves for men doomed to hang.

Among the Truthers (nonfiction)
Jonathan Kay
From left-wing 9/11 conspiracy theorists to right-wing Obama-hating "birthers"—a sobering, eyewitness look at how America's marketplace of ideas is fracturing into a multitude of tiny, radicalized boutiques—each peddling its own brand of paranoia. Throughout most of our nation's history, the United States has been bound together by a shared worldview. But the 9/11 terrorist attacks opened a rift in the collective national psyche: Increasingly, Americans are abandoning reality and retreating to Internet-based fantasy worlds conjured into existence out of our own fears and prejudices.

Society Without God (nonfiction)
Phil Zuckerman
Before he began his recent travels, it seemed to Phil Zuckerman as if humans all over the globe were “getting religion”—praising deities, performing holy rites, and soberly defending the world from sin. But most residents of Denmark and Sweden, he found, don’t worship any god at all, don’t pray, and don’t give much credence to religious dogma of any kind.

Fundamentals of Extremism (nonfiction)
Kimberly Blaker
The politics, educational policies, and social values perpetuated by Christian fundamentalists are exposed in this critical perspective on the religious right's role in American society. Statistics and studies of the movement are offered that provide insight into the causes and characteristics of fundamentalism and its effects on minority groups including women, children, African Americans, gays, and lesbians.

Voodoo Histories (nonfiction)
David Aaronovitch
An absorbing, probing look at the conspiracy theories that operate on the sidelines of history and the reasons they continue to play such a seditious role, from an award-winning journalist. Our age is obsessed by the idea of conspiracy. We see it everywhere- from Pearl Harbor to 9/11, from the assassination of Kennedy to the death of Diana.

Angels and Ages (nonfiction)
Adam Gopnik
On a memorable day in human history, February 12, 1809, two babies were born an ocean apart: Abraham Lincoln in a one-room Kentucky log cabin; Charles Darwin on an English country estate. It was a time of backward-seeming notions, when almost everyone still accepted the biblical account of creation as the literal truth and authoritarianism as the most natural and viable social order. But by the time both men died, the world had changed: ordinary people understood that life on earth was a story of continuous evolution, and the Civil War had proved that a democracy could fight for principles and endure.

The Age of Wonder (nonfiction)
Richard Holmes
A riveting history of the men and women whose discoveries and inventions at the end of the eighteenth century gave birth to the Romantic Age of Science. When young Joseph Banks stepped onto a Tahitian beach in 1769, he hoped to discover Paradise. Inspired by the scientific ferment sweeping through Britain, the botanist had sailed with Captain Cook on his first Endeavour voyage in search of new worlds.

The Greatest Show on Earth (nonfiction)
Richard Dawkins
In a brilliant follow-up to his blockbuster The God Delusion, Dawkins lays out the evidence for evolution. It is the definitive book that in a systematic and logical form with examples proves that evolution does take place and denounces the delusion called intelligent design.

The Bonehunters’ Revenge (nonfiction)
David Rains Wallace
When dinosaur fossils were first discovered in the Wild West, they sparked one of the greatest scientific battles in American history. Over the past century it has been known by many names -- the Bone War, the Fossil Feud -- but the tragic story of the competition for fame and natural treasure between Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh, two leading paleontologists of the Gilded Age, remains prophetic of the conquest of the West as well as a watershed event in science.

Human (nonfiction)
Michael Gazzaniga
One of the world's leading neuroscientists explores how best to understand the human condition by examining the biological, psychological, and highly social nature of our species within the social context of our lives. What happened along the evolutionary trail that made humans so unique? In his widely accessible style, Michael Gazzaniga looks to a broad range of studies to pinpoint the change that made us thinking, sentient humans, different from our predecessors.

Rapture Ready! (nonfiction)
Daniel Radosh
What does it mean when a band is judged by how hard they pray rather than how hard they rock? Would Jesus buy "Jesus junk" or wear "witness wear"? What do Christian skate parks, raves, and romance novels say about evangelicalism -- and America? Daniel Radosh went searching for the answers and reached some surprising conclusions. Written with the perfect blend of amusement and respect, Rapture Ready! is an insightful, entertaining, and deeply weird journey through the often hidden world of Christian pop culture.

Jezebel (nonfiction)
Lesley Hazleton
There is no woman with a worse reputation than Jezebel, the ancient queen who corrupted a nation and met one of the most gruesome fates in the Bible. Her name alone speaks of sexual decadence and promiscuity. But what if this version of her story, handed down to us through the ages, is merely the one her enemies wanted us to believe? What if Jezebel, far from being a conniving harlot, was, in fact, framed?

The Canon (nonfiction)
Natalie Angier
From the Pulitzer Prize winner and best-selling author of Woman, a playful, passionate guide to the science all around us With the singular intelligence and exuberance that made Woman an international sensation, Natalie Angier takes us on a whirligig tour of the scientific canon. She draws on conversations with hundreds of the world's top scientists and on her own work as a Pulitzer Prize-winning writer for the New York Times to create a thoroughly entertaining guide to scientific literacy.

When Sex Goes to School (nonfiction)
Kristin Luker
There's a sexual revolution coming to a schoolroom near you, but it's not the one you remember. When Sex Goes to School explores the ideas and values behind the fight over sex education through the lives of parents, its most passionate participants. Distinguished sociologist Kristin Luker spent over twenty years talking to people in ordinary communities about sex and how, if at all, it should be taught.

Piety and Politics (nonfiction)
Barry W. Lynn
The Reverend Barry Lynn explains why the Religious Right has it all wrong. In the wake of the 2004 presidential election, the Religious Right insisted that George Bush had been handed a mandate for an ideology-based social agenda, including the passage of a “marriage amendment” to ban same-sex unions, diversion of tax money to religious groups through “faith-based initiatives,” the teaching of creationism in public schools, and restrictions on abortion.
Brooke
kestrien
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 22
Part 3:

Sea of Faith (nonfiction)
Stephen O’Shea
The long, shared history of Christianity and Islam began, shortly after Islam emerged in the early seventh century A.D., with a question: Who would inherit the Greco-Roman world of the Mediterranean? Sprung from the same source—Abraham and the Revelation given to the Jews—the two faiths played out over the course of the next millennium what historian Stephen O’Shea calls “a sibling rivalry writ very large.”

God vs the Gavel (nonfiction)
Marci Hamilton
God vs. the Gavel challenges the pervasive assumption that all religious conduct deserves constitutional protection. While religious conduct provides many benefits to society, it is not always benign. The thesis of the book is that anyone who harms another person should be governed by the laws that govern everyone else - and truth be told, religion is capable of great harm.

American Fascists (nonfiction)
Chris Hedges
Twenty-five years ago, when Pat Robertson and other radio and televangelists first spoke of the United States becoming a Christian nation that would build a global Christian empire, it was hard to take such hyperbolic rhetoric seriously. Today, such language no longer sounds like hyperbole but poses, instead, a very real threat to our freedom and our way of life.

Baubles of Blasphemy (nonfiction)
Edwin Kagin
Unfailing humor, zany logic ... irreverent humor and a doggerel you can dance to ... fiery combination of a backwoods manner, feral urbanity, and an absolutely ruthless search for truth ... will win Edwin Kagin a first-class ticket to hell...Clamors for a place on the bookshelf of any thoughtful person, believer or infidel. Poetry and essays, satirical and serious, humorous and profane.

America’s Most Hated Woman (nonfiction)
Ann Rowe Seaman
Why did "Life Magazine" dub her "the most hated woman in America"? Did she unravel the moral fibre of America or defend the Constitution? They found her heaped in a shallow grave, sawed up, and burned. Thus ended Madalyn Murray O'Hair, the articulate "atheist bitch" whose 1963 U.S. Supreme Court case ended school prayer.

Leaving the Fold (nonfiction)
Marlene Winell
This book by psychologist Marlene Winell provides valuable insights into the dangers of religious indoctrination and outlines what therapists and victims can do to reclaim a healthier human spirit.... Both former believers searching for a new beginning and those just starting to subject their faith to the requirements of simple common sense, if not analytical reason, may find valuable assistance in these pages.

God, No! (nonfiction)
Penn Jillette
From the larger, louder half of the world-famous magic duo Penn & Teller comes a scathingly funny reinterpretation of The Ten Commandments. They are The Penn Commandments, and they reveal one outrageous and opinionated atheist's experience in the world.

Confessions of a Buddhist Atheist (nonfiction)
Stephen Batchelor
Written with the same brilliance and boldness that made Buddhism Without Beliefs a classic in its field, Confession of a Buddhist Atheist is Stephen Batchelor’s account of his journey through Buddhism, which culminates in a groundbreaking new portrait of the historical Buddha.

The Year of Living Biblically (nonfiction)
A.J. Jacobs
From the bestselling author of The Know-It-All comes a fascinating and timely exploration of religion and the Bible. Raised in a secular family but increasingly interested in the relevance of faith in our modern world, A.J. Jacobs decides to dive in headfirst and attempt to obey the Bible as literally as possible for one full year. He vows to follow the Ten Commandments

Why People Believe Weird Things (nonfiction)
Michael Shermer
This work presents a down-to-earth and sometimes funny survey of a range of contemporary irrationalisms, and explains their empirical and logical flaws. It tackles a variety of topics including creationism, Holocaust denial, race and IQ, cults and alien abductions, and the author looks at the research behind the claims and discredits the pseudoscience involved.

Physics for Future Presidents (nonfiction)
Richard Muller
Learn the science behind the headlines—the tools of terrorists, the dangers of nuclear power, and the reality of global warming. We live in complicated, dangerous times. They are also hyper-technical times. As citizens who will elect future presidents of the most powerful and influential country in the world, we need to know—truly understand, not just rely on television's talking heads—if Iran's nascent nuclear capability is a genuine threat to the West, if biochemical weapons are likely to be developed by terrorists, if there are viable alternatives to fossil fuels that should be nurtured and supported by the government, if nuclear power should be encouraged, and if global warming is actually happening.

Cosmos (nonfiction)
Carl Sagan
The best-selling science book ever published in the English language, COSMOS is a magnificent overview of the past, present, and future of science. Brilliant and provocative, it traces today's knowledge and scientific methods to their historical roots, blending science and philosophy in a wholly energetic and irresistible way.

The Dispossed (fiction)
Ursula K Le Guin
Shevek, a brilliant physicist, decides to take action. he will seek answers, question the unquestionable, and attempt to tear down the walls of hatred that have isolated his planet of anarchists from the rest of the civilized universe. To do this dangerous task will mean giving up his family and possibly his life. Shevek must make the unprecedented journey to the utopian mother planet, Anarres, to challenge the complex structures of life and living, and ignite the fires of change.

Solaris (fiction)
Stanislaw Lem
When Kris Kelvin arrives at the planet Solaris to study the ocean that covers its surface, he finds a painful, hitherto unconscious memory embodied in the living physical likeness of a long-dead lover. Others examining the planet, Kelvin learns, are plagued with their own repressed and newly corporeal memories. The Solaris ocean may be a massive brain that creates these incarnate memories, though its purpose in doing so is unknown, forcing the scientists to shift the focus of their quest and wonder if they can truly understand the universe without first understanding what lies within their hearts.

Factoring Humanity (fiction)
Robert J. Sawyer
In the near future, a signal is detected coming from the Alpha Centauri system. Mysterious, unintelligible data streams in for ten years. Heather Davis, a professor in the University of Toronto psychology department, has devoted her career to deciphering the message. Her estranged husband, Kyle, is working on the development of artificial intelligence systems and new computer technology utilizing quantum effects to produce a near-infinite number of calculations simultaneously.
Brooke
kestrien
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 23
Part 4:

Free Will (nonfiction)
Samuel Harris
A BELIEF IN FREE WILL touches nearly everything that human beings value. It is difficult to think about law, politics, religion, public policy, intimate relationships, morality—as well as feelings of remorse or personal achievement—without first imagining that every person is the true source of his or her thoughts and actions. And yet the facts tell us that free will is an illusion. In this enlightening book, Sam Harris argues that this truth about the human mind does not undermine morality or diminish the importance of social and political freedom, but it can and should change the way we think about some of the most important questions in life.

No Snowflake In An Avalanche (nonfiction)
Michael L. Mikey Weinstein
No Snowflake in an Avalanche goes deep inside the world of religious extremism in America s military and political infrastructure from the perspective of Michael L. Mikey Weinstein proud Academy graduate and father of graduates who single-handedly brought to light the Evangelicals utter disregard of the constitutional principle of separation of church and state that is so essential to the nations military mission. Weinstein’s war pits him and his small band of fellow graduates, cadets, and concerned citizens of varying religious backgrounds against a program of Christian fundamentalist indoctrination that could transform our fighting men and women into right-thinking warriors more befitting a theocracy than democracy.

Dear Adam: Discussions with a Budding Atheist (nonfiction)
Jeffrey J. Hardy
Dogma: It’s not just for religion anymore ... There is no organization or semblance of men that is not due for a bit of criticism. It is the atheist’s turn. In engaging and easy-to-read prose, Jeffrey J. Hardy re-opens the books to expose the unsubstantiated rumors, opinions, and outright fabrications that have become the foundational dogma of neo-atheistic thought ... and rattles the ignorance and biases of a few believers as well.

Good Omens (fiction)
Neil Gaiman & Terry Pratchett
According to The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch (the world's only completely accurate book of prophecies, written in 1655, before she exploded), the world will end on a Saturday. Next Saturday, in fact. Just before dinner. So the armies of Good and Evil are amassing, Atlantis is rising, frogs are falling, tempers are flaring. Everything appears to be going according to Divine Plan. Except a somewhat fussy angel and a fast-living demon—both of whom have lived amongst Earth's mortals since The Beginning and have grown rather fond of the lifestyle—are not actually looking forward to the coming Rapture. And someone seems to have misplaced the Antichrist…

Godless: How an Evangelical Preacher Became One of America's Leading Atheists (nonfiction)
Dan Barker
Dan Barker is co-president of the Freedom From Religion Foundation and co-host of Freethought Radio. After 19 years as an evangelical minister, Dan "saw the light" and announced his atheism in 1984. His first public appearance as an atheist was on Oprah Winfrey's "AM Chicago." If a skeptic wants to get into the mind of a Pentecostal Christian then she needs to read Barker's story. Dan tells of how everything that happened had a "spiritual significance" for him, even to the point of following so-called divine hunches while driving, to turn right, and then left, wondering if these hunches were actually voices from God.

The Fallacy of Fine-Tuning: Why the Universe Is Not Designed for Us (nonfiction)
Victor J. Stenger
A number of authors have noted that if some physical parameters were slightly changed, the universe could no longer support life, as we know it. In this in-depth, lucid discussion of this fascinating and controversial topic, physicist Victor J. Stenger looks at the same evidence and comes to the opposite conclusion. He states at the outset that as a physicist he will go wherever the data takes him, even if it leads him to God. But after many years of research in particle physics and thinking about its implications, he finds that the observations of science and our naked senses not only show no evidence for God, they provide evidence beyond a reasonable doubt that God does not exist.

A Universe From Nothing (nonfiction)
Lawrence M. Krauss
In a cosmological story that rivets as it enlightens, pioneering theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss explains the groundbreaking new scientific advances that turn the most basic philosophical questions on their heads. One of the few prominent scientists today to have actively crossed the chasm between science and popular culture, Krauss reveals that modern science is addressing the question of why there is something rather than nothing, with surprising and fascinating results. The staggeringly beautiful experimental observations and mind-bending new theories are all described accessibly in A Universe from Nothing, and they suggest that not only can something arise from nothing, something will always arise from nothing.

Why Are You Atheists So Angry? 99 Things That Piss Off the Godless (nonfiction)
Greta Christina
Why are atheists angry? Is it because they're selfish, joyless, lacking in meaning, and alienated from God? Or is it because they have legitimate reasons to be angry--and are ready to do something about it? Armed with passionate outrage, absurdist humor, and calm intelligence, popular blogger Greta Christina makes a powerful case for outspoken atheist activism, and explains the empathy and justice that drive it. This accessible, personal, down-to-earth book speaks not only to atheists, but also to believers who want to understand the so-called new atheism. Why Are You Atheists So Angry? drops a bombshell on the destructive force of religious faith—and gives a voice to millions of angry atheists.

The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death (nonfiction)
Jill Lepore
How does life begin? What does it mean? What happens when we die? “All anyone can do is ask,” Lepore writes. “That's why any history of ideas about life and death has to be, like this book, a history of curiosity.” Lepore starts that history with the story of a seventeenth-century Englishman who had the idea that all life begins with an egg and ends it with an American who, in the 1970s, began freezing the dead. In between, life got longer, the stages of life multiplied, and matters of life and death moved from the library to the laboratory, from the humanities to the sciences. Lately, debates about life and death have determined the course of American politics. Each of these debates has a history. Investigating the surprising origins of the stuff of everyday life—from board games to breast pumps—Lepore argues that the age of discovery, Darwin, and the Space Age turned ideas about life on earth topsy-turvy.

Horseshoe Crabs & Velvet Worms: The Story of the Animals and Plants That Time Has Left Behind (nonfiction)
Richard Fortey
From one of the world’s leading natural scientists comes a fascinating chronicle of life’s history told not through the fossil record but through the stories of organisms that have survived, almost unchanged, throughout time. Evolution, it seems, has not completely obliterated its tracks as more advanced organisms have evolved; the history of life on earth is far older—and odder—than many of us realize.
Brooke
kestrien
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 24
Part 5!

Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation (nonfiction)
Elaine Pagels
In this startling and timely book, Pagels returns The Book of Revelation to its historical origin, written as its author John of Patmos took aim at the Roman Empire after what is now known as "the Jewish War," in 66 CE. Militant Jews in Jerusalem, fired with religious fervor, waged an all-out war against Rome's occupation of Judea and their defeat resulted in the desecration of Jerusalem and its Great Temple. Pagels persuasively interprets Revelation as a scathing attack on the decadence of Rome. Soon after, however, a new sect known as "Christians" seized on John's text as a weapon against heresy and infidels of all kinds-Jews, even Christians who dissented from their increasingly rigid doctrines and hierarchies.

A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism (nonfiction)
Phyllis Goldstein
A Convenient Hatred chronicles a very particular hatred through powerful stories that allow readers to see themselves in the tarnished mirror of history. It raises important questions about the consequences of our assumptions and beliefs and the ways we, as individuals and as members of a society, make distinctions between "us" and "them," right and wrong, good and evil. These questions are both universal and particular.
Judy S.
user 11413623
Roseville, CA
Post #: 1
I vote for NON-FICTION, please. If you are interested in more titles, I could add "How To Become A Really Good Pain In The Ass", "Unscientific America", "Predictably Irrational", "You Are Not So Smart", "Baubles of Blasphemy", "The Borderlands of Science", "The New Atheism", "The Republican Brain", "Idiot America", "America's Most Hated Woman" (Madelyn Murray O'Hair). These are all non-fiction.
Brooke
kestrien
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 25
Great suggestions! I'll add to the main list.

We will probably read at least one piece fiction - this year we had two, and one people really liked. It's a nice break and sometimes they're amazing (Lamb by Christopher Moore was our awesome example). But if you don't want to read you're welcome to skip a month.
Rachael
Rachael_H
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 131
I love fiction in general, but am not sure of suggestions that are on topic. I hope we include at least one (that's good! LAMB was awesome, but the other was not so good. (Sorry Dylan.))

I'd like to suggest:

The Good News Clubs: The Christian Right’s Stealth Assault on America’s Children
by Katherine Stewart
A chilling exposé of the well-funded, highly coordinated effort by Christian Nationalists to use public schools to advance a fundamentalist agenda.

(and my previous suggestion that you already have listed above
No Snowflake In An Avalanche, by Mikey Weinstein)
A former member
Post #: 1
Collapse by Jared Diamond
http://www.amazon.com...­

Thinking Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
http://www.amazon.com...­

The God Problem: How A Godless Cosmos Creates by Howard Bloom
http://www.amazon.com...­

These are must reads for anyone's personal development.
Brooke
kestrien
Sacramento, CA
Post #: 26
Here's the list of books we've read over the last 2-3 years:
• Lamb, by Christopher Moore
• Summer for the Gods, by Edward J. Larson
• Breaking the Spell, by Daniel Dennett
• The Abstinence Teacher, by Tom Perrotta
• The Family, by Jeff Sharlet
• Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain, by David Eagleman
• Attack of the Theocrats!, by Sean Faircloth
• Being Wrong, by Kathryn Schulz
• 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction, by Rebecca Newberger Goldstein
• Good without God: What a Billion Nonreligious People Do Believe, by Greg M. Epstein
• Confessions of an Economic Hit Man, by John Perkins
• The Abacus and the Cross: The Story of the Pope Who Brought the Light of Science to the Dark Ages, Nancy Marie Brown
• Islam, God and the New Enlightenment, by Raji Al Munir
• The Moral Landscape, by Sam Harris
• Why Evolution Is True, by Jerry A. Coyne
• DNA: Promise and Peril, by Linda and Edward McCabe
• The Third Chimpanzee, by Jared Diamond
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