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09-06-2017, 12:14 AM
Library Reccomendations
I'm currently creating a book wish list to start a library for after I move.

So far I have almost every major piece of classic literature in the form of novels from Paradise Lost to 1984. Smile
I have your average collection of atheist specific books.
I have a small handful of biographies (looking for more!) and books pertaining to history and science.

Do you have any recommendations for (nonclassic) novels, history books, science books, biographies, fine art books (to view and read about paintings), good textbooks, poetry, or just what you would consider a good read? Smile

So far I'm at 86 of my goal of 300 books. (Got a long way to go... D: )
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09-06-2017, 01:40 AM
RE: Library Reccomendations
Science and religion:

- A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
- A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
- The Selfish Gene and Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins
- Why Evolution is True and Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible by Jerry Coyne
- The Blank Slate. The Modern Denial of Human and The Better Angels of Our Nature. Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
- The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer
- Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennet
- The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values and The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris
- Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith by J. Anderson Thomson, Clare Aukofer
- Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini
- Does God Hate Women? by Ophelia Benson
- World-systems Analysis: An Introduction by Immanuel Wallerstein
- Socialism. The Active Utopia by Zygmunt Bauman

Short list of History books:

- Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime and The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes
- Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tonu Judt
- Hitler, Vol 1: 1889-1936 Hubris and Hitler, Vol 2: 1936-1945 Nemesis by Ian Kershaw
- Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
- The Destruction of the European Jews by Raul Hilberg
- The Second World War by Antony Beevor
- The Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov
- Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia and History's Locomotives: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World by Martin Malia
- Hope Against Hope by Nadezhda Mandelstam
- Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Götz Aly
- The Language of the Third Reich: LTI--Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist's Notebook by Victor Klemperer
- The Opium of the Intellectuals by Raymond Aron
- "Exterminate All the Brutes": One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide by Sven Lindqvist
- Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson
- The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchick
- Mirror of the West. Nazism and Western Civilization by Jean-Louis Vullierme
- Soldiers: German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying by Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer
- Main Currents of Marxism by Leszek Kołakowski

Fantasy that caught my interest:
- Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Earthsea series bu Ursula Le Guin
- Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko
- The Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey
- The Coldfire Trilogy by Celia Friedman
- The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski

Others:
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Life and Fate and Forever Flowing by Vasily Grossman
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- The Gulag Archipelago, August 1914, The First Circle, Cancer Ward and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- Crime and Punishment and The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- Captain of the Steppe, The Matiushin Case and Requiem for a Soldier by Oleg Pavlov
- The Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz
- Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
- 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
- Hunger by Martin Caparros

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

Mikhail Bakunin.
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09-06-2017, 01:54 AM
RE: Library Reccomendations
(09-06-2017 01:40 AM)Szuchow Wrote:  Science and religion:

- A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
- A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
- The Selfish Gene and Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins
- Why Evolution is True and Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible by Jerry Coyne
- The Blank Slate. The Modern Denial of Human and The Better Angels of Our Nature. Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
- The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer
- Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennet
- The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values and The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris
- Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith by J. Anderson Thomson, Clare Aukofer
- Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini
- Does God Hate Women? by Ophelia Benson
- World-systems Analysis: An Introduction by Immanuel Wallerstein
- Socialism. The Active Utopia by Zygmunt Bauman

Short list of History books:

- Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime and The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes
- Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tonu Judt
- Hitler, Vol 1: 1889-1936 Hubris and Hitler, Vol 2: 1936-1945 Nemesis by Ian Kershaw
- Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
- The Destruction of the European Jews by Raul Hilberg
- The Second World War by Antony Beevor
- The Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov
- Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia and History's Locomotives: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World by Martin Malia
- Hope Against Hope by Nadezhda Mandelstam
- Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Götz Aly
- The Language of the Third Reich: LTI--Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist's Notebook by Victor Klemperer
- The Opium of the Intellectuals by Raymond Aron
- "Exterminate All the Brutes": One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide by Sven Lindqvist
- Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson
- The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchick
- Mirror of the West. Nazism and Western Civilization by Jean-Louis Vullierme
- Soldiers: German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying by Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer
- Main Currents of Marxism by Leszek Kołakowski

Fantasy that caught my interest:
- Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Earthsea series bu Ursula Le Guin
- Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko
- The Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey
- The Coldfire Trilogy by Celia Friedman
- The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski

Others:
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Life and Fate and Forever Flowing by Vasily Grossman
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- The Gulag Archipelago, August 1914, The First Circle, Cancer Ward and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- Crime and Punishment and The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- Captain of the Steppe, The Matiushin Case and Requiem for a Soldier by Oleg Pavlov
- The Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz
- Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
- 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
- Hunger by Martin Caparros

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Oh dear! That must've took a time to put together. I thank you much for all of your considerations for me. Smile

I'm looking through the books on Amazon currently!
Though Dostoevsky caught my eye, been meaning to learn more about his books. Smile
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09-06-2017, 02:03 AM (This post was last modified: 09-06-2017 02:50 AM by Szuchow.)
RE: Library Reccomendations
(09-06-2017 01:54 AM)Larai19 Wrote:  
(09-06-2017 01:40 AM)Szuchow Wrote:  Science and religion:

- A Universe from Nothing: Why There Is Something Rather than Nothing by Lawrence Krauss
- A Brief History of Time: From the Big Bang to Black Holes by Stephen Hawking
- The Selfish Gene and Unweaving the Rainbow: Science, Delusion and the Appetite for Wonder by Richard Dawkins
- Why Evolution is True and Faith Versus Fact: Why Science and Religion Are Incompatible by Jerry Coyne
- The Blank Slate. The Modern Denial of Human and The Better Angels of Our Nature. Why Violence Has Declined by Steven Pinker
- The Believing Brain by Michael Shermer
- Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon by Daniel Dennet
- The Moral Landscape: How Science Can Determine Human Values and The End of Faith: Religion, Terror, and the Future of Reason by Sam Harris
- Why We Believe in God(s): A Concise Guide to the Science of Faith by J. Anderson Thomson, Clare Aukofer
- Atheism: A Very Short Introduction by Julian Baggini
- Does God Hate Women? by Ophelia Benson
- World-systems Analysis: An Introduction by Immanuel Wallerstein
- Socialism. The Active Utopia by Zygmunt Bauman

Short list of History books:

- Russia Under the Bolshevik Regime and The Russian Revolution by Richard Pipes
- Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945 by Tonu Judt
- Hitler, Vol 1: 1889-1936 Hubris and Hitler, Vol 2: 1936-1945 Nemesis by Ian Kershaw
- Khrushchev: The Man and His Era by William Taubman
- The Destruction of the European Jews by Raul Hilberg
- The Second World War by Antony Beevor
- The Kolyma Tales by Varlam Shalamov
- Soviet Tragedy: A History of Socialism in Russia and History's Locomotives: Revolutions and the Making of the Modern World by Martin Malia
- Hope Against Hope by Nadezhda Mandelstam
- Hitler's Beneficiaries: Plunder, Racial War, and the Nazi Welfare State by Götz Aly
- The Language of the Third Reich: LTI--Lingua Tertii Imperii: A Philologist's Notebook by Victor Klemperer
- The Opium of the Intellectuals by Raymond Aron
- "Exterminate All the Brutes": One Man's Odyssey into the Heart of Darkness and the Origins of European Genocide by Sven Lindqvist
- Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire, The Sorrows of Empire: Militarism, Secrecy, and the End of the Republic and Nemesis: The Last Days of the American Republic by Chalmers Johnson
- The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues, and the Coming Dark Age by James Kirchick
- Mirror of the West. Nazism and Western Civilization by Jean-Louis Vullierme
- Soldiers: German POWs on Fighting, Killing, and Dying by Sonke Neitzel, Harald Welzer
- Main Currents of Marxism by Leszek Kołakowski

Fantasy that caught my interest:
- Silmarillion, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit: There and Back Again by J.R.R. Tolkien
- The Earthsea series bu Ursula Le Guin
- Watch series by Sergei Lukyanenko
- The Kushiel's Legacy by Jacqueline Carey
- The Coldfire Trilogy by Celia Friedman
- The Witcher series by Andrzej Sapkowski

Others:
- The Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov
- Life and Fate and Forever Flowing by Vasily Grossman
- The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco
- Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
- The Gulag Archipelago, August 1914, The First Circle, Cancer Ward and One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich by Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn
- Crime and Punishment and The House of the Dead by Fyodor Dostoevsky
- Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
- Captain of the Steppe, The Matiushin Case and Requiem for a Soldier by Oleg Pavlov
- The Captive Mind by Czesław Miłosz
- Red Sorghum by Mo Yan
- 1984 and Animal Farm by George Orwell
- 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
- Hunger by Martin Caparros

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Oh dear! That must've took a time to put together. I thank you much for all of your considerations for me. Smile

I'm looking through the books on Amazon currently!
Though Dostoevsky caught my eye, been meaning to learn more about his books. Smile

No problem, I have this list stored somewhere so it took about 5 minutes as I added some new titles. Still it's but a part of my library.

As for Dostoyevsky I wasn't really caught with him - I prefer Solzhenitsyn and Shalamov to his The House of the Dead.

ETA: Forgot about:
- Thinking the 20th Century: Intellectuals and Politics in the Twentieth Century by Tony Judt
- Black Earth: The Holocaust as History and Warning by Timothy Snyder
- Putin's Wars: The Rise of Russia's New Imperialism by Marcel Van Herpen
- Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
- The Trial by Franz Kafka
- American Gods by Neil Gaiman

The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth.

Mikhail Bakunin.
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09-06-2017, 04:44 AM
RE: Library Reccomendations
(09-06-2017 12:14 AM)Larai19 Wrote:  Do you have any recommendations for (nonclassic) novels, history books, science books, biographies, fine art books (to view and read about paintings), good textbooks, poetry, or just what you would consider a good read? Smile

For science, I can recommend Big History.

https://www.amazon.com/Big-History-Exami...ig+history

For fine arts, I would recommend Andrew Wyeth: Autobiography.

https://www.amazon.com/Andrew-Wyeth-Auto...obiography

And for good reading, I must recommend Thoreau's Walden, if you don't already have it on your list.
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09-06-2017, 05:49 AM
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Personally, I'm big into travel books. The preponderance of books in my personal library are travel books.

Pretty much anything by Bill Bryson or Paul Theroux. And holding a special place on my travel bookshelf is 1000 Places to See Before you Die by Patricia Schultz.

Two of my favourite biographies are Walter Isaacson's Einstein: His Life and Universe and An Unfinished Life: John F. Kennedy by Robert Dallek.
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09-06-2017, 06:33 AM
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They say you can understand the whole of the human condition if you read the works of Shakespeare....

That may be, but you can understand the whole universe if you read Douglas Adams...

And even get some good laughs.

Start with The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy.......

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09-06-2017, 08:45 AM
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I have a hard time remembering titles but I liked: Still Life with Woodpecker; A Thousand Splendid Suns; Cutting for Stone; Stones from the River; I Claudius; Claudius the God.

“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?'
Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
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09-06-2017, 08:56 AM
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(09-06-2017 08:45 AM)whateverist Wrote:  I have a hard time remembering titles but I liked: Still Life with Woodpecker; A Thousand Splendid Suns; Cutting for Stone; Stones from the River; I Claudius; Claudius the God.

My favorite Tom Robbins (Still life WW) is Jitterbug Perfume.....

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09-06-2017, 11:14 AM
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Yeah, that guy is a master of the one liner.

“Tiger got to hunt, bird got to fly;
Man got to sit and wonder 'why, why, why?'
Tiger got to sleep, bird got to land;
Man got to tell himself he understand.”

― Kurt Vonnegut, Cat's Cradle
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