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January 2018 NON-FICTION book! We need one! 
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Post Re: January 2018 NON-FICTION book! We need one!
Ta-Nehisi Coates, J. D. Vance, and Tillich would interest me. I am not keen on Wright as I have read two of his works in the past ("Nonzero" and "The Moral Animal") and am likely too familiar with his work. Smith is unknown to me, but it is of little interest. The feminist work is better than Smith, but I would not be enthusiastic about it. I have suggested Edmunds and Singer.



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Post Re: January 2018 NON-FICTION book! We need one!
I admit upfront I have lousy reason for my recommendation, in that I saw Robert Wright speak at a bookstore in DC, bought Why Buddhism Is True and read it. Thus I'd be ahead of the game (but I do think others would find it worthwhile). Of the other suggestions, which all seem good, the one that intrigues is Jamison's biography of Robert Lowell. The J.D. Vance and Ta-Nehisi Coates books were also quite good, I thought.

Having retired recently and getting less socializing as a result, I've gotten into a couple of live book groups, which makes an interesting contrast with BT. We drink wine at one of them, for example.



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Such a reason is not lousy. I would hardly recommend a book I had not read.



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Great suggestions guys. So any final comments? I will look through this tomorrow and see if we have a clear favorite. Otherwise I will create a poll and run it for a few days.



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Hillbilly Elegy - I read that and strongly recommend it for understanding the Appalachian culture and a portion of Trump voters.
Just a note: I have now finished it, and Vance raises a number of issues relevant to socio-economic mobility in general. Psych and Soc stuff was more prominent for me than any insight into politics.
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There has been a bit of tension between maintaining BookTalk as a FACTS based discussion group (Freethought Atheism Critical Thinking Science) or attempting to expand it. Chris makes a convincing case to focus on FACTS books (other books don't generate enough posts.)

I am willing to be part of that, but the back and forth between atheists and traditional religionists usually leads me to post "we are asking the wrong questions here", which does not multiply posts. So I would probably sit on the sidelines more than usual for a discussion of the George Smith book. Of course that could be a good thing for getting people to view and post.
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Some of the suggestions above try to broaden the discussion. Toward that end, I'll recommend Robert Lowell, Setting the River on Fire: A Study of Genius, Mania, and Character by Kay Redfield Jamison.
Sounds interesting to me. Mental health seems to me a topic that gathers some interest as well, although people aren't as eager to put their two cents in. I like Lowell's poetry, but haven't read much of it.
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However, if we don't read the George Smith book, I seriously fear Chris is gonna blow a gasket - he's been selling that since the beginning of BookTalk!

How can I watch this occur?



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Post Re: January 2018 NON-FICTION book! We need one!
OK, please don't make any additional non-fiction book suggestions!


We now have two excellent book suggestions that are currently tied. Please click on the links below and read about the two books and then make a post if you want to change your vote or simply comment. Which of the two would make for a better discussion?




We Were Eight Years in Power: An American Tragedy
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Let's get our winner selected in 2017!

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What do you guys think about discussing both of these books concurrently for January, February and March 2018?



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Post Re: January 2018 NON-FICTION book! We need one!
Since neither book is long, I think discussing them both during the three months would be okay.



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Thanks DWill!



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Chris OConnor wrote:
What do you guys think about discussing both of these books concurrently for January, February and March 2018?


Good idea. I was having some difficulty deciding which I book I would prefer to discuss.



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That is two people saying we should read both. Thanks guys!



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Homo Deus - A Brief History of Tomorrow

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Ant, we're voting on the two above books. Check them out! ;-)



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ant wrote:
Homo Deus - A Brief History of Tomorrow


A great choice, ant. I will be suggesting it for our next round in April. I am currently reading Harari's previous book, Sapiens and I will definitely be getting Homo Deus next.



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