Now I'm getting the chance to read books I didn't have time for before. Think of me whenever you see the slogan "So many books, so little time!" Now I've got the time.  Cheers, Fred.

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Island

Book Number: 
731
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Total Pages: 
354
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial Modern Classics
Year: 
2009

This 1962 novel by Aldous Huxley (1894-1963) proposes the remote utopian Pacific island of Pala, which is his idea of what is required to achieve such an ideal nation. It includes a conspiracy of new “modern” events that lead to the end of the Palan way. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Is God Happy? Selected Essays

Book Number: 
730
Date Fred Read: 
November 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Leszek Kolakowski
Total Pages: 
327
Publisher: 
Basic Books
Year: 
2013

Leszek Kolakowski (1927-2009), a professor of history of philosophy at the U. of Warsaw, went into exile in 1968 and also became a senior research fellow at All Souls College, Oxford. He wrote many books and received many awards. This gift book has 27 essays.  Read more

How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution

Book Number: 
729
Date Fred Read: 
November 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Lee Alan Dugatkin
Author: 
Lyudmila Trut
Total Pages: 
195
Publisher: 
Univ. of Chicago Press
Year: 
2017

Lee Alan Dugatkin is a biologist and historian of science at Louisville U. Lyudmila Trut/, the lead researcher on the silver fox domestication experiment since 1959, is a professor of evolutionary genetics at at the Institute of Cytology and Genetics at Novosibirsk, Siberia.  Read more

Forgotten Truth: The Common Vision of the World’s Religions

Book Number: 
728
Date Fred Read: 
November 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Huston Smith
Total Pages: 
173
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
1992

Huston Smith (1919-2016), born in China to Methodist missionaries, has meditated with Tibetan Buddhist monks, practiced yoga with Hindu holy men, whirled with ecstatic Sufi Islamic dervishes, and celebrated the Jewish Sabbath with a daughter who had converted to Judaism. His world-wide fame was for his classic The World’s Religions (Book 17). (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Days of Awe and Wonder: How to Be a Christian in the 21st Century

Book Number: 
727
Date Fred Read: 
November 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Marcus J. Borg
Total Pages: 
245
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2017

Marcus J. Borg (1942-2015) was a canon theologian at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland and the Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State Univ. His progressive (or emerging) Christianity and his many bestselling books won him wide recognition. (For his many books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

Instant City: Life and Death in Karachi

Book Number: 
726
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Steve Inskeep
Total Pages: 
253
Publisher: 
Penguin Books

Steve Inskeep, a cohost of Morning Edition, the most widely heard radio program in the US, has won awards for investigating journalism. This, his first book, focuses on the problems due to the extremely rapid growth of the coastal city of Karachi, Pakistan. This was a gift book.  Read more

Animal Farm and 1984

Book Number: 
725
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
George Orwell
Total Pages: 
385
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Year: 
2003

The 100th anniversary of the birth of George Orwell (1903-1950) was the occasion for these two novels – AF (1945 & 84-pp) and 1984 (1949 & 301-pp) – being published together for the first time. George Orwell wrote literary and political commentary for British press/journals and American magazines. AF (“a fairy story”) became an animated movie; 1984 became a movie with humans.  Read more

Brave New World and Brave New World Revisited

Book Number: 
724
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Aldous Huxley
Total Pages: 
340
Publisher: 
Harper Perennial
Year: 
2004

These books – BNR (1932) and BNWR (1958) – are published as a Harper Perennial Modern Classics. Aldous Huxley (1894 – 1963) was the author of many critically acclaimed books of fiction and nonfiction. This edition – BNW (231 pp) and BNWR (108 pp) – also has a 17-pp P.S. section of Insights, Interviews, & More. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.)  Read more

The American Bible: Whose America Is This?: How Our Words Unite, Divide, and Define a Nation

Book Number: 
723
Date Fred Read: 
October 2017
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Stephen Prothero
Total Pages: 
489
Publisher: 
HarperOne
Year: 
2012

Stephen Prothero, the bestselling author of Religious Literacy and God Is Not One, is a professor of religion at Boston Univ. and a senior fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. (For his books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

Is There a Universal Grammar of Religion? (Master Hsüan Hua Memorial Lecture)

Book Number: 
722
Date Fred Read: 
September 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Henry Rosemont Jr.
Author: 
Huston Smith
Total Pages: 
94
Publisher: 
Open Court
Year: 
2008

Henry Rosemont Jr. and Huston Smith spent some years at MIT with Noam Chomsky, whose work led to his Universal Grammar for languages. Smith applies it to religions; so he says yes. He and Rosemont discussed this question in a public lecture that led to this book. (For Smith's books I've read, click on his name.)  Read more

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