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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Cheers, Fred

The 100-year-old Man Who Climbed Out of his Window and Disappeared

Book Number: 
737
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Jonas Jonasson
Total Pages: 
384
Publisher: 
Hyperion
Year: 
2012

Jonas Jonasson was a journalist for many years, became a media consultant and later the founder of a sporting events production company for Swedish television. After selling his company, he moved abroad to work on his first novel. This book (737) was an international bestseller.  Read more

After Buddhism: Rethinking the Dharma for a Secular Age

Book Number: 
736
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
5
Author: 
Stephen Batchelor
Total Pages: 
341
Publisher: 
Yale Univ. Press
Year: 
2017

Stephen Batchelor has written several books about Buddhism. He lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide. He is a contributing editor of Tricycle and is director of studies of the Sharpton College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry, Devon, England. This book contains much that is not in Book 735.  Read more

Buddhism Without Beliefs: A Contemporary Guide to Awakening

Book Number: 
735
Date Fred Read: 
January 2018
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Stephen Batchelor
Total Pages: 
115
Publisher: 
Riverhead Books
Year: 
1998

Stephen Batchelor has written several books about Buddhism. He lectures and conducts meditation retreats worldwide. He is a contributing editor of Tricycle and is director of studies of the Sharpton College for Buddhist Studies and Contemporary Enquiry, Devon, England. This book was a national bestseller.  Read more

Perennial Philosophy

Book Number: 
734
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Arthur Versluis
Total Pages: 
110
Publisher: 
New Cultures Press
Year: 
2015

Arthur Versluis holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan and has published numerous books and articles. Among his books are Magic and Mysticism: An Introduction to Western Esotericism. I thought it would be interesting to compare this brief book with Aldous Huxley’s classic The Perennial Philosophy (Book 667), first published in 1945.  Read more

Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy

Book Number: 
733
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
4
Author: 
Thomas Moore
Total Pages: 
286
Publisher: 
St Martin’s Press
Year: 
2017

Thomas Moore has been a monk, a musician, a university professor, and a psychotherapist, who now lectures widely on creating a more soulful world and on spirituality. His 1995 book Care of the Soul was a NYT bestseller. A friend highly recommended Ageless Soul to me.  Read more

Living in a Mindful Universe: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Heart of Consciousness

Book Number: 
732
Date Fred Read: 
December 2017
Fred's Rating: 
3
Author: 
Eben Alexander
Author: 
Karen Newell
Total Pages: 
259
Publisher: 
Rodale
Year: 
2017

Eben Alexander was an academic neurosurgeon for more than 25 years. (For his books I’ve read, click on his name.) Karen Newell is a lifelong seeker of esoteric wisdom with first-hand experience exploring realms of consciousness. This was a gift book.  Read more

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

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