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View Poll Results: Vote for your choice to read and discuss in September:
A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson 11 22.00%
The Sex Lives of Cannibals by J. Maarten Troost 3 6.00%
The Bible Unearthed by Neil Asher Silberman and Israel Finkelstein 2 4.00%
Mythologies by Roland Barthes, Annette Lavers (Translator) 5 10.00%
"Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard P. Feynman 2 4.00%
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank 3 6.00%
A Thousand Miles Up the Nile by Amelia Edwards 10 20.00%
Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 4 8.00%
My Life in France by Julia Child 1 2.00%
The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt 9 18.00%
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:58 AM   #16
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You must not have read the description if you think that The Sex Lives of Cannibals is about sex...
So, to a cannibal, which tastes better...a man or a woman?
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Old 08-26-2012, 12:09 PM   #17
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"A Thousand Miles Up the Nile" is a wonderful book, not to mention that it was created by me, which makes it even better (oops - I wasn't going to mention that...)! Please vote for it. Vote early, vote often, as the saying goes .
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:11 PM   #18
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...This is not the politics and religion forum so the bible is out.
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But you yourself nominated the Jewish Bible! ...
Jon's nomination of the Hebrew Bible was just Jon being Jon. He didn't expect me to allow it, and when I did he withdrew the nomination.

I agree this isn't the place to discuss religion, but I see a difference between discussing the merits of a particular religious stance and discussing a scholarly book that details how a particular book of scripture came to be written. There are dangers to be sure, but as long as people could keep their personal religious opinions in check and keep the discussion firmly rooted in an investigation of the arguments and details presented by the authors, I think it could work. I have a lot of faith (no pun intended) in the discretion of the members of the MRBC and their ability to show respect and avoid the rough and tumble of the P&R section.
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Old 08-26-2012, 09:53 PM   #19
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If you enjoy Bill Bryson, have you read "A Short History of Nearly Everything"? It's my favourite of his books. Absolutely fascinating.
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It is a good book, Jon; I'm absolutely right.
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I'm not disagreeing. I'm trying to get you to help it to win.

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"A Thousand Miles Up the Nile" is a wonderful book, not to mention that it was created by me, which makes it even better (oops - I wasn't going to mention that...)! Please vote for it. Vote early, vote often, as the saying goes .
I've already done my duty by it! I'd just like to add that you certainly did an excellent job on that book.
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Only seven more votes and "Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!" by Richard P. Feynman will be in first place. Only eight more and The Bible Unearthed by Neil Asher Silberman and Israel Finkelstein will take the lead.
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There are half a dozen of them this month that I'd be only too happy to read. Best selection we've had in a long time.
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I have voted for "A Thousand Miles Up the Nile" as I plan to read it soon anyway.

Thanks for putting it in the library, Harry.
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I have voted for "A Thousand Miles Up the Nile" as I plan to read it soon anyway.

Thanks for putting it in the library, Harry.
Ditto. I already downloaded it and have started reading. There are a few others that sound interesting, but since I have started this one, I voted for it.
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A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson and A Thousand Miles Up the Nile by Amelia Edwards made the short list. The run-off poll will be up shortly.
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