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The Ishmael Network Reading List

    These resources are suggested by readers. Ishmael Network members can add their suggested readings by logging into their record here... Please note that this list is neither compiled nor reviewed by Daniel Quinn. It should not be assumed, therefore, that he either endorses these books or agrees with the comments made about them. This statement holds true for the Ishmael Webmaster as well.... As of Sunday, June 24, 2018 there are 34 books in the suggested reading list that start with B. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • Back To Basics: How to Learn And Enjoy Traditional American Skills, second edition by Reader's Digest has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matthew Paulus...and Matthew has this to say about the book: "This is a book of skills, alternative skills needed to live a different way. Some parts discuss alternative power such as wind, solar, hydro-electric. Other parts discuss alternative building techniques for creating homes to live in. Developing a Water Supply, Sanitation, renewable fuel sources for heating and cooking, other enery sources from pedal power to atomic fusion (no joke, I'm reading this off page 122). Discusses Geotheraml energy, waste conversion, Magnetohydrodynamics, Hydrogen fusion, Methan Digesters, Alcohol as Fuel (Crank up the 'stil' Jed and make some moonshine, my car's on empty!) Also spinning, weaving, natural fabric dyes, netting and hammock making techniques (some of my personal favorits), tanning and leatherwork (do you know the proper way to skin a rabbit?), woodworking, metal working, Household recipes for perfum, pot cleaner, lotions or lip balm, herbal medicine, natural cosmetics form the kitchen, soapmaking, candlemaking, basketry, and last but not least Part Six: Recreation at Home and in the Wild. Yea, Verily a cornucopia of knowledge waiting to be put to use to begin living a different way."
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  • Back To The Source: The Spiritual Principles Of Jesus by Mic Hunter has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mic Hunter...and Mic has this to say about the book: "Like Mr. Quinn's books it addresses current day problems without the need for supernatural intervention. It uses the principles taught by Jesus (with no reference to whether is was the Christ or not) as a guide to making positive changes. Humor is used to make important points. Issues such as wealth/poverty, war, (mis)treatment of women, and taking care of the planet among others are addressed. It is GLBT friendly. "
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  • Basic Writings of Nietzsche by Friedrich Nietzsche has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Daniella Fergusson...and Daniella has this to say about the book: "Nietzsche is the epitome of saying how disfunctional our society is in the postmodernist worldview"
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  • Be a Hobbit, Save the Earth: the Guide to Sustainable Shire Living by Steve Bivans has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Steve Bivans...and Steve has this to say about the book: "In this book, I equate Quinn's 'Taker mentality' with Sauron's 'One Ring', a power that lies dormant, secret for millennia, corrupting the minds of all who come into contact with it. I argue that in order to Save the Earth, we must destroy this 'ring', in other words, abandon the Taker mentality, and live more like Hobbits, in harmony with the Earth, not as masters over creatures great and small."
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  • Beanword, Book One by Larry Marder has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Manley...and Michael has this to say about the book: "Larry Marder created the Beanworld series of comic books in the 80s and early 90s as an expression of his creativity. What he created was unlike anything you've probably ever seen in the comic book industry. The Beanworld is, as stated many times in the books, not so much a place as a process. The "beans" are a tribe: they support each other; have "laws" that say how to handle situations, not proscribe or prescribe behavior; there's even a couple of Taker encounters. I urge anyone who is looking for a non-historical exaple of how tribalism works to give Beanworld a shot. Great for kids, too!"
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  • Beanworld, Book Four by Larry Marder has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Manley...and Michael has this to say about the book: "See the description for books 1, 2 and 3."
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  • Beanworld, Book Three by Larry Marder has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Manley...and Michael has this to say about the book: "Larry Marder created the Beanworld series of comic books in the 80s and early 90s as an expression of his creativity. What he created was unlike anything you've probably ever seen in the comic book industry. The Beanworld is, as stated many times in the books, not so much a place as a process. The "beans" are a tribe: they support each other; have "laws" that say how to handle situations, not proscribe or prescribe behavior; there's even a couple of Taker encounters. I urge anyone who is looking for a non-historical exaple of how tribalism works to give Beanworld a shot. Great for kids, too!"
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  • Beanworld, Book Two by Larry Marder has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Michael Manley...and Michael has this to say about the book: "Larry Marder created the Beanworld series of comic books in the 80s and early 90s as an expression of his creativity. What he created was unlike anything you've probably ever seen in the comic book industry. The Beanworld is, as stated many times in the books, not so much a place as a process. The "beans" are a tribe: they support each other; have "laws" that say how to handle situations, not proscribe or prescribe behavior; there's even a couple of Taker encounters. I urge anyone who is looking for a non-historical exaple of how tribalism works to give Beanworld a shot. Great for kids, too!"
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  • Beast and Man by Mary Midgley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ronald Stilwell...and Ronald has this to say about the book: "While I have no sympathy for the stated aim of the book (to find a "solid ground" for ethical thinking), it is a valuable examination of our culture's vision of "animals" (as distinct from "humans") and the ways in which we have justified our perceived exemption from the community of life. We are not just rather like animals, we are animals! And, we are subject to the same laws and processes as every other species."
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  • Beauty by Sheri Tepper has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Sara Thornley...and Sara has this to say about the book: "Beauty is a strange twist on the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, interwoven with all kinds of other popular fairy tales, and used to illustrate the inevitable (I hope not) downfall of our society. Beauty herself is unaware of the problem at the outset, but becomes embroiled and commited to its solution. Also could be subtitled "The Last Radish"..."
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  • Becoming Human: Evolution and Human Uniqueness by Ian Tattersal has been suggested by Ishmael Network member George Gilman...and George has this to say about the book: "Tattersal is a leading Paleoanthropologist and the curator of Anthropology at the American Museum of Natural History. In this book he tries to understand what makes us human by explaing how "things came to be this way" - how our species came to have the unusual set of adaptations we are currently blessed (cursed?) with. He does this by first examining the social, behavioral, and physiological attributes of our closest living realatives (he is also a primate expert), comparing and contrasting them with our own. He then proceeds with a similar overview of the human fossil record, from the earliest known "proto-human" remains until the present, discussing what we can learn and infer from the various fossil discoveries in this area. I found it most valuable for the perspective it gives on evolution (and natural selection generally) especially as it pertains to "the making of us". While he demonstrates clearly that we as Homo Sapiens posses capabilities absolutely unique in type and scale from those found in our other near primate relatives (including the earlier HOMO species no longer with us), he points out that it's a misconception to view ourselves as the "pinnacle" of a process directed toward perfection. He explains the random vagaries of adaptation, exaptation, and natural selection and carefully makes the case that, for all our wonders, we should not view ourselves (or other species, living or dead) as "more advanced" or "less advanced" biologically speaking. By debunking the notion of evoltuion as a straight line of linear descent from primordial goo to human being, Tattersal gives us some science to put behind a worldview that doesn't ordain mankind as the enemy and conqueror of the earth. He also gives us a better understanding of the adaptive processes that are key to our future well being. The book is written for the layman and is meant as more of a primer to these issues than an in-depth academic study. As such it may lack the exhaustive documentary detail of his other books (which are great for deeper digging on these issues, by the way) but it is an easy, engaging read for the non-professional. Tattersal brings a refreshingly warm regard for his fellow humans and a thoughtful, even-handed perspective to the issues of our origins, our present condition, and what implications these might have for our future."
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  • Being a Beast: Adventures across the species divide by Charles Foster has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Karl Berry...and Karl has this to say about the book: "The author attempts to experience the world as a badger, otter, fox, deer, swift. He's well aware of the obvious limitations, but it's still a deeper and more personal glimpse into other species than I've seen before."
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  • Being Dead by Jim Crace has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matt Clarke...and Matt has this to say about the book: "This book uses a fictional tale--involving the untimely death of a middle-aged couple while making love on the beach--to drain the fear out of death and dying. It brilliantly illustrates the connection between birth, growth, death and decay, and it is an important reminder for us humans that "no one [species] is special, no one is exempt." We are all part of the same cycle."
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  • Believing Cassandra by Alan AtKisson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Chris Struble...and Chris has this to say about the book: "An important part of Daniel's vision is that we must understand that our current way of life is not sustainable. This book echos that idea and introduces ideas for sustainable thinking and living in an accessible way. I think if I hadn't read this book first I think I wouldn't have been ready to consider some of Daniel's ideas."
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  • Beyond Geography: The Western Spirit Against the Wilderness by Turner Frederick has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Sam White...and Sam has this to say about the book: "This book describes the expansion of Western Civilization from 100 B.C. to 1890 A.D. Anyone who has read Ishmael, MUST read Beyond Geography."
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  • Billions & Billions by Carl Sagan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Mark Meritt...and Mark has this to say about the book: "Those who think Sagan was just an astronomer are missing out. He is extremely thoughtful about the many problems we face and suggests attitudes toward them that are very much along the lines of what can be found in Quinn. This book is an easy read and a great overview, even if it does focus a bit on the threat of nuclear war. If you like this, read "Pale Blue Dot" and skip the details on the outer planets."
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  • Biologie et structure by Henri Laborit has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Laurent Marsan...and Laurent has this to say about the book: "This books gives a new vision of our society, based on biological datas. It allows the reader to better enderstand the behaviour of people in society. (excuse my english!)"
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  • Biomimicry: Innovation Inspired by Nature by Janine M. Benyus has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Kara Cox...and Kara has this to say about the book: "This book is about current human attempts to copy nature's way of doing things, and I think that anyone wanting to implement some of Ishmael's ideals could find inspiration here."
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  • Biophilia by E.O. Wilson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Melanie Smith...and Melanie has this to say about the book: "Wilson provides intriguing scientific and philosophical perspectives on our place in, relationships with and fundamental connections to the planet's biological community. "
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  • Black Elk -- The Sacred Ways of a Lakota by Wallace Black Elk has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Larry Arlen...and Larry has this to say about the book: "This is a fine example of a living human who is, and has always been a "Leaver." Proof that such people still exist, and encouragement in the face of "Taker" opposition that "Leaving" is the better way to go."
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  • Black Elk Speaks by John Neihardt has been suggested by Ishmael Network member raleigh werberger...and raleigh has this to say about the book: "This is the animist way of life as told by a Sioux shaman as he witnessed the last gasp of his culture extinguished in the late nineteenth century. Beautiful, tragic, enlightening, and it provided the impetus for me to leave graduate school and begin to teach."
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  • Blessings in Disguise: How Dreams Come True by Carolyn M Ball has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Karen Huffaker...and Karen has this to say about the book: "In this book, the author tells of her experiences with Native Americans in the Houston area and a vision she had of a peaceful, earth-friendly community which eventually lead her to North Carolina. Great book!"
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  • Blue Road to Atlantis by Jay Nussbaum has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Xavier Sonnerat...and Xavier has this to say about the book: "A simple read on swimming with the current, or being in touch with one's inner values."
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  • Blue-Eyed Exercise by Jane Elliott has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Lia Estey...and Lia has this to say about the book: "This book, although it is hipocritical on Jane's behalf, does show an interesting way to look at the rise of human beings... that we arose only by oppressing, and once we had the upper hand, we never let go. It realates human v. nature to white men v. minorities."
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  • Boomeritis by Ken Wilber has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Hummer Pleshe...and Hummer has this to say about the book: "The impact is kind of like my second reading of Ishmael in wich I had to go back and write out extensive notes because the story was so different. I'm still working one it, and his other books, but Boomeritis is a good beginning :-)"
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  • Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Kimmerer has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Xavier de la Foret...and Xavier has this to say about the book: "It's an incredible book in which Kimmerer weaves scientific knowledge with Indigenous Teachings. Kimmerer is remarkably candid and wise and asked very honest, hard questions without claiming to know the answers. Instead, she lets the plants answer the questions themselves and it's very powerful. I couldn't recommend a book more."
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  • Brave New World by Aldous Huxley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Heike Rohde...and Heike has this to say about the book: "The counterpart of 1984 by Orwell. If 1984 is the essence of communism then Brave New World is the essence of capitalism. Both novels show how the things work and why both ways-if you work them out to their extreme-are terrifying. The main character of this book feels that something is missing in this wonderful, peaceful, "advanced" world. Sounds familiar?"
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  • Brave New World Revisited by Aldous Huxley has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Heike Rohde...and Heike has this to say about the book: "Brave New World, the novel written in 1931, has it's follow-up. Brave New World Revisited, written in 1959, is no novel. It's written by a man frightened of the speed of his own fiction becoming true. If you agree with Ishmael, you will disagree with some of the arguments and ideas. But you will find some similarities too. And it's very interesting to read the thoughts written quite a long time ago (or short, however you see it) that describe exactly what we're facing right now: population growth, the mechanisms we use to stop the development of diversity, and our problems growing to the extent that we seem to create a life not worth living anymore."
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  • Bringers of the Dawn: Teachings From the Pleiadians by Barbara Marciniak has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Tarael Thorpe...and Tarael has this to say about the book: "It offers an "off the planet" perspective that resonates with the vision of Daniel Quinn. It is a light hearted guide to becoming aware of the "bigger picture". It offers simple shifts in consciousness that allow us to let go of the "fear ethic" that keeps members of the taker culture addicted to supporting their own demise."
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  • Brother Frank's Gospel Hour by W.P. Kinsella has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Terrence McDonald...and Terrence has this to say about the book: "While chiefly a book of fictional, comic short stories, the characters in "Brother Frank" (who appear as well in some of Kinsella's other books, though not the famed "Shoeless Joe") live on an Indian reservation; there is a strong sense of community, of give-and-take among its members, rather than the capitalist food chain we now live in. They are very funny and honest stories."
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  • Bruy My Heart At Wounded Knee by Dee Brown has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jeff Mandrell...and Jeff has this to say about the book: "I read it just after finishing Ishmael, and it is a perfect example, page after page, of what "Takers" do to "Leavers"!!!"
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  • Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee : An Indian History of the American West by Dee Brown has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Paul MacAvaney...and Paul has this to say about the book: "One of the first to present the radical idea that there is another story behind the "settlement" of America. Deeply moving."
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  • By The River Piedra I Sat Down & Wept by Paulo Coelho has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Nabil Asaad...and Nabil has this to say about the book: "I didn't put this in at first because I prefer Coelho's The Alchemist, but the similarities between this book and The Story of B just hit me. It is the story of Pilar, a strong and restless young woman who catches up with a childhood friend, now a priest, after several years. He has a gift for healing and they both have to choose between their feelings for each other and allowing the other to follow their destiny."
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  • By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Vera Brown...and Vera has this to say about the book: "Though some may not be as taken in with the story as I, the book does have some relevance to Ishmael readers. It is the spiritual journey of a woman, Pilar, discontented with her state of being--desensitized and going through life keeping away from extremes. The book challenges the way people tend to shy away from thinking that anything's wrong."
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