Readers enMASS Book Club List

Looking for your next read? Missoula and Hamilton have wonderful bookstores, and we always encourage you to buy local first – Fact & Fiction, Shakespeare & Co, The Book Exchange, and Chapter One.

You can find out when the next Book Club meets by checking out our events on Meetup. The MASS Book Club has had some great books over the years. Below are the selections, with the most recent being at the top of the list.

The Founding Myth: Why Christian Nationalism is Un-American by Andrew Seidel

The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblat.

Immortal Irishman: The Irish Revolutionary Who Became an American Hero by Timothy Egan.

Wonderful Life: The Burgess Shale and the Nature of History by Stephen Jay Gould

Astoria: John Jacob Astor and Thomas Jefferson’s Lost Pacific Empire: A Story of Wealth, Ambition, and Survival by Peter Stark. (The author lives in Missoula) (biography, history)

Wittgenstein’s Poker: The story of a Ten-Minute Argument Between Two Great Philosophers by David Edmonds and John Eidinow (philosophy, history, biography)

Case Histories by Kate Atkinson (mystery)

The Dry by Jane Harper (mystery)

The Disordered Mind: What Unusual Brains Tell Us About Ourselves by Eric Kandel (non-fiction)

Perdido Street Station by China Mieville (fantasty/sf/horror)

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal by Mary Roach (non-fiction)

Prairie Fires. The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser (historical biography)

American Wolf. A true story of survival and obsession in the West by Nate Blakeslee.

The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde. (electronic copy of book available at – {also available in German and French!}, audio version here –

Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey. (electronic copy of the book available at –, audio version here –

Young Men and Fire by Norman Maclean.

The Immortal Irishman: The Irish revolutionary who became an American hero by Timothy Egan.

Turn Right at Machu Picchu by Mark Adams.

Love Medicine by Louise Erdrich.

The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

Requiem for the American Dream: The 10 Principles of Concentration of Wealth & Power by Noam Chomsky.

The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon.

The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood.

How Soon is Now by Daniel Pinchbeck.

The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead.

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri.

American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

Kindred by Octavia Butler.

The Big Picture: On the Origins of Life, the Universe, and the Meaning of Life Itself by Sean Carroll.

The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer by Siddhartha Mukherjee.

What a Fish Knows: The Inner Lives of Our Underwater Cousins by Jonathan Balcombe.

Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan.

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Brian Stevenson.

In Search of Memory: The Emergence a New Science of Mind by Eric R. Kandel.

Your Inner Fish: A Journey into the 3.5-Billion-Year History of the Human Body by Neil Shubin.

His Dark Materials Trilogy: The Amber Spyglass by Philip Pullman.

His Dark Materials Trilogy: The Subtle Knife by Philip Pullman.

His Dark Materials Trilogy: The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman.

The Demon-Haunted World by Carl Sagan.

The Ghost in My Brain: How a Concussion Stole My Life and How the New Science of Brain Plasticity Helped Me Get It Back by Clark Elliott.

Drinking Arak Off an Ayatollah’s Beard by Nicholas Jubber.

Book of Ages: Life and Opinion of Jane Franklin by Jill Lepore.

Fields of Blood: Religion and the History of Violence by Karen Armstrong. The book is a dry historical recitation of facts and a very difficult read. Very much history and very many facts are included in the book, which would make any discussion on it difficult and scattered.

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr.

The Drunkard’s Walk: How Randomness Rules Our Lives by Leon Mlodinow.

The Missionary Position by Christopher Hitchens.

Travels in Siberia by Ian Frazier.

A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines by Janna Levin.

Member Written Essays

Other Atheist Resources

Freedom From Religion Foundation

American Atheists

Secular Coalition

American Humanist Association

Secular Society of MIT (has lots of links to atheist resources)

If you have a resource that you would like us to consider adding here, please contact us.