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Laura Croteau has commented on (3) products.

The Gate to Women's Country by Sheri S Tepper
The Gate to Women's Country

Laura Croteau, July 20, 2007

Arresting, emotionally engaging, sometimes disturbing, and entirely too believable - this book has all the qualities necessary to a good futuristic dystopia, and it will make you wonder about the here and now. While there is definitely an element of the feminist about this fiction, men and women alike will enjoy Tepper's meticulous and surprising plotting, and the interesting methods she uses to build suspense and tension. That's the thing about this author - somehow Tepper manages to acheive literary quality without losing that get-lost-in-it-good-read aspect that keeps me, for one, coming back for more.
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Letter to a Christian Nation by Sam Harris
Letter to a Christian Nation

Laura Croteau, December 1, 2006

Over the past few years, a prestigious and often best-selling library of atheist literature has developed. Those who pick up these large, sophisticated volumes generally appreciate them and grow through the experience each book has to offer. Sam Harris himself has made important contributions to this growing niche of interest.

But wait - here's something slightly different; in a short, concise, pocket-sized volume called Letter to a Christian Nation, Sam Harris has made a unique statement. Harris addresses religion as it informs some of the most crucial elements of human society.

In fact, Harris addresses an entire cultural community in a solemn, sophisticated, and straighforward tone. He patiently examines every objection that The End of Faith generated in the Christian community. To me, this lends yet more credibility to Harris and his books. Here is a person who demonstrates full responsibility for his opinions and his influence.

This is a quick read that you will enjoy, discuss, and learn from. Harris offers clarity and insight in a few words that I personally will read again and again.
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The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins
The God Delusion

Laura Croteau, December 1, 2006

One of Dawkins' recent reviewers commented that this is a "brave and important" book. I agree whole-heartedly. The God Delusion unpacks the concept of religion from every possible angle - cultural, political, sociological, anthropological - and importantly, this book speaks to the idea of a 'personal' god. Dawkins writes in full awareness of the significant weight private religion can throw around in the public forum. In the interests of science and our collective future, Dawkins refuses to apologize for what many will perceive as an intrusion.

Dawkins has written yet another compelling, insightful, and quite funny book. Although I find Dawkins' often circuitous approach confusing, I enjoyed his exhaustive exploration of his subject. The reader of The God Delusion may expect to find challenge, stimulation, growth, and a renewed sense of secular empowerment between the covers of Dawkins' most recent plea for a thinking world.
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