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God, Goddess and Godless

Books about religion or the lack thereof.

Bach, Richard
Illusions: The Adventures of a Reluctant Messiah
From the author of Jonathan Livingston Seagull comes the tale of a biplane pilot who meets a barnstorming ex-mechanic messiah to discover spirituality on the Illinois plains.
 
Diamant, Anita
The Red Tent
This powerful book chronicles the riveting loves, rituals, births and changes of the Biblical Jacob’s wives and daughters, highlighting the different genders' daily lives.
 
Heinlein, Robert A.
Stranger in a Strange Land
In this controversial, iconic 1960’s science fiction novel, a space-born, Mars-raised financial heir returns to Earth, acquaints himself with Earthling customs, establishes his own religion, and wreaks havoc.
 
Hesse, Hermann
Siddhartha
The eponymous character searches materialist, religious and ascetic paths for truth, finally coming to rest beside a river with his personal spiritual ideology.
 
Kingsolver, Barbara
The Poisonwood Bible: A Novel
The wife and four daughters of a righteous spitfire Baptist preacher narrate their disastrous mission to a remote village in the tumultuous Belgian Congo.
 
Roy, Arundhati
The God of Small Things<
Through the observations of wise and perceptive twins, Roy details in lyrical prose the undoing of an Indian family in politically unstable 1960’s India.
 
Rushdie, Salman
The Satanic Verses
Two men fall out of the sky: a Bollywood actor and an Indian expatriate returning to his homeland. One sprouts a halo, the other hooves, but in the allegorical episodes that follow, these attributes don’t necessarily denote good and evil.
 
Satish Kumar
The Buddha and the Terrorist
Kumar retells the parable of Buddha’s encounter with a murderer in a brief tale that seeks to describe the world’s capacity for transformation.
 

Updated:06/09/2009