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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, February 18, 2018 there are 18 books in the suggested reading list that start with O. Here is an easy to print list of everything...)

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  • Of Human Bondage by William Somerset Maugham has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Andrew Stover...and Andrew has this to say about the book: "I'm mot sure that it does. But this book does tell the tale of a young man, beaten down by the world around him, who finds it in himself to overcome all."
    Check out and/or Order Of Human Bondage from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman by Malidoma Some has been suggested by Ishmael Network member jonathan fraser...and jonathan has this to say about the book: "This books an autobiographical account of a young man "kidnapped" or "adopted" by French Colonialists from his African community. His early childhood memories, his "stolen" childhood a subsequent "education" and "upbringing" among these French Missionaries, Some returns to his African community, unable to speak with his own people, until he (re)learns their ways. An account of tribal African life told by someone taken from this life, brought up in a Western cultural environment, only to return to African tribal life, and to compelling share the experiences of each. Perhaps yet another story to assist us in understanding how we have "forgotten" how to live."
    Check out and/or Order Of Water and the Spirit: Ritual, Magic and Initiation in the Life of an African Shaman from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Of Wheat and Gold by Christopher Budd has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Julie Kirk...and Julie has this to say about the book: "Budd relates current problems in our economy to the distance we've put between ourselves and ancient AGRARIAN economies. Interesting stuff."
    Check out and/or Order Of Wheat and Gold from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Omnivore's Dilemma, The by Michael Pollan has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Glen Doki...and Glen has this to say about the book: "The Omnivore's Dilemma discusses modern agriculture in detail, which is the pivotal concept of the Takers. Furthermore, this book describes a very hopeful and existing version of a sustainable agriculture, that those of us who would just like to "opt out" might want to consider. You won't be disappointed - read it!"
    Check out and/or Order Omnivore's Dilemma, The from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • On a Darkling Plain by Charles Dodson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Elaine Bergstrom...and Elaine has this to say about the book: "It is a novel, possibly out of print, of extreme horror. What will happen if we do not treat the world with respect. In it two people are trapped in New York City following a massive heat wave/inversion surviving as civilization break down. Incredible. It deserves to be resurrected!"
    Check out and/or Order On a Darkling Plain from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • On The Road by Jack Kerouac has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Jake D...and Jake has this to say about the book: "It is an epic tale as well as a well-presented Beat novel..."
    Check out and/or Order On The Road from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Matthew Gutberlet...and Matthew has this to say about the book: "In his Nobel Prize-winning masterpiece (Literature 1982), Marquez details the rise and fall of the Buendia family. The pre-industrial countryside of Central/South America comes alive through the trials of its many interrelated characters as they struggle to understand a world that has raced beyond their Leaver traditions."
    Check out and/or Order One Hundred Years of Solitude from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • One minute nonsense by Anthony de Mello has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Chukwunonso Anekwe...and Chukwunonso has this to say about the book: "The question I guess most face after reading Quinn is 'so what do I do/how do I live'. And this for me can be a silent temptation to begin 'programmes'. I don't think Quinn's books are merely meant to be read and assimilated intellectually. They are like a finger pointing at a new vision. But how does one begin to think differently without falling into the 'programmes' trap? i.e. 'i musn't do this, 'i must eat this' etc. I think de Mello's book answers this question quite perfectly.But be warned. This is not an easy book, like its author says. And to quote him further, 'it wa written not to awake but to enlighten'."
    Check out and/or Order One minute nonsense from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • one shahaptan building fire by L. pearne Robbins has been suggested by Ishmael Network member devon strong...and devon has this to say about the book: "an intergenerational progression of native living from contact through modern day in traditional extended community"
    Check out and/or Order one shahaptan building fire from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • One World, Ready Or Not by William Greider has been suggested by Ishmael Network member raleigh werberger...and raleigh has this to say about the book: "this book provides the best way I have encountered thus far of integrating DQ's warnings into a macroeconomics or global economics course. Greider punctures the myths of global capitalism as a means to lift all boats, and unveils the human and ecological exploitation behind the transnational corporations success. Never boring, and terrifying in its vision of the apotheosis of universal takerism."
    Check out and/or Order One World, Ready Or Not from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Original Instructions by Melissa Nelson has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Xavier de la Foret...and Xavier has this to say about the book: "I think that, too often, our romanticized view of Native Lifeways leaves us with the impression that Natives were/are mostly spiritual people and that if we could just sing enough songs to Mother Earth and beat enough drums we'd be just like them. What I liked about the book is that it demonstrates that, yes Natives are spiritual, but they're also fiercely intelligent, careful planners, deep thinkers, amazing social engineers, and remarkably able to bring together both the short and long views on complex issues. The book is a proud demonstration of the Native ways to think about the world and I highly recommend it."
    Check out and/or Order Original Instructions from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing by Robert Wolffe has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Xavier Sonnerat...and Xavier has this to say about the book: "A white man's journey among true human beings."
    Check out and/or Order Original Wisdom: Stories of an Ancient Way of Knowing from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Our Babies, Ourselves by Meredith Small has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Victoria Bugado...and Victoria has this to say about the book: "This book puts our parenting practices in a larger perspective. It shows that there is "no one, true way.""
    Check out and/or Order Our Babies, Ourselves from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Our Kind by Marvin Harris has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Heidi Sellers-Murphy...and Heidi has this to say about the book: "Every human should know who they are, where they came from, and where they are going. Marvin Harris'anthropological study will give you more insight into human nature"
    Check out and/or Order Our Kind from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Our Word Is Our Weapon: Selected Writings by Subcommandante Marcos has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Xavier Sonnerat...and Xavier has this to say about the book: "A pretty good account by Marcos himself of the Zapatistas' fight for dignity and freedom, mixed with old Mayan stories."
    Check out and/or Order Our Word Is Our Weapon: Selected Writings from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Out of the Silent Planet by C.S. Lewis has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Brad Austin...and Brad has this to say about the book: "It relays much of the same message of DQ, but written about 35-40 years prior. C.S. Lewis is an amazing author and successfully relates an important theme to us through fictional fantasy work (as he has done before). I would suggest anything by Mr. Lewis, even (especially) his "children's" series, The Chronicles of Narnia."
    Check out and/or Order Out of the Silent Planet from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Outposts : A Catalog of Rare and Disturbing Alternative Information by Russ Kick has been suggested by Ishmael Network member john stifler...and john has this to say about the book: "this book is chock full of stuff. it is actually a "guide" to all kinds of alternative info. the author gives his summary of each of the over 700 titles reviewed. the subject matter ranges from freedom to gov't conspiracies to the body, sex and drugs. i would say it is an indespenible referrence as it offers info from every angle (i.e. far left through the middle to the far right) as russ says "if you aren't willing to change your mind, do you have one to change?""
    Check out and/or Order Outposts : A Catalog of Rare and Disturbing Alternative Information from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

  • Overshoot by William Catton has been suggested by Ishmael Network member Ricardo Wurmus...and Ricardo has this to say about the book: ""Overshoot" is a remarkable book as every chapter is followed by a list of resources. Its claims are extensively sourced. Catton explains the concept of carrying capacity and argues that the demands of "Homo colossus" exceed the earth's carrying capacity. He draws many parallels from the past and links the illusion of limitless growth to the realities of the "age of exuberance"."
    Check out and/or Order Overshoot from Amazon.com! You can also order from a local bookstore by using BookSense.

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