The orangey-red Betty Crocker cookbook. I think it was from the late 60's or early 70's. It had the BEST recipes (I made my first yeast doughnuts using it, as well as cinnamonbread and Stollenbread).
Oh and Euclid's "Elements" and Alexander Key's "the Forgotten Door".
First off, I just love Dawkins. My favorite two are "The God Delusion" and "The Greatest Show On Earth" (evolution). He really is a gifted writer. If I could make one suggestion though, listen to a couple of his speeches first. You can find them for free on both youtube and Itunes. He is a marvelous speaker and writes the way he talks and now whenever I read him I hear it in his voice and, for myself anyway, it enhances the experience. In fact if you are a new atheist "The God Delusion ought to be required reading along with "The End of Faith" by Sam Harris.
If you have never read anything by Bertrand Russell I strongly recommend it. Try starting with a collection of his essays and speeches. I needed smallish doses before I really got into him. "Why I Am Not A Christian and Other Essays on Religion and Related Subjects" is a good collection to start out with.
I like the "new" collection by A.C. Grayling called "The Good Book". There is a variety of authors he put together, I just finished reading Herodotus. I learned a lot from Dawkins' "The Greatest Show on Earth". "The Agent of Chaos" is a book I read in 8th grade, and re-read now and then.
Atheists don't "worship" books, we take them with a grain of salt.
I am very much with you on this one Ruth. However I do hold some books in high regard. If we were to "worship" any book, it would almost certainly make it a dogma and reduce out thoughts to the repetition of catechism.
I believe that this more than anything turned "Marxism" into a dogma and failure. Discussing anything with a dedicated Marxist was, more often that not, an argument about sacred texts.
Wouldn't say worship since it implies reverence without thought. For me the following texts are significant:
Dan Barker - Losing Faith in Faith (this was instrumental in completing my deconversion more so than any of Dawkins books)
Thomas Paine - The Age of Reason
Bart Ehrman - Misquoting Jesus
Richard Dawkins - The Blind Watchmaker (explains evolution really well and explains how life can form without divine interference, but I doubt a Christian would find it convincing enough to leave their faith)
I like these two books because they poke hundreds of holes in the Christian dogma.
"Misquoting Jesus" by Bart Ehrman, The story behind who changed the bible and why.
"God's Problem" also by Bart Ehrman, How the Bible fails to answer our most important question - Why we suffer.
Mr Ehrman has a very impressive background. It wasn't easy for him to give up his religious upbringing.
Also would like to recommend the movie "Religulous" by Bill Maher