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Thursday, January 24 2013

The Best Non-Fiction of 2012

Memoirs in graphic novel form blur the line that snakes between non-fiction and fiction; humorists and pulitzer prize winners delight, inform and terrify us; the real world, artfully penned, opens itself into a book, vulnerable, yet daring us to look. Here is the best of what we saw.


Thursday, July 12 2012

The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

Genes explain those crazy cat ladies, why some have no fingerprints, and why others survive nuclear bombs. Genes give some flexibility in their thumbs and fingers, and they might then become truly singular violinists. Sam Kean explains human history and whimsy while showing how DNA influences our species' future.


Reviews

Thursday, May 15 2014

Science Is Still Stranger Than Fiction, As 'The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons' Attests

Sam Kean is a rare writer who approaches science writing as a child would a playground at recess: it’s a wide-open field, full of possibilities.


Monday, October 1 2012

Even the Scientifically Challenged, Thanks to Their DNA, Will Enjoy 'The Violinist's Thumb'

What happened to the Neanderthals? Is polar bear liver poisonous? Does Darth Vader have borderline personality disorder? Sam Kean's The Violinist's Thumb provides some answers.


Tuesday, September 27 2011

'The Disappearing Spoon': The Elements of Style, and Everything Else, from a Born Storytellter

This is a breezy and enlightening overview of everybody's favorite high-school chem class poster.


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