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

The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean
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Aug 01, 2012

really liked it
Read in August, 2012

I was so excited to see that Sam Kean had another book out, since "The Disappearing Spoon" is one of my favorite non-fiction books. I enjoyed "The Violinist's Thumb" almost as much as his previous outing. "The Violinist's Thumb" focuses on Genes and DNA, vs. chemistry in Kean's previous books, and while there are a number of fascinating anecdotes and theories like how cat hoarders might manipulated by a kitty litter-borne Toxo parasite in their brain, the DNA emphasis means that much of the book focuses on ancient history (Neanderthals, etc.) vs. the recent history that is more interesting to me. Both books are extremely well researched and written in a lively style, so if you like one, you will probably enjoy the other.

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