Next Book Group: Wednesday October 10th at noon and Friday October 12th at 7:30am – State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

When Dr. Marina Singh travels to Brazil in search of the truth about a dead colleague and to investigate the status of her pharmaceutical company’s next big drug, she finds mysteries hidden deep in the dense Amazon flora and danger lurking in the tiniest insects and the expansive, murky river.  Stranger still are the secrets kept by the scientists, led by the formidable Dr. Swenson, who are stationed in the jungle to develop a drug that would extend female fertility by decades.

Although the drug under development in this book is fictional, there have been cases of women giving birth into their seventies and the ethical and health issues discussed in the book are real.  An article in Bioethics explores some of the moral and legal issues surrounding post-menopausal pregnancy.

State of Wonder was reviewed by the New York Times, Washington Post, NPR & the Guardian.

The Barnes and Noble website and Amazon.com feature biographies of and interviews with the author.

See images and videos of the Amazon Rainforest from the BBC website.

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