Book Group will meet on Thursday, December 17, at 7:30 a.m., to dicuss Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers by Mary Roach, and Friday, December 18, at noon, to discuss The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean.
Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers is a New York Times bestseller. Stiff is the exploration of the strange lives of our bodies postmortem: “For two thousand years, cadavers―some willingly, some unwittingly―have been involved in science’s boldest strides and weirdest undertakings. In this fascinating account, Mary Roach visits the good deeds of cadavers over the centuries and tells the engrossing story of our bodies when we are no longer with them.” Several videos of interviews with and talks by the author are available on her website.
The Violinist’s Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code is from New York Times bestselling author of The Disappearing Spoon, Sam Kean. In this book, he “explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.” Kean’s website includes interesting “discursions and distractions” that elaborate on topics discussed in the book, as well as additional photos to accompany the book’s stories.
Boston Children’s Hospital personnel are encouraged to join us in the AV Room in the Library on Thursday, December 17, at 7:30 a.m., or Friday, December 18, at noon, to participate in discussion about these books. If you would like to be added to our Book Group email distribution list, please contact Jessica LaBrie or Meaghan Muir.