The book chronicles the rise of Homo sapiens from our earliest days on through the very near future, gently walking the reader through the complex issues of empire building, the development of cultures, and the ethical examinations of what it means to even be human.
The Arts of Legerdemain as Taught by Ghosts is a fantastic story that explores the divergence between the way we want to see the world and the way the world is.
I’m generally not inclined to go all praise the prose about writers because that’s a complement that is subjective. But I don’t know how to write about Harriet Said without telling you that Bainbridge tells a tight, taut story that unfolds in all of its horrifying details.
What has stayed with me in the days since I finished this book is this: Hidden Figures is another reminder that we are better at solving problems when we have more seats at the table.
If you can get past some of the narrative drag, however, Makherjee’s reporting and historical narrative are fascinating. And since cancer touches nearly everyone in this country in one way or another, the book also serves as a primer on what we’re facing.
An outgrowth of Keith Houston’s blog, the author explores how and why we use the symbols we do today.