Book Give Away: The Violinist's Thumb by Sam Kean

Saturday, August 11, 2012 Posted by Dina N

Book Description
From New York Times bestselling author Sam Kean comes more incredible stories of science, history, language, and music, as told by our own DNA. 

In The Disappearing Spoon, bestselling author Sam Kean unlocked the mysteries of the periodic table. In THE VIOLINIST'S THUMB, he explores the wonders of the magical building block of life: DNA.

There are genes to explain crazy cat ladies, why other people have no fingerprints, and why some people survive nuclear bombs. Genes illuminate everything from JFK's bronze skin (it wasn't a tan) to Einstein's genius. They prove that Neanderthals and humans bred thousands of years more recently than any of us would feel comfortable thinking. They can even allow some people, because of the exceptional flexibility of their thumbs and fingers, to become truly singular violinists.

Kean's vibrant storytelling once again makes science entertaining, explaining human history and whimsy while showing how DNA will influence our species' future.

The Giveaway
Two (2) lucky U.S. / Canadian readers will win a copy of The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code.

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49 comments:

  1. Kris said...

    I'm reading water for elephants

  2. Tore said...

    Any book I can get my hands on. Tore923@aol.com

  3. Jennifer said...

    Right now I am reading "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" and then I am going to read the last book in The Hunger Games

  4. Marjorie/cenya2 said...

    Wendy Corsi Staub has a new book coming out later this month and I cannot wait to read it.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  5. rhonda said...

    Gold Chris cleave Lomazow

  6. Anonymous said...

    Trying to find time to finish the Shades of Grey series. dollmf@arvig.net

  7. Anonymous said...

    Anything that I can get my hands on. Patricia

  8. Candie L said...

    I was going to finish reading the Hunger Games series but school starts in 7 days. Thank you

    candieluster(at)gmail(Dot)com

  9. Carl said...

    Next up: A Hand Full of Stars by Rafik Schami.

  10. holdenj said...

    Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter.

  11. Patricia N said...

    I'm still reading The Count of Monte Cristo - the unabridged version - and enjoying it.
    PMNSL95 at triad dot rr dot com

  12. Charlotte Padgett said...

    One book I hope to read soon is Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen

    cp1935@oppcatv.com

  13. Denise M said...

    I am reading Shadow of the Night

  14. Margie said...

    Just started Darkroom by Joshua Graham. Thanks for the giveaway.

  15. Lentil said...

    Just finished Mockingjay. I think some Orson Scott Card is next

  16. Anita Yancey said...

    I am going to start reading The Promise Of Stardust by Priscille Sibley.

    ayancey(at)dishmail(dot)net

  17. Sandra K321 said...

    Harriet Beamer Takes the Bus.

    seknobloch(at)gmail(dot)com

  18. corey said...

    Honestly, I haven't had time to read at all bu I'm looking for suggestions for the fall...thanks, hope to read some others' favourites/comments for ideas.
    coreybrennan26@hotmail.com

  19. Daniel M said...

    been wanting to check out the hunger games - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

  20. Charity and John said...

    I am reading "Southern Charm".
    primabee at hotmail dot com

  21. mverno said...

    dead man's grip by peter james
    mverno@roadrunner.com

  22. dario moniz said...

    Im reading Tattooed by Pamela Callow

  23. bn100 said...

    Dream Lake by Lisa Kleypas

  24. Carol M said...

    I'm reading Graveminder by Melissa Marr and then I plan on reading Angel Falls by Kristin Hannah.

  25. Claire said...

    I'm reading Cosmos by Carl Sagan

  26. Kathy said...

    I'm reading The Little Princes.

  27. Marianna said...

    The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

  28. Maureen said...

    I am reading Unraveled by Courtney Milan.

  29. degood said...

    I am reading The Kitchen House.

    kerrie@mayansfamily.com

  30. Valerie Taylor Mabrey said...

    the help
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  31. Anonymous said...

    "An Arrow's Flight" by Mark Merlis!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

  32. Karen said...

    I just finished The Girl Who Played With Fire. Thanks for the giveaway.

    President(dot)peaches(at)hotmail(dot)com

  33. Kylie Carlson said...

    The Hunger Games Trilogy!

  34. Jenny Sims said...

    I've been reading Michael Scott's Alchemyst series. Very engrossing!

  35. susan1215 said...

    I'm reading The Hunger Games

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  36. Renee G said...

    I'm reading Shadow on Night by Deborah Harkness
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(DOT)com

  37. Wayne Lecoy said...

    Please Enter Me In Your Book Giveaway
    It Would Be Great To Win A Copy Of
    The Violinist's Thumb:And Other Lost Tales of Love,War,and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code by Sam Kean.
    In Response To Your Question Of
    What's on your summer reading list?
    My Answer Is I Am Not Currently Reading Any Books Right Now But If I Won This Book I Would
    Gladly Read It.
    Thanks For Having This Giveaway!!!!

  38. Chelsea M said...

    I'm currently reading a Julia Child biography that I hope to finish in the last couple days before classes start up again.

    chelsknits at hotmail dot com

  39. Lana Bradstream said...

    Junior.

    lanalbradstream(at)yahoo(dot)com

  40. Lisa Pecora said...

    I want to read the pretty little liars series

    Peachesncream887(at)hotmail(dot)com

  41. Jim said...

    Forever Odd by Dean Koontz

    jim.coyne2@verizon.net

  42. Nicole C. said...

    Right now, I am reading an ARC of The Promise of Stardust by Priscilla Sibley. It is a wonderful book that would be perfect for book clubs!!

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

  43. kitblu said...

    I am currently reading The Third Gate by Lincoln Child.

  44. susansmoaks said...

    i am going to read the lucky one
    susansmoaks at gmail dot com

  45. daveshir2005 said...

    I am reading the third book in the Hunger games series.

    email/ daveshir2005@yahoo.com
    fb/ shirley greenawalt zolenski

  46. brendaelsner said...

    I read anything that I can get!!

  47. purango said...

    I'm hoping to read The Hunger Games. garrettsambo@aol.com

  48. Brian E. said...

    Thanks for the giveaway...finishing Robert Caro's "The Passage of Power: The Years of Lyndon Johnson"

    senorpiero [at] yahoo [dot] com

    Bryan E.

  49. Gianna said...

    I'm not reading anything right now.

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