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The Violinist’s Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, And Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code

JULY 2012 HARDCOVER

The Violinist’s Thumb And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
Sam Kean
978-0-316-18231-7, $25.99

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, genes to explain why some people survive nuclear bombs and why other people have no fingerprints. 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.

About the author: Sam Kean’s work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Mental Floss, Slate, the New York Post, and New Scientist. He lives in Washington, DC. Kean’s The Disappearing Spoon received great critical acclaim and success. It debuted at #12 on the New York Times bestseller list and is in its 10th printing; the paperback is also a New York Times bestseller.

In 2009, Kean was a runner-up for the National Association of Science Writers’ Evert Clark/Seth Payne Award for best science writer under the age of 30, and he was a Middlebury Environmental Journalism fellow.

Publicity tour: Boston, Washington, DC, Seattle and Philadelphia

Publicity contact: Carolyn O’Keefe

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