On First Tuesday of every month please come join us to talk, relax, and share discussions about the monthly book selection while we enjoy each others' company.
Meetings begins at 7 and will end around 8 or 8:30 depending on how long everyone is enjoying the evening. Please come whether you enjoyed the book, hated the book, or didn't quite finish it!
All of the books are available on Amazon, at your local public library, or other book stores.
May's Book: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code
Sam Kean, 416 pages [Amazon]
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.
- August: The Violinist's Thumb: And Other Lost Tales of Love, War, and Genius, as Written by Our Genetic Code, Sam Kean
- September: No god but God: The Origins, Evolution, and Future of Islam, Reza Aslan
- October: Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon, Daniel C. Dennett (And Planning for 2014)
- November: The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution, Richard Dawkins
- December: When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God, T.M. Luhrmann
About the Venue
The meetings takes place at a private residence in Ceres (just south of Modesto) with room for 8-9 (adults only please).
Our hosts, Charly and Anton, enjoy baking and will provide some goodies each month and attendees are may bring something to share as well.
Before and after the meetup, please use the discussion area below to discuss your thoughts on the book. You can also use it to coordinate a book exchange, or share where you got your copy to help others. But please, no spoilers!