Little Canada Book Club Online—Unthinkable by Helen Thomson
Join us on May 9th at 2 p.m. for another online book club Meetup on Zoom. Here’s where you can download the free software to join the discussion:
All those who RSVP will receive an invitation with the meeting I.D. and password. Be sure your Meetup profile is set up to receive messages, and if you don’t receive one by 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 8th, please send Jack a message or leave a comment below.
For our April meeting we will discuss Unthinkable: An Extraordinary Journey Through the World’s Strangest Brains:
“A stirring scientific journey, a celebration of human diversity and a call to rethink the ‘unthinkable.’” — Nature
From the Back Cover
Our brains are far stranger than we think. We take it for granted that we can remember, feel emotion, navigate, empathize, and understand the world around us, but how would our lives change if these abilities were dramatically enhanced—or disappeared overnight? Award-winning science writer Helen Thomson has spent years traveling the world, tracking down incredibly rare brain disorders. In Unthinkable she tells the stories of nine extraordinary people she encountered along the way. From a man who thinks he’s a tiger to a doctor who feels the pain of others just by looking at them to a woman who hears music that’s not there, their experiences illustrate how the brain can shape our lives in unexpected and, in some cases, brilliant and alarming ways.
Chosen by our poll results, here are the books we will be reading for the following two months:
June: Darwin Comes to Town: How the Urban Jungle Drives Evolution, by Menno Schilthuizen
July: Kindred: Neanderthal Life, Love, Death and Art by Rebecca Wragg Sykes