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Forget everything you think you know about Neanderthals - this book is likely to prove you wrong! (Will explain the racism warning in comments).

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It's extremely likely we all have a bit of Neanderthal DNA in us!

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jenniferw88 The book (& author) is not itself racist, but it does discuss racist ideas towards the end. Basically Neanderthals and Homo Sapiens > Africans etc. It would be a good book for white supremacists to read. 1mo
Cinfhen Wow!!! You‘ve piqued my interest!!!!! 1mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen I'd recommend a #borrownotbuy for you. 1mo
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Librarybelle This one has been on my radar…I may need to bump it up my list! 1mo
Cinfhen Thanks, Jenny!!! Ill look to see if I can #BorrowNotBuy 😆 1mo
jenniferw88 @Cinfhen I don't know if it'll be available for you or not, but this is currently in the Audible 2 for 1 sale in the UK - you might be able to snag it as your "freebie" if there's one you definitely want in the offer! 1mo
Cinfhen I need to check the US Audible sale, thanks for the heads up xxxx 1mo
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A difficult book to review. It‘s part history, philosophy, religious study, sociology, memoir, literary study…it meanders (appropriately so) through how we walk to why we walk to where we walk. It‘s fascinating but slow going (again, appropriately so). It touches on some of Solnit‘s more recent writing but is very different. I would recommend this book, but reservedly. The section near the end, about Las Vegas, is startlingly out of (cont)

ravenlee date already (she discusses its rapid growth up to 1.25 million inhabitants, writing in 2000, yet 20 years later it‘s more than doubled again). I fell down a couple rabbit holes and added several books and essays to my TBR, plus I felt a need to watch travel shows visiting in England‘s Lake District. Solnit mentions Pride and Prejudice, with so much mention of walking, rather grudgingly and errs in some of those mentions. (Cont again) 1mo
ravenlee Nothing major, but small errors that grated on me. Also, she could have discussed Persuasion as another walking-centric Austen (Sense and Sensibility also makes an appearance, though more for attitudes toward nature than walking itself). I gather Solnit is not an Austen fan, though she never states it explicitly. If this had been my first taste of Solnit, I don‘t know that I would have sought out more. Luckily I‘m working the other way. 1mo
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SamAnne Thanks for the detailed review. Do plan to read! 1mo
GingerAntics @ravenlee see, I probably wouldn‘t have noticed the Austen errors as I haven‘t ready any of the Austen she includes (and I‘m not really a fan either - sorry). 1mo
ravenlee @GingerAntics I‘m not a big stickler about liking Austen. I, personally, enjoy most of it, but I don‘t care much if anyone else does - unless you‘re a jerk about it. And…she kind of is, in this. At least, it comes off like she‘s talking about something she really wished she didn‘t have to, which makes me wonder why she did at all. Probably felt like she‘s be criticized for leaving it out, but then she was grumpy about having to do it. 1mo
GingerAntics @ravenlee I wonder if her editor (or someone else) made her add it or something. 1mo
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⭐️⭐️ BTK‘s daughter Kerri can shout it all she wants, but there‘s zero space for the forgiveness of serial killers. This forgiveness thread combined with her bizarre compulsion to tell people who her father is was very odd to me, as was her generally nonchalant attitude. Surely all of these things are coping mechanisms. IDK. I don‘t envy her experiences. Sadly, not a book I‘d recommend, though.

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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Oh I loved this! Demon as a narrator was just heartbreakingly gorgeous - self-aware but also naive to the world around him.

This is my favourite Kingsolver book; it felt almost autobiographical and I learned so much about Appalachia and the opioid crisis, but it was less preachy and less didactic than some of her other novels.

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Lindy I went down a Melungeon rabbit hole when I read this too. (edited) 2mo
britt_brooke In my library holds! 2mo
TrishB Glad you loved it too ♥️ 2mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read this, but your review made me look up Melungeon. 2mo
squirrelbrain So sorry @TrishB - I forgot to thank you for the book - I was so busy concentrating on all of the tags for the prompts. 🙄🤪 2mo
squirrelbrain I‘d never even heard Melungeon before @Lindy @erzascarletbookgasm - I love it when you learn something completely new from a (fiction) book. 2mo
Cinfhen Lovely review, Helen 💚 2mo
LaraReads Several reviews have put this high on my TBR! Thanks! 2mo
Tamra Anxious to read! 👏🏾 2mo
Librarybelle I prefer this cover to the one in the US! 2mo
KarenUK Great review! You‘ve sold me…. I‘m up and down on Kingsolver…. But you‘ve convinced me! 2mo
Ruthiella I‘m definitely going to read this, the question is when? 😂 2mo
squirrelbrain @KarenUK - I think you‘ll like it. (It‘s similar to Betty, Tiffany McDaniel, if that helps?) 2mo
BarbaraBB Like @KarenUK I‘m up and down on Kingsolver too. I didn‘t like The Poisonwood Bible much, for example. I did like David Copperfield though. Your review is encouraging and you read it fast!! 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2mo
Cortg Excellent! I rarely buy new books but I acquired a gift card and bought this one! I‘m looking forward to reading it! 2mo
AshleyHoss820 I‘m so glad to see this review! My sister and I love Barbara Kingsolver and this has been on my list! I saw a few reviewers express disappointment, so it‘s nice to see this one! 2mo
azulaco I have to read this. It‘s been getting good reviews from everyone who reads it! 2mo
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Madness of Crowds | Louise Penny
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The Gamache series is one of my favorites. Love the characters, love the charming village, love the mysteries, love the audiobook narrator. Reading these books always makes me smile and takes me to my happy place…which is kind of odd for a mystery read. Lol. This book is not quite up to the standards of all the earlier ones, but still a pick for me.
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Bluebird The rabbit hole I went down was for the mention of serial killer Harold Shipman. I was surprised I‘d never heard of this doctor who killed 250 people between 1975-1998! 2mo
Cinfhen Ohhhhh! That would have sent me down the r🐰 🕳 too!!! 2mo
BarbaraBB A real rabbit hole book indeed 2mo
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TheSpineView Great job! 2mo
Librarybelle Good choice! 2mo
Andrew65 Well done, a great series of books. 👏👏👏 2mo
Andrew65 That is indeed a rabbit hole, a terrible, terrible man! How he got away with it for so long says so much about the lack of checks and balances in the system. (edited) 2mo
Bluebird @Andrew65 yes! It was quite shocking to learn of this. 2mo
jenniferw88 @Bluebird @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB This is why this prompt is so interesting to me. Shipman is well known in the UK! Everyone's choice is going to be so different - I THINK I've just started mine! 2mo
Cinfhen Excellent subject matter @jenniferw88 2mo
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