The 10,000-year Explosion: How Civilization Accelerated Evolution, of which I’ve so far read about 1000 words — but I just got it. Appears to be The Beak of the Finch (faster than expected evolutionary changes) in humans, but with this delicious addtion: the idea that culture can drive evolution, so that the line between “nature” (biology) and “nurture” (culture) finally vanishes. We’ll see.
Sean Carroll’s Remarkable Creatures, which got pre-empted (for work reasons) by the above-named Explosion. Looks quite juicy.
The Dangerous River, R.M. Patterson’s account of his time exploring the Nahanni river, way up in the Yukon, back in the late 1920s. A fabulous book — and a great one to read in deep winter (when I started this second read of mine), as the winter passages make it hard to feel cold by comparison …. even in northern Vermont. I’m pleased to see this hard-to-find classic has just been re-issued, this time by Touchwood Editions. The new issue apparently has photos that aren’t in the Chelsea Green print I have.
Obama’s Dreams From My Father. Still early in it, but quite impressed. Man can write, and while there is art, there is little artifice.
Just finished: The Fortune of War, #6 in Patrick O’Brien’s splendid Aubrey-Maturin series. I daren’t try to describe how happy these books make me.