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Book Groups

The Archeology Book Group (AIA) meets once a month on a Thursday afternoon.   AIA is an independent group interested in reading about historic events, archeologically interesting facts and finds.  Book titles are determined by group members.  Copies of titles must be obtained by each member.    New members are welcome, please contact Myrna at mwsilville@gmail.com    Thank You.

Date: January 17, 2019

Title: Milk! A 10,000 Year Fracas  by, Mark Kurlansky

Profoundly intertwined with human civilization, milk has a compelling and a surprisingly global story to tell, and historian Mark Kurlansky is the perfect person to tell it. Tracing the liquid's diverse history from antiquity to the present, he details its curious and crucial role in cultural evolution, religion, nutrition, politics, and economics.

“The sort of book that Proust might have written had Proust become distracted by the madeleine . . . you step away from this book with a new vantage on history, a working knowledge of exotic milk and cheese, acceptance of your mom, a sense of what makes Mark Kurlansky tick and a weird craving for buffalo mozzarella.” –  Editors' Choice, New York Times Book Review


Date: February 21, 2019

Title: She Has Her Mother's Laugh: The Powers, Perversions and Potential of Heredity  by, Carl Zimmer

  Extraordinary…This book is Zimmer at his best: obliterating misconceptions about science with gentle prose. He brings the reader on his journey of discovery as he visits laboratory after laboratory, peering at mutant mosquitoes and talking to scientists about traces of Neanderthal ancestry within his own genome. Any fan of his previous books or his journalism will appreciate this work. But so, too, will parents wishing to understand the magnitude of the legacy they’re bequeathing to their children, people who want to grasp their history through genetic ancestry testing and those seeking a fuller context for the discussions about race and genetics so prevalent today.” The New York Times Book Review