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The bestseller is a Smorgasbord

ORIGINAL KIND On vibrant potluck’s bestseller lists, we sometimes find a book that stands out among the usual chili bowls, trays of baked ziti, and Krispie rice plates. This week, the dish isn’t quite like the others – thrillers, mysteries, memoirs or biographies, etc. – is Jennifer Raffbelong to “Origin, “Which our reviewer describes as “masterfully tells the story of how, and when, people came to the Americas”. Raff, an anthropological geneticist at the University of Kansas, writes in his introduction, “Looking at genetic evidence, we will examine the ways in which DNA has challenged and changed our understanding of genetics. of Native American history, with a particular focus on events that can only be understood indirectly with the archaeological record. Her approach will be able to reach the pickiest of readers, layering personal anecdotes with a visit to the sequencing lab, heavy on compassion and light on jargon. One Goodreads reviewer had this to say of Raff: “As a young mother, she couldn’t help but convey some bitterness in her account of toddler burial grounds. burial. In doing so, she emphasizes – as she does throughout the book – the humanity of the people whose remains are the object of study. “Origin” is Raff’s first book, and it’s on the hardcover nonfiction list at number eight.

MIRACLE WORK Have you tried paying attention long enough to hit this point in a column of modest length? You might want to check out another newcomer on the non-fiction list: “Spotlight is stolen,” by Johann Hari, debuted at number five. If Raff’s book is a surprise spanakopita in our moving party, Hari’s book is a plate of gobbled eggs, crammed with delicious eggs. The mouth-watering dish packs a nutritional punch. (Don’t consider whipped mayonnaise a superfood? Don’t sit next to me.) The journalist behind “Lost Connections” and “Chase the scream“Turn his attention away from his depression and his war on drugs to focus on distractions. Why is it so hard to read a book without scrolling through social media? Sure, technology is a culprit, but Hari also looks at other factors that lead to information overload, including sleep, stress, pollution, and yes, nutrition. Our reviewer wrote, “Even just focusing on focus for the time being is helpful and will ultimately give readers a novel and worthwhile way to measure the quality of their attention. our will.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/books/review/origin-jennifer-raff.html The bestseller is a Smorgasbord

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