About ten years ago, The Seven Daughters of Eve by Brian Sykes came out and I read an excerpt that made me want to read it. The queue to read it was crazy, months long. When it finally got off the reserve hold list, it was no longer a “new book” available in the new book section. It was filed on the shelves in the stacks, out of sight out of mind. It was probably half a year later and I forgot about it.
Recently, another book by Brian Sykes was published, DNA USA: A Genetic Biography of America. I read it last week. I went back to the library and put holds and transfers on two other books, The Seven Daughters of Eve and Saxons, Vikings and Celts: The Genetic Roots of Britain and Ireland. I moved on to The Seven Daughters of Eve and finished it in a couple days. These are not dry science textbooks about genetics and DNA, but books about the learning process Sykes encountered while researching, stories about the research process itself while including lots of information about the research. I can’t wait to finish them all. Saxons, Vikings and Celts: is next, I am about a third of the way through.
DNA USA will be on my Christmas list for sure. I am still deciding about the other two.