The Juggler's Children: A Journey Into Family, Legend And The Genes That Bind Us

Hardcover | March 26, 2013

byCarolyn Abraham

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Carolyn Abraham explores the stunning power and ethical pitfalls of using genetic tests to answer questions of genealogy--by cracking the genome of her own family.
 
Recently, tens of thousands of people have been drawn to mail-order DNA tests to learn about their family roots. Abraham investigates whether this burgeoning new science can help solve 2 mysteries that have haunted her multi-racial family for more than a century. Both hinge on her enigmatic great-grandfathers--a hero who died young and a scoundrel who disappeared. Can the DNA they left behind reveal their stories from beyond the grave?
 
Armed with DNA kits, Abraham criss-crosses the globe, taking cells from relatives and strangers, a genetic journey that turns up far more than she bargained for--ugly truths and moral quandaries. With lively writing and a compelling personal narrative, The Juggler''s Children tackles profound questions around the genetics of identity, race and humanity, and tells a big story about our small world, with vivid proof that genes bind us all to the branches of one family tree.

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Carolyn Abraham explores the stunning power and ethical pitfalls of using genetic tests to answer questions of genealogy--by cracking the genome of her own family. Recently, tens of thousands of people have been drawn to mail-order DNA tests to learn about their family roots. Abraham investigates whether this burgeoning new science can help solve 2 mysteries that have haunted her multi-racial fami...

CAROLYN ABRAHAM is the author of Possessing Genius: The Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein’s Brain, which was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-fiction. The long-time senior medical-science writer for the Globe and Mail, she is a four-time winner of the Canadian Science Writers’ Association’s annual award for her medical reporting and winner of two National Newspaper Awards. She lives with her fam...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 9.3 × 6.3 × 1.23 inPublished:March 26, 2013Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0679314598

ISBN - 13:9780679314592

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Accessible and Interesting I don't read a lot of non-fiction, but this was an engaging investigation into one woman's family history. Abraham's writing style is compelling and the science is accessible. I learned a lot about genetics, but it wasn't dry. A very interesting look into globalization and colonization and how it affects a modern family.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A gripping read This is a magnificent book: I am in awe of the way that Abraham so deftly weaves together science, history, and memoir. Marvellously compelling.
Date published: 2014-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Juggler's Children It was an easy informative read - I couldn't wait to pick it up every night.  I even purchased an additional copy for a gift.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from DNA sciene and a Family Legend The author has managed to make DNA understandable to the layman and interwoven the science with her own family story.  She used DNA testing to help answer many of the mysteries in the family’s rich and colourful history.  A story that anyone will enjoy reading particularly if interested in family history or in what DNA can or cannot tell us.      
Date published: 2013-12-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The juggler's children Detailed but confusing. Hard to separate which family grandfather the author was talking about. Possibly greater appeal to someone with a scientific background. Still insights on several occasions were interesting: Elizabeth Barrett Browning; the sub groups and categorizing of blacks in Jamaica; Kohanim group and their relation to the Brahims . There are others
Date published: 2013-08-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Jugglers Children A stunning read. Rich in detail, easily read. A detective page turner...and true
Date published: 2013-05-17