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

Paperback | April 1, 2014

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?

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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 scienc...

CAROLYN ABRAHAM is the award-winning author of Possessing Genius: The Bizarre Odyssey of Einstein's Brain. Abraham appears often as an on-air television commentator on medical issues, wrote the chapter on the SARS outbreak in Canada at the request of the WHO, co-wrote the NFB production entitled DNA and Dollars and appeared in the Nati...
Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 0.89 inPublished:April 1, 2014Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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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

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FINALIST 2013 – Governor General’s Literary Award for Non-FictionFINALIST 2014 – BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction LONGLISTED 2014 – RBC Taylor PrizeNATIONAL BESTSELLER"Abraham's family is unusual, but so is her virtuosity as a writer; she's probing, intelligent, dryly funny but enough of a writer's writer that she can make the awkward process of DNA swabbing seem magisterial.... Abraham's book is riveting not just because of its superb writing and suspenseful storyline, but because, in the end, it's not just about her, it's about us." —Emily Donaldson, The Globe and Mail"Abraham writes with ease and humour, undaunted by com¬plexity, and the narrative unfolds like a detective story." —Literary Review of Canada"A fascinating tale of truth, lies, perception and, ultimately, family." —Winnipeg Free Press