REVIEW: Origin: A Genetic History of the Americas

I’m not sure this book will be for your average reader or even your average non-fiction reader but if you have an interest in genetics or anthropology then this is a must read. Raff explores the varied theories about how indigenous Americans came to live in Alaska, mainland America all the way into South America. She details the evidence that has been uncovered for pre-Clovis people including tools, settlements and bones. She challenges the idea of the land bridge from Siberia and argues for a longer occupation of Beringia. 

Most interestingly for me, she explores and argues the ethics of unearthing ancient people, discusses the impact of understanding genetic lineage for indigenous Americans and the breaches of trust and betrayals of the descendants of these people.

I really enjoyed this book and learned a lot. I’d suggest doing it on audio. While at times the sciencey parts can be a bit dry for the non-scientist, she does give sections that detail her own personal experiences to make the book more readable. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

What’s the last book that taught you something new?

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I am the Vice President of Clinical Affairs for a medical device company where my job is to promote the utility of the device to doctors. I have science and business degrees and have editorial experience in medical communications. In college, I served as an Editorial Assistant for a healthcare communications company and have served on two editorial boards for peer-reviewed journals. In my free time, I always have a book in my hand... or two or three! On average, I read 20 books a month. I have looked to combine two of my skill sets to review on Goodreads and promote books on Instagram that I love to other readers. I'm open to partnering with publishers as an influencer for book tours, giveaways etc.

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