A Left-Hand Turn Around the World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All Things Southpaw

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Da Capo Press, 2006 - Social Science - 236 pages
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Traveling from the halls of history to the halls of science, Wolman explores a Scottish castle designed for left-handed swordfights, visits a Paris museum to inspect nineteenth-century brains that hold clues to this biological puzzle, and observes chimps with a primatologist in Atlanta who may help unravel the evolutionary mystery of left-handedness. Along the way, Wolman meets fellow left-handers who share his sense of kinship and reveal the essence of Southpaw. There is sinister Diabolos Rex, follower of the Left Hand Path; and John Evans, an amputee whose left hand was reattached to his right arm. In Japan, Wolman tees off with the National Association of Left-Handed Golfers and seeks wisdom from a left-handed baseball legend. A seamless blend of science, travel, culture, and humor, this inquisitive exploration of all things Southpaw is sure to be the perfect book for lefties and for all the righties who love them.

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Review: A Left Hand Turn Around the World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All Things Southpaw

User Review  - Lisa Stethem - Goodreads

More scientific than I wanted. It did make me think about all the stuff us lefties have to deal with. A lot of the things did seem to reflect me which was a little disturbing. I suggest lefties read this Read full review

Review: A Left Hand Turn Around the World: Chasing the Mystery and Meaning of All Things Southpaw

User Review  - Kate Holden-Laudig - Goodreads

My good friend gave this book to me for a great reason. I've always been mixed-handed but employed the right one most of the time. Four years ago I had a stroke in the left hemisphere of my brain ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

David Wolman is a journalist whose work has appeared in such publications as Discover, Newsweek, New Scientist, Forbes, Outside, Wired, and the San Jose Mercury News. He lives in Portland, Oregon.

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