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

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Da Capo Press, Oct 24, 2005 - Biography & Autobiography - 236 pages
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Are Southpaws really more creative, or is that just a myth? Is there a gene for left-handedness? David Wolman--a lefty, and proud of it--sets out to answer these and other questions on a journey through the world of the left-hander. 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, consults an Indian palm reader, subjects his own brain to research in a basement laboratory in California, and sits with a primatologist in Atlanta whose chimpanzees may hold the key to the evolutionary mystery of left-handedness. Along the way, Wolman meets fellow left-handers who share his sense of kinship and help him uncover the essence of Southpaw. There is sinister Diabolos Rex, follower of the Left Hand Path; left-handed handwriting analysts; 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 and a world renowned biologist. 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 the righties who love them.

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Journalist and "strong lefty" Wolman takes readers on an idiosyncratic world tour in pursuit of an understanding - and celebration - of left-handedness. His travels take him to the Dupuytren Museum in ... Read full review

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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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