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SusannaG - Confessions of a Crazy Cat Lady

Just another GR refugee.  Other than that, I had a stroke in 2004, and read almost anything I can get my hands on, though I have a particular weakness for history, mystery, and historical fiction.

Currently reading

Ice Ghosts: The Epic Hunt for the Lost Franklin Expedition
Paul Watson
Progress: 6 %
I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life
Ed Yong
Progress: 40 %
Wizard's First Rule
Terry Goodkind
Progress: 49 %
Thomas Cromwell: The Untold Story of Henry VIII's Most Faithful Servant
Tracy Borman
Progress: 14 %
Storm in a Teacup: The Physics of Everyday Life
Helen Czerski
Progress: 20 %
The Hanover Square Affair
Ashley Gardner
Progress: 10 %
Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking, and the Table (Arts and Traditions of the Table: Perspectives on Culinary History)
Beth Archer Brombert, Massimo Montanari
Progress: 10 %
Scars of Independence: America's Violent Birth
Holger Hoock
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind
Yuval Noah Harari Dr
Progress: 9 %
Elizabeth: The Forgotten Years
John Guy
Progress: 20/512 pages

Cro-Magnon, by Brian Fagan

Cro-Magnon: How the Ice Age Gave Birth to the First Modern Humans (Paperback) - Common - By (author) Brian Fagan

This is an interesting study of how the Cro-Magnon survived the Ice Age in Europe.


It is organized not as "archaeologists discovered this, and then they discovered that" but in a "this is what we think their life was like," in chronological order.


The earlier chapters discuss the Neanderthals as well.


I found it ... interesting ... how much Fagan relied on what anthropologists have learned from the Inuit in writing about the Cro-Magnon at the height of the last ice age.  His argument is that there's a limited number of ways in which you can survive that kind of cold environment, and that therefore that's probably what the Cro-Magnon did, too.  I'm not sure that I buy this.