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Brian Switek | Skeleton Keys

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the bookshop.

Brian Switek will join us to read and sign his new nonfiction book, Skeleton Keys

Bone is a marvel, an adaptable and resilient building material developed over 500 million years of evolutionary history. It gives our bodies their shapes and the ability to move. It grows and changes with us, an undeniable document of who we are and how we lived. Arguably, no other part of the human anatomy has such rich scientific and cultural significance, both brimming with life and a potent symbol of death. Brian Switek is a charming and enthusiastic osteological raconteur. In this natural and cultural history of bone, he explains where our skeletons came from, what they do inside us, and what others can learn about us when these wondrous assemblies of mineral and protein are all we've left behind. Bone is as embedded in our culture as it is in our bodies. Our species has made instruments and jewelry from bone, treated the dead like collectors' items, put our faith in skull bumps as guides to human behavior, and arranged skeletons into macabre tributes to the afterlife. Switek makes a compelling case for getting better acquainted with our skeletons, in all their surprising roles. Bridging the worlds of paleontology, anthropology, medicine, and forensics, Skeleton Keys illuminates the complex life of bones inside our bodies and out.

Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of Skeleton Keys. from The King's English.

GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copy of Skeleton Keys. today, by either calling the store at  801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
The King's English Bookshop
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Skeleton Keys: The Secret Life of Bone Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780399184901
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Riverhead Books - March 5th, 2019