Bingo Square Free! (doesn’t say I kept it :P)
Well, now. See, the thing is that I have a verrrrrry long list of books to read, that I generally order from my county library. L.A. County Library is amazingly extensive. I’m rarely disappointed. But this list was started in the 1980’s, and all that is on the list is the title and the author, so when the book arrives for me to pick up, it’s nearly always a surprise. (No fair doing any research, that’s cheating.) Covers can sometimes be a bit of a shock, too. At least libraries have self-service kiosks now. Heh.
So not too sure why I added this to the list. It’s basically a compilation of facts about the human body and its changes over time, interspersed with recollections of the author’s father, who was obsessed with living as long as he possibly could and making a rather good run at it, and observations about his young daughter and her earliest years. But since I am growing older myself, and now have a very young grand-daughter (16 months!), facts regarding both extremes seem more pertinent than they once were.
For instance! Did you know that the reason babies react more strongly to spicy food is that at birth they have taste buds all over their mouth, like on their cheeks and roof of their mouth? And by the first year, they have lost most of them, and end up with the normal batch on the tongue itself. So that little dash of pepper really sends out a wake-up call. And now you know.