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An Amazon Best Book of the Month, June 2014: If I tell you that Euphoria is a novel loosely based on the life of the anthropologist Margaret Mead, your eyes will start to glaze over. Well, they shouldn’t--not when the novel is as wonderful as this one. Its both romantic and intelligent, a combination you don’t need to be a scientist to know doesn’t appear often in nature. Mead, a controversial character in real life, is here transmuted into the equally complex (and somewhat sickly) Nell Stone, who has made a reputation for herself by studying native tribes in New Guinea. Her husband, also an anthropologist, is more jealous than dutiful, although he does manage to make her feel inadequate for failing to produce a baby. Enter a charming-but-tortured third anthropologist, who at times seems to be unsure to which of his new friends he’s more attracted. Sparks of the emotional and sexual kind fly, but what’s even more interesting is the portrait of a growing friendship based at least partly on philosophy and attitudes toward “primitive” cultures. You know from the beginning that some bad things are going to happen, but it is to King’s great credit (and the fact that she changes some of the events in Mead’s life) that you can’t really guess what they are. This is the best kind of historical novel--the kind that sent me running to read more about its real-life inspiration. --Sara Nelson
The first time I saw this book, I was intrigued. Yes, I judged it by its cover, but what a beautiful cover it is! Read morePublished 5 hours ago by myz
This book tries to make non-fiction into fiction...but the story is too close to distinguish. The book is obviously based on Margaret Mead, her second and third husbands. Read morePublished 21 hours ago by Jan Mendelsohn
Took a while to get into alternating chapters, but ending was sad but realistic. Title Euphoria a little off. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Dorothy Collins
Great story, both read as fiction or quasi non-fiction: a love triangle wrapped around pioneering anthropological field trips in the 1930s.Published 1 day ago by Alan Mitchell
I loved this book, from the details that show us how an anthropologist looks at the world to the discussion of the possibility of the anthropological enterprise. Read morePublished 2 days ago by SHD
Visually gripping and touching. You could see and feel that part of the world and the relationships. The readers were great.