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Oliver Sacks isn’t a mawkish storyteller, but rather an enthusiastic one. The neuropathologist’s new book, The Island of the Colorblind, follows in the wide-eyed tradition of The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat and Awakenings, but with a travelogue-ish twist. He visits the isolated island of Pingelap to investigate a population where one in 12 is achromatopic, and travels to Guam to study an epidemic of degenerative paralysis. Sacks’ discussions of neurology, myth, botany, and history are driven by a compelling narrative that invites you to island-hop along with it. Sacks spins tales from Colorblind at 6 p.m. at the Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. $20. For reservations call (202) 357-3030. (CP)