On Immunity: An Inoculation

Category: Book
By (author): Biss, Eula
Subject:  HEALTH & FITNESS / Children's Health
  HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
  MEDICAL / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Graywolf
Published: September 2014
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 216
Size: 8.35in x 6.00in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*A New York Times Best Seller A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist A New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year A Facebook Year of Books" Selection One of the Best Books of the Year * National Book Critics Circle Award finalist * The New York Times Book Review (Top 10) * Entertainment Weekly (Top 10) * New York Magazine (Top 10)* Chicago Tribune (Top 10) * Publishers Weekly (Top 10) * Time Out New York (Top 10) * Los Angeles Times * Kirkus * Booklist * NPR's Science Friday * Newsday * Slate * Refinery 29 * And many more… Why do we fear vaccines? A provocative examination by Eula Biss, the author of Notes from No Man's Land , winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award Upon becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear-fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what is in your child's air, food, mattress, medicine, and vaccines. She finds that you cannot immunize your child, or yourself, from the world. In this bold, fascinating book, Biss investigates the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. As she hears more and more fears about vaccines, Biss researches what they mean for her own child, her immediate community, America, and the world, both historically and in the present moment. She extends a conversation with other mothers to meditations on Voltaire's Candide , Bram Stoker's Dracula , Rachel Carson's Silent Spring , Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors , and beyond. On Immunity is a moving account of how we are all interconnected-our bodies and our fates. "
Review Quote*Praise for Notes from No Man's Land   "The most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the twenty-first century . . . It is strident and brave in its unwillingness to offer comfort . . . It is unimpeachably great." -Kyle Minor, Salon   "I fought with this book. I shouted, ,Amen!' I cursed at it for being so wildly wrong and right. It's so smart, combative, surprising, and sometimes shocking that it kept me twisting and turning in my seat like I was on some kind of sociopolitical roller coaster ride. Eula Biss writes with equal parts beauty and terror. I love it." -Sherman Alexie   "A beautiful exercise in consciousness; in bringing both intelligence and experience to bear on a subject that has implications for the way one behaves in the world." - Los Angeles Times
Biographical NoteEula Biss is the author of Notes from No Man's Land , winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism, and The Balloonists . Her essays have appeared in the Believer and Harper's Magazine . She teaches at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois. EULA BISS is the author of The Balloonists. She teaches nonfiction writing at Northwestern University and is co-editor of Essay Press. Her essays have appeared in Harper's and The Believer. She lives in Chicago.