On Immunity: An Inoculation

Category: Book
By (author): Biss, Eula
Subject:  HEALTH & FITNESS / Children's Health
  HEALTH & FITNESS / Health Care Issues
  SCIENCE / General
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Graywolf
Published: September 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 224
Size: 8.18in x 5.63in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*The hugely acclaimed New York Times Best Seller, now available in paperback! *A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist* ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF 2014: The New York Times Book Review (Top 10), Entertainment Weekly (Top 10) , New York Magazine , 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 moreā€¦ In this bold, fascinating book, Eula Biss addresses our fear of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in our children's air, food, mattresses, medicines, and vaccines. Reflecting on her own experience as a new mother, she suggests that we cannot immunize our children, or ourselves, against the world. As she explores the metaphors surrounding immunity, Biss extends her conversations with other mothers to meditations on the myth of Achilles, Voltaire's Candide , Bram Stoker's Dracula , Rachel Carson's Silent Spring , Susan Sontag's AIDS and Its Metaphors , and beyond. On Immunity is an inoculation against our fear and a moving account of how we are all interconnected-our bodies and our fates.
Review Quote*Publishers Weekly Top Ten Books of the Year Kirkus Reviews Books of the Year in Nonfiction The New York Times Editors' Choice BEA Editors Buzz Book "Subtle, spellbinding . . . Sontag said she wrote Illness as Metaphor to 'calm the imagination, not to incite it,' and On Immunity also seeks to cool and console . . . [Biss] advances from all sides, like a chess player, drawing on science, myth, literature to herd us to the only logical end, to vaccinate." -Parul Sehgal, The New York Times Book Review "By exploring the anxieties about what's lurking inside our flu shots, the air, and ourselves, [Biss] drives home the message that we are all responsible for one another. On Immunity will make you consider that idea on a fairly profound level." - Entertainment Weekly (Grade: A)
Biographical NoteEULA 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.