On Immunity: An Inoculation

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Price
$16.00  $14.72
Publisher
Graywolf Press
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Pages
224
Dimensions
5.5 X 0.6 X 8.2 inches | 0.6 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781555977207
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About the Author

Eula Biss is the author of The Balloonists and Notes from No Man's Land, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and which Salon deemed the most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the twenty-first century. Her work has appeared in The Believer, Harper's Magazine, and The New York Times. She has received fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Howard Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. She lives in the Chicago area and teaches at Northwestern University.

Reviews

"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)

"On Immunity . . . weaves metaphor and myth, science and sociology, philosophy and politics into a tapestry rich with insight and intelligence." --Jerome Groopman, The New York Review of Books

"A philosophical look at the history and practice of vaccination that reads like Joan Didion at her best. If you are yourself a nonfiction author, your initial response to this book might be to decide immediately on another line of work; Biss is that intimidatingly talented . . . .This is cultural commentary at its highest level, a searching examination of the most profound issues of health, identity and the tensions between individual parenting decisions and society." --The Washington Post

"[An] elegant, intelligent and very beautiful book, which occupies a space between research and reflection, investigating our attitudes toward immunity and inoculation through a personal and cultural lens." --Los Angeles Times