Blight: Fungi and the Coming Pandemic


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$28.95  $26.92
W. W. Norton & Company
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6.34 X 9.26 X 1.05 inches | 1.0 pounds

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About the Author

Emily Monosson is the author of Natural Defense, Unnatural Selection, and Evolution in a Toxic World. She is a member of the Ronin Institute for Independent Scholarship and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She lives in Montague, Massachusetts.


A book this endlessly fascinating, by an author whose astonishing zeal for detail makes her knowledge feel bottomless, is the crystal clear kind of science writing we need to face the changes we've wrought on this planet.--Alan Weisman, author of The World Without Us and Countdown
Monosson brings eloquence and clarity to her enigmatic subject: the often invisible existence of fungi and the incredible ways it influences and impacts our lives. In turn fascinating and frightening, Blight will alarm readers in the best possible way--by changing how they look at the world around them.--M. R. O'Connor, author of Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World
The spores are coming for us. But is blight our plight? Not if Emily Monosson has something to say about it. She shows us that solutions to this vexing problem lie with us. Our iconic human endeavors, from agriculture and gardening to globe-trotting, must accommodate nature's needs. Monosson's ideas can bear the needed fruit--a way of life that is better and safer for people and the many plants and animals on which we depend.--Anne Biklé, coauthor of What Your Food Ate and The Hidden Half of Nature
Time and again, our habits of global travel and commerce have let loose fungal pathogens with devastating effect, as Monosson shows in gripping stories of harmful fungi decimating frogs, bats, bananas, American chestnuts, white pines, and other species. These past fights add up to an indelible cautionary tale, making Blight required reading for the post-COVID age.--Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
Monosson is a skilled writer, capable of translating complicated scientific topics into compelling layperson's terms . . . She crafts a thrilling narrative.-- "Kirkus (starred review)"
Monosson commendably serves as a medical Paul Revere by persuasively warning us that dangerous fungi are already causing havoc . . . Neglecting these emerging organisms is truly hazardous to health.-- "Booklist (starred review)"
Unsettling . . . Blight emphasizes the decidedly unsalutary things that fungi can do.--Jennifer Szalai "New York Times"
[Blight] is a short, crisp introduction to the possibility of being devoured by fungi.--Heather Smith "Sierra"