Nine Pints: A Journey Through the Money, Medicine, and Mysteries of Blood

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$19.99  $18.59
Picador USA
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5.3 X 8.2 X 1.0 inches | 0.7 pounds

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About the Author
Rose George is the author of The Big Necessity and Ninety Percent of Everything. A freelance journalist, she has written for The New York Times, Slate, and the Financial Times, among other publications. She lives in Yorkshire.

"A very good book... George brings to everything she writes a no-nonsense briskness on the page; a forensic zeal; a potent moral sensibility. She's a nimble writer, one who walks in fear of euphemism or pretension. There are no peacock displays of pointless erudition in her work; no recondite allusions are dragged in."
--The New York Times

"A wonder... An absorbing, vital book by one of the best non-fiction writers working today."
--The Guardian

"I've been mainlining Rose George for years now, so you can imagine my joy in hearing that she'd taken on blood and its many surprising cohorts (leech growth technicians! Breast milk transfusions! Blood-swilling epileptics!). George charges down wholly unexpected avenues of medical history and global injustice, leaving the reader by turns giddy and appalled. And always, always in awe of the writing. Rarely does one encounter such beautifully crafted prose in the service of nonfiction. Bloody hell, this is a good book."
--Mary Roach, author of Grunt: The Curious Science of Humans at War

"Stellar... An informative, elegant, and provocative exploration of the life-giving substance... A wondrously well-written work."
--Booklist (starred review)

"An intensive, humanistic examination of blood in all its dazzling forms and functions... Both fascinating and informative... George packs her book with the kinds of provocative, witty, and rigorously reported facts and stories sure to make readers view the integral fluid coursing through our veins in a whole new way."
--Kirkus (starred review)

"An insightful, fast-paced account... This wide-reaching, lively survey makes clear that blood has become a 'commodity that is dearer than oil.'"
--Publishers Weekly

"Each chapter of Nine Pints reflects George's experience, personal investment, and broad attention to the historical, political, social, biological, and moral aspects of blood.... The book... overflows with telling examples - some fantastic, some uncanny, all informative about the sanguinary fluid."

"Nine Pints is a compelling chronicle, displaying an engaging prose style as well as moments of righteous indignation."
--The Wall Street Journal

"Blood is life. Blood is death. Writer Rose George's book ranges extensively and often disturbingly between these contradictory extremes.... Highly readable and informative."

"A wide-ranging and energetic new book."
--The New Yorker

"A bounty of knowledge and insight... Reading George's dramatic tales and learning about the awe-inspiring nature of this essential substance, readers will likely be left amazed."
--Science News

"With a strong vein of humor, total candor, and a willingness to dig in deep, author Rose George takes readers on a journey tailored to the curious... George drops fact-nuggets like bread crumbs on a path, making even the most squeamish want to follow... For inquisitive readers and fans of Mary Roach, Nine Pints is a cut above.
--The Bookworm

"A conversational and expansive narrative whose brisk pace flows along faster than, well, blood."
--New York Journal of Books