Speaking with empathy to the fear and mistrust felt by the anti-vaccination crowd, Eula Biss gives us an impassioned defense of science and medicine. On the surface this is a call to vaccinate, but it is also a reflection on race and class and sex and how we came to fear what should protect us. Without invalidating those fears, Biss makes clear that our health as a body of people depends on the protection of our bodies as individuals. On Immunity gives us much needed context in one of the most important conversations of our time. Written in beautiful prose, this book is a joy and a comfort to read.— Heather
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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.
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.