On Immunity

by Author Eula Bliss

  • Publisher Graywolf Press
  • Year published 2015
  • ISBN: ISBN 978-1555977207
  • Number of pages 224 pages
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About the Book
Book description

Eula Biss addresses some people's fears of the government, the medical establishment, and what may be in their 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. ebook icon Audio book icon

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist

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About the Author
Author description

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 BelieverHarper'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.

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[Six Questions] Discussing On Immunity: An Inoculation with Eula Biss. By Geoffrey Gleaves. Harper's Magazine. October 1, 2014 Reading icon image

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