The anticipated follow-up to Biss’s NBCC winning Notes from No Man’s Land
A book-length cultural exploration of vaccination, parenthood, public health, and the body as metaphor. Includes narratives about Biss’s son’s acquisition of language through bodily metaphor, the personal politics of vaccination, the history of conscientious objection, vampires and the rise of inoculation in 19th century England, predatory capitalism, gender and sexism in medicine, body and environmental pollution, blood banking, and many other wide ranging topics woven together with Biss’s fierce intelligence and supple prose. The result is a sprawling but controlled tour de force by one of America’s leading literary nonfiction practitioners.
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“I can’t think of an American writer at work today who matches Eula Biss’s combination of lyrical precision, exhaustive research, timely provocation, and fiercely examined conscience. Like so many great nonfiction classics, On Immunity will teach, provoke, chafe, inspire, haunt, and likely change its many readers. —Maggie Nelson, author of The Art of Cruelty and Bluets
“Is essayist Eula Biss Joan Didion’s heiress apparent? …. Eula Biss' Notes From No Man's Land is the most accomplished book of essays anyone has written or published so far in the 21st century.”-Salon