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The Leopard: A Novel Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780375714795
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Published: Pantheon - November 6th, 2007

This is one of my favorite novels. Set in Sicily in the 1860's, it is the story of a family navigating the social and political upheaval of Italian unification. Poetic and richly atmospheric, this novel is an exploration of how tradition, history, and politics shape us. Part historical novel, part love story, part family saga, this novel is a transportive experience.


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On Immunity: An Inoculation Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781555977207
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Published: Graywolf Press - September 15th, 2015

This is a book about vaccines, but it’s also about so much more than vaccines. It’s a meditation on the history of medicine, our relationship with technology, the anxieties of modern life, and the shared environment we inhabit. Biss’s insightful meditations and analysis goes much deeper than a look at current events. Her work helps to reveal why we’re talking about vaccines - why they scare us, and why we need them - perhaps more than ever before.