A book about fear of vaccines, published in the UK by indie Fitzcarraldo Editions, has been chosen as the fourth book in Facebook’s A Year of Books reading group.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg posted the choice on the group’s page last night.
On Immunity: An Inoculation by Eula Biss was originally published in America last September by Minneapolis-based independent publisher Graywolf Press, but was only published in the UK yesterday (18th February) by independent publisher Fitzcarraldo.
On Immunity sees new mother Biss investigate the metaphors and myths surrounding our conception of immunity and its implications for the individual and the social body. She researches what fears about vaccines mean for her own child, her immediate community, America, and the world, both historically and in the present moment. The book was recently nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Prize in the US. Zuckerberg’s selection follows a recent measles outbreak in Disneyland, California and the growing support for the anti-vaccine movement in the UK.
Biss is the author of Notes from No Man’s Land: American Essays, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism and the Graywolf Press Nonfiction Prize. She teaches at Northwestern University and lives in Chicago, Illinois and her essays have appeared in The Believer and Harper’s.
Zuckerberg launched the online book club on 3rd January, with the first title chosen –The End of Power by Moisés Naím's (Perseus Books Group) – selling 10,000 copies in e-book and more than 3,000 trade paperback copies in less than two weeks after its selection. The page now has 365,315 likes.
Fitzcarraldo is distributed by Faber Factory Plus in the UK.