Boston Phoenix: Panic Virus a must-see reading of the winter

January 4th, 2011 → 5:50 pm @ // No Comments

On January 24 at 7pm, I’ll be doing a reading at the Harvard Book Store, in Harvard Square — which is particularly poignant for me not only because it’s been my favorite bookstore for the past twenty years but because my brief employment there back in 1998 was a bit, um turbulent. (I hope to see all you Boston folk there.)

Last week The Boston Phoenix‘s Eugenia Williamson listed that reading as one of 13 must-attend book events of the winter. If you peruse the other 12 entries, which include readings/lectures by V.S. Ramachandran, Jonathan Coe, and Andre  Dubus III, you’ll see what an honor that is.

Another very nice mention came in Joe Gross’s column in The Austin American-Statesman, who listed The Panic Virus as one of the most anticipated books of January. He may have done a better job summarizing the book in one paragraph than I’ve ever been able to do:

“The Panic Virus: A True Story of Medicine, Science, and Fear” by Seth Mnookin (Simon & Schuster, $26.99): Mnookin, a contributing editor at Vanity Fair, chronicles one of the galvanizing issues in contemporary public health: the link — or lack thereof — between the measles-mumps-rubella vaccine and autism. It’s a story of the intersection between hard science, the media, rumor, the Internet and the idea of truth in an age of distrust in everything.


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