This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society Reprint Edition, Kindle Edition

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An Amazon Best Book of June 2016: Have you heard the one about the wasp that turns cockroaches into living food trucks for its larvae? How about the schizophrenia-inducing parasite that lives in your cat's litter box, literally altering human brain chemistry to its own inscrutable ends? If not, you have a choice to make: to immediately read or assiduously avoid Kathleen McAuliffe's This Is Your Brain on Parasites: How Tiny Creatures Manipulate Our Behavior and Shape Society. McAuliffe, author of The Atlantic article "How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy," surveys a horrorshow universe of microscopic maladies and the strangely specific ways they use us, including the shapes of our civilizations and beliefs. Highly original, thought-provoking and compellingly cringe-inducing; you should choose to read it. --Jon Foro, The Amazon Book Review

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"If you've ever doubted the power of microbes to shape society and offer us a grander view of life, read on and find yourself duly impressed."-BookForum

“A fascinating account of an extraordinary suite of biological phenomena, only recently come to light and proving that given enough time and enough evolving species to work with, natural selection can accomplish almost anything.”
-Edward O. Wilson, Professor Emeritus, Harvard University, author of Consilience.
 
“This book has all the elements of a crime thriller: violence, blood, gore, race and sex. But here the criminals are parasites. McAuliffe tells a vivid and sometimes horrifying tale of the hijackers that control our brains and our behaviour. In company with the best science writers, she shows us that reality can be way more interesting than fiction.”
-Valerie Curtis, Director of the Environmental Health Group of the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine and author of Don’t Look, Don’t Touch, Don’t Eat
 
“Be prepared to throw away all your preconceptions about the order of life. Humorous, inspiring and macabre—this is infectious reading in the tradition of giants like Robert S. Desowitz and Jared Diamond.”
-Michael A Huffman, associate professor, Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University

"From start to finish, [McAuliffe] spins a consistently engrossing tale of invasive creatures that can alter your behavior and outlook, depress your cognitive functioning, and even make you more violent or sexually aggressive." -- Heather Havrilesky, Book Forum

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  • File Size: 27044 KB
  • Print Length: 299 pages
  • Publisher: Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (June 7, 2016)
  • Publication Date: June 7, 2016
  • Sold by: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B011H55MY0
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,444 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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