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September Nonfiction Meetup: "Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human.."

  • Sep 10, 2013 · 7:00 PM
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Please join us for the September nonfiction pick, September Nonfiction Meetup: Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic. I am announcing this meetup far in advance because this is a long book (500 pp+).  See, I do listen to your comments!

This meeting will be in room A-9 of the library (in the basement).  The library closes at 9, so we have to leave sometime between 8:30 and 9.

I just started the book, and it seems really good!

A Booklist Top 10 Science Book of 2012, a 2012 New York Times Book Review Notable Book, and a Daily Beast "Top 11 Book of 2012"

A masterpiece of science reporting that tracks the animal origins of emerging human diseases.

The emergence of strange new diseases is a frightening problem that seems to be getting worse. In this age of speedy travel, it threatens a worldwide pandemic. We hear news reports of Ebola, SARS, AIDS, and something called Hendra killing horses and people in Australia—but those reports miss the big truth that such phenomena are part of a single pattern. The bugs that transmit these diseases share one thing: they originate in wild animals and pass to humans by a process called spillover. David Quammen tracks this subject around the world. He recounts adventures in the field—netting bats in China, trapping monkeys in Bangladesh, stalking gorillas in the Congo—with the world’s leading disease scientists. In Spillover Quammen takes the reader along on this astonishing quest to learn how, where from, and why these diseases emerge, and he asks the terrifying question: What might the next big one be?

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We generally get a HUGE number of RSVPs and a low turnout.  This is fine, but it would be nice if you could change your RSVP to "no" if you decide you can't come.

Thank you!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I found the discussion very informative. Thank you! I look forward to attending future meetings.

    1 · September 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Heading out of the country that week so I'll have to miss another one.

    August 19, 2013

  • Tony

    Sorry everyone. Clawed my way to page 175 or so and I'm out. Not sure who the audience for this book is, but it's not someone with only a mild interest in the subject like myself.

    July 30, 2013

  • Laura

    I've reserved room A-9 at the MLK Library. Also, I read the first 50 pages, and I am hooked!

    July 12, 2013

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