Reviewed by Manuela, Librarian at Mary Jacobs Memorial Branch
Pleased to Meet Me: How Genes, Germs and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by Bill Sullivan uses cutting-edge science spiced with wit to provide a new understanding of who we are and why we do the things we do. The author, a professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana School of Medicine has a talent for distilling what may otherwise be dry and difficult material into a wondrous adventure into the physiology and psychology of the human machine.
I found the chapters on addiction, reproduction and transgenerational epigenetic inheritance particularly enlightening. If you have ever wondered why you dislike a certain scent or have an unexplained phobia or a loved one suffers from an irritating quirk that you just don’t understand, this is the book for you. From shifting some of the responsibility for a baby’s prenatal health to include dads, to better explaining criminality, this book should provide answers as well as the occasional giggle or guffaw. Fans of Mary Roach (Stiff, Grunt, Packing for Mars) will adore this new entry into the science for the curious lay-person cannon.
Release date: August 6, 2019