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Guy Delisle: Burma Chronicles (2009, Jonathan Cape) 4 stars

After developing his acclaimed style of firsthand reporting with his bestselling graphic novels Pyongyang: A …

Review of 'Burma Chronicles' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Hilarious look at a white man's experiences in Burma/Myanmar. How the author (an artist) deals with raising a baby, dealing with the culture, the expat experience while also giving us glimpses into the political situation in Burma. An honest take, the book does not shy away from the author's experience of living with the uncertainties typical in a developing country and how he is constantly trying to exert his privileges. The author constantly acknowledges the contrast between his own privilege in being born and raised in a free society where things like electricity is taken for granted versus those of his friends in his host country who have to constantly watch out who they are seen associating with. All this while maintaining humour. Kudos!

Eula Biss: On immunity (2014) 5 stars

Upon becoming a new mother, Eula Biss addresses a chronic condition of fear: fear of …

Review of 'On immunity' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Eula Biss is a journalist and mother. Facing fears over vaccination she decides to research the subject, resulting in this book. We are given a balanced layman's view of immunity in general, with a particular focus on vaccination. In short chapters she delves into the past and present of vaccination to illustrate the reasons for the way things are in the world of vaccination.

One of the overarching themes of the book is how the individual human being exists in a sort of continuum, with other human beings but also as part of nature. How microorganisms are part of us and how our personal immune system is also part of a collective human immune system. To me, this was the key takeaway from the book; as someone who needed no convincing that vaccines are essential in our fight against disease.

The book does not pull back punches in its criticisms …