Life Lessons from a Parasite

What Tapeworms, Flukes, Lice, and Roundworms Can Teach Us About Humanity's Most Difficult Problems

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Pub Date Aug 20 2024 | Archive Date Aug 27 2024

Description

The answers to life's biggest questions can be found by looking at the little things… 

Though you may not be able to see them with the naked eye, parasites—miniscule life forms that live inside other organisms—inhabit our everyday lives. From headlice to bird droppings, litterboxes to unfiltered water, you have brushed up against the most common way of life on our planet.

In this unique book, John Janovy Jr., one of the world's preeminent experts on parasites, reveals what can humans learn from the most reviled yet misunderstood animals on Earth: lice, tapeworms, flukes, and maggots that can eat a lizard from the inside, and how these lessons help us negotiate our own complicated world. Whether we're learning to adapt to adverse conditions, accept our own limitations, or process new information in an ever-changing landscape—we can be sure a parasite did it first. 

At once peculiar and profound, Life Lessons from a Parasite makes a case for using knowledge of the natural world, with all its wonderful mysteries and quirks, to tackle our worst problems.

The answers to life's biggest questions can be found by looking at the little things… 

Though you may not be able to see them with the naked eye, parasites—miniscule life forms that live inside other...


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ISBN 9781728292526
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PAGES 256

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2/5 stars

Thank you so much to Sourcebooks for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!

I sadly have to move this book to my DNF pile. I feel like it takes a lot for a book such as this one to be captivating. I have the curiosity to want to learn more on this subject, but felt like the writing style didn't do much for me. I think it would've been more conducive for the author to try to write it as a build up. Instead, it felt like we got a smattering of science then a smattering of politics following up. I just felt like the politics was misplaced, even though I enjoy the metaphor of thoughts (especially political ones these days) being parasites was enjoyable.

I wish this book was able to captivate me more!

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