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A Journey into the Unseen World Around You

Eugenia Bone

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Rodale Books
03 April 2018
From Eugenia Bone, the critically acclaimed author of Mycophilia, comes an approachable, highly personal look at our complex relationship with the microbial world.

While researching her book about mushrooms, Eugenia Bone became fascinated with microbes-those life forms that are too small to see without a microscope. Specifically, she wanted to understand the microbes that lived inside other organisms like plants and people. But as she began reading books, scholarly articles, blogs, and even attending an online course in an attempt to grasp the microbiology, she quickly realized she couldn't do it alone.

That's why she enrolled at Columbia University to study Ecology, Evolution, and Environmental Biology. Her stories about being a middle-aged mom embedded in undergrad college life are spot-on and hilarious. But more profoundly, when Bone went back to school she learned that biology is a vast conspiracy of microbes. Microbes invented living and as a result they are part of every aspect of every living thing. This popular science book takes the layman on a broad survey of the role of microbes in nature and illustrates their importance to the existence of everything: atmosphere, soil, plants, and us.
By:   Eugenia Bone
Imprint:   Rodale Books
Country of Publication:   United States
Dimensions:   Height: 236mm,  Width: 159mm,  Spine: 25mm
Weight:   535g
ISBN:   9781623367350
ISBN 10:   1623367352
Pages:   288
Publication Date:   03 April 2018
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Eugenia Bone is a nationally recognized journalist, food writer, and former president of the New York Mycological Society. She is the author of Mycophilia, The Kitchen Ecosystem, At Mesa's Edge, Italian Family Dining, and Well Preserved. Her books have been nominated for a variety of awards, including a James Beard Award, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Saveur, Food & Wine, and Gourmet, among others. She is a member of the National Association of Science Writers.

Reviews for Microbia: A Journey into the Unseen World Around You

Nowhere else have I read such a sizzling combination of personal experiences and conceptual insights. Microbia is nothing short of wonderful. --Moselio Schaechter, past president, American Society for Microbiology Countless tales have been told of the lives of microbes, but none more arresting than Eugenia Bone's telling in Microbia. --Wes Jackson, President Emeritus, The Land Institute

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