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Pleased to Meet Me: Genes, Germs, and the Curious Forces That Make Us Who We Are by [Bill Sullivan]
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“I would have read this book on the information about coffee alone, but I’m going to really love explaining to people why it’s not my fault I don’t like bacon and my love of hot sauce is actually my way of thrill seeking. So, go grab this book if you want to learn some amazing things while being thoroughly amused.” –Amy’s Book-et List
 
“There are so many interesting tidbits that you could use as cocktail party conversation- the study of nursery schoolers personality traits that predicts political affiliation 20 years later, acetaminophen has been shown to decrease empathy, birds are better at multitasking than people...(Why do smokers drink a lot of coffee?)” –Bookchickdi
 
“Just know that the writing is top notch and the content will keep you interested long after you put the book down. Its funny, interesting, and unforgettable - what more could you want, right? I know I loved it.” –A Bookish Way of LIfe
 
“There is so much to unpack in this book.  First, I need to mention that it’s written with a lot of humor to make it more readable, especially the first half or so.  Second, any book that tells of the Kenny Rogers Seinfeld episode has already won me over. “ –Stacy’s Books
 
“Sullivan delivers the science behind these concepts with humor and approachability.” –JulzReads 
 
“I laughed out loud more than once as the author described gene therapy “as easy as a Matchbox Twenty guitar solo…” and comparing religion to duct tape “despite the monumental discoveries driven by science, some people still really love the duct tape.”
--Orange County Readers
 
“This is accessible genetics the way you wish your high school biology teacher would have taught things and is filled with pop-culture references and engaging language that will appeal to science buffs and curious minds alike.” –Stephanie’s Book Reviews 
 
Pleased to Meet Me…may very possibly give you a case of the goosebumps as you have one epiphany after another as Sullivan teaches us to take a long hard look at all the things that miraculously came together to make us truly unique.  Whether you’re interested in science or simply the human condition, this should be mandatory reading.” –Jathan & Heather
 
“Honestly, this book is sort of mind-blowing. I feel like I have a whole new grasp on a lot of concepts that I had never even thought of before. I’m really just hoping this helps me with a pub quiz soon.” –The Desert Bibliophile
“There are constant gems of information that are either fascinating all on their own or feel highly applicable to day-to-day life.” –Sara Ames-Foley
 
“It’s a quick read that I was able to step away from feeling quite a bit smarter than when I started.” –Paul’s Picks
 
“I’ve been thinking of this book often since finishing it, and I think I’ll be returning to it often as well, because there are so many times that the topics it covers arise — whether in the news, conversation, other reading — everywhere, really.” –What’s Nonfiction?

“In equal parts approachable and mind-blowing. Sullivan gives us a whistle-stop tour of the myriad factors that make you who you are”—David Eagleman, host of PBS’s The Brain with David Eagleman
 
“From microbes that make you intoxicated to the genetic demons hiding within your DNA, Pleased to Meet Me is a whirlwind journey through human biology. Deftly weaving cutting-edge science with popular culture, this accessible book will leave you wanting more.”
—Sharon Moalem, PhD, author of Survival of the Sickest
 
“A rare treat: A book that’s fun to read from cover to cover, while leaving you wiser and better-informed about who you really are.”
—Adam Alter, New York Times bestselling author of Drunk Tank Pink and Irresistible
 
“Bill Sullivan is a sympathetic guide who understands your dislike of exercise and most things healthy. This wide-ranging tome puts a new light on human pursuits, including eating, drinking, thinking, sex, free will, even politics and religion, all presented with topical humor and wit.”
—Scott Anderson, co-author of The Psychobiotic Revolution
 
“Bill Sullivan artfully reports on how our genes interact with our surroundings to shape our unique personalities and the people we’ve become. A beautiful melding of science and the human experience.”
—Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, author of Vaccines Did Not Cause Rachel’s Autism
 
Pleased to Meet Me is as close to philosophy as science books get. Infused with Sullivan’s witty voice, the book exposes us as the biological machines we really are. You’ll be quoting it to your friends.”
—Dr. Alanna Collen, author of 10% Human
 
Pleased to Meet Me makes you see the world in a new way. We like to think we’re totally in control of how we think and act, but Sullivan makes a strong case that our beloved ‘agency’ is not what we think it is.”
—Matthew Simon, Wired science writer and author of Plight of the Living Dead
 
"Filled with surprising facts, witty anecdotes, and engaging explorations of the biological forces that make us who we are, Pleased to Meet Me is a must-read for anyone interested in an intelligent approach to self-discovery. Bill Sullivan translates cutting-edge science into practical insights about the ways that genes, germs, and environment shape our health, happiness, and relationships. This delightful book will change the way you see yourself—and will provide newfound empathy for others."
—Ty Tashiro, author of Awkward and The Science of Happily Ever After
 
“A book for everyone with an interest in human behavior, Pleased to Meet Me achieves the rare feat of presenting of scientific information that is also fun to read. Not only will your knowledge be greatly enhanced, but you’re more likely  to become more compassionate as well.”
—James E. Alcock, PhD, author of Belief --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

BILL SULLIVAN is a professor of pharmacology and microbiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis, where he studies infectious disease and genetics. An award-winning researcher, teacher, and science communicator, Sullivan has been featured in a wide variety of outlets, including CNN, Scientific American, Cosmos magazines, PLOS SciComm, The Naked Scientists, and The Scientist. --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

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Cyrus Webb
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Sullivan's PLEASED TO MEET ME allows us to understand the world, beginning with ourselves
Reviewed in the United States on August 6, 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn’t see the information for the pop culture references
Reviewed in the United States on August 16, 2019
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not What I Hoped For
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1.0 out of 5 stars Waste of time
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A light take on some really interesting phenomena that govern behavior
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2019
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3.0 out of 5 stars Coulda been a 5 star but..
Reviewed in the United States on November 23, 2019
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1.0 out of 5 stars The title is a ruse. This is a political book.
Reviewed in the United States on April 17, 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Valuable Overview with No Breakthrough Revelations and Way Too Many Cute Comments
Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are we not all looking for a deeper understanding of who we are and why?
Reviewed in the United States on August 18, 2019
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Kyle Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars It's based in facts, but it may stretch the truth on occasion to meet it's purposes.
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2019
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Demaris H. Miller
3.0 out of 5 stars Caution -- most of Chapter 9, is author's personal, left-wing-atheist opinion
Reviewed in the United States on October 1, 2019
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Alan D'Augustine
5.0 out of 5 stars Current, comprehensive, witty, and totally readable.
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2020
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Jason Organ
5.0 out of 5 stars Who doesn't want to read a book all about themselves?!
Reviewed in the United States on August 19, 2019
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Bryan Boyne
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating topic, very well written and understandable for the average person.
Reviewed in the United States on January 15, 2020
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Mike H
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! Why we are who we are!
Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2020
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