[UCP Books]: Infested: How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World

“A book about bedbugs is, by necessity, a book about nearly everything: about travel and adventure, about our relationship to nature, about how scientists solve problems, about trust and whether we view strangers as friends or foes. It is a book about what people will do under extreme circumstances, and about environmental politics, and art and mental illness. It is even a book about kinky sex. Borel deftly takes us through this arthropod microcosm of the universe, as she traces the culture and biology of a resurgent scourge.”
–New York Times Book Review


Now in Paperback


How the Bed Bug Infiltrated Our Bedrooms and Took Over the World

Brooke Borel 

US Publication: April 25, 2016 / International Publication: May 15, 2016
Paper ISBN-13: 978-0-226-36108-6 / $16.00 / £11.00


“Those looking for an in-depth account of what might one day share their home will be considerably enlightened. Just don’t leave the book in the guest bedroom.” Maclean's

“For anyone who wants to replace their fear of bed bugs with knowledge.” Library Journal

“Borel closes with a useful self-help guide, and amusing lists of songs, limericks and literary references. It’s an indication that after her own close encounters she has developed an admirable sense of detachment and proportion. It is essentially what she advises we should all do, if we become the pretty of Cimex lectularius.” Times Literary Supplement

Brooke Borel
is a science writer and journalist. She is a contributing editor to Popular Science, and her writing has also appeared in such places as the Atlantic and Slate. She is available for interviews. Please contact Carrie Olivia Adams at (773) 702-4216 or coa@press.uchicago.edu


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