In today’s New York Post, Sarah Vowell was asked about what she’s been reading lately. To make it onto Vowell’s reading list is serious praise; the voice of Violet Parr is also the author of many brilliant books, including, most recently, Unfamiliar Fishes, about the transformation of Hawaii from an independent island nation into the America’s least American state. Along with Edmund Morris’s Colonel Roosevelt, Jon Ronson’s The Psychopath Test, and Henning Mankell’s The Troubled Man, Vowell listed The Panic Virus:
By investigating and debunking widespread — and dangerous — myths about the relationship between autism and childhood vaccines, Mnookin, employing reason, logic and an investigative reporter’s shoe leather, has written an old-fashioned book. And by old-fashioned, I mean that he adheres to the principles of the Enlightenment.
I’m doubly (triply?) honored because I’ve read The Psychopath Test and The Troubled Man; both are great. Thanks, Sarah!