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Author Event: Matt Richtel, An Elegant Defense

April 16 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Bookshop Santa Cruz welcomes Matt Richtel for a discussion and signing of his newest book, An Elegant Defense, The Extraordinary New Science of the Immune System: A Tale in Four Lives. The immune system impacts every aspect of our lives, including sleep, mood, fitness, nutrition, brain function and aging, and is the ultimate key to wellness and longevity. And yet, it is widely misunderstood. Many people operate under the misconception that they can “boost” their immune system to stay healthy. The truth is the immune system is an incredibly intricate balance within the body (its complexity rivals that of the human brain). The more we understand about how this “elegant defense” operates, the more we can improve our lives.

Magnificently reported and soulfully crafted, An Elegant Defense is the first major narrative exploration of the immune system. Through science and storytelling, Richtel describes the remarkable discovery of the immune system over the last seventy years and explains in vivid detail how this complex system works, how we interact with it, and the risks we inflict on ourselves when we meddle with its natural balance.

Throughout the narrative, Richtel accessibly weaves leading-edge scientific discovery through interviews and anecdotes from dozens of the world’s leading scientists. But Richtel argues that the most powerful first-line of health lies within each of us: our behavior, our attitudes, and the choices we make. Whether common knowledge or counterintuitive advice, An Elegant Defense will enlighten readers about how every facet of life connects to the immune system. Richtel explores fascinating questions – from why boosting your immune system is a myth to what’s behind the explosion of autoimmune disorders in recent decades (a concern for 50 million Americans).


April 16
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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Bookshop Santa Cruz
1520 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060 United States
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