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March 8, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

The Invisible Kingdom: A Virtual Evening with Meghan O’Rourke and Gretchen Rubin

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Date:
March 8, 2022
Time:
7:00 pm

Books & Books, Harvard Book Store and

Politics and Prose present

A Virtual Evening with

Meghan O’Rourke

in conversation with

Gretchen Rubin

The Invisible Kingdom: Reimagining Chronic Illness

(Riverhead, $28)

Tuesday, March 8, 2022, 7 PM ET  | Crowdcast

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About the Book:

Named a Most Anticipated Book of 2022 by Vogue, Oprah Daily, Lithub and Kirkus

A landmark exploration of one of the most consequential and mysterious issues of our time: the rise of chronic illness and autoimmune diseases

A silent epidemic of chronic illnesses afflicts tens of millions of Americans: these are diseases that are poorly understood, frequently marginalized, and can go undiagnosed and unrecognized altogether. Renowned writer Meghan O’Rourke delivers a revelatory investigation into this elusive category of “invisible” illness that encompasses autoimmune diseases, post-treatment Lyme disease syndrome, and now long COVID, synthesizing the personal and the universal to help all of us through this new frontier.

Drawing on her own medical experiences as well as a decade of interviews with doctors, patients, researchers, and public health experts, O’Rourke traces the history of Western definitions of illness, and reveals how inherited ideas of cause, diagnosis, and treatment have led us to ignore a host of hard-to-understand medical conditions, ones that resist easy description or simple cures. And as America faces this health crisis of extraordinary proportions, the populations most likely to be neglected by our institutions include women, the working class, and people of color.

Blending lyricism and erudition, candor and empathy, O’Rourke brings together her deep and disparate talents and roles as critic, journalist, poet, teacher, and patient, synthesizing the personal and universal into one monumental project arguing for a seismic shift in our approach to disease. The Invisible Kingdom offers hope for the sick, solace and insight for their loved ones, and a radical new understanding of our bodies and our health.


About the Author:

Meghan O’Rourke is the author of The Long Goodbye and the poetry collections Sun in DaysOnce, and Halflife. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and other awards, she is the editor of The Yale Review. Her writing appears in The Atlantic MonthlyThe New YorkerThe New York Times, and more.

About the Moderator:

Gretchen Rubin is the author of several books, including the block-buster New York Times bestsellers, Outer Order, Inner CalmBetter Than BeforeThe Happiness Project,Happier at Home, and The Four Tendencies. She has an enormous readership, both in print and online, and her books have sold more than 3.5 million copies worldwide, in more than thirty languages. She makes frequent TV appearances and is in much demand as a speaker. On her weekly podcast Happier with Gretchen Rubin, she discusses good habits and happiness with her sister Elizabeth Craft. Rubin started her career in law and was clerking for Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor when she realized she wanted to be a writer. She lives in New York City with her husband and two daughters.