Alexandra Jacobs
August 22, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Secret Family

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
David Bodanis
genre
Coffee Table, Nature, Nonfiction

We gave it an A

Don’t read David Bodanis before breakfast. The Oxford lecturer burrows under one’s skin — literally — emerging with armloads of hard-to-take items: 40,000-plus pillow mites, their tiny skins the texture of corduroy, snuggle up on even the most thoroughly washed bedding each night. Chlorine fumes exhaled by magazine paper ”billow unseen” about your head even as you read this. Yay! Eggshells magnified a zillion times look like boulders. The backs of Post-It notes resemble tiny igloos. The Secret Family is amazing stuff from a day in the life of one nuclear (really nuclear) family, narrated with the wondrous calm of a PBS nature special. A

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